Tips for Ongoing Administration for Your SOCA BP Groups!

Outside of the open enrollment period, FormFire can help HR teams manage forms, qualifying life events and other documents.

  • FormFire’s Document Center is a great place for Employers to store and share documents like handbooks, dress codes, onboarding paperwork and more.
  • Turn on notifications to help keep track of employees in their group when they change coverage or have a qualifying life event. You can also view a Notification Summary of all Employee changes and updates.
  • Brokers can have selected forms automatically emailed to an HR Manager once an employee completes his or her application outside of an enrollment period. This is especially useful for Qualifying Life Events.

Contact your Cornerstone representative for additional information about how FormFire can be useful to employers outside open enrollment.

Anthem Announces Early Launch of IngenioRx

Anthem recently announced the early release of its new IngenioRx pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). This system was created to restore trust and confidence in pharmacy care by focusing on total health, demystifying the way pharmacy works, and delivering a seamless experience across the continuum of care.

For more information about this new system, contact your Cornerstone representative.

AFA Submission Deadlines

Case submission deadlines for Small Group (5-50) Aetna Funding Advantage

Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Mississippi

Aetna’s February effective date deadline is approaching quickly.See below for their new business submission deadlines for February, March and April:

Effective date Signed Employer Application
(Springboard)
Completed Sold Case Documents (Adobe Sign) and Enrollment (Springboard)
February 1 1/28/2019 2/1/2019
March 1 2/26/2019 3/1/2019
April 1 3/27/2019 4/1/2019

Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.

New AFA Plans Available

New AFA Plans Available. Aetna released their “Essentials” plans which feature lower cost share on PCP, lab and generic drugs with higher cost share on ER visits, imaging and specialty drugs. These plans run about 10% less than the other plans. Remember, AFA doesn’t limit the number of plans an employer can offer. See more in their flyer and plan grid.

ACA Reporting for 2018 Filings: Coding Cues for 1095

January 28, 2019 UPDATE: Anthem SOCA MEWA is having 1094/1095B forms prepared on behalf of customers. They will be able to download from FormFire, review for correctness and send. Documents are expected to be posted by February 22, 2019. Click below for the updated ACA Reporting Guide.

Cornerstone has updated the 2018 ACA Reporting guide for agents to help them advise clients in level-funded, self-funded, or MEWA plans, as well as Applicable Large Employers. If a client was in one of these types of arrangements for any portion of 2018, they are responsible for this reporting.

Click here to view the full document.

Anthem Updates: Formulary Review Process and myStrength Program

Anthem Drug List Changes Coming April 1

Through Anthem’s quarterly formulary (drug list) review process, they make additions, deletions, and tier changes to drug lists that maintain the highest level of clinical integrity, while delivering cost savings to their members. Medications may move to a higher tier or be removed from our drug lists twice a year. The next update is coming soon, and the updated drugs lists* will be available as of April 1, 2019.

Learn more.

myStrength, a Virtual Gym for Emotional Health 

Anthem’s myStrength program delivers personalized online and mobile resources to help manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance use, stress, chronic pain and sleep problems. Members get 24/7 access to stress-management tools, inspirational videos, articles and quotes, as well as step-by-step e-Learning modules to help them feel and stay their emotional best. And it’s completely confidential.

Learn more.

Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.

Aetna Funding Advantage 1095-B Tax Forms Are On Their Way

Aetna Funding Advantage groups with 5 to 50 employees will receive 1095-B 2018 tax forms starting the week of January 28. Members can access these forms electronically through the Aetna Navigator or by mail.

Reminder: Members do not need to file their 1095-B forms.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative.

Updates to Aenta Funding Advantage Broker Bonus Program

Aetna has extended its new business bonus for brokers selling the Aetna Funding Advantage product through April 1, 2019, effective dates.

Click here to learn more!

FormFire Has New Requirements For SOCA Sold Case Submissions

Effective immediately, FormFire is enforcing new requirements for Anthem for SOCA BP sold case submissions.

What does this mean?

Brokers will not be able to submit a sold case to Anthem in Send Forms unless the group has completed the following:

  • Employer plan(s) assigned
  • Assigned plan(s) pricing added
  • Each employee has a plan elected (unless waiving coverage)

Why is this being enforced?

This information is required for FormFire to generate files for the continuation vendor, myCOBRAPlan. Failure to include this information when the group is sold creates a delay in the files being generated and sent to myCOBRAPlan in a timely fashion.

Continuation services are embedded in the Anthem SOCA BP product. myCobraPlan is the exclusive continuation provider for participating employers in the Anthem for SOCA BP. Employers must use myCobraPlan, so that continuation can be administered for SOCA participants. myCobraPlan will administer federal and state continuation services for employees enrolled in the Anthem for SOCA BP product, including: general notice distribution, qualifying event administration, premium billing and collection, and COBRA termination processing.

For assistance on adding plans, pricing and employee plan elections, please refer to our help articles below.

How to assign plans to a client

How to select a plan (Employee view)

How to use Group Enroll

Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.

Do You Have Securian Dental Clients?

As you may know, Securian is shutting down its dental insurance and not offering renewals to customers. Cornerstone proactively negotiated an arrangement with Principal to match Securian rates and plans with some great value added benefits. This arrangement has been extended to 2/1/2019 effective dates. This is open to any broker who works with Cornerstone and doesn’t impact your commissions!

Please contact your Cornerstone representative for more details.