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  • June 2016

    General Updates

    • Anchorage office changes
    • Change in Alaska's Telehealth mandate

    Group Updates

    • Use new email address for faster service for small groups

    Individual Updates

    • Premera's rate filing with the Division of Insurance moves to July

    Senior Updates

    • 2016 version of Choosing a Medigap Policy book now available

    In Case You Missed It

    • New process for outpatient rehabilitation services begins July 1

    November, 2015

    General Updates

    • Cold and flu season = Time for virtual care
    • New tax reporting requirements for all members
    • Latest A.M. Best Company rating
    • 2015 Heart Walk

    Individual Updates

    • FFM licensing information needed
    • Sample contract books available
    • New digital welcome kits!

    Large Group Updates

    • Medical Travel Support – Expanded Access
    • Pharmacy hot topics

    May 2016

    General Updates

    • New process for outpatient rehabilitation services begins July 1

    Individual Updates

    • New rates effective for individual Grandfathered, Grandmothered plans

    November, 2015

    General Updates

    • Cold and flu season = Time for virtual care
    • New tax reporting requirements for all members
    • Latest A.M. Best Company rating
    • 2015 Heart Walk

    Individual Updates

    • FFM licensing information needed
    • Sample contract books available
    • New digital welcome kits!

    Large Group Updates

    • Medical Travel Support – Expanded Access
    • Pharmacy hot topics

    October, 2015

    General Updates

    • Earn bonuses with Sprint Rewards
    • Optiflex=flexibility of self-funding with lower overhead
    • Creditable coverage results have mailed
    • Medicare Supplement Update
    • Commission payment dates
    • User guide to scheduling preventive checkups

    Individual Updates

    • Training webinars now available
    • New Producer Support team member
    • Five minutes or less to enroll your clients on the FFM
    • FFM registration and training now available

    Small Group Updates

    • Power of positive renewals
    • Timely tips for setup success
    • Streamlined support for membership and billing

    Large Group Updates

    • Health Savings Account administration made easy
    • Timely tips for setup success

    Wellness Updates

    • Two ways to get information about group wellness programs

    September, 2015

    General Updates

    • Group sizes to change in 2016
    • Plan early for 2016 changes to 51-100 groups
    • High value benefits in all 2016 plans
    • Check-up Challenge runs through October 31
    • Smooth the way for efficient renewals
    • Timely tips for setup success
    • New federal regulations for HDHPs
    • Selling on the exchange? Read this.
    • New federal legislation affects veterans’ HSA eligibility
    • Health news and tips for your clients
    • Member newsletter releasing soon
    • ICD-10 coding change coming soon

    Individual Updates

    • 2016 product training – are you signed up?
    • Producer support team – meet Katie!
    • Selling on the exchange?

    Small Group Updates

    • 2016 small group product suite announced
    • Time for a Small Group dental checkup
    • The power of positive renewals

    Large Group Updates

    • New 2016 Large Group Medical Plans Benefit Guide
    • Time for an overall health checkup

    Wellness Updates

    • Wellness outreach change in 2016

    August, 2015

    General Updates

    • Sprint Rewards Program
    • Incentive for using preventive benefits
    • 2016 cost sharing limits for HDHPs
    • Curtis Kopf, new Vice President of Customer Experience
    • Recertification needed for selling on the exchange
    • Mid-month health plan bill payment guidelines
    • Let the Part D testing begin

    Individual Updates

    • 2016 product webinars
    • Medical loss ratio rebates are coming
    • Meet Justin, another helpful person on the producer support team

    Large Group Updates

    • Streamlined benefit administration

    Wellness Updates

    • August Wellness Academy - Cooperative Competition

    July, 2015

    General Updates

    • Announcing our new Chief Information Officer
    • Check out enhanced medical travel benefits for 2016
    • New preferred therapy for hepatitis C treatment
    • Spread the word to employers about the discounts program

    Individual Updates

    • Dental enrollment period is just days from closing
    • Getting coverage outside of the annual enrollment period
    • Another friendly face on the producer support team

    Small Group Updates

    • Help Metallic Groups Avoid Gaps in Dental Coverage

    Large Group Updates

    • Brad Olson promotion

    Wellness Updates

    • Corrected Wellness Program effective dates for legacy groups
    • Udelhoven shares success with Premera Wellness Program

    June, 2015

    General Updates

    • Premera 'Best of Blue' for benchmarking data
    • Annual health review member mailing
    • Global coverage with BlueCard Worldwide
    • Premera Mobile: Answers on the go
    • Proactive efforts encourage electronic options

    Individual Updates

    • Earn commissions for Washington National Insurance
    • Don't let your clients miss out on dental coverage

    Large Group Updates

    • PCORI fee deadline approaches for self-funded clients
    • Premera offers multiple EAP solutions

    Wellness Updates

    • Making a bold move to activity-based wellness

    May, 2015

    General Updates

    • CareCompass360° - a total health support solution for all
    • New maternity and newborn programs aim to reduce preterm births
    • Important enhancements to privacy settings
    • Handy money tracking tool for HSAs
    • The spring issue of Premera for Your Health is here!

    Individual Updates

    • Dental special open enrollment coming up
    • Tell your clients about our HSA solution
    • Meet the Individual Producer Support team

    Small Group Updates

    • Small group tax documentation audits discontinued

    Large Group Updates

    • New Enrollment Center launches

    Wellness Updates

    • Champion good health at the May Wellness Academy

    April, 2015

    General Updates

    • Expanded Maternity Program Delivers Optimal Health
    • Your clients have a new ally - CareCompass360°
    • Rewards for great work
    • Premera Mobile: Answers on the go
    • Spring member newsletters are here!

    Individual Updates

    • Special enrollment periods still available
    • Rates final for older, closed individual plans
    • Payment choices for individual consumers

    Wellness Updates

    • Change to Wellness Program Coming in July

    March 16, 2015

    Update

    • Individual rate letters to mail this week

    March, 2015

    General Updates

    • Evolving to whole-person care management
    • Cost, quality upgrades to Find a Doctor tool
    • Non-Grandfathered Plans: Cost Shares Count Towards Out-of-Pocket Max
    • Virtual care + NurseLine cure the common wait
    • Inspiration to save is on the rise
    • Want more information on the Anthem cyberattack?
    • Administrator's Quick Reference Guide now available
    • Change streamlines renewal process
    • Changing agencies? Let's stay connected

    Individual Updates

    • Why choosing a PCP makes sense
    • HSAs and their triple tax advantage
    • New way to transfer contracts

    Small Group Updates

    • Renewing small group tax documentation audits
    • Help Metallic Groups Avoid Gaps in Dental Coverage
    • Change streamlines renewal process

    Large Group Updates

    • Blue Distinction Total Care program pays providers for quality and outcomes

    Wellness Updates

    • Client's results speak volumes for wellness program
    • Wellness program participants to get email reminders

    February 12, 2015

    Update

    • One-week special enrollment period announced

    February, 2015

    General Updates

    • New enrollment forms deadline for groups of 1-99
    • Producer of record change letters to be discontinued
    • Annual employer requirement
    • Media highlights Premera's support of AIM care-improvement initiative
    • Rich Maturi discusses new virtual care solution
    • Utilization Management news update

    Individual Updates

    • Individual application deadline fast approaching
    • Understanding qualifying events
    • Using our logo?

    Small Group Updates

    • Please refer to the General Updates

    Large Group Updates

    • Please refer to the General Updates

    Wellness Updates

    • Clients will love February's Wellness Academy module
    • Premera Wellness Program in action
    • Protecting your heart
    • Correction: Wellness program discounts

    January 9, 2015

    Update

    • Talking about penalties with your clients?

    January, 2015

    General Updates

    • 'Eyes Matter' mailing sent in December
    • Firm rates established for Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program
    • Customer service department understands the Alaskan way of life
    • Producer website evolution
    • Winter blues? The winter newsletter is here

    Individual Updates

    • Older plans renew in May
    • Producer support menu option changed

    Small Group Updates

    • ACA probation period maximum explained

    Large Group Updates

    • Large Group sales manager joins Premera

    October, 2014

    General Updates

    • Go, team, go! Half-way point reached for Sprint Rewards Program
    • Alaska Wellness Academy coming this November
    • 2015 product highlights: Key features include updated Medical Travel Support and wellness program
    • Traveling for care just got easier- Medical Travel Support now covers companion travel expenses
    • Pump up wellness- program offers improved incentives, longer timeframes
    • B2B marketing campaign launches- gives group clients good reason to "look again"
    • Without this critical action, you may not get your commission
    • Flu shots, the preventive benefit powerhouse

    Individual Updates

    • Important Medicare updates
    • Consider Human Life Value
    • Now more people to answer your calls

    Small Group Updates

    • Renewal options for non-grandfathered small groups

    Large Group Updates

    • HPID required by November 5: Remind your self-funded clients

    September 30, 2014

    Update

    • Individual member discontinuation communication

    September, 2014

    General Updates

    • Cash rewards for a job well done
    • The fall issue of Premera For Your Health is here!
    • Federal Exchange requirements that could impact your commission
    • Communicating creditable coverage test results
    • Medicare Open Enrollment is quickly approaching
    • Help them avoid FSA forfeitures
    • ACA timeline: Where we are and what's next
    • 2015 benefit guides ready this month
    • Finding HSA information just got easier
    • Orthopedic surgeon joins network

    Individual Updates

    • Perfect product pairing for HDHPs
    • Product training sessions you won't want to miss

    Large Group Updates

    • Health plan identifier deadline approaching

    September 05, 2014

    Update

    • Individual Metallic Rates Approved by the DOI

    August, 2014

    General Updates

    • The Sprint is on to big sales rewards
    • Targeting members with avoidable ER visits
    • Importance of a PCP and preventive care
    • Part D creditable coverage testing begins
    • Meet the team

    Individual Updates

    • Learn more about critical illness coverage
    • Updated administrative guides available
    • FFM certification rules that impact you

    Small Group Updates

    • Encouraging metallic wellness program adoption

    Large Group Updates

    • Another ACA deadline you need to know about

    July, 2014

    General Updates

    • Check out the summer digital newsletter
    • Updates to secure member site and new mobile app
    • Meet the team: Jason Mahoney

    Individual Updates

    • More choices in financial protection
    • Don't miss out! Dental open enrollment ends soon
    • Understand late-payment reinstatement rules
    • MLR rebates mailed

    Small Group Updates

    • Plan now for extended groups' 2015 renewals
    • Help members take healthy steps now

    Large Group Updates

    • Final mental health parity rules

    June, 2014

    General Updates

    • Jeff Davis retiring
    • Alaska Wellness Academy kick-off
    • New Utilization Management digital magazine
    • Premera For Your Health summer digital newsletter coming soon!
    • New COBRA special enrollment window
    • Meet our team: Terri Good, Sales Support Manager

    Individual Updates

    • New adult dental plans launch
    • Special dental enrollment open now
    • New individual coverage available
    • Update producer FAQ for qualifying events
    • MLR rebates mailed soon
    • Summer hours for Producer Support

    Small Group Updates

    • Non-grandfathered small group plan extension
    • Important RapidRate reminder
    • Metallic small group discontinuation notices

    Large Group Updates

    • 2013 Drug Trend Report released

    May, 2014

    General Updates

    • Introducing the Alaska Wellness Academy
    • Cost and quality transparency tools to help our members
    • Alaska legislative session round-up
    • Online updates
    • Premera receives Brand Excellence award
    • Meet our team: Maureen Gali, Client Manager

    Individual Updates

    • Product roadshow headed your way
    • Changes to agency agreement on the way
    • Producer tool updated

    Small Group Updates

    • Train small groups to create strong environments of wellness

    Large Group Updates

    • 100+ Wellness motivates your large groups to get healthy

    April 24, 2014

    Update

    • Individual member newsletter

    April, 2014

    General Updates

    • Pre-approval for compound medications
    • Meet our team: Fred Maldonado, Account Manager

    Individual Updates

    • Individual open enrollment ended
    • Individual grandfathered members' plan options
    • Producer Support team update

    Small Group Updates

    • Check out our updated HSA/HRA setup form
    • Helping members get healthy

    Large Group Updates

    • ACA out-of-pocket maximum rules

    March 27, 2014

    Update

    • Alaskans now have more time to sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace

    March 21, 2014

    Update

    • Third-party payer rules
    • Exchange enrollment timelines
    • Rates approved for Individual grandfathered plans

    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

    March, 2014

    General Updates

    • Have you heard about Choosing Wisely?
    • Meet our team: Sherrill Miller, Senior Account Manager

    Individual Updates

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

    Small Group Updates

    • What you're asking about consumer-driven plans
    • Check out new online updates

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: Pharmacy rebate option

    February 14, 2014

    Update

    • Digital member magazine now available
    • Annual CMS notification for creditable medicare drug coverage
    • Contract addendum mailing to small groups with contract extensions

    February, 2014

    General Updates

    • Improved billing for lab services
    • New PCP selection tool for metallic plans
    • Utilization Management digital magazine update
    • Alaskan move!
    • Meet our team: Brad Olsen, Senior Account manager

    Individual Updates

    • Rate change for Alaska grandfathered plans
    • Getting ahead of the rush of applications
    • Take a peek at metallic member statements

    Small Group Updates

    • Summary of Benefits and Coverage available online
    • Summary of Contract Changes now online

    Large Group Updates

    • Large Group medical benefits guides now available

     January, 2014

    General Updates

    • Get active and help your community with Alaska Moves
    • Pharmacy pre-approval changes for metallic plans
    • Probationary period maximum length mandated by Affordable Care Act
    • Timeline for submitting enrollment and renewal materials
    • Meet our team: Mary Anne Wivholm, Account Manager

    Individual Updates

    • Looking ahead to a new Individual market: a message from John Mychalishyn, Director of Individual and Senior Markets
    • Helping Individual members better understand their health plan
    • The good value of Individual Bronze plans

    Small Group Updates

    • RapidRateTM Quick Start Guide

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: Wellness Program now standard with every fully insured 100+ health plan