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Gag Clause Prohibition Attestation Under The Consolidated Appropriation Act

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

The gag clause prohibition under the Consolidate Appropriations Act (CAA) prohibits health plans from entering into contracts that restrict specific data and information that a plan can make available to another party. Plans must annually submit an attestation that they...

Sunsetting Wellbeing Programs & How Members Can Claim Their Rewards

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

With the much-anticipated transition to our new digital, wellbeing engagement program, ThriveWellSM, we will be sunsetting several of our wellbeing programs. The following programs* will be discontinued the last day of a groups’ benefit year: HealthyRewards ...

Fully Insured Large Groups To Move To Preferred Value Formulary

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

Please be advised that all Commercial Fully Insured Large Groups will move from the current 3 Tier Open Formulary to our Preferred Value Formulary (PVF) based on their plan year. This change excludes Minimum Premium groups, who will continue to have the option to choose...

Updated Annual Group Information Form And Web Tool Available

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

An updated version of the Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) is available for Large and Small Groups. The only change in this version is that a question has been added to the AGIF and online AGIF Web Tool which requires groups who offer a dental plan through the Health...

Check Out Our Community Check-In Podcast! The Common But Preventable Disease - Pre-diabetes, With Dr. Fitzpatrick

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

Have you checked out our Community Check-In podcasts? Each week, we have conversations with local experts about all things health, sharing the latest info and tips to support you in managing your health and wellness. Our latest episode: The Common But Preventable...

Updated Brochures Now Available

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

We’ve updated several brochures with our new Everybody Benefits logo. Please share these with your groups. Questions? Contact your account manager. Out-of-Pocket Protection Program Brochure (PDF) Rx Home Delivery Brochure (PDF)  

December Wellbeing Tip: Where To Go For Care

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

Understanding where to go for medical care before you need it can help minimize frustration, time, and cost. Your primary care provider should be your first choice for routine medical care or minor illnesses or injuries that are not an emergency. A primary care provider...

Rx News - Kicking Off A New Social Media Campaign

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

We launched a new campaign on our social media channels that will feature some of the positive feedback we receive from our health plan members. Topics will vary monthly so be sure to bookmark our various social media sites and check back often. This month we’re...

Rx News - The Right Meds At The Best Value

Broker News | November 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 11

An Excellus BlueCross BlueShield program is focusing on medication safety while saving millions of dollars in prescription drug costs. The program, Pharmacy Concierge, is available to most midsize and large employers through the health plan. “Improving care is the...

Medicare Recognizes Excellus BlueCross BlueShield For Quality

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its 2024 quality ratings, and again this year recognized Excellus BCBS for its Medicare Advantage plans. This is the eleventh consecutive year the health plan has ranked above average or higher for its...

Annual Rate Notices Mailed

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

Groups will receive Annual Rate Notices (ARNs) at the end of October. This includes the following products: Small Group Individual Large Group HMO Medicare Supplement Medicare Advantage, Simply Prescription, Dental prospective pooled and dental/vision standalone...

Change To 2024 New Business Medical Bonus Schedule

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

We have implemented a change to our Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 2024 Broker Commission Schedule regarding the New Business Medical Bonus. The new chart, which replaces our previous New Business Medical Bonus chart, is available to Brokers of record with us. If you have...

2024 Broker Tips For Individual Plans

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

We’ve compiled a sheet of 2024 Broker Tips to assist you during the upcoming Open Enrollment Period for SafetyNet and Individual Market Plans. The tip sheet includes: Important dates What’s new for 2024 Renewal details Health Plan features and updates Who to...

Check Out Our Community Check-In Podcast! Why Health Insurance Matters With Dr. Cohen

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

Have you checked out our Community Check-In podcasts? Each week, we have conversations with local experts about all things health, sharing the latest info and tips to support you in managing your health and wellness. Our latest episode: Why Health Insurance Matters With...

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Broker News | October 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 10

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into blood sugar to use for energy. According to the CDC, one in three people have prediabetes and more than 37 million Americans (11.3% of the population) have diabetes. Because blood sugar in the body...

Leading The Industry In Our Pursuit Of Biosimilars

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

In our ongoing efforts to ensure access to high quality, affordable health care, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield leads the insurance industry in pursuing biosimilar drugs for our members. According to the FDA*, biosimilars are safe and effective treatment options for many...

Coming Soon: Annual Notice Of Change Letters

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

This month, group benefit administrators with Medicare Blue Choice (HMO-POS) or Medicare Blue PPO (PPO) plans will be mailed an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC). The ANOC provides details on 2024 benefit changes. Your members will receive their 2024 ANOC, along with...

2024 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Rates And Plans Are Now Available On Blue On Demand

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

You can now view 2024 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Plans on Blue on Demand. Blue on Demand allows you to compare plans and access your group's 2023 benefit summaries and rate sheets. Please contact your Group Medicare account manager with any...

Together We Can Move Towards Health Equity

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

Health care should meet the needs of everyone – no matter who you are, where you live or who you love. This is something we are taking very seriously at Excellus BCBS. Health equity is when everyone has the chance to be as healthy as possible. To improve health equity in...

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States among people who were born female, after skin cancers. About one in eight women will have breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. While white women are more likely to develop breast cancer, Black...

Rx News - Excellus BCBS Launches Innovative Program To Reduce Costs

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9

The Medication Assurance Program is a new initiative of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aimed at reducing self-funded employer group overall spend. This program is designed to reduce spend on medications by holding manufacturers accountable for drugs that were approved...

Small Group Rates And Plans For 2024 Are Now Available!

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9 - Special Issue

Small Group plans and rates for 2024* are now available on Blue on Demand. Updated Open Enrollment tools, including At-A-Glance Brochures and Product Guides are also available. Learn more and order open enrollment materials now. Now available: SimplyBlue Plus and Blue...

Reminder: Large Group Open Enrollment Materials

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9 - Special Issue

If you need printed copies of the 2024 Large Group Open Enrollment materials, you can order them at ExcellusForBusiness.com/blueppo-broker-orders. At-a-Glance Brochure Product Guide Submit the quantity for each piece along with your shipping information and we’ll...

Individual Metal Plans And Rates For 2024 Now Available!

Broker News | September 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 9 - Special Issue

Individual plans, rates and product placemats for 2024* are now available on Blue on Demand. Additional enrollment tools, including product brochures, will be available at a later date. Now available: Individual & Family Qualified Health Plans Blue Select...

Large Group HMO & Medicare Supplement – NYS Prior Approval Of Rate Changes

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8

On July 1, 2023, we submitted an application requesting 2024 premium rate changes in accordance with New York state prior approval law. This rate application applies to Community Rated Large Group HMO and Medicare Supplement products. The following products are included...

Request For Missing Social Security Numbers

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service requires health insurers to request missing subscriber and dependent Social Security numbers from their members. In August, we will send Social Security number request letters to individuals who had health...

Coming Soon! Enrollment Inquiry & Support Updates

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8

We’re excited to announce that updates to our Enrollment Inquiry & Support tool are coming soon. You’ll access an enhanced submission form that better supports the enrollment process from start to finish with features like: An option allowing the form to be...

Check Out Our Community Check-In Podcast! Menthol Cigarettes - Targeting Youth and Exploiting Communities

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8

Episode: Menthol Cigarettes - Targeting Youth and Exploiting Communities In a new episode of the Community Check-In podcast, Dr. Lisa Harris, senior vice president and corporate medical director for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield sheds light on the controversy surrounding...

The Importance Of Taking Medications As Directed

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8

Did you know that not taking medications the way they were prescribed leads to 125,000 deaths in the US every year? In addition to death, not taking medications as directed costs nearly $300 billion per year in additional doctors’ visits, trips to the emergency room, and...

Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) Mailing Issue

Broker News | August 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 8 - Special Issue

On July 31, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) mailed an Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) request to small groups. Unfortunately, some small groups with January 2024 renewals received the wrong letter. These groups should have received the initial notice to collect...

NEW STREAMLINED FORMAT - Annual Group Information (AGIF) Broker Report

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

The Small Group Underwriting AGIF Broker Report will feature some new and exciting changes that will help streamline both our AGIF and Healthy NY (HNY) groups into one report. The new version of the AGIF Broker Report will now also include: standalone Dental and Vision...

Accurate Effective Dates Help Ensure Employees Are Covered

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

Any employers who use the online Enroll & Update tool on the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield website to enroll a new employee in medical or dental plans must select the correct effective date in the online tool — a date that is in alignment with the new employee’s...

Making It Easier To Reinstate & Update

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

With the click of a button, we’re making it easier for groups to track and view requests to reinstate health plan policies for their members. Today on ExcellusBCBS.com, employers can go to the View/Update Policy tool to view or reinstate their members’ cancelled policies...

Looking For Something?

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

Ever found yourself looking for a certain broker blast article or announcement? You know you read it and filed it away but now can’t locate it! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We archive all our broker blast articles and announcements chronologically on the broker...

Preparing Children For Peak Asthma Season

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

If you have a child with asthma, now is the time to revisit their asthma action plan so you are prepared for the annual increase in asthma attacks that occurs each year as kids return to the classroom. A dramatic rise in the number of asthma flare-ups occurs each year...

Vaccines Are Important For Adults Too

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

Vaccinations are not just for children – adults need vaccinations, too. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time and adults are at risk for different diseases (shingles, for example) than children. Vaccines are important during pregnancy too. According...

Rx News - An Innovative Way To Reduce Spend On Specialty Drugs

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7

Learn about Specialty Drug Benefit Optimization, an innovative program aimed at reducing spend on specialty drugs. When medical and pharmacy benefits are integrated, this program allows us to target specialty drugs that can be covered at a lower cost under the pharmacy...

2024 Large Group Product Updates

Broker News | July 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 7 - Special Issue

With a new year comes exciting new changes to bring groups and members even better coverage. Take a look at what’s in store for 2024.* Here’s What’s New for 2024: ThriveWell℠ ** Introducing ThriveWell, a digital homebase dedicated to engaging teams in health and...

Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Report Submitted

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

On June 1, 2023, we submitted the Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) report as required under Section 204 of Division BB, Title II of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021. The submission included information for fully insured policies issued and for...

New And Improved Agent Onboarding!

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

We are excited to announce a new way Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will be managing your agents' data. This summer we will begin using the Miramar:Agent System to onboard agents, perform background checks, and more. Miramar:Agent is a web-based software solution that...

Breaking Down The Barriers To Better Health

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

Advancing health equity is central to our mission and is woven throughout the work we do day in and day out. It’s good for our members, as well as businesses and the communities we serve. With this, it’s important to recognize the diversity of employees and how their...

Healthy NY Group Recertification Forms

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

Excellus BCBS was set to begin requiring the Healthy NY (HNY) Recertification form and Supplemental form from all HNY groups upon renewal starting July 1, 2023. We are postponing the requirement of the HNY Supplemental form at this time; however, all HNY groups will...

Check Out Our Community Check-In Podcast! Episode: The Power Of Early Detection

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

Episode: The Power Of Early Detection In a new episode of the Community Check-In podcast, Dr. Angel Kerney, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) and medical director at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield dives into the significance of preventive screenings,...

The Benefits Of Getting Outdoors

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. But going outside actually has lots of benefits to our mental and physical wellbeing. Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the benefits of getting outdoors in nature, whether...

Rx News - Offering Members Added Convenience And Accessibility To Care

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

Site of Care is an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield program that provides valuable options to members who are currently receiving infusion drugs at high-cost facilities. Our program provides cost savings by transitioning members from receiving their treatment at a hospital...

Rx News - Pharmacy Concierge Delivers Value

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6

Whether experienced-rated or self-funded, Pharmacy Concierge is delivering significant savings to all Excellus BlueCross BlueShield groups and their employees. The savings are built in for our experience-rated groups, seamlessly saving employers and members on their...

Individual & Small Group – NYS Prior Approval Of Rate Changes

Broker News | June 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 6 - Special Issue

On May 10, 2023, an application was submitted requesting 2024 premium rate changes in accordance with New York state prior approval law. This rate application applies to Community Rated Individual and Small Group products. The following products are included in this 2024...

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Recognized By Forbes As One Of The Nation’s Best Employers For Diversity

Broker News | May 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 5

Excellus BCBS was one of 500 companies on the Forbes Best Employers for Diversity 2023 list. Excellus BCBS ranked 135th overall on the nationwide list Excellus BCBS ranked 17th overall in the insurance industry This was Excellus BCBS’s first time on the Forbes Best...

What Happens With Claims, COBRA And Special Enrollments Once The National Emergency Ends?

Broker News | May 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 5

As you may recall, due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, the Department of Labor provided relief via extensions for filing and appealing claims, electing and paying for COBRA, and notifying administrators of disability notices and special enrollments. The extensions...

How Safety Net Plan Renewals Impact Your Business And Groups

Broker News | May 2023 | Vol. 18 No. 5

As we’ve been sharing for the past few months, Safety Net recertifications resumed in April, with the first of our members receiving notifications in May. We understand that not all brokers typically engage with our Safety Net population, but it’s important to understand...

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