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It May Not Feel Like Summer Today, But At HMM It's A Fish Fry Friday!
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:08 PM
Fish Fry Friday. Insurance Erie PA

Today's Erie weather does not feel like summer, but that is not going to stop us from showing our staff how AWESOME they are!

Ben Martz brought in fresh Lake Erie walleye, perch and crappie for a fish fry! Summer may be slow getting here, but our AWESOME team is ready to help you with all your summer insurance needs!

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HHS Extends Transition Period For NON-ACA Compliant Group Health Insurance Plans
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM
Group Health Insurance Erie PA / Business Health Insurance Erie PA

On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2019.

In our area, Northwest PA, health insurance issuers have the option of renewing current policies for current enrollees without adopting all of the ACA’s market reforms that took effect in 2014.

Individuals and small businesses may be able to keep their non-ACA compliant coverage through 2019, depending on the plan or policy year.  For a full review of your Western Pennsylvania business's group health insurance, give our Group Health Insurance Team a call today.  The Team's direct line is 814-455-0987 x 119.

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New Medicare Cards and Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Issued by CMS
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM
Medicare Supplement Erie PA + Medicare Health Insurance Erie PA

 

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 mandates the removal of the SSN-based HICN from Medicare cards.  The purpose is to decrease beneficiaries risk to identity theft by replacing the SSN with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).  The new MBI will have 11 characters and contain both uppercase alphabetic and numeric characters.

 

This is set to impact Pennsylvania over the next 2 months.  New Medicare Beneficiaries with April effective dates should be receiving new ID cards and MBI's immediately.  All existing beneficiaries are expected to receive new MBI's or HICN's by July 2018.

 

The HMM Medicare Team plans to stay ahead of these changes, and hopes for a smooth transition for all our customers.  If you have any questions, or concerns, call our Medicare Team at (814) 455-0987 x 119.


 

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Saint Vincent Announces Termination of UPMC Contract
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:54 AM

The next bump in the Consent Decree between UPMC and Highmark was announced today.  In an announcement made today, April 16, 2018, Allegheny Health Network’s Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie has informed UPMC Health Plan that effective July 1, 2019, it will no longer accept UPMC Health Plan Commercial members at in-network rates; the same will be true for UPMC Health Plan Medicare Advantage members, effective January 1, 2020.

UPMC stated, in an announcement earlier this month, they will no longer accept Highmark plans as of the same date in 2019.  We are staying on top of the network changes as they are released.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!
Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:36 PM

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month! The National Safety Council statistics show a 6% increase in motor vehicle fatalities, during the month of April.  That is an addition 3,000 motor vehicle fatalities compared to the monthly average. 

Each of the (over 40,000 in 2017) motor vehicle deaths are 100% preventable. Every distraction cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features – all pose a threat to our safety. 

The Hart McConahy & Martz insurance team want to remind everyone that it is illegal, in Pennsylvania, to text while driving.  Be aware and be safe!

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Happy Easter From The HMM Insurance Team!
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:03 AM

The entire Hart McConahy & Martz Insurance team would like to with you and you family a very Happy Easter!  In observation of the Easter Holiday, our offices will be closed on Friday (3/30).  We will be opening Monday (4/2) at 8:30 am.

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City of Atlanta Falls Victim to "Very Serious" Cyber Attack.
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:18 PM

The city of Atlanta has fallen prey to a “very serious” cyber attack.  Be sure you are protected!  Here is a good article, from "Insurance Business Newsletter" to show the need for Cyber Liability Insurance.  If you are interested in a Cyber Liability Insurance quote, call our Commercial Team for a quote today.

Hackers have infiltrated the city’s computer network and have caused outages to multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps people use to pay bills and view legal documents.

The cyber criminals demanded ransom, which prompted an investigation by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, according to ABC News reports. The ransom price has not yet been revealed, or the city’s intention of whether or not to pay up.

“The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyberattack,” said Richard Cox, Atlanta’s chief operating officer, at a news conference. “This attack has encrypted some of the city data, however, we’re still validating the extent of the compromise.”

At the same news conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms described the cyberattack as “a very serious situation”. She said workers flagged up unusual activity in parts of the city’s computer network at about 5.40am this morning.

She advised city employees to be proactive and monitor their bank accounts for any suspicious activity. “We don’t know the extent [of the attack], so I would ask for people to assume that you may be included,” Bottoms said.

“Our information management team is working with the FBI, homeland security, also external partners from Microsoft and Cisco Cybersecurity incident response team to help resolve this issue,” the mayor added. “We’ve been working diligently all day long to try to come to some type of resolution.”

Officials have found no evidence to suggest the city’s emergency response networks, including police and fire lines, have been tampered with. The city’s water department and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport computer systems also seem to have escaped the hack.

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First Day Of Spring!
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Today marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  This may be difficult to tell in the Erie area, with highs still hardly above freezing.  Spring is a great time of year to take a few minutes to review your insurances.  Are you paying too much? Do you have the appropriate coverages?

Here are a few tips to ensure your home made i thrrough winter, and is ready for the summer to come:

Outside Your Home

The cold winter months can do damage to your house as well. Here are a few things outside your home that should be inspected to ensure they are in good condition:

  • Roof: Check for any damage from snow or ice, including damage from ice dams, and make any necessary repairs to reduce the possibility of leaks.
  • Gutters: Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage.
  • Trees: Visually inspect trees for damage or rot, and remove (either yourself or through a contractor) any dead trees that might blow over in heavy winds or during a storm. Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Lawn Equipment: Make sure lawn mowers, tractors and other equipment are tuned up before using. Store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Walkways and Driveways: Repair any cracks and broken or uneven surfaces to provide a safe, level walking area.

A little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure throughout the rest of the year.

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Erie Area Under Winter Storm Warning. Closing in on 200 inches!
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 8:31 AM

The Erie area is under yet another Winter Storm Warning.  The National Weather Service is calling for up to an additional 5 to 10 inches of snow by 8 pm this evening.  We caution all to leave early, drive slow, and allow for plenty of time to reach your destination. 

As of 1:33 pm yesterday, Erie sat at 188.1 inches of snow.  This could be the storm to put us over 200 inches of snow for the 2017-2018 winter season.

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Erie Digs Out Again
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:57 AM

As the Erie region digs out again, we at HMM are here to field your questions and claim concerns.  The roads are slick and some are snow covered.  Please allow for plenty of time to travel. 

The heavy winds and snow from last night left many without power, trees down, and some damage to property.  If your property sustained damage, let us know, and we will help determine the best claim avenue.

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