News from the Blues

Blue Cross Blue Shield reports:

“Legislative Update
Last Wednesday, Jan. 19, the United States House of Representatives voted 245-189 to repeal the nation’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. While a full repeal is not expected, we should see a number of congressional hearings on the topic over the next few months. Also, read more about: the non-discrimination provisions found in the Internal Revenue Code, the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, Preventive Services, and an update on the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act (MAHCRA).
More from Washington.

Reminder: New Standard Health Applications Required for Small Group and Individual Coverage
All insurers doing business in Illinois must now use the Illinois Standard Health Application for small group and Under 65 individual coverage. Beginning Feb. 1, 2011, any applications received using the old forms will be rejected.”