Click here for the 2022 plan grid for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The new plans feature many of Anthem’s small group staples like the Smart Shopper program. If you’d like to learn more, please contact your Cornerstone Broker Advisor for the 2022 update webinar released last week.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefit Plan (MEWA) has expanded its plan portfolio for 2022 and made many updates to plan designs that brokers with OFB clients will want to understand. The Ohio Farm Bureau MEWA is an SIC-code specific offering for businesses engaged in ‘agribusiness’ such as restaurants, farms, florists, landscapers, etc.
Remember, too, that Anthem became the administrator for the Ohio Farm Bureau plan in July 2021. If you haven’t looked at a quote in a while, we believe now would be a good time to take a second look. The MEWA accepts paper as well as FormFire applications for medical underwriting. Base rates are also available upon request.
Brokers with existing OFB MEWA business will receive a slide deck from a recent presentation Anthem did for GAs along with a link to the video from their Cornerstone representative.
Please contact your Cornerstone Broker Advisor if you’d like to learn more about quoting the Ohio Farm Bureau MEWA or would like to receive a broker kit. Here are some items we have available:
- Producer Guide
- List of eligible SIC codes
- Recent webinar with 2022 updates
- 2022 webinar slide deck with plan changes outlined and a plan grid
What is the benefit of using mewa.io?
Mewa.io provides many benefits including:
- Ensuring plan members are offered the appropriate continuation of coverage options, as required by ERISA.
- Providing a single place to manage the above requests as well as any signed documents. This helps keep the plan compliant and ensures employers don’t have to go searching for important documents.
- Mewa.io offers a wide range of employer services, as highlighted in the videos. While services may expand in the future, mewa.io will only be used for continuation coverage verification at this time.
Is there a cost to use mewa.io?
Mewa.io is provided at no cost by the Anthem OFB Benefit Plan to plan members and brokers.
Is training required to use mewa.io?
As you’ve seen from the videos, mewa.io is incredibly simple to use for employers. Also, as the process is managed automatically, no action is required on your part. That means no logins or passwords to manage and no training required.
How do I know when my employers need to perform an action?
Mewa.io uses email to notify employers when they need to verify termination information. Every week, you’ll receive a summary email indicating which of your employers are affected, if any.
How will brokers process terminations?
No additional action is required on your part to process terminations. You will continue to fill the Anthem termination form with the required termination information. If there is a case where the termination data needs to be verified, mewa.io will notify you and the affected employer.
How soon does MyCOBRA Plan send notices to eligible employees?
The COBRA Administrator, MyCOBRA Plan, will process the file within one business day after receipt of the weekly file. COBRA or State Continuation letters will mail out the next business day. However, if there are errors in the data on the
file, additional time to research and resolve the errors may be needed.
Can I add additional representatives from my agency to the summary email distribution list?
Yes. At the end of the broker communications, you’ll find a link that allows you to add additional agency contacts to the email notification list. Simply click on the link and add or delete agency contacts.
What if the group contact is not receiving the notices?
If notices are going to the wrong group contact or the group contact has changed,
please send a letter on company letterhead to email@example.com to notify them of the change.
What happens if an employer does not respond to a notification?
Employer reminders are sent to employers at 3, 5, and 9 business days. Unanswered requests will automatically close at 10 business days. A non-response report is sent to Consoliplex for groups that don’t submit a response and the termination code will default to loss of eligibility. A letter will be mailed to the group contact stating that no response has been submitted and asks them to respond if
this is in error.
How will this program be introduced to employers?
Employers will receive an introductory email explaining the program along with the first notification they receive from mewa.io. Included in that email will be the Employer Walkthrough video Anthem previously shared. Each request from mewa.io will also contain any relevant information and instructions specific to that request.
Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.
Cornerstone recently hosted a webinar featuring the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Plan. If you’d like the recorded webinar, contact your Cornerstone representative. If you’re interested in talking about the Ohio Farm Bureau MEWA to clients, here are a few items to help:
- OFB brochure. Learn about the OFB and its health plan.
- 2021 OFB Plan Grid. Plans are simple and easy to sell.
- OFB Member Discounts. Employees in the plan get access to major discount programs.
- Accepted SIC Codes. The plan is restricted to agribusiness but exceptions can be made.
- Quote Questionnaire. When requesting a quote, please include the this employer questionnaire
Also available upon request:
- OFB Producer Guide
- Sold Case Checklist and related forms
- Employee Application
- SBCs and Benefit Summaries
- Ancillary shelf rates exclusively for OFB MEWA groups to help them bundle for effective dates beginning 8/1/2021
If you’d like to learn more, please contact your Cornerstone representative.
We recently announced that the Ohio Farm Bureau selected Anthem as its MEWA administrator effective July 1, 2021. They are now able to generate quotes again. As a reminder, the OFB MEWA is specific to agri-business with hundreds of eligible SIC codes “from farm to table.” Look for updated training and a refresher course for agents interested in selling this product soon!
As a preview, look for the OFB MEWA to rely on the Anthem Employer Portal to manage eligibility, invoicing, and integration with FormFire during the quoting process.
Contact your Cornerstone representative for more information.
Ohio Farm Bureau has provided updated member promo materials highlighting some of the discount programs their members can access when they participate on the OFB Health Plan MEWA.
Remember, when an employer purchases the OFB Health Plan MEWA, their participating employees receive a membership to the OFB which includes discounts to all kinds of products and services. The employer is charged $6.00 Per Employee Per Month as part of the cost of the program.
For your OFB customers, feel free to download and share these promotion flyers today to remind employees of the great benefit they’re getting by participating.
Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.