Cheney Insurance Recognized for Providing Health Insurance Assistance

Posted:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:00am
During the last health insurance open enrollment period, from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017, the Benefits team at Cheney Insurance assisted over 300 people in obtaining important health care coverage through the marketplace. This extraordinary effort over just 42 business days was led by Holly Lemar, Benefits Division Manager at Cheney Insurance, along with assistant Tanya Blodgett. Their teamwork, knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to come up with creative solutions was instrumental in the success of the intense 6-week process.

In just the first week of open enrollment, Cheney Insurance earned the “Circle of Champions” award from the Healthcare Marketplace for enrolling over 20 people. By the second week, they were awarded the “Elite Circle of Champions” for enrolling over 100 people, on their way to assisting over 335 enrollees. “We were excited to help people navigate this confusing process, and we saw so many grateful reactions each day,” commented Lemar. “Our clients were so pleased to learn that our help costs nothing extra—it’s the same whether you use our agents or try to obtain coverage alone online.”

 Just prior to open enrollment, the government announced the suspension of cost sharing reduction reimbursement to insurance companies, and many people were confused and concerned about their ability to obtain, and afford, health insurance. Holly and Tanya assured their clients that for 2018, the tax credit subsidies that eligible individuals would still receive, remained in effect. The Benefits team provided guidance to their current and new customers, explaining insurance plan offerings to help them make affordable decisions and to receive coverage that best suited their needs. Despite the uncertainty in the media, and a general concern for the future of health insurance, spirits were good and customers were very thankful for the help, Holly noted. 

 In November, Holly Lemar received the prestigious 2017 “CFG President’s Award” by Cheney Financial Group President Dennis Hilton, for demonstrating outstanding performance, exceptional customer service and team leadership. With the busy open enrollment period behind us, Holly is always available to answer questions, or to assist with claims and billing. Holly recommends a periodic check on income, especially for the self-employed, to avoid any tax implications at year end. She is also available to help businesses with their group health insurance plans.

 Cheney Insurance is a member of the Cheney Financial Group, which also includes Newcastle Realty and Newcastle Vacation Rentals, and is located at 277 Main Street, Damariscotta. Holly Lemar can be reached directly at 563-3435, Ext 234.