Premium payments should not be mailed to the exchange, even when submitting paper applications.
In the recent agreement about the debt limit and continuing resolution negotiations, Congress included a provision that would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to prove that she has verified the income eligibility of people getting subsidies before the dollars are given. Also proposed, but not adopted, was a provision to delay the collection of the reinsurance fee for one year (the fee collection would start in 2015 instead of 2014).
Because of a change to the individual mandate this week, people who buy individual plans by March 31, 2014, will not get hit with the penalty.
The new employer and employee enrollment applicaitons for Small Group off-exchange business are now available.