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Posts Tagged ‘BCBSIL’

A $394 million Obamacare tax for Illinois

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.

As Alice in Wonderland might say, a curious tax just got curiouser. The burden to states could mount to $13 billion in less than a decade.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Offers Assistance to Consumers for Upcoming Open Enrollment

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Insurance News Net reports:

“With as many as 1.8 million uninsured in Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is mobilizing its resources across the state to help people better understand insurance coverage options and the financial benefits that may be available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

There’s four key points about this year’s open enrollment period that people need to be aware of:


BCBSIL Monitoring Confirmed Case of Ebola Virus in Dallas

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

News from the Blues reports:

“With the first case of Ebola virus being confirmed in Dallas, we will be monitoring the situation and providing you with further updates and resources as needed.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognizes that even a single case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States raises concerns. We reaffirm the CDC’s statement that the U.S. medical systems and public health infrastructure are well equipped to contain the virus and limit any further potential threats.


Feds release draft tax forms for employer compliance with ACA

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Benefits News reports:

“The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday released drafts of the forms employers will use to report on health coverage they offer to their employees, unveiling a glimpse of the administrative onus in store for benefit advisers and their employer clients working to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Despite continuing calls to further delay the mandate and confusion about employer shared responsibility requirements following conflicting court rulings just this week on ACA subsidies offered on the federal exchange, the IRS posted to its website draft forms for employers and individuals to use when reporting their health coverage starting in 2015.


Ten’s a crowd in the doctor’s office

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“This week, in Time magazine, I read about a possible solution. And it frightens me.

Group appointments. Yes, doctor-patient-patient-patient-patient-patient relationships.

It appears more people are seeing their doctor with another nine or so other patients in the room.
This isn’t an entirely new idea, but it’s becoming more popular than ever. Since 2005, the percentage of practices offering group visits has doubled, from 6 percent to 13 percent in 2010.


2014 Small Group Pediatric Dental Coverage Update

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports:

“Effective on plan/policy years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require non-grandfathered fully insured small group (2-50) metallic benefit plans to include pediatric dental coverage as an Essential Health Benefit (EHB), regardless of whether there are any eligible employees or dependents for these services.


News from the Blues, July 10th

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

BCBSIL reports:

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Minimum Essential Coverage [All Markets]

The “Question of the Week” answers frequently asked questions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This week, we feature a question about Minimum Essential Coverage.


Calif. exchange wants TV shows to help tout Obama healthcare law

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The Hill reports:

“Officials in California want prime-time TV shows to help promote President Obama’s healthcare law.

Outreach to television producers is part of the marketing plan adopted by California’s insurance exchange — a new marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, where individuals and small businesses will be able to buy private insurance.


BCBSIL Introduces Small Group Rate Adjustment for April 1 Effective Dates!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

News From The Blues reports:

“In an ongoing effort to deliver cost-effective solutions to your clients, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is excited to announce a rate adjustment for new and renewing small group business with April 1 effective dates!

BCBSIL is implementing this rate adjustment for new small groups with 2-150 insured employees sold with April 1, 2012 effective dates. This same rate adjustment is also being applied to renewing 2-150 groups with April 1 effective dates. Note that this adjustment applies to both regulated and non-regulated small group (2-150) health business.

For 2-150 new business quotes with April 1 effective dates that you have already processed, please note that you will need to re-process them to take advantage of the rate adjustment. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but want to ensure all new business prospects can take advantage of the best rates available.

If you have already received April 1 renewal notices from BCBSIL, watch for updated renewals to be provided in the near future.

We are pleased to share this exciting news with you and your clients and appreciate your business.

Please contact your BCBSIL representative or general agent if you have any questions and thank you for your continued support!”

BCBSIL Introduces Renewal Rate Cap for New 51-100 Segment Groups!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

News from the Blues reports:

“News Alert:  Oct. 27, 2011

BCBSIL Introduces Renewal Rate Cap for New 51-100 Segment Groups!

Dear Valued Producer,

In an effort to deliver cost-effective solutions to help meet the needs of your clients, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is excited to announce an opportunity that we think your  51-100 segment groups will want to take advantage of – a first year renewal rate cap of 9 percent*!

New groups with 51-100 insured employees sold with Jan. 1, 2012 – July 1, 2012 effective dates can take advantage of this offer if they meet the eligibility requirements below, which include completing individual medical applications.


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