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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Banner Health to Create Joint Venture Expanding Services for Medicare Beneficiaries in Arizona

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 29th, 2012|Categories: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Broker News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Banner Health to Create Joint Venture Expanding Services for Medicare Beneficiaries in Arizona 2012 IU65 New Product and Renewal Information New Pharmacy Benefits Offer Flexible Plan Designs & Enhanced Value For broker portal support: (602) 864-4844 or (800) 650-5656 Email: eSolution@azblue.com BCBSAZ Broker Communications wants your feedback. Reach us by [...]

Blue Shield of California has Expanded Their Service Area!

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 28th, 2012|Categories: Blue Shield of California, Broker News|Tags: |

We've expanded our service area!It's official! We're excited to announce that we've expanded our Medicare Advantage service area into San Diego County and portions of Sacramento and Ventura counties! Now our service area is even larger. And so is the Medicare market, so you can dig in to more sales. To take advantage of this opportunity, [...]

Sell in new states and to new prospects with tips from The Scoop

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 28th, 2012|Categories: Assurant Health, Broker News|

If you are still having problems viewing this message, please click here for additional help.  > Bring simple, flexible, affordable supplemental plans to clients in new states > Reach brand new prospects with Assurant Health Access > Sales tip of the month  > $10,000 – now that's a "Big Deal"   Congratulations to the raffle winners [...]

PDL Updates for Jan. 1, 2013, Webcast Invite

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 28th, 2012|Categories: Broker News, UnitedHealthCare|

August 27, 2012 Prescription Drug List and Pharmacy Benefit Updates for Jan. 1The following updates will take place on UnitedHealthcare's Advantage and Traditional Prescription Drug Lists (PDLs) along with the SignatureValue Formulary on Jan. 1. Both benefits managed by UnitedHealthcare pharmacy and OptumRx are listed below. If you are unsure of the plan or PDL that [...]

Healthcare Reform eUpdate, August 2012: SBCs and women’s preventive care

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 28th, 2012|Categories: Broker News, PacificSource Health Plans|Tags: |

Healthcare Reform eUpdate August 27, 2012 Hello! This issue of the eUpdate focuses on two important provisions of healthcare reform: the Summary of Benefits and Coverage document, and women's preventive care coverage. We hope you find this information valuable. Answers to Your SBC Questions The summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) is intended to help consumers better understand their [...]

Aetna Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Coventry Health Care, Inc.

By |2016-12-23T19:05:58+00:00August 21st, 2012|Categories: Broker News, Health Insurance 101|Tags: |

Today Aetna announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Coventry Health Care, Inc.     Adds over 5 million total members, including nearly 4 million medical members and 1.5 million Medicare Part D members     Adds growing individual Medicare Advantage business     Substantially increases Medicaid footprint     Improves Aetna’s positioning and reach in Commercial [...]

Some BCBSAZ Individual and Family plans will increase on average by 2.9 percent beginning on July 1, 2012

By |2016-12-23T19:05:59+00:00May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Broker News|Tags: , , , , , |

Broker Alert: Third Quarter Individual Plan Rate Changes Rates for BCBSAZ Individual and Family plans with deductibles of $5,000 or greater and BluePortfolio Plus plans with deductibles of $3,000 or lower will increase on average by 2.9 percent beginning on July 1, 2012. Only Suite C plans are impacted.  Third quarter 2012 premium rates will be effective from [...]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Broker Notes Online Volume 1, Issue 7

By |2016-12-23T19:05:59+00:00January 31st, 2012|Categories: Broker News|Tags: , , , , , |

Volume 1 Issue 7 February 2012 New IU65 plan rate-up tier expands range of premium options Based on your feedback, BCBSAZ implemented a new rate-up tier for IU65 plans on Oct. 19, 2011. With this change, underwriting now applies one of four rate-up tiers for applicant underwriting, in contrast to the three previous rate-up tiers. The [...]

HHS Issues Essential Health Benefits Bulletin on Benchmarking

By |2016-12-23T19:06:00+00:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: Broker News|Tags: , , , |

HHS Issues Essential Health Benefits Bulletin on Benchmarking Gives States Greater Flexibility in Determining What’s Covered Under New Exchange Plans in 2014 On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin outlining proposed policies and the approach it intends to pursue in rulemaking for defining Essential Health Benefits (EHB). Per [...]

Blue Shield of California’s Provider Network Update on UCLA

By |2016-12-23T19:06:00+00:00December 13th, 2011|Categories: Broker News|Tags: , , |

Blue Shield of California is currently in discussions with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center (UCLA Medical Center), and UCLA Medical Group (includes UCLA Medical Group-Santa Monica Bay Physicians (SMBP) and UCLA Medical Group), all located in Los Angeles County, to renegotiate the terms of our HMO/PPO hospital agreements and medical group agreements for PPO and Medicare plans. If we are unable to reach an agreement, the contracts are scheduled to terminate effective 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2012.

Blue Shield of California Announces a New 2 Percent Pledge Giveback

By |2016-12-23T19:06:01+00:00October 13th, 2011|Categories: Broker News, Health Insurance 101|Tags: , , |

We are pleased to announce a second give-back as part our 2 Percent Pledge commitment to customers and the community. This time we will return an estimated $295 million based on our 2011 net earnings by the end of the year. We announced the 2 Percent Pledge in June, as part of our commitment [...]

Institute of Medicine Issues Essential Health Benefits Recommendations

By |2016-12-23T19:06:02+00:00October 10th, 2011|Categories: Broker News|Tags: , , |

On October 7, 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) publicly issued its highly anticipated “essential health benefits” (EHB) policy principles to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Among the proposals included in the 297-page report, the IOM recommended that the package of “essential health benefits” be based upon a typical small employer plan in today’s market and linked to the national average premium cost of a “silver” level plan in the Exchange.

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