Anthem Reviewing Participation in Obamacare for 2018

Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem, says the company is currently evaluating its participation in Obamacare next year because of the uncertainty surrounding the GOP’s repeal efforts, noting that the company may need to pull back in some markets. “We would prefer not to extract ourselves if we can get the math to work,” Swedish said during a health care conference.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding whether or not the Trump administration will continue Obamacare’s payments to insurers, known as cost-sharing reduction subsidies, insurers have threatened to raise premiums or pull out of markets if they don’t receive payments.

 

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Anthem reviewing whether it will participate in ObamaCare next year

Anthem to Release New Employer Portal June 16

Anthem’s new employer portal, also known as EmployerAccess, will release on June 16 featuring many of the same functions as the old portal with a new design and updated technology.

Some highlights of the updated portal:

  • New self-registration flow
  • Enhanced Menu of Resources, including Client Information Insights reports
  • Enhanced Online Group Billing dashboard

Clients’ existing usernames and passwords will give them access to the portal on June 16. Users will be required to sign a new internet Group Usage Agreement and User Usage Agreement upon logging in.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative today.

 

RESOURCES

Coming Soon! Anthem is moving to a new and improved Employer Portal in June

GeoBlue Travel Insurance Plans Now Available in All 50 States

GeoBlue recently transitioned their individual long-term plans* to a new underwriter, 4 Ever Life International Limited (4ELI), an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Effective May 24, 2017, new GeoBlue policies for the Voyager and Trekker plans will also be underwritten by 4ELI.

Note: The plans offered through 4ELI will provide the same coverage as the previous plans. Clients will continue to have access to GeoBlue’s services and coverage will continue to be administered in the U.S. by GeoBlue.

 

*This change does not impact GeoBlue’s employer group plans

 

RESOURCES

GeoBlue Plan Availability Update

GeoBlue: One Brand, Fifty-State Solution for Short and Long Term Coverage

Earn Money with Anthem’s Med Supp Bonus Program

Anthem’s Medicare Supplement Sales Bonus Program gives brokers the opportunity to earn money on every Med Supp plan they sell. This limited time opportunity applies to Anthem Med Supp plans with July 1, 2017–September 1, 2017 effective dates*.

How Does it Work? 

  • If you sell 1 approved Medicare Supplement policy you’ll receive an additional $75 bonus per sale
  • If you sell 3 approved Medicare Supplement policies you’ll receive an additional $100 bonus per sale
  • But if you sell 5 approved Medicare Supplement policies you’ll receive an additional $125 bonus per sale

EXAMPLE:  If you sell 1 Medicare Supplement policy in a month with a qualifying effective date 7/1-9/1 you’ll earn a $75 bonus! (1x $75)   But if you sell 5 Plan policies, you’ll earn $625! (5 x $125)

Program Rules:

  • All per sale bonus amounts are in addition to the standard broker compensation.
  • All per sale bonus amounts are earned for Medicare Supplement enrollments for that particular month only.
  • All per sale bonus amounts are non-cumulative; each month is treated separately

Be sure to also let your clients know about Anthem’s SilverSneakers fitness program, which offers eligible Modernized Anthem Medicare Supplement members a Basic Membership at no extra cost**.

 

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative today for answers!


* Incentive is limited to new enrollees only-and based upon approval of the policy. All incentives will be paid within ninety days of the end of the bonus period. Anthem reserves the right to make all rules and determinations regarding the bonus program, and may modify or eliminate the program at any time without notice.  For more detailed information on the bonus program, please contact your Regional Sales Manager.
**SilverSneakers® is a value-added program. It is not insurance and not part of the Medicare Supplement insurance plans. It can be changed or withdrawn at any time.

Anthem Trainings for SOCA Benefit Plan

You have been invited to sell the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Benefit Plan.  Anthem, along with SOCA and NOACC, is pleased to announce an exciting new option for 2–50 life groups.

 You must attend this training seminar to sell these plans.

Join us for an information training session and learn how this alternative solution could benefit your small group clients:

  • Competitive rates
  • Medically underwritten
  • Predictable, fixed monthly payments
  • Protection of being part of a larger, self-funded pool backed by Anthem’s stop loss
  • Anthem’s broad Blue Access PPO network

 

Space is limited. RSVP today to secure your spot!

*This event is by invitation only for brokers currently using Cornerstone for their Anthem business.

 


DATE: June 6, 2017

TIME: 1:30–3:30 pm

LOCATION: Cornerstone Media Center
2101 Florence Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45206

RSVP

 

DATE: June 12, 2017

TIME: 12:00–2:00 pm

LOCATION: Yankee Trace
10000 Yankee Street | Centerville, OH 45458

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DATE: June 16, 2017

TIME: 9:00–11:00 am

LOCATION: Anthem Columbus Office
6740 N. High St. | Columbus, OH 43085

RSVP

 

DATE: June 28, 2017

TIME: 1:00–3:00 am

LOCATION: Cleveland

6000 Lombardo Center | Seven Hills, OH 44131

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DATE: June 29, 2017

TIME: 9:00–11:00 am

LOCATION: ​Monclova Community Center

8115 Monclova Road | Monclova, OH 43542

RSVP

 

DATE: June 29, 2017

TIME: 1:00–3:00 pm

LOCATION: Lima Public Library

650 West Market Street | Lima, OH 45801

RSVP

 

Anthem Releases Updated Medicare Supplement Rates

Anthem has released their updated Medicare Supplement rates effective July 1, which includes the introduction of Plan G to their portfolio. Like Plan F, Part G covers Medicare Part B Excess Charges, however, it does not cover the annual Part B deductible. And remember, all Modernized Anthem Medicare Supplement members are also now eligible for the Silver Sneakers Fitness program which offers members a basic membership at no extra cost*.

The new rates for Anthem’s Medicare Supplement plans are below.

Please be aware that with this release Anthem has also updated their Medicare Supplement application.  The new application as well as the updated kits will be available to order through custom point on May 16. Old applications will may be rejected.

Interested in getting appointed with Anthem? Contact your Cornerstone representative today.

 

RESOURCES:

Ohio Anthem BCBS July 2017 Supplemental Rates

 

*SilverSneakers is a value-added program. It is not insurance and not part of the Medicare Supplement insurance plans. It can be changed or withdrawn at any time.

 

Have you registered for Senior Expo 2017?

Anthem’s Online Billing System Delayed Indefinitely

ACA Small Groups in Kentucky will not receive notices electronically through EmployerAccess. Clients will continue to receive paper invoices, but can pay their premiums using any of the online payment options within EmployerAcess.

For  more information, contact your Cornerstone representative.

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Online Billing Suspended for ACA Small Groups in Kentucky

Medical Mutual Now One of Express Script’s Top Five Health Plan Customers

Medical Mutual’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Express Scripts, will lose Anthem business at the end of the current contract in 2019. Medical Mutual does not anticipate that this change will negatively effect their business with Express Scripts, noting that, due to Anthem’s departure, Medical Mutual is now one of Express Script’s top five health plan customers.

Medical Mutual’s contract with Express Scripts will run through 2020 and their pharmacy and finance departments will conduct a market check to be sure that their rates remain competitive.

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Medical Mutual Broker Update — May 3, 2017

Express Scripts Plunges After Losing Biggest Client Anthem

Anthem Contracts with Hearing Care Solutions

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recently contracted with Hearing Care Solutions (HCS) to offer hearing care plans to members covered by Anthem’s HMO and PPO Medicare Advantage plans.

HCS supplemental hearing benefits will provide coverage in addition to Medicare-covered hearing benefits, including a routine hearing exam, hearing aid fitting and evaluation, an allowance toward the purchase of hearing aid(s), and one year of service at no charge after a hearing aid is purchased.

For more detailed information, contact your Cornerstone representative today!

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Clients Benefit From Hearing Care and Hearing Aids

You’re Invited: Medicare DSNP Training with Anthem BCBS

Join Cornerstone and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for a training event on Medicare DSNP plans. You won’t want to miss this valuable training on how to market these plans to your clients!

The agenda for this training seminar includes:

  • Eligibility and identifying prospects
  • The impact of MyCare Ohio
  • How to sell DSNP plans and their benefits
  • And tools that help you market these plans

 


DATE:  Thursday March 9, 2017

TIME:  8:30am – 11:00am

Registration will be from 8:30am to 9:00 a.m.

Training will go from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

PLACE:  Cornerstone- Cincinnati location
2101 Florence Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45206

To RSVP, click here.