GOP Health Care Bill Passed by the House

A Republican-drafted health care bill that would eliminate many provisions of the Affordable Care Act was passed by the House with a 217–213 vote on Thursday. The bill still awaits the Senate’s final approval.

The vote came only 6 weeks after House leaders failed to pass an earlier version of the bill. The bill includes last-minutes amendments that were written to appeal to the most conservative House Republicans and eliminates tax penalties for people that do not have health insurance. The bill will also offer tax credits between $2,000 and $4,000 per year, depending mainly on age, and provides $8 billion for states to set up high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions who are unable to find coverage on the open market. A number of Republicans in the Senate have expressed concern over how the bill would affect states that expanded Medicaid and how much it would drive up premiums for seniors.

The bill is expected to be significantly altered by the time it reaches the Senate chamber.

This is a developing story. We will continue to provide details as they come.

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House Passes GOP Health Care Bill

House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 NW Ohio CE Training Days

Businessman hand touching SAVE THE DATE tab on virtual screen , business concept , business ideaWHERE*: Toledo: 4444 Keystone Drive, Suite F | Maumee, OH | 43537
Lima: 3745 Shawnee Road, Suite 104 | Lima, OH | 45806

*Please RSVP to Jenni Henry no later than 2 weeks prior to the event to reserve your space.

WHAT: Four (4) hours of CE available each day with product updates and training from our carrier representatives. There is a 15-minute break between each speaker so you can check emails/phone calls.


 

 

Information for the July 18th (Lima) and July 19th (Toledo) training days will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Contact your Cornerstone representative today for more information.

Medical Mutual Making Claims Adjustments Involving University Hospital Providers

After discovering that two pediatricians at University Hospital Medina Health Center were incorrectly loaded into the SuperMed network, Medical Mutual is working to update the directory so that the 70 members whose in-network claims were rejected will receive revised Explanation of Benefits statements with the correct claim information. Members who already submitted payment for those claims may be entitled to a refund.

For more information, contact your Cornerstone representative today.

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Medical Mutual Broker Update — May 3, 2017

Medical Mutual Requests Count for Total Number of Employees

Per the requirements laid out by CMS, Medical Mutual is requesting that all group health plan officials with 150 or fewer members report their total number of employees to help ensure Medicare accurately coordinates benefits and property pays claims. The total count should include full and part-time employees in each location, but does not include the total number of dependents under the plan.

Contact your Cornerstone representative today to submit your total number of employees.

 

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Letter from Medical Mutual

Medical Mutual Broker Update — May 3, 2017

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

Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital Joins Aetna Cincinnati/Dayton/NKY Networks

Effective May 15, 2017 Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital will join Aetna networks in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky. The hospital participates for a myriad of products, including Aetna Medicare Plan PPO, Aetna Medicare Plan HMO, and more.

The addition will increase member choice and  improve hospital and physician access.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative for answers.

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

Premier and UHC Extend Network Relationship

In response to Premier Health Network deciding not to renew its participation for employer-sponsored and individual plans with UnitedHealthcare, the two companies will extend their network relationship for Medicare Advantage plans through December 31, 2017.

Premier Hospitals are now considered out of network for commercial health plans, effective April 30, 2017.

 

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Important Information About Our Relationship with Premier Health Network

Social Security Numbers Removed on New Medicare ID Cards

Beginning in 2018, Social Security numbers will no longer be used for identification on Medicare ID cards, preventing identity theft. The new cards are expected to be delivered with Medicare beneficiary identifiers (MBIs) in April 2018. The agency advised providers that details regarding how the cards will be mailed are soon to come.

For more information, click here.

Premier Hospitals No Longer In Network for UHC Plans

Premier Health Network recently decided not to renew its participation in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored and individual plans. As a result, Premier hospitals are no longer in network for commercial health plans as of April 30, 2017.

According to UnitedHealthcare’s press release, the company’s goal is to “reach a long-term agreement with Premier that ensures stability in people’s access to their hospitals and doctors and helps local employers design competitive benefits.”

Premier has expressed its disappointment with the proposal. Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, said in a statement, “We put forth a proposal that included Premier Health forgoing a nominal rate increase. An agreement would have provided choice for our patients and area employers that we believe they deserve. We are extremely disappointed with the response from UnitedHealthcare, which disadvantages their enrollees.”

Premier states that UnitedHealthcare’s continued use of the tiered network is an issue with which the two companies have trouble meeting in the middle.

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Premier Health Network hospitals now out of network for UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, individual plans

No deal between UnitedHealthcare and Premier Health