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.

CE AVAILABLE: GCAHU Stop Loss Continuing Education Class

Join The Greater Cincinnati Health Underwriters Chapter for their next continuing education class…

“Stop Loss” (CE #57683)

Speaker: Lindsay Talkington-Fuller, MBA, Stop Loss Sales Representative

DATE: Wednesday, February 13

TIME: 8:30 am Registration CE Starts at 9:00 am

LOCATION: Kenwood Country Club

6501 Kenwood Road | Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

Participation open to GCAHU members and non-members.

Meeting Charge

GCAHU Member: $25

Non-Members: $45

Click here to register

Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan Update for January 1, 2019 and Later Enrollments

JANUARY 1 DEADLINES

The following dates and deadlines pertain to enrollment for January 1, 2018:

December 10, 2018- Last day to request a January 1, 2019 quote (or re-quote) for any group.

December 17, 2018- Last day to bind coverage for January 1, 2019

Any group making a request after these dates will be able to receive a quote or join the plan on February 1, 2019 but will not have the option to be quoted or enroll for January 1, 2019.

Please share with your clients that due to the high end of year enrollment volume the delivery of paperwork such as employee ID cards may take longer than is normal. Those needing help accessing their benefits can contact Medical Mutual at 800-382-5729.

December 19, 2018- Please have all renewal confirmations and paperwork to Cornerstone no later than December 19, 2018 to allow for processing time in order to meet the Ohio Farm Bureau December 21, 2018 submission deadline.

MANDATORY ELECTRONIC BILLING

Any group sold after January 1, 2019 with ten (10) or fewer employees enrolling is required to sign up for ACH* payments. Groups in this size category will no longer have the option to pay their monthly premium equivalent rate by check.

Any group that is delinquent more than once in a six (6) month period will also be required to sign up for ACH payments as a condition of reinstatement.

These requirements will ensure that every group is able to participate in the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan without administrative difficulties.

ACH (Automated Clearinghouse also known as EFT or Electronic Funds Transfer) allows a group to provide payment details once and have funds debited from their bank account automatically each month to pay for their coverage.


Questions? Get in touch with us by phone or email!

Lunch Is On Us! Grab Your Humana Medicare Kits On Friday!

End the first week of AEP with your friends at Cornerstone Senior Marketing and Humana and grab some Tommy’s Pizza and Medicare kits on us!

Humana representatives Sandy Bartels and Cyndi Ellis will be at our Columbus office on Friday, October 19 to meet with you, provide plan kits, and serve lunch to our valued brokers.

WHEN: Friday, October 19

TIME: 11:00 am–1:00 pm

WHERE: Cornerstone Columbus Office

9482 Wedgewood Boulevard, Suite 130 | Powell, OH 43065

RSVP here.

*Please register by Thursday, October 18 so we can be sure to provide enough food. Please indicate the specific plan kit numbers you need when registering.

Join Us for the Cincinnati-Anthem Ohio’s 2019 Broker Roadshow

Cornerstone invites you to attend the Anthem Ohio 2019 Broker Roadshow.

Please join us for Anthem Ohio’s 2019 Individual, ACA, SOCA MEWA, Specialty and Key Account updates.

DATE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TIME: 9:00 am–11:00 am

LOCATION: Cornerstone’s Cincinnati Office | 2101 Florence Ave | Cincinnati, OH 45206

PRESENTERS: Robyn Caupp & Matt Lapp, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Click here to register.

 

Anthem is coming back to the Individual market in Ohio for 2019 ACA plans! More details to come on service area counties, plans and benefits they are offering, how to get re-contracted to sell, etc.

Bright Health Brings Medicare Advantage Plans to Ohio

Bright Health Medicare Advantage benefits will be available for 2019!

Join Bright Health Market Manager, Susan Schoen, to learn more about Bright Health and their exciting new MAPD plans for 2019. Courtyard by Marriott is conveniently located near I 275/ I 75 / I 71 with free parking. A continental breakfast will be available.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 9:00 am–11:00 am EDT

LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott | 4625 Lake Forest Dr. | Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

Click here to register.

 

LIVE! Cleveland Training Event with SSA

UPCOMING TRAINING DATE IN CLEVELAND: Social Security Today

Learn about the Social Security program, retirement and dependent benefits and any current updates to better serve your clients.

Presented by: Mr. Brandon P. Smith, Public Affairs Specialist (Social Security Administration)

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Location: Cleveland Office

4500 Rockside Rd Suite 330

Independence, OH 44131

Click here to register!

Mutual of Omaha and Lumeris Announce New Medicare Advantage Plan for Cincinnati-Area Seniors

Mutual of Omaha and Lumeris recently announced the launch of new Medicare Advantage plans to deliver health care to seniors across the greater Cincinnati area with the help of TriHealth and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. These plans will be available for the 2019 plan year.

Click here for additional information.

Alert from ODI: Individuals Posing as Premier Health Plan Representatives to Steal Premium Funds

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment reported Monday about an insurance fraud scam involving individuals posing as representatives of Dayton-based Premier Health Plan. Premier Health Plan, as of April 1, 2018, no longer offers health insurance products, but consumers from across the country are receiving numerous automated calls selling Premier Health Plan insurance. Some consumers have received “premium” invoices in lieu of a call, or have noticed unauthorized charges on their bank accounts.

“We are making sure Ohio consumers are aware of this scam and urging them to contact the Ohio Department of Insurance if they have been contacted or victimized,” Froment said. “Ohioans need to know that Premier Heath Plan is not selling health insurance products in Ohio. The individuals behind the scam want to steal consumers’ bank account information and money, and have no intention of providing health insurance.”

As part of the telephone scam consumers interested in purchasing health insurance are routed to an individual who asks for their bank account information. Those not interested in receiving future calls are referred to Premier Health Plan’s actual website or are told to call Premier Health Plan’s actual member call center. Those who have received bills have indicated the invoice is generated on what appears to be Premier Health Plan letterhead. The unauthorized charges identified on bank account statements have shown up as “Premier Heal.”

To avoid being the victim of an insurance fraud scam, Froment recommends the following:

  • Don’t answer calls from an unknown number or pay an invoice from a company you don’t recall having an insurance policy with.
  • If you receive an automated call, don’t say anything and hang up.
  • If you answered a call that you believed was a scam, write the number down and report it to the proper authorities.
  • Never give personal or financial information to someone over the phone.
  • Review bank account and credit card statements monthly and report unauthorized charges to your financial institution.

If you’ve been contacted about purchasing Premier Health Plan insurance, call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1527 or submit information on the department’s website at www.insurance.ohio.gov. Consumers with questions about insurance can call the department at 1-800-686-1526.

 

RESOURCES

ODI Official Press Release

Premier Health to Close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton

Premier Health recently announced the closure of the emergency department at the Good Samaritan Hospital main campus on Philadelphia Drive in Dayton, Ohio. The closure is set for July 23, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact your Cornerstone representative.

 

RESOURCES

Premier Health Transition Update