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Blue Shield Cancels Grandfathered Plans for 2017?

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Question: I heard the my Blue Shield grandfathered health plan is being cancelled. How will that work?

Answer: Starting this week, Blue Shield will begin sending notices to 2,062 grandfathered plan subscribers to inform them that their current Blue Shield of California health plan will no longer be available after December 31, 2016. The plans affected include Active Start, Vital Shield, and Shield Spectrum Plans. Blue Shield will automatically enroll these subscribers into an ACA-compliant plan on January 1, 2017. It is important that subscribers check to see if their current doctors are in the PPO network for the new plan. Subscribers who find that the new plan is unacceptable can select a different plan during the open enrollment period. Those who fail to do so, will have a Special Enrollment Period that extends from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 to select another ACA compliant plan for 2017.

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