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NEW! EB3 Releases User Friendly Updates to Benefit Booklet System

The EB3 Benefit Booklet Builder has been optimized with new updates that make the program even easier to use.
January 20, 2023/by Cornerstone

Recent Updates From The Dental Care Plus Group to Know About

DCPG recently provided updates on their network, product enhancements, bonuses, and shelf rates.
January 20, 2023/by Cornerstone

Why You Should Care About Medicaid When the Public Health Emergency Ends

When the public health emergency ends, states will restart their regular eligibility reviews and as many as 15 million people may lose their Medicaid coverage. These individuals will be looking for answers, guidance and health coverage, and can partner with you for help.
January 13, 2023/by Cornerstone

Medical Mutual Removes Kroger From Pharmacy Networks Effective January 1, 2023

Express Scripts and Kroger pharmacy have not reached an agreement on a new contract for 2023. This means that for commercial and exchange business, Kroger will be removed from Medical Mutual's pharmacy networks effective January 1, 2023.
January 13, 2023/by Cornerstone

Ask About Anthem KY’s Engagement Package 200

Anthem KY now offers Engagement Package 200 for your KY Chamber Advantage and ACA plan. New groups to Anthem will now have Engagement 200 upon enrolling in an Anthem Chamber Advantage or ACA plan.
January 13, 2023/by Cornerstone

New Additions to UnitedHealthcare’s ACA Network in Ohio

Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and  Wyandot Memorial Hospital in upper Sandusky are now in network for UnitedHealthcare's Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans. Wayne Healthcare in the Dayton area has also been added.
January 6, 2023/by Cornerstone

Anthem KY Chamber Advantage Renewal Date Change Opportunity

Based on the success and growth of the Anthem Kentucky Chamber Advantage program, your June groups will now have the opportunity to accept an extended renewal and move to an October 1 renewal date. 
January 6, 2023/by Cornerstone

Ohio Legislative Update: House Bill 136 and Lowering the Costs of Prescription Drugs for Consumers

This bill was introduced in February 2022 and passed by the House in March 2022 with the intention to help drug implementation costs count towards the deductibles.
January 6, 2023/by Cornerstone

Auto Re-Enrolled Consumers Have Until January 15 to Change Their 2023 Coverage 

Some of your clients may wish to explore other coverage options or change their plan selections for Plan Year 2023. Consumers who change plans or enroll in coverage between December 16, 2022, and January 15, 2023, will have an effective date of February 1, 2023.
January 6, 2023/by Cornerstone

Learn About the New Aetna AFA Over-the-Counter Health Solution

Eligible small group Aetna Funding Advantage members will receive $100 per year in the form of a quarterly allowance to spend on hundreds of nonprescription CVS Health brand health and wellness support products.
December 30, 2022/by Cornerstone

Information About Anthem KY Chamber Advantage Benefit Plan’s ARC Data Collection

This data is used by the plan manager, Consoliplex, to satisfy underwriting requirements and IRS documentation.
December 30, 2022/by Cornerstone

New FAQs on the Affordability of Employer Coverage for Family Members of Employees

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new FAQs that are categorized under the Premium Tax Credits and Form 1095-A category on the Agent and Broker FAQ website. 
December 16, 2022/by Cornerstone

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline for Furnishing Statements for 2022 for 30 Days

In final regulations released on December 12, 2022, the IRS permanently and automatically extends the deadline for 30 days from January 31, 2023, each year for employers and insurers to furnish individual statements on health coverage and full-time employee status (Forms 1095-B and 1095-C).
December 15, 2022/by Larry Grudzien

Aetna Will Sunset the Attain Wellness Program

Aetna decided to end the Attain by Aetna program to make way for future wellness programs that could have a greater impact for members.
December 9, 2022/by Cornerstone

Anthem Now Allows Employees to Complete Annual Wellness Exams Virtually

With access to virtual annual preventive care (wellness) visits through the Sydney Health app, it's never been easier or more convenient for employees to get the preventive care they need when they need it.
December 9, 2022/by Cornerstone

Update: St. Elizabeth Healthcare System Will Remain in the CareSource Network For 2023

Assurance has been given that there will not be any disruption for any of CareSource members since the provider contract was executed in plenty of time.
December 9, 2022/by Cornerstone

Medical Mutual November Updates You Need to Know About

Medical Mutual recently released some updates regarding bonuses, pharmacy benefit changes, reporting, and more.
November 18, 2022/by Cornerstone

IRS Releases New PCORI Fee for Policy or Plan Years Ending On or After October 1, 2022

The IRS recently announced in Notice 2022-59 that the adjusted applicable amount for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) Fees are $3.00 for policy or plan years ending on or after October 1, 2022, and before October 1, 2023.  
November 17, 2022/by Larry Grudzien

New Value-Added Benefit From Superior Dental Care: ID Theft Resolution

Starting next year, all Superior Dental Care (SDC) dental plans will come with an ID theft resolution program from ID Resolution.
November 17, 2022/by Cornerstone

Learn More About Our New Carrier Partner Brella Insurance!

Cornerstone recently partnered with Brella Insurance, a standalone group indemnity policy that pays cash benefits directly to the employee.
November 11, 2022/by Cornerstone

Important Information About Anthem KY’s Grandmothered Small Group Renewals

Anthem KY announced this week that there were HSA alternates in the renewal packages for Grandmothered plans renewing on January 1, 2023, that are not compliant plans with the new 2023 IRS Health Savings Account limits for deductibles.
November 11, 2022/by Cornerstone

Small Group ACA Special Open Enrollment Window: November 15 to December 15, 2022

The Special Open Enrollment Period occurs November 15 through December 15 of each year, allowing eligible small group employers to enroll for coverage effective January 1 of the following year.
November 4, 2022/by Cornerstone

Medical Mutual Will Notify Members of Provider Terminations Due to Change in National Network

As part of Medical Mutual's transition to the Cigna PPO network as their new national network starting January 1, 2023, some providers will no longer be considered in-network for their members effective January 1, 2023.
November 4, 2022/by Cornerstone

Important Open Enrollment Dates for Group Brokers from DCPG

In an effort to ensure a smooth open enrollment period and to ensure the timely receipt of ID cards, The Dental Care Plus Group has outlined key dates and reminders.
November 4, 2022/by Cornerstone

Your Clients Will Receive a Special Level-Funded Opportunity with UnitedHealthcare

By early November, your eligible fully insured small business clients will receive a letter indicating that you, their agent, have received an underwritten offer to move to a UnitedHealthcare level-funded plan.
October 28, 2022/by Cornerstone

Available Package Discounts from UnitedHealthcare

With UnitedHealthcare, the more you bundle, the more you may save. Check out these two bundling options for groups 2 to 99 and groups 2 to 50.
October 28, 2022/by Cornerstone

2023 Medical Mutual Small Group ACA Marketing Materials and Quoting Available

All small group ACA plan grids have been updated for the 2023 small group ACA rollout and quoting is now available.
October 28, 2022/by Cornerstone

Medical Mutual’s 2022 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Mailing

Each year, Medical Mutual is required by law to notify their group officials and individual members of their health coverage requirements under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.
October 19, 2022/by Cornerstone

Virtual Wellness Visits Now Available in Anthem’s Sydney Health Mobile App

Anthem members 18 to 64 years old can now schedule virtual annual preventive care (wellness) visits through the Sydney Health mobile app. 
October 19, 2022/by Cornerstone

Affordability of Employer Coverage for Family Members of Employees

Beginning in 2023, if a consumer has an offer of employer-sponsored coverage that extends to the employee’s family members, the affordability of that offer of coverage for the family members will be based on the family premium amount.
October 14, 2022/by Cornerstone

UnitedHealthcare Designated Diagnostic Provider

UHC recently reviewed their Designated Diagnostic Provider program for laboratory and imaging services providers that will be included on the OH MEWA effective January 1, 2023.
October 14, 2022/by Cornerstone

Exciting New Updates From Medical Mutual!

The latest news from Medical Mutual regarding a rebrand of COSE MEWA, Part D Drug Expenses, the new HSA Pilot Program, and new pharmacy corporate standards.
October 10, 2022/by Cornerstone

The Dental Care Plus Group Releases 2023 Shelf Rates

DCPG's 2023 shelf rates for groups have remained stable with a 0 percent premium increase.
October 10, 2022/by Cornerstone

UnitedHealthcare Level-Funded 15-Month Rate Guarantee

UnitedHealthcare Level Funded is offering a 15-month rate guarantee option for select 2-50 new business groups.
October 7, 2022/by Cornerstone

New Expanded HDHP Safe Harbor for Insulin

One important provision of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 for employers is the expansion of coverage of insulin under high deductible health plans.
September 30, 2022/by Larry Grudzien

Ameritas Increased Dental Benefits with Prior Coverage

Ameritas recently announced their Credit for Prior Coverage, which allows members who had an active dental plan for of a minimum of 12 months to jump up in co-insurance immediately.
September 30, 2022/by Cornerstone

Learn About Medical Mutual’s Balanced Solutions Product Refresh

Medical Mutual recently announced a product refresh of Balanced Solutions, their unique level-funded option for small group employers looking for an alternative to full insured plans.
September 30, 2022/by Cornerstone

UPDATES AVAILABLE: Employer Action Required! Distribute Medicare Part D Notices by October 15, 2022

Group health plan sponsors must provide Medicare Part D “creditable coverage” notices prior to October 15th, the start date of the Medicare annual enrollment period for Part D, Prescription Drug coverage.
September 22, 2022/by Cornerstone

UnitedHealthcare Will Begin Mailing MLR Premium Rebate Checks to Impacted Groups in September

Premium rebate checks begin to go out mid-September and will be staggered over a three-week period. Fully insured customers who are qualified to receive premium rebates for the 2022 MLR Payout Year are expected to receive their checks by the September 30 deadline.
September 16, 2022/by Cornerstone

Ohio Chamber MEWA and UnitedHealthcare Level-Funded Ready to Quote

UnitedHealthcare is now ready to quote January 1, 2023, effective dates for their Ohio Chamber MEWA and level-funded products.
September 16, 2022/by Cornerstone
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