August 17, 2010
Ninety-six percent of employers consider containment of health costs a high priority.1 A new Core FlexSM Value plan package, SaveNetSM service area expansion, and additional Active Choice® and Shield SavingsSM Plus plans are just some of the practical solutions to help bend the trend for 51+ groups.
NEW! Local Access+ HMO: Same Benefits. Select network. Solid quality.
For your Southern California clients who are looking to lower what they spend on health care without compromising comprehensive coverage for their employees, offer them a Local Access+ HMO plan – the newest standalone select network health plans for 51+ groups.
July 2010: Solid support and affordable solutions for midsize and large groups
February 1, 2010
Bigger SaveNetSM service area for Southern California clients, new prescription drug plans that encourage generic utilization, and new Vision Standard Materials only plans – new for Twenty Ten.
Change to reimbursement for non-network hospitals in California
October 16, 2009
Blue Shield's payment for covered non-network hospital services will no longer be based on billed charges. Instead, we will pay them based on a region-based fee schedule developed by Blue Shield. This change applies to covered non-network PPO hospital emergency services and non-network HMO authorized hospital services (including emergency care) on all fully insured Blue Shield Mid/Large Groups of 51+ eligibles. It does not include ASO or Medicare groups.
This change is effective December 1, 2009 for your new or renewing November and December 2009 clients. For groups new or renewing January 1, 2010 or later, this change will apply on your client's effective date.
Employers will receive a notice(PDF, 40KB) starting the week of October 23, 2009.
November 2009: New plans, programs and updates for midsize and large groups
The new Core Flex HMO plan package, SaveNet plan pairing options, dental and vision plans, and online productivity tools – Blue Shield has the right plans for right now to help you win and retain more business.
The federal government's recent economic stimulus package, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, includes a COBRA subsidy provision for those involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. The act states that eligible COBRA beneficiaries can receive a subsidy for 65 percent of the premium they pay for a maximum of nine months, beginning March 1, 2009. Learn more about this act and how to respond to your clients.