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.

 

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

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT: Group Employer Income Protection

Take a look at this product from The Standard. As a form of Long Term Disability Income for businesses, it enables the employer to protect against loss of income if key employees become disabled. A great solution for law, physician, or engineering firms where billable hours drive revenue.

Login to the Broker Centric Marketing Portfolio or contact your Cornerstone representative for more information about The Standard and its products.

 

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Employer Income Protection

AETNA NETWORK ADDITION: Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH

Effective July 1, 2017, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH will join Aetna, with 120 specialists joining the network. The hospital participates for a myriad of products, including Aetna Medicare Plan PPO, Aetna Medicare Plan HMO, and more.

Aultman Hospital is participating for the following products:

 

Please note: Currently, these provider contracts do not support Network Access Businesses (NAB) products.

Not appointed with Aetna? Contact your Cornerstone representative today.

 


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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

 

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GeoBlue Plan Availability Update

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

Members of Grandmothered Small Groups Receive Letter About Transitional Relief Extension

Medical Mutual mistakenly sent out a letter regarding a notification about the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) to some members in grandmothered small groups. The letter was intended for group officials, who will receive revised letters this week explaining their extended rates following ODI’s adoption of the transitional relief extension. If groups inquire about members receiving the letter, please let groups know the letter was sent by mistake and their members can discard the communication.

Questions? Concerns? Contact your Cornerstone representative today.

Medical Mutual Updating Step Therapy Programs Beginning July 15

Medical Mutual’s step therapy programs for prescription drugs, which promote clinically effective alternative drugs to improve cost savings and quality of care, will be updated effective July 15, 2017. In early May, Express Scripts will send out a letter to members who have filled a alternative drug prescription in the last month about the new requirements, which will be specific to the drug(s) that the member takes. Medical Mutual expects that the updates will effect up to 9,600 members.

These updates do not apply to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans.

 

Not appointed with Medical Mutual? Contact your Cornerstone representative today to get started!

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Updates to Step Therapy Programs Begin July 15, 2017; Express Scripts to Notify Members

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.

 

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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.

 

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Aetna Will Exit Obamacare Individual Insurance Market (Virginia)

Aetna will exit the Obamacare individual insurance market in Virginia because of the “financial risk” and “growing uncertainty in the marketplace.”  The move only affects individual plans sold on and off the federal Obamacare exchange at HealthCare.gov.

T.J. Crawford, Aetna’s spokesman, said in an email, “Despite significantly reducing our exchange footprint, our individual commercial products could potentially lose more than $200 million in 2017.”

Source: CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/03/aetna-will-exit-obamacare-markets-in-virginia-in-2018.html)

Customers covered by Aetna through employers or Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans will not be affected by this change.

 

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative today.

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Aetna Will Exit Obamacare Markets in Virginia in 2018

Aetna to Exit Virginia Obamacare Individual Insurance Market

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