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  • 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 17, 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

    December, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Sprint Rewards finish line is in sight
    • Another option for care when and where it’s needed
    • Member penalty eliminated
    • More time for wellness
    • Alaska Vaccine Assessment
    • Network expands in Anchorage
    • Changing agencies? Let us know!

    Individual Updates

    • We’re proud of our individual plans
    • A great time to add dental coverage

    Small Group Updates

    • Metallic Employee-only Option Now Available
    • Producers must attest to kids dental coverage

    Large Group Updates

    • Premera and Symetra join forces

    November, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Sprint Rewards Program: We’ve sweetened the pot
    • Virtual care coming in January: Efficiencies and effectiveness up, hassles down. Everybody wins.
    • Medical Travel Support vs. Air/Surface Transportation: Know the differences to better help your clients
    • HDHP enrollment: Encourage your groups to get going soon for a smoother member experience
    • New product brochures and updated forms: Go to premera.com to find them all
    • New wellness program brochures available
    • Important Medicare Supplement updates
    • New CMS requirements – have you complied?
    • Annual privacy notice mailing
    • A request for client feedback
    • Concerns about Ebola?

    Individual Updates

    • Working Saturdays: Now that’s dedication to a smooth member experience
    • Metallic clients to receive renewal letter
    • Discontinuation packets coming soon

    Small Group Updates

    • Underwriting audits begin

    Large Group Updates

    • Reducing out-of-pocket costs for members with End Stage Renal Disease

    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

    • Prior authorization 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 prior authorization 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

    December 13, 2013 

    • Final date approaching for January Individual enrollment
    • New provider directories
    • Agency Agreement addendum on the way

    December 5, 2013 

    General Updates

    • Health insurance for all legally married spouses
    • Help your employers navigate through healthcare reform
    • Alaska legislative update
    • Alaska legislative update

    Individual Updates

    • Mailing to members enrolled on non-grandfathered plans
    • Mailing to members enrolled on grandfathered plans
    • Alaska dental, vision, hearing update
    • Making it easier for you to order materials

    Small Group Updates

    • New metallic wellness employer toolkit for your clients to use
    • Flexible Spending Account rule changed by Treasury Department

    Large Group Updates

    • Wellness program for employers with 100 or more employees

    November 27, 2013 

    • Extending non-grandfathered plans

    November 22, 2013 

    • Rate extension for small group employers
    • Opt-out of the extension
    • Letters to inform employers

    November 1, 2013 

    • Orthopedic surgeon in Anchorage joins Premera network
    • Get the latest on medical policies with our online magazine
    • Helping members through our news blog and social media
    • Mailing for Massachusetts member requirements
    • Plans that offer built-in benefits with value
    • Medical Travel Support included in metallic plans
    • Differences between enrolling directly through us or through the Alaska Federal Exchange
    • Go Blue! Campaign launch
    • Helping make sense of healthcare reform
    • Understanding premium subsidies and more
    • Get quotes quickly and accurately with RapidRateTM
    • Wellness program: Healthy employees, healthy business
    • Reminder about our 2014 large group plans
    • Get answers to your questions
    • Calendar

    October 1, 2013 

    • Alaska Symposium presentations will soon be posted online – stay tuned!
    • Helping your employer groups on grandfathered plans make decisions
    • Introducing prior authorization
    • Introducing our new metallic portfolio for Individual plan members
    • Webinars will be held soon for you to get more information on certain topics
    • Medicare open enrollment starts soon
    • New metallic portfolio with built-in benefits for your clients
    • A new look to RapidRate
    • Helping employer groups with the changes ahead
    • Introducing new minimum value plans

    September 25, 2013 

    • Helping Small Group Employers with the Changes Ahead

    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 27, 2013 

    • 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
    • Alaska Health Care Commission
    • New Improvements to “Serve It Up!”
    • 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 Event

    July 29, 2013 

    • Reminding Employers That They Can Choose to Renew Early

    July 26, 2013 

    • Change is Coming

    July 3, 2013 

    • Small Group Wellness Rewards Program Expands
    • Alaska Legislative Session Update
    • Alaska Health Care Commission
    • Premera Issues Medical Loss Ratio Rebates for Individual & Family Plans
    • Additional Preventive Benefits Began June 1
    • New Maternity and Newborn Programs
    • Medical Policies at Premera.com
    • 2012 Annual Report
    • Help Your Employer Clients Keep Member Records Current
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure

    June 10, 2013 

    • Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska Announces 2014 Individual Producer Commissions

    May, 2013 

    • Alaska Legislative Session Update
    • Alaska Health Care Commission
    • Premera Begins Collecting Certain ACA Taxes & Fees for 51+ Groups
    • 12-Month Medical Exclusionary Period for Re-Enrollment Removed for Individual Plans
    • Medical Loss Ratio Rebates for Individual Subscribers Coming Soon
    • Reminder: New Individual & Family Application in Use
    • Medigap Policy Guide Required with All Medicare Supplement Applications
    • 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
    • Mike Bergstraesser Retires from Premera
    • Staff Update
    • Premera Recognizes its Outstanding Marketing Employees
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    May 8, 2013 

    • Products and Rates Filed for 2014

    April 9, 2013 

    • Alaska Legislative Session Update
    • Alaska Health Care Commission
    • Jeff Davis Shares Insight on Benefits Talk
    • A Message from John Mychalishyn, Director of Individual Sales: Kelly Jones Joins Individual Sales Team
    • The Leaders Program for 2013
    • Alaska Children’s Reinsurance Pool Prompts Update to Individual & Family Application
    • March Mailing to Individual & Family Subscribers
    • Take a Tour of the Secure Member Website
    • Medical Policy Updates
    • Medication Safety: Controlled Substance Utilization Service
    • Pharmacy Discount Program Offers Solution for Individual Members with ACA-Required Drug Coverage
    • USAble Life Update
    • Service Excellence: 2012 Year-End Results
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    February 26, 2013 

    • Serve it Up! App for iPhone is Here
    • Alaska Legislative Session
    • Alaska Health Care Commission
    • Individual Renewal Update
    • Individual & Family Application Updated
    • New, Improved Member EOBs
    • Premera Customer Service Employees Receive World Class Certification
    • NEW! Secure Email Messaging with Premera Customer Service
    • Premera.com – Fresh, New Look
    • Premera Mobile App for Windows 8 and Kindle Fire Now Available
    • Mandated Autism Benefits
    • Heritage Plus Provider Reimbursement Update
    • Employer Requirement: Annual CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage
    • Get Up to Speed with USAble Life
    • Premera Supports “Diabetes Diaries”
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    January 21, 2013 

    • Alaska Children's Reinsurance Pool for Individual Applicants Under Age 19