Reserve Your Place Today: 2020 Small Group Carrier Updates via Webinar

Join us for these brief, informative sessions focused on small group to get up to speed on 2020 plans, what to expect with renewals, and more!

Not able to make a session?

No problem! We are recording sessions for our agents who aren’t able to attend. Please contact your Cornerstone representative for a link to the recording and materials.

*Sessions are for active Cornerstone Employee Benefit agents.


UnitedHealthcare Updates

September 16, 2019

9:00 am–10:30 am

UnitedHealthcare will review renewals and what to expect, changes to ACA plans, their enhancements to Ancillary products and package deals. The final hour will review All Savers (level-funding) and the NEW Ohio Chamber MEWA available for 10.1.2019 effective dates*.

*pending state approval of rates

Click here to register for UHC updates.

September 4 (In-person UHC Ohio Chamber MEWA meeting)

UHC is hosting a training on this date in Toledo. Click below for details and to register. You can choose to attend this in person session or join us via webinar on September 16.

Click here to register for UHC Chamber Plan training.


AFA and Humana Ancillary Updates

September 23, 2019

9:00 am–10:30 am

AFA, the Aetna Funding Advantage, is Aetna’s level-funded solution for groups of 2-99. Yes! AFA will now be available for groups of TWO or more. Join us for an overview of AFA, 2020 plan changes, what to expect with renewals, how their blocks are running, and a discussion on what the proposed merger between CVS and Aetna mean for the insurance business.

10:00 am–10:30 am

Humana will present updates on their ancillary products: Dental, Vision, Life and Disability. Humana has taken the lead on their dental plans, unique in Ohio, with unlimited reimbursement of expenses beyond the annual limit as well as higher annual maxes.

Click here to register for AFA/Humana updates.


Anthem Updates

September 30

9:00 am–10:00 am

Anthem will present what to expect with renewals, updates on ACA, their grandmothered block and the Anthem SOCA MEWA. They will also have folks from their ancillary side discuss enhancements to those lines and package deals available.

Click here to register for Anthem updates.

REGISTER: UnitedHealthcare Announces New Option for Ohio Small Business

Brokers in Northwest Ohio are invited to attend a training on UHC’s new Chamber plan on September 4.

Wednesday, September 4

TIME: Registration 9:30 a.m.

Meeting start time 10 a.m.

LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn

6165 Levis Commons Blvd. | Perrysburg, OH

Click here to register.

If you are unable to attend, Cornerstone will also have a webinar on September 16 for all UHC updates on 2020 (more information to follow soon).

Don’t Miss Out on the Cornerstone/Anthem 2020 Broker Roadshow!

Don’t miss out on the Cornerstone/Anthem 2020 Broker Roadshow!

Join Cornerstone and Anthem to review updates in individual, small group, and key accounts in Dayton.

DATE: September 20, 2019

TIME: 9:00 am–11:00 am

LOCATION: Yankee Trace

10000 Yankee St. | Centerville, OH | 45458

Click here to RSVP.

CE Available: GCAHU Presents Ethical Habits in Health Insurance

Annual Ethics with Carl: Ethical Habits in Health Insurance 2019

CE is refiled each year, so you can gain 3 hours of CE even if you don’t need to fulfill your ethics requirement

3 hours CE pending in OH and KY

DATE: Thursday, July 18, 2019

TIME: 7:30 am (registration) | CE starts at 8:00 am

LOCATION: Cornerstone Cincinnati Office | 2101 Florence Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45206

MEETING CHARGE: GCAHU Member: $25 | Non-members: $45

Click here to register.

PCORI Fees Due to IRS No Later Than July 31

Fees to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are due to the IRS no later than July 31, 2019 from employers who sponsor certain self-insured health plans, which includes all level funded as well as health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that are not treated as excepted benefits.

How to Pay PCORI Fees

Employers that sponsor certain self-insured health plans (Level Funded) must report and pay the required PCORI fees via IRS Form 720 along with HRA plans, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return. Complete Part II, line 133. Employers should note “2nd Quarter” on the 720 form.

The fee applies to each Plan year that ends after October 1, 2012, and before October 1, 2019. “Plan year” refers to the plan year for your Level Funded Medical Plans or an HRA plan. Generally the plan year and the coverage period are the same. As an example, if your HRA benefit resets each January 1, your HRA plan year and your coverage period are generally a calendar year and end December 31.

Plan Year Ending Date Fee
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018 $2.39
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 $2.45

There are three available methods that can be used to determine the average number of lives covered under a plan for the policy year. For an HRA plan it is acceptable to use the number of subscribers only. The most commonly used method is the Snapshot Method.

  1. Actual Count Method: A plan sponsor may determine the average number of lives covered under a plan for a plan year by adding the totals of lives covered for each day of the play year and dividing that total by the total number of days in the plan year.
  2. Snapshot Method: A plan sponsor may determine the average number of lives covered under an applicable self-insured health plan for a plan year based on the total number of lives covered on one date (or more dates if an equal number of dates is used in each quarter) during the first, second or third month of each quarter, and dividing that total by the number of dates on which a count was made.
  3. Form 5500 Method: An eligible plan sponsor may determine the average number of lives covered under a plan for a plan year based on the number of participants reported on the Form 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, or the Form 5500-SF, Short Form Annual Return/Report of Small Employee Benefit Plan.

Payments should be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and sent by July 31, 2019 to the applicable address on the attached instructions.

Tools to Assist you by Carrier:

All Savers

All Savers posts the employer group’s membership information to the employer website. The employer group is required to complete and file the IRS Form 720. For general questions please contact All Savers Broker Services at 1-866-405-7174.

Humana Level Funded

Click here.

Aetna Funding Advantage

This link takes you to your Producer World login and will assist in determining the fee due by your group.

LIVE TRAINING: Aetna’s AFA Springboard System

Cornerstone invites you to attend training on Aetna’s AFA Springboard System at the Cincinnati office!

Please join us for an overview of the Aetna Springboard process for new business submissions, presented by Aetna’s Jordan Finley and Lauren Horley.

DATE: Monday June 24, 2019

TIME: 2:00–3:30 pm

LOCATION: Cornerstone’s Cincinnati Office

2101 Florence Ave Cincinnati, OH 45206

Click here to RSVP.

Cornerstone is a Top Workplace for the Fifth Year in a Row!

We did it again!

For the fifth year in a row, Cornerstone has been named a Top Workplace by The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Top Workplace honors are awarded based solely on employee feedback gathered through an administered third-party survey. We continue to keep our top-ten standing, ranking #8 out of the 60 small businesses on the list this year.

Our exceptional employees are the driving force behind this accomplishment. Cornerstone fosters a culture of empowering our employees and creating pathways to success. Everyday we diligently work to satisfy our mission to be your trusted partner in solving complex benefit challenges.

“Every Cornerstone team member is committed to our culture. Each day, together, we determine the best solution for our partners who deserve to have their high expectations fulfilled. Every empowered member of our team of A+ players demonstrate examples of ‘perfect service’. Thank you to all who contribute to our continued success!”

Jennifer Agnello, President of Cornerstone

SAVE THE DATE: Cornerstone’s CE Program in NW Ohio

Cornerstone in NW Ohio is hosting a CE program for Cornerstone group agents on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, with 2 credit hours available at a location in Toledo:

 

PLACE

Swan Creek Metro Park

Yager Center

4301 Airport Highway

Toledo, OH  43615

TIME

9:00–11:00 am
9:00–10:00 am

Long-term Disability Products & Contracts

10:00–11:00 am

Voluntary Insurance Benefit Programs

RSVP

SHogan@crnstone.com

PLEASE NOTE: The class offered in Lima has been cancelled.

IMPORTANT: FormFire Annual Rate and Census Reconciliation Form Due March 31

Today, many of you received the important notice of the census reconciliation process required for all SOCA BP clients. This reconciliation must be completed by March 31, 2019. It has come to our attention that there was a programming error with regard to the census reconciliation process where you are unable to submit the month and year properly.

Please take note of the following information, which contains the fix to the programming issue in line 8 of the census:

  • To fix the error, right-click on the blue cells in line 8.
  • Right-click and select “Format Cells”.
  • Select “General”.
  • Click “OK”.

You must do this for both the “Month” cell and “Year” cell.

Click here to view the release from FormFire regarding the census reconciliation.

CMS Extends Transitional Relief Until January 1, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a bulletin extending non-enforcement policies against certain non-ACA-compliant non-grandfathered health insurance coverage in the small group and individual markets.

The extended transitional policy in this bulletin applies for policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2020, provided that all such coverage comes into compliance with the specified requirements by January 1, 2021.

Click here to read the full release from CMS.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative for additional information.