ACA Dec 15th deadline coming soon, people encouraged to finalize benefit selections

The centers will be in a number of locations, including hotels and business offices.

Greenville Co., S.C. (WSPA)

The deadline to enroll for Marketplace coverage is Friday December 15th, meaning if you miss it, you’ll pay medical costs out of pocket.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report thousands more people are signing up this year in South Carolina compared to this time last year, but they worry some people still might be left out.

BlueCross BlueShield has made help sites available cross the state, all month long. They are the sole provider in SC and are looking to help people make changes or sign up for the best plan.

Experts said some people are not aware that they still are required by law to have health care benefits.

Decisions from Washington also mean this year, you have less time to sign up for insurance than last year. There’s also changes and cuts in funding for workers who helped people sign up and less advertisement to remind people to sign up.

BCBS representatives said they’ve made changes to their Gold, Silver and Bronze plans but they said it will help better cover families and individuals.

Discounts and low premiums and copays vary by income level and other factors.
Shawn Skillman of BCBS said it’s also important to remember you can’t make changes after Friday’s deadline.

Visit Healthcare.gov here

Here’s more information about help locations from BCBS SC.

The centers will be in a number of locations, including hotels and business offices. The dates, locations and times are:

Date Location Address Time
12/9 Hampton Inn & Suites/Haywood Mall 255 Congaree Road,

Greenville 29607

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/9 Hilton Garden Inn Coastal Grand Mall 2383 Coastal Grand Circle,

Myrtle Beach 29577

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/10 Residence Inn 2320 LeGrand Road,

Columbia 29223

1 – 6 p.m.
12/10 Double Tree by Hilton 5264 International Blvd.,

N. Charleston 29418

1 – 6 p.m.
12/11 Hilton Garden Inn 650 Tinsley Way,

Rock Hill 29730

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/11 Mark Taylor and Associates 965 Dougherty Road, Suite B,

Aiken 29803

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/11 The George Agency 212 S. Main St.,

Mullins 29574

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/11 American Insurance Center 105 N. Lucas St.,

Walterboro 29488

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/12 BlueCross Tower Auditorium I-20 @ Alpine Road,

Columbia 29219

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/12 Marriott 299 N. Church St.,

Spartanburg 29306

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/12 Seguros Lara Insurance 100 E. Lee Road, Suite E,

Taylors 29687

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/13 David Crotts and Associates 3710 Liberty Hwy.,

Anderson 29621

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/13 David Crotts and Associates 422 Montague Ave., Suite 7,

Greenwood 29649

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/13 Simplesurance 4326 Fort Jackson Blvd.,

Columbia 29205

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/14 Lourie Life & Health Office 2711 Middleburg Dr.,

Columbia 29204

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12/15 Hampton Inn & Suites/Haywood Mall 255 Congaree Road,

Greenville 29607

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
12/15 Residence Inn 2320 LeGrand Road,

Columbia 29223

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
12/15 Hilton Garden Inn Coastal Grand Mall 2383 Coastal Grand Circle,

Myrtle Beach 29577

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
12/15 Double Tree by Hilton 5264 International Blvd.,

N. Charleston 29418

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

There are several other ways consumers can get more information about the BlueCross plans offered on the exchange, including visiting www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com or calling toll free, 877-313-2583. They can walk into one of the SC BLUE retail stores or go to www.SCBlueRetailCenters.com to schedule an appointment Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Stores are:

  • Columbia Retail Center
    • Columbiana Station
    • 1260 Bower Parkway
    • Columbia, SC 29212
    • 803-264-9000
  • Mount Pleasant Retail Center
    • 1795 N. Highway 17, Unit 7
    • Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    • 843-216-7760
  • Greenville Retail Center
    • Magnolia Park Mall
    • 1025 Woodruff Road, Suite A105
    • Greenville, SC 29607
    • 864-286-2285

People can also stop by the SC BLUE RV at one of these locations:

  • Greenville: Dec. 3 – 15, 9 a.m. –  6 p.m., Magnolia Park Shopping Center, 1025 Woodruff Road
  • Bluffton: Dec. 4 – 9, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 29 William Pope Dr.
  • Florence: Dec. 11 – 15, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Doctors Care, 2200 S. Irby St.