BCBSIL to Stop Offering SHOP Plans (Small Group 1-50) Starting Jan. 1, 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports:

“We want to let you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will not be participating in the Federally Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP) marketplace with BCBSIL health insurance plans starting Jan. 1, 2018.

Members currently enrolled in a plan through FF-SHOP will have coverage through the entire term of the existing contract, and we will continue offering a variety of small group plans to meet the needs of employers in Illinois. Your customers who want to keep BCBSIL coverage for their employees will be able to move to a plan off the FF-SHOP marketplace that fits their needs and provides their employees with affordable coverage. Alternatively, employers may also choose to continue making coverage available to its employees through the FF-SHOP exchange in 2018.

Sample Discontinuation Letters
We will send notices with important information to employers and employees before Oct. 1, 2017.

For additional questions, please contact your general agent or Small Group Account Management team.