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  • April 7, 2014 

    Update

    • Medicare Supplement exemption documentation
    • Engaging group members about Medicare Advantage
    • 2014 Medigap booklet now available online

    April, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Industry event coming next month

    Individual Updates

    • Individual open enrollment ended
    • New dental enrollment 'add-on' periods
    • Producer support team update

    Small Group Updates

    • Updated HRA/HSA set-up form available
    • Helping members get healthy

    Large Group Updates

    • Prior Authorization for compound medications
    • ACA out-of-pocket maximum rules

    March 21, 2014 

    Update

    • Third-party payer rules
    • Exchange enrollment timelines

    March 18, 2014 

    Update

    • Jeff Roe to be the next Premera CEO

    March 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Update to the Small Group metallic wellness program
    • Employer shared responsibility update for Large Group plans
    • President's decision on renewals has no impact to Washington State

    March 10, 2014 

    Update

    • Supporting transparency in healthcare
    • Economic disruption in healthcare- upcoming symposium
    • Important changes are coming for Small Group enrollment

    March, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Have you heard about Choosing Wisely?
    • Check out our nutrition-focused social platform!
    • Big industry event coming up this month
    • New PCP selection tool for metallic plans

    Individual Updates

    • Important enrollment deadline coming the month
    • Encourage your clients to select a PCP

    Small Group Updates

    • New HSA video online

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: Pharmacy rebate option

    February 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Update to the Small Group metallic wellness program
    • Annual CMS Notification for credible medicare drug coverage

    February, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Utilization Management digital magazine update

    Individual Updates

    • Getting ahead of the rush of applications
    • Take a peek at metallic member statements

    Small Group Updates

    • Summary of Benefits and Coverage for 2014- available online

    Large Group Updates

    • 2014 Large Group sales guide now available
    • Reminder about Employer Shared Responsibility

    January 29, 2014 

    Update

    • Heritage Signature Network update in Spokane
    • Provider search tool update

     January, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Pharmacy prior authorization changes for metallic plans

    Individual Updates

    • A message from John Mychalishyn
    • Helping Individual members better understand their health plan
    • Value with Individual Bronze plans

    Small Group Updates

    • New web page for personal funding accounts

    Large Group Updates

    • Don't forget about the new pharmacy rebate option for your self-funded clients

    December 23, 2013 

    • Washington extends Individual deadline for paying premiums
    • Contract updates mailed to grandfathered Individual subscribers
    • Changes to the allowed amount definition
    • Foster children are now eligible

    December 13, 2013 

    • An agency agreement addendum is on the way
    • Individual members receive a letter about networks
    • Last date approaching for January Individual enrollment

    December 5, 2013 

    General Updates

    • Health insurance for all legally married spouses
    • Flexible spending account rule change
    • Help employers navigate through healthcare reform
    • Online tools that give members the help they need
    • Neurodevelopmental therapy benefit
    • Holiday office closure

    Individual Updates

    • Members on grandfathered plans to receive letter
    • Making it easier for you to order materials
    • Post card mailing to non-grandfathered members
    • New individual provider directory posted online

    Small Group Updates

    • Employer toolkit to help your clients launch a successful wellness program

    Large Group Updates

    • New pharmacy rebate option for your self-funded clients

    November 22, 2013 

    • Exchange data transfer leads to subsidy errors
    • Network use of Seattle Children’s Hospital explained

    November 1, 2013 

    General Updates

    • Mailing for Massachusetts member requirements
    • Find out when you need to have a Business Associate Agreement
    • Get the latest on medical policies with our online magazine
    • Helping members through our news blog and social media

    Individual Updates

    • New additions to the provider network
    • Rate updates
    • Go Blue - campaign launch
    • Plans that offer built-in benefits with value
    • Differences between enrolling directly through us or through WAHealthplanfinder
    • Information about our dental plans
    • Helping make sense of healthcare reform
    • Understanding premium subsidies and more
    • Get answers to your questions

    Small Group Updates

    • Check out information about our metallic plans here

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder about our 2014 products

    November 19, 2013 

    • Updates for Individual Plans, Member Mailings and More

    October 1, 2013 

    • New 2014 Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Prior authorization materials to help you and your clients understand how it works
    • Ucentris is now Connexion Insurance Solutions
    • Introducing our new metallic portfolio for Individual plan members
    • Medicare open enrollment starts soon
    • New metallic portfolio with built-in benefits for your clients
    • New minimum value plans to help large employer groups with the changes ahead

    September 30, 2013 

    • New Small Group Plans Built with Small Business in Mind

    September 17, 2013 

    • Get Active – EveryMove

    September 13, 2013 

    • New Individual Plans for 2014

    September 3, 2013 

    • Helping Make this Transition Easy for Members

    August 29, 2013 

    • Introducing Our New Bulletin

    August 26, 2013 

    • 'Innovation Collaborative' Teams Premera with Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
    • NEW! “Health Plan Basics” Offers the Latest on Healthcare Reform and a Helpful Video to Share with Your Clients
    • Teaming with Walgreens to Help Customers Navigate Healthcare Reform
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update: Large Group Shared Responsibility Penalty and Reporting Requirements Delayed Until 2015
    • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund Fees Begin for Group Plans
    • 2014 Individual & Family Product Road Shows
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Reminder: Prior Authorization Begins for 51+ Groups Starting September 1
    • Cost Sharing Policy for Colonoscopy Procedures
    • “Find A Doctor” Tool Provides Out-of-Pocket Cost Estimates
    • Creditable Coverage Testing for Prescription Drug Plans
    • Agency Agreement Update Issued in August
    • Service Excellence: 2013 Second Quarter Results
    • Labor Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    July 26, 2013 

    • Change is Coming

    July 5, 2013 

    • Premera Blue Cross Announces ACA Individual Product Training Dates

    July 3, 2013 

    • Gubby Barlow Chairs 2013 Heart & Stroke Walk
    • Washington Business Magazine Highlights Premera’s Focus on Wellness
    • 2012 Annual Report
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Insurance Producer Training and Certification Schedule Announced
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Additional Preventive Benefits Began June 1
    • New Maternity and Newborn Programs
    • Medical Policies at Premera.com
    • Help Your Employer Clients Keep Member Records Current
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure

    June 21, 2013 

    • Prior Authorization Options for Self-Funded Groups

    June 10, 2013 

    • Premera Blue Cross Announces 2014 Individual Producer Commissions

    June 7, 2013 

    • Prior Authorization: Safety and Cost Management

    May, 2013 

    • Premera’s Global Outcomes Contracting Recognized in Forbes
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Premera Begins Collecting Certain ACA Taxes & Fees for 51+ Groups
    • Benefit Selection Report Ensures Smooth Enrollment or Renewal for Large Groups
    • USAble Life Update: Improved Group Sales Coordination
    • Mike Bergstaesser Retires from Premera
    • Staff Updates
    • Service Excellence: 2013 Q1 Results
    • Helpful Hints for Customer Service Authorizations and Appeals
    • Drug List Updates
    • Express Scripts Home Delivery Packaging: Different Appearance, Same Medication
    • Medigap Policy Guide Required with All Medicare Supplement Applications
    • 12-Month Medical Exclusionary Period for Re-Enrollment Removed
    • Premera Recognizes its Outstanding Sales & Marketing Employees
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    May 8, 2013 

    • Products and Rates Filed for 2014

    March 29, 2013 

    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Staff Updates
    • Medical Policy Updates
    • Medication Safety: Controlled Substance Utilization Service
    • Pharmacy Discount Program Offers Solution for ACA-Required Drug Coverage
    • USAble Life Update
    • Service Excellence: 2012 Year-End Results
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    February 22, 2013 

    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange – “Washington Healthplan Finder”
    • New, Improved Member EOBs
    • Premera Customer Service Employees Receive World Class Certification
    • Premera.com – Fresh, New Look
    • Take a Tour of the Secure Member Website
    • Premera Mobile App for Windows 8 and Kindle Fire Now Available
    • Endorsement Mailing for Individual Members
    • Reminder: New Individual & Family Application in Use
    • Gubby Barlow Serves as 2013 Heart Walk Chair
    • Premera Hosts Diabetes Day 2013
    • Employer Requirement: Annual CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage
    • Get Up to Speed with USAble Life
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    December 28, 2012 

    • Premera Says Thanks to Jack McRae
    • Premera Implements Washington State Referendum 74
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Choosing Wisely: When to Say ‘Whoa’! to Doctors
    • Premera Wins Two 2012 Best of Blues Awards
    • The Enrollment Center at USAble Life
    • Individual Producer Support Update
    • Reminder: New Medicare Supplement Application in Use
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • December Commission Checks Mailed January 7
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    December 11, 2012 

    • Provider Update: Creekside Medical Changes to Non-Contracted Status

    November 30, 2012 

    • November 2012 Election Recap
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Jim Havens Joins the Individual Leadership Team
    • Cost Shares, Final Details for Medicare Supplement Annual Adjustment
    • Individual & Family Plans Renew January 1, 2013
    • Healthcare Coverage: How it Works
    • Easy and Fun Energy Tracking iPhone App to Kick Start Healthy Habits
    • Annual Privacy Notice Mailing
    • Service Excellence: 2013 Q3 Results
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    November 9, 2012  

    • “Find a Doctor” Tool Provides Out-of-Pocket Cost Estimates
    • Premera’s New Ad Campaign Now Live
    • January Enrollments & Renewals: Early Submittal and Confirmation Promises Best Services
    • USAble Life Begins Transition for Renewing Groups
    • More User-Friendly Improvements for Premera Mobile App
    • Premera Blog Features Series on the Pros & Cons of Sugar
    • Annual Adjustment for Medicare Supplement Plans – January 1, 2013
    • Individual Rate Filing Approved for January 1, 2013
    • Premera Receives AHA Award
    • Premera’s Sheela Tallman Receives AWB “Heavy Lifter” Award
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closures
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    October 10, 2012 

    • Improved Member Experience at Premera.com
    • USAble Life Updates
    • Medicare Open Enrollment Begins and Premera is Ready for 2013
    • Creditable Coverage Notices for Medicare-Eligible Members
    • Individual Rate Filing for January 1, 2013
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board
    • STEP OUT for Diabetes
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closures
    • Premera Recognizes its Outstanding Sales Employees
    • Staff Update
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    September 7, 2012 

    • Premera Launches a New Ad Campaign
    • New Rules for Summary of Benefits and Coverage Start September 23
    • Protection from Whooping Cough
    • New! Dedicated Producer Support Number for Individual Sales
    • Premera Sales Leader Joins Panel Discussion
    • Washington State Health Benefit Exchange Update
    • Medco Merges with Express Scripts, New Name Effective September 1
    • Drug List Updates
    • Service Excellence – 2012 Q2 Results
    • Planned System Upgrade This Month
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    July 2012 

    • Find a Doctor Tool Adds Patient Review Feature
    • Women’s Preventive Health Benefits
    • Medical Loss Ratio Update
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange Update
    • Endorsement Mailing for Individual Members
    • Creditable Coverage Testing for Prescription Drug Plans
    • Planned System Upgrade in September
    • Producer & Agency Updates at Premera
    • When Calling Producer Support
    • Premera’s Outstanding Sales Support Employees
    • Need a Current Premera Appointment Certificate for Your Records?
    • July Commission Checks Mailed August 6
    • Labor Day Weekend Office Closures
    • Cut the Clutter – Go Paperless!
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    June 2012 

    • Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Reform
    • USAble Life – Ready to Quote
    • Global Trends Outcome Contracting
    • Healthcare Reform Changes to Women’s Preventive Health Benefits Start August 1, 2012
    • Premera Mobile Wins National Award
    • E-Visit Benefit for Large Groups
    • Individual and Family Plans Benefit and Rate Update for August 1, 2012
    • Individual Producer Support Update
    • “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” at ChoosingWisely
    • Sensible Portions of Nutrition Information on PremeraNews.com
    • Independence Day Holiday

    May 31, 2012 – Special Edition 

    • Premera Announces Agreement with USAble Life

    May 2, 2012 – Special Edition 

    • Premera Blue Cross Response to Press Release from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

    May 2012 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Washington State Health Benefit Exchange Update
    • Washington State’s Same Sex and Domestic Partnership Law May Implement June 7
    • Healthcare Reform Changes to Women’s Preventive Health Benefits Begin August 1
    • Changes to Large Group Offerings Begin September 1
    • Drug List Updates
    • New! Premera Mobile App for iPad
    • Producer & Agency Updates at Premera
    • Service Excellence – 2012 Q1 Results
    • 2011 Annual Report
    • Premera Recognizes it’s Outstanding Sales Employees
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    April 2012 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Washington Legislative Update
    • Memorial Day Weekend Office Closures
    • 12-Month Exclusionary Period for Re-Enrollment with Premera Individual Plans
    • Standard Health Questionnaire Updated
    • Avoid Medicare Supplement Application Returns
    • Premera, Bloomsday and Step UP Spokane – A Winning Partnership
    • Premera Helps Puget Sound Companies Get Fit Friendly
    • Premera Members Save Money While Getting Fit with Extras!
    • April Commission Checks Mailed May 7
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    March 30, 2012 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Washington Legislative Update
    • Premera Partnership Offers Members Increased Access to Pediatric Care
    • Staff Updates: Changes to Western Washington Mid-Market Sales
    • New LifeWise Assurance Account Executive
    • Oral Chemotherapy Benefit Adjustment for Non-Cancerous Conditions
    • Update to Standard Health Questionnaire
    • Open Enrollment Period for Under Age 19 Individuals
    • Guidelines for Promoting Premera
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    March 13, 2012 

    • Washington Legislative Update
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • What is the Single Best Thing We Can Do For Our Health
    • Provider Network Update: ER Physicians for Holy Family Hospital Return
    • Producers Were Key to a Successful January Renewal Season
    • Service Excellence – 2011 Year-End Results
    • Drug List Updates
    • HSA Preventive Drug Benefits
    • Support Your HSA Plan Clients with our Income Tax Checklist
    • Get Your Plate in Shape to Get Your Health in Shape
    • Premera Has Heart
    • Reminder: Updated Medicare Supplement Application Now Required
    • Need Medicare Supplement Sales Materials?
    • Upcoming Open Enrollment Period for Under Age 19 Individuals
    • Under Age 19 Applicants Who Qualify for Loss of Coverage When Applying Outside of the Open Enrollment Periods
    • Individual Producer Support Provides Answers for You
    • Medicare Supplement/ Individual & Family Sales & Support Team
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    January 2012 

    • What Does Healthcare Reform Mean to Businesses and Their Employees in Washington State
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Producer & Agency Updates at Premera
    • January Commission Checks Mailed February 6
    • 1099 Tax Forms Released
    • NEW! Premera Video Library
    • Disease Management Program Goes Live
    • Employer Requirement: Annual CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage
    • Cut the Clutter – Go Paperless!
    • Staff Updates
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    December 2011 

    • Premera Goes Mobile with New Member App
    • Thank You & Best Wishes from Premera
    • More Provider Directory Enhancements
    • Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • December Commission Checks Mailed January 3
    • Help Stop Diabetes in the Work Place
    • Staff Updates
    • Individual Endorsement Mailing for Appeals Updates
    • Individual Sales & Support Team Out-of-Office Schedule
    • Medigap Policy Guide Required With All Medicare Supplement Applications
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    November 30, 2011 

    • Washington State’s Health Benefit Insurance Exchange
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update: ACA Lawsuits
    • Additional Explanation of Benefits Updates Begin in December
    • Oral Chemotherapy Mandate Takes Effect January 1
    • Update to Coordination of Benefits
    • Early Confirmation Promises Best Service
    • Premera Blue Cross Small Group
    • Disease Management Program Update
    • Lipitor Patent Expires, Opens Door to Big Savings Opportunity with Generic
    • Drug List Updates
    • Annual Privacy Notice Mailing
    • PremeraNews.com
    • Winter Weather
    • Premera’s Kirsten Simonitsch Named Seattle Business Magazine IT Leader of the Year
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • NEW! Online Underwriting Guide for Medicare Supplement Plans
    • Premera Medicare Supplement Annual Adjustment
    • Premera Individual Annual Adjustment Takes Effect January 1
    • LifeWise Assurance Company E-Mail Updates
    • Upcoming Industry Event
    • Premera Playmakers Support Community Organizations and the Seattle Seahawks

    November 18, 2011 – Special Edition 

    • Premera Individual & Family Annual Adjustment: January 1, 2012

    November 14, 2011 – Special Edition 

    • Annual Adjustment for Premera’s Medicare Supplement Plans

    November 3, 2011 

    • Washington State’s Health Benefit Insurance Exchange
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Summary of Benefits & Coverage Compliance Coming Soon
    • January Enrollments & Renewals: Early Submittal and Confirmation Promise Best Service
    • Timelines for Personal Funding Account Enrollment Documentation
    • Premera Begins Member Reminder Calls
    • Service Excellence: Q3 Results
    • Premera Supports Heart Attack Education Through the Cardiac and Stroke Network
    • Premera Prepares for New Diagnostic Coding System
    • Premera CEO Gubby Barlow Receives American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award
    • October Commission Checks Released November 7
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closures
    • Staff Updates for LifeWise Assurance Company
    • Reminder: Premera Blue Cross Small Group Product Distribution Transitions to Ucentris
    • Individual Product & Rate Filing Approved for January 1, 2012
    • Producer & Agency Updates at Premera
    • Your Votes Help Premera Playmakers Support Community Organizations and the Seattle Seahawks

    October 19, 2011 – Special Edition 

    • Premera Begins 2012 Medicare Supplement Sales

    October 2011 

    • More Provider Directory Tools for Members
    • Washington State’s Health Benefit Insurance Exchange
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update: HHS Exchange Guidance
    • Convenient Access to Flu Shots
    • Network Update
    • Creditable Coverage Notices for Medicare-Eligible Members
    • Archived Producer Webinars Online
    • Congratulations to Phil Scroggs, Premera “Excellence” Award Winner
    • Staff Update: Keith Pearson Returns
    • Walk With Us at the 2011 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
    • Premera Supports Community Organizations – and the Seattle Seahawks
    • Reminder: Premera Blue Cross Small Group Product Distribution Transitions to Ucentris
    • Try LifeWise Assurance for Quality, Competitively Priced Ancillary Products
    • Heritage Preferred Plus 30 Plan to be Discontinued
    • Open Enrollment Period for Under Age 19 Individuals: September 15 to October 31
    • New Medicare Supplement Application
    • Medicare Supplement / Individual & Family Sales and Support
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    September 22, 2011 – Special Edition 

    • ER Physicians for Holy Family Hospital Change to Non-Contracted Status

    August 26, 2011 – Special Edition 

    • Individual Product & Rate Filing for January 1, 2012

    August 2011 

    • Federal Legislative Update: Additional Draft Rules
    • Introducing Dental Copay Plans for Groups
    • Reminder: Premera Blue Cross Small Group Product Distribution Transitions to Ucentris
    • Audit Program Expands
    • New Individual Plan Change Policy and Form
    • Revised Individual Application and Medical Enrollment Policy Update
    • Upcoming Open Enrollment Period for Under Age 19 Individuals
    • Reminder: Updated Standard Health Questionnaire in Effect
    • Producer & Agency Updates at Premera
    • September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
    • Help Protect Your Clients from Medical Identity Theft
    • Paperless EOBs: Smart, Efficient, Environmentally Thoughtful
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Select Drug List Updates
    • Premera’s Extras! Discount Program Welcomes More Vendors
    • September Commission Checks
    • Labor Day Holiday Office Closures
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    July 2011 

    • Join Premera on Social Media!
    • NEW! Your Start Medical Plan Option for 51+ Groups
    • Webinar Coming Soon: New Group Dental Copay Plan
    • Reminder: Premera Blue Cross Small Group Product Distribution Transitions to Ucentris
    • Federal Legislative Update: Draft Rules from the Federal Government
    • Premera Implements Frequency Limits for Preventive Services
    • Provider Network Update: Proliance Surgeons, Inc. Returns
    • Labor Day Office Closures
    • Disease Management – A Different Perspective
    • Service Excellence – Q2 Results
    • Revised Individual Book of Business Reports Released in August
    • Staff Updates: Producer Support Adds Two
    • Updated Standard Health Questionnaire Now in Effect
    • Premera’s Extras! Discount Program Adds LA Fitness
    • Healthy Food and Lifestyle Coupons Support Member Wellness
    • Association Business?
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    June 20, 2011 

    • Premera Blue Cross Announces Change to Small Group Product Distribution

    June 2011 

    • Premera Introduces Enhanced Online Provider Finder
    • Living Well Alliance Tackles Diabetes
    • Changes to Explanation of Benefits Begin in July
    • Webinar Coming Soon: Healthcare Reform and Exchanges Impacts
    • Minimum Medical Loss Ratio Requirements
    • Comparative Effectiveness Fees Begin in Late 2012
    • Washington HB 1649 – Domestic Partnership; Expanded Scope of Who Qualifies for Rights in Washington State
    • 2012 Indexed Amounts for Health Savings Accounts
    • July Commission Checks
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Creditable Coverage Testing for Prescription Drug Plans
    • Premera Blue Cross Announces Change to Small Group Product Distribution
    • Troy Butler Wins Falcon Award
    • Premera Recognizes Outstanding Sales & Marketing Employees
    • Guidelines for Promoting Premera
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    May 2011 

    • Providence and Premera Announce New Alliance
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Seattle Business Magazine Interviews Premera CEO Gubby Barlow
    • NEW! Online Resource Identifies Acceptable Documentation for Exemption from Medicare Supplement Health Questionnaire
    • HSA Rules for Dependents Under Age 26
    • Healthy Food and Lifestyle Product Coupons Support Member Wellness
    • Smoking Cessation Contract Endorsement Mailing for 51+ Employee Groups
    • Minimum Production Requirement Waived
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Memorial Day Weekend Office Closures
    • Staff Updates
    • Producer and Agency Updates at Premera
    • Colonoscopy Benefits for Individual Members
    • Need Medicare Supplement or Individual Supplies?
    • Premera Blue Cross Medicare Supplement Sales & Support Team

    April 2011 

    • Federal Legislative Update
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • “Partnership for Patients” Supports Quality Healthcare Throughout Washington
    • Interactive Technology to Improve Health in Simple, Meaningful Ways
    • Service Excellence – Q1 Results
    • 2010 Annual Report Available
    • May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month
    • NEW! Individual Member Late Notice Reports
    • Quick Tips: Submitting Medicare Supplement or Individual Applications
    • Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 30
    • Memorial Day Weekend Office Closures
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    March 2011 

    • Premera Blue Cross Recognized by BCBSA
    • Producer of Record Policy Reminder
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • A Message from John Mychalishyn, Sales Director, Individual & Medicare Supplement Plans
    • Top Five Reasons a Medicare Supplement Application is Returned
    • Updated Medicare Replacement Form
    • Reminder: New Medicare Supplement Application in Use
    • Ed Tabish Joins LifeWise Assurance
    • Premera’s Extras! Discount Program Adds New Vendors
    • Caring for Members Doesn’t End on Friday
    • Premera’s Care Management Program Benefits Members, Providers and Staff
    • Newborn and Newly-Adopted Child Enrollment for Individual Plans
    • Reminder: March 15 – April 30 Open Enrollment Period for Under Age 19 Individuals

    February 28, 2011 

    • Service Excellence – 2011 Year-End Results
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • NEW! Guide to Helping Groups with Their Grandfathered Status
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Select Drug List Updates
    • Commission Checks Released March 7
    • Need a Premera Appointment Certificate for your Records?
    • Staff Update
    • Upcoming Industry Event
    • Need Medicare Supplement or Individual Supplies?
    • CMS Releases 2011 Medigap Policy Guide
    • Reminder: Under Age 19 Open Enrollment Period for Individual Plans, March 15 – April 30
    • Newborn and Newly Adopted Child Enrollment

    February 4, 2011 

    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Premera Blue Cross Facilitates the Return of Physician House Calls to Seattle Area
    • Association Business?
    • Commission Checks Released February 7
    • Agency & Producer Updates at Premera
    • Open Enrollment Periods for Under Age 19 Individual Plan Applicants
    • Individual Sales & Producer Support at Premera Blue Cross
    • Employer Requirement: Annual CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage Due by February 28
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    December 2010 

    • Consulting Your Clients About Their Choice: Grandfathered or Non-Grandfathered
    • The Leaders Program for 2011
    • 2011 Producer Commission Schedule
    • Premera Accepting Individual Applications for January 2011
    • Individual Member Endorsement Mailing
    • Individual Subscriber January Bills Delayed
    • Individual Sales & Support Team Out-of-Office Schedule
    • Online Medicare Supplement Applications Require Extra Attention from Producers
    • Is Underwriting Required When Transferring Medicare Supplement Plans
    • New Resource for Medicare Supplement Deniable Conditions
    • Expedite Your Clients’ Medicare Supplement Applications
    • Medigap Policy Guide Required with all Medicare Supplement Applications
    • Premera Recognizes 32 Clinics for Healthcare Quality
    • Retroactive Changes to Smoking Cessation Benefits for 51+ Employee Groups
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • Electronic Alerts Demonstrate an Increase in Member Safety
    • Premera’s Volunteer Time Helps Those in Need
    • Upcoming Industry Events
    • Seahawks Premera Playmakers: Vote, Give and Win
    • Reminder: 2011 Personal Funding Account Changes

    November 29, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Individual Product Update – Healthcare Reform Changes Effective January 2011

    November 15, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Annual Adjustment for Premera’s Medicare Supplement Plans

    November 2010 

    • Help Us Ensure the Best Service for Your Clients
    • Commission Addendum Takes Effect January 1
    • Agency & Producer Updates at Premera
    • Grandfathering Grace Period – What Your Clients Can Expect
    • Grandfathering When Changing Carriers
    • Small Group Quote Requests
    • Annual Privacy Notice Mailing
    • Remind Your Individual Clients to Wait for Approval Confirmation
    • Creditable Coverage Clarification for Premera Individual Products
    • CORRECTION: Medicare Supplement Closed Plan F Member Notification Letter
    • Winter Weather
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Medicare Part D Creditable & Non-Creditable Coverage Notices
    • Introducing Anne Fitch, Premera’s Newest National Account Manager
    • Individual Sales & Producer Support at Premera Blue Cross
    • John Mychalishyn Named CEO Award Winner
    • Premera Named ‘Favorite’ Employer
    • NEW! Group Member Dental Guide
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • Upcoming Industry Events
    • Seahawks Premera Playmakers: Vote, Give and Win

    October 2010 

    • Premera Pinnacle Offers Competitive Coverage for Active Retirees
    • Medicare Supplement Plan I Non-Creditable Coverage Notice
    • Service Excellence – Q3 Results
    • Additional Healthcare Reform Benefit Limits Removed for Group Plans
    • Individual Product Update for January 1
    • Congratulations to Judy Sherman and Trisha Cunningham, Premera “Excellence” Award Winners
    • Premera Awarded URAC Accreditation for its Utilization and Case Management Programs
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closure
    • Premera Simplifies Access to Seasonal Vaccines at Pharmacies
    • Premera Supports Step Up! Spokane
    • Premera Offers Assistance with Primary Payment Notices for Medicare Secondary Payer Demands
    • “HELLO My Name is Generic” Campaign Materials Now Available
    • Vote, Win and Give with Seahawks Premera Playmakers
    • Upcoming Industry Events
    • Important News About LifeWise Assurance Company’s Short Term Disability Claim Services
    • HealthVault: An Online Repository for Health Information at www.premera.com 

    September 17, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Special Open Enrollment Periods for Renewing Groups

    September 2010 

    • Sales and Marketing Leadership Update
    • Enhanced Rx Search Tool Provides Helpful Drug List Information
    • New Customer Service Requirement for Producers
    • Childhood Obesity/Diabetes Pilot in Eastern Washington
    • IRS Guidance on 2011 FSA and IRA Over-the-Counter Medicine Payments
    • Washington Small Group Sales Team Update
    • Staff Updates
    • Join Us at the ADA StepOut Walk to Fight Diabetes – October 9
    • Just Health Facts and Nothing But Health Facts
    • Upcoming Industry Events
    • 24-Hour NurseLine Supports Member Health

    August 20, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Group Health Care Reform Changes Begin September 23

    August 17, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Grandfathering’s Impact to Healthcare Reform

    August 2010 

    • Prepared for October 1 Healthcare Reform Changes
    • Member Grandfathering Communication
    • Labor Day Office Closure
    • New, Expanded Preventive Services List Released
    • REMINDER: Renewal Verification for Non-Community Groups of 2-50 Enrolled Employees
    • Small Group Contact Information
    • Revving Up Sales: Ed Tabish Wins Falcon Award from Insight from Years on the Car Lot
    • Commission Checks Released September 7
    • NEW! Real-Time Estimates Tool Lets Dentists Quickly Calculate Members Out-of-Pocket Dental Costs
    • Staff Updates
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Polypharmacy Program Celebrates Ten Successful Years
    • A Unique Web Rx-perience
    • Creditable Coverage Notices for Medicare-Eligible Members
    • “No Mas Fruits and Veggies!”
    • Data Reporting Request for Group Spouses and Dependents Age 40+
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    July 12, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • New Guidelines Issued July 1 for Federal Mental Health Parity Testing

    July 2010 

    • Small Group Product Portfolio – Changes Begin October 1
    • NEW! Medicare Supplement Web Selling Guide
    • Labor Day Office Closure
    • Service Excellence – Q2 Results
    • Health Helpers to the Rescue!
    • Washington State Changes Definition of Small Group
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    June 8, 2010 – Special Edition 

    • Federal Mental Health Parity Testing Requires Product Changes

    June 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Update
    • Healthcare Reform – Interim Final Rules
    • 2009 Annual Report Available
    • Medicare Supplement Product Review Webinar – July 27
    • Group Delinquency Payment Notice Change for Groups of 2-199 Employees
    • Expanded Renewal Notification for Non-Community Groups of 1-50 Enrolled Employees
    • Biannual Producer Appointment Update
    • Commission Checks Released July 6
    • Think Dental, Think Premera
    • Life and Disability Package Discounts for Small Employers
    • Outpatient Advanced Imaging Services Update
    • Planned System Upgrade over Holiday Weekend
    • Qualified High Deductible Health Plans
    • Indexed Amounts for Health Savings Accounts Remain Status Quo for 2011
    • A Medical Library Open to our Members All Day, Every Day
    • Staff Update
    • Medicare Reporting Requirements for Group Spouses and Dependents Age 40+
    • Upcoming Industry Event
    • Holiday Office Closure

    May 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Update: New Regulatory Activity
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Premera Extends Adult Dependent Coverage to Age 26
    • Individual Product Implementation Dates for Interim Healthcare Reform
    • Swedish Emergency Physicians Rejoin Network
    • Guidelines for Promoting Premera
    • Introducing Secure Member Web Site for Medicare Supplement Members
    • Medicare Supplement Product Review Webinar – June 8
    • REMINDER: New Medicare Supplement Application in Use
    • Commission Checks Released June 7 and July 6
    • Holiday Office Closures
    • A Fresh Look at Health From the Member’s Vantage Point at www.premera.com 
    • Huge Opportunity for Savings on Generics
    • Upcoming Industry Event
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • Premera Recognizes its Outstanding Sales Associates
    • New Exemption and Update for Standard Health Questionnaire Drives Revised Individual Application
    • Premera Ad Campaign Brings Home the Gold... and Silver ... and Bronze

    April 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Update Continuing Extension Act of 2010
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Stay Informed with the Premera Healthcare Reform Web Site
    • REMINDER: Power System Upgrade on May 7-10
    • Service Excellence – Q1 Results
    • Providing Peace of Mind to a Member in Need
    • Memorial Day Office Closure
    • In-Network Doctors and Hospitals – Members Can Find Them Fast on www.premera.com 
    • Guidance to Support our Members’ Choice of Provider
    • Medicare Reporting Requirements for Premera Employer Groups
    • Updated Medigap Policy Guide Now Available
    • Mental Health Parity for Small Groups & Individuals
    • Online Member Benefit Booklets for Individual and Medicare Supplement Coming Soon
    • Care Facilitation Becomes Integrated Health Management
    • Join Premera at the 2010 Spokane Start! Heart Walk
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    March 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • My Rx Choices Prescription Drug Program Yields Significant Savings
    • New Premera Ad Campaign Begins
    • Members Taking Care of Business on www.premera.com 
    • Introducing Premera Pinnacle
    • The Leaders Program in 2010
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    February 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • NEW Healthcare Reform Web Site Keeps You Informed
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Delivering Peace of Mind Through Service Excellence
    • Medicare Supplement Road Show Coming in March
    • Premera Offers COBRA Alternatives
    • Premera’s Member Web Site…One Incredibly Helpful Resource
    • Premera Case Managers Recognized for Excellence
    • Preferred Drug List Updates
    • HITECH Act (HIPAA 5010)
    • REMINDER: Power System Upgrade on March 12-15
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    January 2010 

    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update
    • Agency & Producer Updates at Premera
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • COBRA Subsidy Extension
    • Power System Upgrade
    • Better Together: Medical and Dental
    • 51+ Group Domestic Partner Eligibility Drives Updates to Forms
    • Updated Medicare Supplement Plan A Begins February 1
    • Individual and Western WA Sales & Support Teams Out of Office Schedule
    • Employer Requirement: CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage
    • Congratulations to Trevor Moore, Premera “Excellence” Award Winner
    • Freedom Disability Advocates SSDI for Eligible Members
    • Upcoming Industry Events