Bulletin Archives

  • Your source for Premera and industry news

  • November, 2015

    General Updates

    • New PersonalCare plans offered in three counties
    • New tax reporting requirements for all members
    • Cold and flu season = Time for virtual care
    • House calls are back!

    Individual Updates

    • Individual dental products update
    • Helpful new individual materials available
    • New digital welcome kits!

    Small Group Updates

    • Announcing 2016 product updates
    • Small group training webinar now available

    Large Group Updates

    • 2016 large group plan details now available
    • Introducing PCSK9s and biosimilar medications
    • Large group producer website gets new look
    • Reminder tips for plan setup success

    Senior Updates

    • A 4-Star Quality Rating for 2016
    • The Medicare Advantage website

    October, 2015

    General Updates

    • User guide to preventive checkup
    • Creditable coverage notices mailed
    • Commission payment dates

    Individual Updates

    • Meet the newest support team member
    • Training webinars now available

    Small Group Updates

    • Pediatric dental updates and reminders
    • The value of medical + dental
    • Support for membership and billing

    Large Group Updates

    • HSA administration made easy
    • Tips for setup success

    Senior Updates

    • Check out the 2016 Medicare Advantage plans!
    • New Medicare Advantage Find a Doctor tool
    • A network with thousands of trusted providers
    • Senior Dental plan discontinued
    • Important Medicare Supplement updates

    September, 2015

    General Updates

    • Checkup Challenge deadline October 31
    • Health news and tips for your clients
    • Member newsletter releasing soon
    • ICD-10 coming soon
    • A benefits game changer in the tech industry
    • HSA eligibility for veterans

    Individual Updates

    • 2016 product training – are you signed up?
    • Producer support team – meet Katie!
    • Submitting special enrollment documents

    Small Group Updates

    • Important small group requirements

    Large Group Updates

    • Why medical + dental
    • 2016 medical plan benefit guide

    Senior Updates

    • Our provider network is huge!
    • Annual Notice of Change mailing
    • 2016 MA certification begins!

    August, 2015

    General Updates

    • Incentive for using preventive benefits
    • Curtis Kopf, new Vice President of Customer Experience
    • Mid-month health plan bill payment guidelines
    • Let the Part D testing begin
    • Growing Medicare Advantage membership
    • OIC clarifies association rating

    Individual Updates

    • 2016 product webinars
    • MLR rebates for individuals coming soon
    • Billing changes for Washington Healthplanfinder
    • Meet Justin, another helpful person on the producer support team

    Small Group Updates

    • Time for a dental check-up
    • Renewals are about to get easier
    • Small Group Marketplace sneak peek!

    Large Group Updates

    • Streamlined benefit administration

    Senior Updates

    • Senior Dental – closed to new sales
    • Medicare Supplement website changes
    • 2016 AHIP training available

    July, 2015

    General Updates

    • Spread the word to employers about the discounts program
    • Announcing our new Chief Information Officer
    • New preferred therapy for hepatitis C treatment

    Individual Updates

    • Pop webinars — get in, get out, and get on with it
    • WAHBE billing changes that your clients need to know
    • Minimizing delays for Med Supp coverage
    • Getting coverage outside of the annual enrollment period
    • Meet Nicole, another friendly face on the producer support team
    • Commissions for individual products

    Small Group Updates

    • The power of positive renewals
    • Important enrollment requirements
    • Introducing Small Group Marketplace!

    Large Group Updates

    • The network to consider at renewal

    Senior Updates

    • Check out Premera Senior Healthsource
    • Annual AHIP training begins

    June, 2015

    General Updates

    • New cost calculator tool
    • Annual health review member mailing
    • Managing your health plan on the go
    • Lessons shared from the cyberattack
    • Registering online and going 'green'

    Individual Updates

    • Earn commissions selling Washington National insurance

    Small Group Updates

    • Reaching out to employers about worksite wellness screenings

    Large Group Updates

    • Check out our multiple EAP solutions
    • Premera 'Best of Blue' for benchmarking data
    • PCORI fee deadline coming up

    Senior Updates

    • Learn about additional member discounts
    • 6 things you need to know about MA health plan bill deduction

    May, 2015

    General Updates

    • Handy money tracking tool for HSAs
    • Important enhancements to privacy settings
    • CareCompass360° – a total health support solution for all
    • Join us at our Premera-sponsored community events

    Individual Updates

    • Tell your clients about our HSA solution
    • Meet the Individual Producer Support team

    Small Group Updates

    • Tax documentation audits discontinued
    • Free on-site biometric screenings are here

    Large Group Updates

    • New Enrollment Center launches
    • Provider payment shifts from volume to value across the nation

    Senior Updates

    • Med Supp clients save with Premera's AFT program
    • New CMS rules for third-party websites

    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!

    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