Three Republican Senators to Vote to Block Health Care Bill

Republican senators Susan Collins (ME), Rand Paul (KY), and Dean Heller (NV) have made the decision to vote against a key procedural step in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

After the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted that the proposed healthcare bill would leave nearly 22 million people without health insurance in 2026, many Republican leaders have been questioning the advantages of pushing the bill forward. Collins said that the CBO analysis showed the bill “doesn’t fix” Obamacare’s problems.

With at least six Republican senators actively against the current plan, the bill does not seem to have the votes to pass this week.


Three GOP senators oppose health bill, enough to block it

Senate Health Bill in Peril as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured

Medical Mutual Suit Against FrontPath Health Coalition

Medical Mutual released a special broker update today, stating that they have filed a lawsuit against FrontPath Health Coalition, a competitor, which they believe has violated Ohio ethics laws. Medical Mutual believes that these violations have kept them from winning government business in Northwest, Ohio. Due to discovered evidence of conflict of interest, Medical Mutual is asking that Ohio ethics be enforced and that FrontPath’s contracts be deemed illegal.


Medical Mutual Brings Suit against FrontPath Health Coalition 

The EEO-1 Reporting Requirements Are Changing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is looking for race, gender, ethnicity, hour and wage disparities in the workplace. If they find them it could result in huge fines. In an effort to fight inequity in the workplace, the EEOC has updated the EEO-1 Reporting Requirements.

This year, the document has been expanded from two pages to eight pages and information will be collected from both the employer and the employee (In the past it was solely collected from the employer). Employers will report on wages using W2 information, while Employees will have to self-report their gender and ethnicity to make sure that information is as accurate as possible.

With an understanding that this new document might pose an influx of questions, the reporting deadline has now been moved from September 30, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

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Allwell 2018 Medicare Advantage Benefits Now Available

Cornerstone announces partnership with AllWell & Centene Corporation. Be among the first to review their 2018 Medicare Advantage Plan Benefits!

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Humana Will Not Return to the Individual Market in 2018

Humana Inc. will not make a return to the individual market in 2018—but not because of possible healthcare reform. The company’s CEO, Bruce D. Broussard, is quoted as saying, “This is just not a business that we will be good at,” noting that the company specializes in managing Medicare Advantage healthcare for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“No matter what they do in Washington, we are not going to go back in. And we’ve had a lot of people ask us from Washington D.C. if we would go back in and we’ve said no, it’s not there,” he said.

Broussard also noted that for Humana to return to the market, it would be doing so under the expectation that the Justice Department would use the same parameters that it did under the Obama administration.


Humana out of individual market, with or without Obamacare repeal

How to Successfully Get Through a DOL Audit — Free Webinar from HR360

As a dedicated broker, we know how important ERISA compliance is to you and your clients. With more and more small and medium-size firms being audited by the DOL, we want you to have a vitally important “inside look” of what happens during an audit, and how to avoid common mistakes that will protect your clients.

Click on the link below to register for our free webinar.

DATE: July 12, 2017

TIME: 1:30 pm–2:30pm

PRESENTER: Lillian Shapiro, President of HR360

This special webinar, prepared by HR360’s staff of attorneys, will provide you with bottom line steps and tips to help your clients successfully navigate through a DOL audit, including:

  • What triggers an audit
  • Dos and don’ts for producing requested documents
  • Top tips for dealing with on-site interviews
  • How DOL audits are resolved

Contact Cornerstone with any questions!

Aetna Will Not Offer Individual Health Plans in Ohio for 2018

Aetna (including Coventry) will not offer individual health plans in Ohio in 2018 due to the uncertainty of the individual market.

Clients’ existing coverage in the affected states will continue until the policy ends on December 31, 2017.

Members will receive a letter July 1 detailing the changes to the plans:

  • The end date for their current plan—December 31, 2017
  • They cannot renew their current plan. There is nothing the member needs to do at this time.
  • More information will be provided to your clients prior to Open Enrollment.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative for answers.


Important information about your clients

2017 GeoBlue Standard Rate Increase for Specified Health Plans

GeoBlue released the following standard rate adjustments as reflected in their online quoting tool:

Xplorer plans (Premier, Essential, and Select):

  • Member rates have a flat 7% rate increase across all deductibles and age bands
  • Maternity rates have a 7% increase
  • Optional Rx upgrade is also up 8%

Navigator plans (Crew, Missionary, and Student):

  • Flat 9% rate increase across all age bands

Child/Rider rates:

  • Child rates have increased 7% across all deductibles and age bands
  • Dental/Vision have a 5% increase
  • Optional RX have a 8% increase

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone representative for answers!

Anthem Revised 2017 Enrollment Applications Available

Anthem enrollment applications for Medicare Advantage/Prescription Drug (MAPD) with $0 premiums plans are missing language required by CMS. Necessary updates have been made to the enrollment applications and Anthem recommends ordering new kits through CustomPoint.

The company suggests going through the missing language with members that have been previously enrolled or those with whom you plan to meet if you believe they are subject to the income-related monthly adjustment.

Members do not have to sign a new enrollment form, but the newly revised forms should be used going forward.

Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions.


2017 Enrollment Applications Missing Mandated Language