Updating Medical Mutual Payments to Huntington Bank
Medical Mutual recently switched from PNC Bank to Huntington Bank for processing of premium and ASO-related payments. Group customers should now send payments to Huntington. Reminder letters will be sent to all affected groups ahead of shutting down the PNC Bank accounts prior to the end of the year.
COSE MEWA Columbus Territory Change
Effective November 1, 2019, the exclusive territory for the Columbus Chamber MEWA plan will expand beyond Franklin County and will include Union, Delaware and Licking counties. Any new group sold in those counties must be a member of the Columbus Chamber in order to enroll in the COSE MEWA health plan.
Two-Year Moratorium on Re-Entry to the COSE MEWA
Small groups choosing to leave the COSE MEWA and obtain other coverage will not be able to return to the COSE MEWA for two years. If a group wishes to return to the COSE MEWA before two years have elapsed, they will be charged a one-time fee of $1,000 per subscriber.
To help with submissions during the busy season, please complete your pre-submission checklist and send it in with your sold case documentation. Any submissions that are made after December 5, 2019, may not receive approval letters prior to the January 1, 2020, start date.
Health Insurance Tax
The federal government has not suspended the Health Insurance Tax for 2020, as they did in 2019. That means Medical Mutual will need to pass this tax along to their customers.
Medical Mutual Individual Market Updates
Medical Mutual will be offering ACA coverage in 12 new counties during plan year 2020. Click here to review the updated service area map. They have also added new $5,000 silver and $8,000 bronze deductible options that include office visit and Rx copays. Click here for the 2020 Plan Highlights flier for full details.
In addition, Medical Mutual has added statewide convenience walk-in clinics across Ohio and has expanded their Mercy HMO network with the addition of St. Luke’s hospital and more physicians.
Medical Mutual will discontinue the Promedica HMO network in Northwest Ohio. All members of that network will be moved to the Mercy HMO network.
Lastly, Knox Community hospital will no longer be a part of the OhioHealth HMO in Central Ohio.
Don’t forget to re-certify by the end of 2019 to receive renewal compensation for on-exchange plans!
Federally Mandated Fee Updated for 2020 Renewals
Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, Medical Mutual has been subject to the Health Insurance Providers Fee, often referred to as the Health Insurance Tax or the Market Share fee. As a result, Medical Mutual has applied the Health Insurance Providers fee to all 2020 renewals.
Contact your Cornerstone representative with any questions about these updates.