Group Market NewsPublished January 7, 2019
Starting January 1, 2019 as fully insured and OptiFlex groups renew or start a new medical plan. Available as a buy-up option for self-funded groups.
We’ve added new features to our Medical Transportation Benefits program to help make healthcare more affordable and accessible for our Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska members in Alaska. This program covers certain travel expenses employees with a Premera medical plan may incur in these instances:
With medical transportation benefits, Premera provides two types of coverage:
Medical Access Transportation reimburses members for certain travel-related expenses when they need to travel within Alaska or Seattle for medically necessary care that their local doctor can’t provide.
Elective Procedure Travel program covers qualified travel-related expenses members incur when they need to travel to receive pre-approved, non-emergency, care at an in-network facility located in the lower 48. In addition, this benefit also provides members with the following:
Starting January 1, our improved medical transportation program is:
We want to make it easy for our members in Alaska to get quality and affordable care. To help ensure our new medical transportation program did just that, we piloted the program with two self-funded groups in 2018.
Here’s what one satisfied customer had to say about the medical travel experts, “I love that Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska has done this. It will be helpful to people like me who are used to the process. Also think about what this will do for people who are just diagnosed and have no idea what to do or where to start.”
For employers: We make it easy for employers to tell their employees about Premera’s medical transportation benefits with ready-to-share employee communications.
For producers: Use the new Medical Transportation Benefits brochure to talk to your group clients about this unique program.
For questions, reach out to your Premera sales representative.
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