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  • April, 2015 

    General Updates

    • Your clients have a new ally — CareCompass360°
    • Rewards for great work
    • Premera Mobile: Answers on the go
    • The spring issue of Premera for Your Health is here!
    • Giving back in a big way

    Individual Updates

    • Special enrollment period still available
    • Earn more with our Adult Health Plan!
    • Payment choices for individual consumers

    Small Group Updates

    • New value network flyer!
    • Free on-site biometric screenings coming soon

    Large Group Updates

    • Comparing Heritage and Heritage Prime networks

    Senior Updates

    • And the network grows...even more!

    March, 2015 

    General Updates

    • Cost, quality upgrades to Find a Doctor tool
    • Journal of Business features Premera group market focus for 2015
    • Want more information on the Anthem cyberattack?
    • Administrator’s Quick Reference Guide now available
    • Evolving to whole-person care management
    • Virtual care + NurseLine cure the common wait
    • Inspiration to save on the rise
    • ACA requirement information
    • Health underwriters’ symposium coming up this month

    Individual Updates

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

    Senior Updates

    • Which Medicare Supplement Plan Is Right For My Client?

    February 16, 2015 

    Update

    • New special enrollment period announced

    February, 2015 

    General Updates

    • State of Reform features our new virtual care coverage
    • Utilization Management news update
    • Annual employer requirement
    • Using our logo?

    Individual Updates

    • Individual dental/vision plans available year-round
    • Application deadline fast approaching
    • Understanding qualifying events

    Small Group Updates

    • Wellness program outreach

    Large Group Updates

    • Data warehouse for reports to shift

    Senior Updates

    • Medicare Advantage network grows

    January 23, 2015 

    Update

    • New Medicare Supplement rates effective March 1st

    January 9, 2015 

    Update

    • Important member emails, penalties, and more

    January, 2015 

    General Updates

    • 'Eyes Matter' Mailing Sent in December
    • Firm rates established for Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program
    • The winter issue of Premera For Your Health is almost here!
    • Producer website evolution

    Individual Updates

    • Announcing a new dental and vision plan
    • Producer support menu option change

    Small Group Updates

    • Sharing the value of Premera small group plans
    • New easy to use resources!
    • 2015 ushers in virtual care

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: 2015 Medical and Dental guides online

    December, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Another important network addition
    • Member penalty eliminated
    • New option for care when and where it's needed

    Individual Updates

    • We're proud of our individual plans
    • Great time to add dental coverage

    Small Group Updates

    • Get your rewards before it's too late!

    November, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Telemedicine coming in January
    • And the network grows...
    • Annual privacy notice mailing
    • Concerns about Ebola?
    • Medicare Supplement Update

    Individual Updates

    • Working Saturdays

    Small Group Updates

    • The sprint bonus program is underway

    Large Group Updates

    • Large group 2015 product updates
    • Symetra announcement reminder

    October, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Prominent providers join value-based network
    • Flu shots- the preventive benefit powerhouse
    • Removing transplant waiting periods
    • Medicare supplement update
    • Senior Dental 2015 plan information

    Individual Updates

    • Two bright shades of new (plans)
    • Valuable wellness tools and discount available
    • Special enrollment period through November 14
    • Consider Human Life Value
    • More people to answer your calls

    Small Group Updates

    • 2015 small group product updates

    Large Group Updates

    • HPID required by November 5
    • Flu shot reminder for large groups

    September, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Finding HSA information just got easier
    • Fall digital newsletter is here!
    • Communicating creditable coverage results
    • Settlement agreement member mailing

    Individual Updates

    • Learn more about special enrollment period
    • Product training you won't want to miss
    • Perfect product pairing for HDHPs

    Small Group Updates

    • Letting employers know about website changes

    Large Group Updates

    • Big boost for Heritage Prime network

    August 19, 2014 

    Update

    • Enhancement to our value-based networks

    August 15, 2014 

    Update

    • Innovate to Motivate Challenge

    August 12, 2014 

    Update

    • Agreement adds Swedish facilities to Premera's value-based networks in 2015

    August, 2014 

    General Updates

    • New wellness resources at your fingertips
    • Targeting members with avoidable ER visits
    • ACA timeline update
    • Importance of a PCP and preventive care
    • Part D creditable coverage testing begins
    • Cost savings for ESRD patients
    • Non-contracted provider reimbursement update

    Individual Updates

    • Learn more about critical illness coverage
    • Updated administrative guides available
    • New domestic partnership form

    Small Group Updates

    • Encouraging wellness program adoption

    Large Group Updates

    • Another ACA deadline approaching

    July, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Check out the summer digital newsletter
    • Updates to member site and new mobile app
    • Neurodevelopmental therapy update

    Individual Updates

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

    Small Group Updates

    • Helping members get healthy

    Large Group Updates

    • Final mental health parity rules

    June, 2014 

    General Updates

    • New digital Utilization Management magazine
    • Network update in the Bellingham area
    • Summer digital newsletter coming soon

    Individual Updates

    • New Individual coverage coming soon
    • Special dental enrollment open now
    • Updated producer FAQ for qualifying events
    • Summer hours for Producer Support

    Small Group Updates

    • Small group dental plan summaries available now

    Large Group Updates

    • 2013 Express Scripts drug trend report released

    May 23, 2014 

    Update

    • Rates to increase for Individual grandfathered plans

    May, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Check out our cost and quality transparency tools
    • More ways to help members stay healthy
    • CFO of the year

    Individual Updates

    • That all-important smile
    • Product road show headed your way
    • Upcoming agency agreement changes
    • Child-only open enrollment ends
    • Producer tool update

    Small Group Updates

    • Supporting strong environments of wellness

    Large Group Updates

    • Prior Authorization for compound medications

    April 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Small group tax documentation audits
    • New member newsletter creates interesting learning environment
    • New CEO for Vivacity
    • Network change coming in the Bellingham area

    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 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 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