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  • October

    General News

    Individual Market News

    Group Market News

    Dental News

    Medicare News

    September

    General News

    Individual Market News

    Group Market News

    Small Group News

    Large Group News

    August

    August 2016

    General News

    • Town halls return in September
    • Some preferred diabetes drugs will become non-preferred
    • Office Move Effective End of October

    Individual Market News

    • Premera files rate increase for 2017 individual health plans in Alaska
    • Remember: Update your certification to sell health plans to individuals

    Group Market News

    • Coming in September: 2017 product webinars
    • Wellness Academy 2.0—Back by popular demand
    • Go green with digital benefit booklets

    July

    July 2016

    General News

    • June town hall event a success

    Individual Market News

    • New online bill pay website launching
    • Update your certification to sell health plans for individuals

    Group Market News

    • New, easier online bill pay for group administrators
    • Medicare Part D coverage notification change

    Dental for Individuals

    • Three reasons your customers will love Premera Dental

    June

    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

    May

    May 2016

    General News

    • New process for outpatient rehabilitation services begins July 1

    Individual Market News

    • New rates effective for individual Grandfathered, Grandmothered plans

    November

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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