Independence Blue Cross and Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority (Pennie) sent two of their top experts to El Sol Latino to explain to readers how to get a health policy for 2021. Independence and Pennie have become a fantastic duo this year.
Juan Valencia, OutReach Coordinator from Pennie and Raul Aquino, accredited Life and Health Insurance Broker for Independence Blue Cross, held an informative session on Facebook Live where El Sol Latino’s Digital Host, Catalina Perez, introduced the guests.
The extensive presentation by insurance specialists could not be condensed into one page of paper. In short, we will help to convey all the emotional flow given. We are sure that you will easily find the way to guide everyone to get a health policy this year.
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Among the many variables, it is interesting to note that there is a plan for every budget. In addition, companies develop an empathic sales experience, where everyone is benefited.
Independence and Pennie
In terms of profile, Juan Valencia de Pennie, surprises when he says that the agency has only 45 days of operations. “Pennie’s goal is to improve access to and availability of the individual health coverage market for people living in Pennsylvania.” Valencia said that “Pennie is a platform with nine insurance companies for you to compare and choose the best.” Among others there is Independence. Pennsylvania’s insurer seems to have a wider range of financial assistance as an added value.
Independence Blue Cross does not require many introductions. In addition to its unquestionable success, it is the company that “provides care with the largest network of doctors and hospitals in the region.” Its representative, Raul Aquino, emphasized one of its strengths: “support for immigrants.”
It is important to note for the Latino community that Pennie can only serve Americans or immigrants with a legally defined immigration status.
Independence, on the other hand, perceives the term “legally” more broadly and includes immigrants in different ways. “It includes humanitarian protection status, temporary protection status, special juvenile status, asylum claims, trafficking victims, so there are several options for which you qualify,” Aquino said.
One of the details that we all need to know is the time frames. The period for the acquisition of an individual or family health policy expired last December 15th. This applies to Independence and Pennie. However, one of the advantages of being with Pennie is that as part of the state, it extended the deadline to December 22nd. Those who do it within that framework will receive protection from January 1.
However, the real “deadline” is January 15, but taking that date implies that user protection will start on February 1.
Pennie laid out an assortment of capabilities in terms of communication. Those interested can make contact with some 1,700 insurance agents, many of them Spanish speakers. She also has a CallCenter with 600 operators willing to provide information in English and other languages spoken in Pennsylvania.
“Insurance is sometimes difficult and we want to make it understandable to people. So we have several ways to help the community.”
As for Independence Blue Cross, its formal communications network is robust and proven over the years. For Aquino, it is more important to know “why we need a health plan or health insurance.”
There are two simple reasons. “Having health insurance is a savings… The second is that it helps you stay healthy. You’ll get check-ups, blood pressure tests, labs, and vaccines.”
Do you want more? No one better than them
The policies´ details, their benefits and characteristics are the treasure of information. It is a set of very broad details. No one better than Independence and Pennie to explain it.
These are the contacts
Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority
Web site: https://pennie.com/
Pennie’s contact center : 1-844-844-8040
Independence Blue Cross
Web site: https://www.ibx.com/
Contact: 1-844-BLUE-4ME (or 1-844-258-3463) (TTY/TDD:711)
Address: 1901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Translated by: José Espinoza