Video: Independence Blue Cross Medicare Plans

  Enjoy the latest TV Commercial from Independence Blue Cross about their Medicare supplement plans. Remember, Independence Blue Cross is just one of the many insurers that  Total Benefit Solutions works with, on the healthcare.gov marketplace, on the private market, in the senior market and also small groups. Call us at (215)355-2121 to see if IBC has a plan that’s a good fit for you.

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IBC: 2015 SHOP Updates

For 2015, the Small business Health Options Program (SHOP) platform manages more processes and information. As a result, the involvement of insurance carriers has been reduced. Understanding how it will work this year will help you work with employers to decide if they should purchase coverage through SHOP or directly from Independence Blue Cross (Independence). Like last year, groups may still only offer one plan option to all employees. However, the application and setup processes are now managed entirely through SHOP instead of by insurance carriers. This means certain Independence benefits are no longer available. Independence will continue to provide member identification cards, process member claims, and provide member services to answer questions. Click the link below to download… Read More

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IBC Updated List of Proactive Hospitals

Download the document to get the latest list of Keystone Proactive hospitals and their tier assignment. The document also has a link to the most up to date IBC list online. Download the 2015 Keystone Proactive Hospital List

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Lost your health coverage?

  Losing other health coverage, including losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar events. Coverage can take effect: The first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage Enrollment window: From 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage Important: If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. But you don’t get an SEP if you voluntarily drop: a job-based plan without leaving your job; an individual insurance plan; unexpired COBRA coverage; or… Read More

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Lost your health coverage?

  Losing other health coverage, including losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar events. Coverage can take effect: The first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage Enrollment window: From 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage Important: If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. But you don’t get an SEP if you voluntarily drop: a job-based plan without leaving your job; an individual insurance plan; unexpired COBRA coverage; or… Read More

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IBC: Formulary Changes and Updates April 2015

Independence Blue Cross has announced a significant  update to their drug formulary. There are also many medications now requiring preauthorizations. Please download the attached formulary update or more information and the pre-authorization form if you need it to fill your medications.   IBC Formulary Changes effective 4-1-15 Future Scripts Brand to generic : The form for preauthorization for brand names with generic equivalents.     As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc. account manager at (215)355-2121 for more information.

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Relief for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Policies

An employer cannot offer employees cash to reimburse the purchase of an individual policy, whether or not the employer treats the money as pre-tax or post-tax to the employee. Such arrangements (called “employer payment plans”) are subject to the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), including prohibition on annual limits and the requirement to provide certain preventive services without cost sharing with which it cannot comply. These arrangements may be subject to a $100/day excise tax per applicable employee (which is $36,500 per year, per employee). Click the link below to read the bulletin: Relief for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Policies – 031915R  

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How do the HMO Proactive Plans and “Tiered Network” plans work?

Tiered or Narrow Network Plans: Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance carriers have introduced “tiered network”, or narrowed network plans. Keystone Proactive Plans have a ” 3 tiered” network of providers. Although each carrier has different types of networks and benefit levels, the plans have the same general concept, steering the members by giving them a choice of providers that offer medical services at a lower out of pocket expense. Choosing a more expensive provider or facility may cost the member more out of pocket costs. United Healthcare offers 3 tiers in their “Navigate” plans, and Aetna uses “Savings Plus” designated providers to split the provider network into “designated” or “non designated” participating… Read More

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New tax form for individuals with coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace

Beginning in January 2015, the Health Insurance Marketplace Health and Human Services will be issuing a new 1095-A tax form to individuals who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through http://www.healthcare.gov you should receive the new tax form in the mail. You should use this form when filing your 2014 federal income tax return. For more information visit www.IRS.gov/ACA or www.healthcare.gov/taxes or contact your tax advisor. The following publications are also available: Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals & Families  This is a large publication with many details. 3 Tips: The Marketplace and taxes Regarding your tax forms and… Read More

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2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation

Download our 2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation, featuring all of our released compliance bulletins for the entire year!  Topics include, Health Savings Accounts, The Individual Mandate, Employer “pay or play” mandate, exemptions, FSA carryovers and much, much more. All of the bulletins are in an easy to search format for your convenience. 2014 Compliance Compilation – Download As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-02121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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IBC: Effective January 1, 2015, HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage are no longer required

On February 24, 2014, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services issued a final rule that addressed the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage (HIPAA Certificates) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the ACA prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions, the new rule eliminates the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates beginning December 31, 2014. What does this mean for members?  Previously, when coverage was terminated for a member or his/her dependents, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) issued a HIPAA Certificate. Because the ACA prohibits the application of pre-existing condition exclusions, which applies to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered health plans, these certificates are no longer required. Effective January, 1,… Read More

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IBC: Important information about member outreach for IRS reporting

From Independence Blue Cross: As you may know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurers to report certain information about health care coverage to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for individuals with fully insured commercial health plans. This information includes an individual’s Tax Identification Number, which is typically the Social Security Number (SSN). The purpose of the IRS reporting is to help ensure that Americans have minimum essential coverage as required by the ACA. This is commonly referred to as the individual mandate. Independence Blue Cross (Independence) has determined that we do not have SSNs on file for some of your customers’ employees and/or their covered dependents. The… Read More

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IBC: Changes to Specialty Pharmacy

Per Independence Blue Cross: Effective January 1, 2015, all covered specialty medications for self-funded and fully insured group members will be provided through the FutureScripts® Specialty Pharmacy Program and distributed exclusively by BriovaRx™ specialty pharmacy — after an initial fill at a retail pharmacy. The Specialty Pharmacy Program was included in Benefit Language Clarification (BLC) -11 , and benefit booklets will be updated to reflect the change. Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager if you have any questions regarding this  notice (215)355-2121.

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Total Benefit Solutions Introduces New Individual Health Plan Private Exchange

Total Benefit Solutions is proud to announce that our newest development, in partnership with RX health is now available. Our new site, the Total Benefit Solutions Exchange can help consumers compare, choose and enroll on a new health insurance plan either on the healthcare marketplace or off. It can help find your subsidy, secure it and get enrolled!   https://totalbenefits.rxhealthinsurance.com/Shopping/14/1/     Log on today, get enrolled and stay legal!

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Health Reform: Healthcare.Gov Sneak Preview

Healthcare.Gov Sneak Preview Announced Yesterday, Affordable Care Act customers can peek at 2015 prices for the program’s health plans today after the government released a “window-shopping” feature overnight Here is a direct link to the 2015 “sneak preview”: https://www.healthcare.gov/see-plans/ If you have any questions or concerns about your 2015 enrollment, please contact Total Benefit Solutions at (215)355-2121

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Total Benefit Solutions is your Marketplace Navigator

What do you get with Total Benefit Solutions as your Marketplace Navigator? A broker who is Unbiased and objective  Trained Local Certified Licensed Insured Up to date Representing you Part of a team of dedicated professionals Click here for more information and to see our “Marketplace Navigator” brochure: Individual Enrollment Navigator Brochure  

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2015 Health Reform: Prepare for Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Preparing for 2015 Open Enrollment Getting prepared for open enrollment 2015 has been a major challenge. Total Benefit Solutions is dedicated to serving all of our clients throughout this second annual open enrollment period. With that in mind our offices will be open on the weekend of November 15th 2014 to help you get enrolled. Open enrollment for individual plans begins November 15th, 2014 and ends February 15th 2015. Anyone who enrolls prior to the 15th of the month will be effective the 1st of the next month. This is important because you must enroll by December 15th in order for your plan to be effective on January 1st, 2015… Read More

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IBC: Individual customers will receive a communication to prepare for open enrollment this week

  From Independence Blue Cross & Amerihealth: Individual customers will receive a communication to prepare for open enrollment this week Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will be sending letters to individual customers to remind them about 2015 Open Enrollment dates, inform them how they can prepare now, and let them know we will send additional details in the coming weeks. Each letter will include a list of upcoming health insurance meetings they can attend, along with a card that will make it easier for them to keep track of their enrollment information. These letters will include the agent’s name and phone number, and encourage individuals to contact their agent with questions.… Read More

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Independence Blue Cross launches new private exchange for mid- and large-sized employers

Independence Blue Cross launches new private exchange for mid- and large-sized employers Multiple plan options offer flexibility, comprehensive coverage, and a personalized experience Philadelphia, PA – September 15, 2014 – Today, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) announces the introduction of a new private exchange marketplace that will offer medical, pharmacy, dental, and vision to employers with more than 100 employees. Employers can begin to use the Independence private exchange on October 1, 2014 with coverage effective on or after January 1, 2015.   Click here to read the release

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IBC: New Cost Care Estimator

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is excited to announce the addition of the Care Cost Estimator (CCE) to our consumer transparency tools. The new online CCE tool will help educate members about covered services, treatment options, and anticipated out-of-pocket costs as they apply to their specific health plan. The CCE tool is available at www.ibxpress.com beginning on September 12, 2014, for PPO members who have migrated to our new operating platform. For customers who have not yet migrated, the CCE tool will become available to PPO members on your renewal date, in conjunction with the migration. To access the CCE tool, members must log in to their account at www.ibxpress.com, where they… Read More

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Heath Reform: 5 States Will Have Early Access to Online Functions of the Federally-Facilitated SHOP Marketplace

‘SHOP Early Access’ Available in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, and Missouri Starting in late October, small employers, agents, and brokers in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, and Missouri will be able to experience some of the key new online functions of the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The online SHOP Marketplace is expected to be available nationwide on November 15, 2014. SHOP Early Access During the “SHOP Early Access,” small employers in the five selected states will be able to use HealthCare.gov to take several initial steps in the enrollment process, including: Establishing a Marketplace SHOP account; Assigning an agent or… Read More

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What is Small Group Defined Contribution-Private Exchange Solution?

What is Small Group Defined Contribution-Private Exchange Solution? With health care reform now being implemented, many employers large and small will consider this arrangement to offer their employees a quality, flexible, easy to use  and competitive benefit package. Simply, the employer decides what dollar amount they will provide to each employee. The employee then uses that dollar amount as a “voucher” of sorts. With the voucher or credit in hand, each employee can choose a plan that best suits their needs from a menu of health plans.  In the past, small group employers had to juggle the challenge of affordability and providing a quality benefit that worked for their entire… Read More

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Dental Plans: United Concordia Will Now Offer one of the Country’s Largest Networks

United Concordia Will Now Offer one of the Country’s Largest Dental Networks   United Concordia, Dental Network of America®, LLC and DenteMax®, LLC have entered into a network sharing agreement to provide greater access and deeper discounts to our members and clients. This agreement will take effect for United Concordia for 2015 business.   Click here to read more…

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IBC: Important notice about pharmacy changes

A number of clients have asked us about network pharmacy changes from IBC because they have been having issues filling prescriptions. We asked for clarification and we were able to find out that the changes only affect members who are on the following: On the Proactive Suite of plans On the Silver Suite of plans On the Bronze Suite of plans. We were directed to this link which was provided to providers. You may also find this link helpful. Simply if you are on one of the plans, or enroll on one, Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies are not in the network of participating pharmacies. As always please feel free… Read More

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What is Critical Illness Insurance?

Why Critical Illness as a “wrap” plan Because: They’re more affordable than you might think. They’re available for employer  groups, individuals and seniors. They make selecting a health plan easier. They provide peace of mind against a catastrophic event and large out of pocket expenses. They’re person and portable, it doesn’t matter where you get your health insurance from, having your own critical illness plan makes it better. Many clients have asked how they can supplement their employees coverage when they get enrolled through the affordable care act healthcare.gov marketplace. Employers are permitted to offer wrap plans that consist of “excepted benefits”, meaning they are not regulated by the affordable… Read More

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