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COVID-19 benefits extended to January 21, 2021

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TES access issues resolved ​

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  • issues
  • access
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • Total Enrollment Solutions
  • TES

On Monday, agent/brokers began reporting issues accessing Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Total Enrollment Solutions (TES) system. We wanted to let you know that TES access issues appear to have been resolved. - Read More

2021 Medicare Star Rating Program sheets

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2021 Medi-Pak® Medicare supplement rates

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  • 2021
  • rates
  • Medi-Pak
  • supplement
  • Medicare
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

The proposed 2021 Medi-Pak® Medicare supplement rates that were shared in trainings earlier this year now have been approved by the Arkansas Insurance Department. The new rates will take effect on January 1, 2021. - Read More

Step up to the Ascend enrollment platform

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  • Advantage
  • PDP
  • platform
  • online
  • Ascend
  • Enrollment
  • Medicare
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

This year, individual enrollment for most of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Medicare products has a new face – the Ascend platform. On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, we will begin uploading agents to our new Ascend enrollment platform for Arkansas Blue Medicare (Medicare Advantage) and Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) policies. - Read More

Virtual open enrollment meetings

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  • Open Enrollment
  • virtual
  • Health Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

The annual open enrollment period for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage groups is just around the corner (November 1 – December 15). However, like most things, the 2020 version is going to look and feel a little different. - Read More

2021 standard plan grids: more options, flexibility

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  • Health Advantage
  • group
  • small
  • large
  • grid
  • plan
  • blue cross
  • Arkansas
  • broker
  • agent

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage have new standard plan grids for large and small groups for 2021. Each year, we assess our plan options with a renewed commitment to offer your clients flexible plan options that match their needs … and budgets. - Read More

Arkansas Blue Medicare marketing kits

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  • kit
  • marketing
  • Blue
  • Arkansas
  • Advantage
  • Medicare

The marketing kits for our new Arkansas Blue Medicare product line soon will be shipped to your doorstep. - Read More

New plan comparison and drug cost calculator tools

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  • Arkansas
  • Cost
  • compare
  • plan
  • drug
  • Enrollment
  • Medicare

As the Medicare annual enrollment period grows ever closer, some new tools will make it easier than ever for you to compare our best-in-class product offerings to help your clients choose the one that is the best fit for them. - Read More

UPDATE: Ascend training pivots

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  • remote
  • online
  • Enrollment
  • training
  • broker
  • agent
  • Medi-Pak
  • Ascend
  • platform
  • Medicare

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has altered its plans for training on Ascend, the new enrollment platform for Medicare Advantage health plans, prescription drug plans and Medi-Pak® Medicare supplement policies. In lieu of the “live” online trainings we had planned, we will provide you with a detailed user guide. Be on the lookout for that. - Read More

Individual product training dates -- updated with Zoom links

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  • 2021
  • training
  • Medicare
  • Zoom
  • broker
  • agent
  • individual

Join us online in September for our live individual product trainings via Zoom. We will take a deep dive into our 2021 product offerings. - Read More

All individual agent training for plan year 2021 now available

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  • Arkansas Exchange Producer License
  • individual
  • broker
  • agent
  • Federally Facilitated Marketplace
  • FFM Training

It’s training time again! PinPoint again will be the system used to track both under-65 (U-65) and over-65 (O-65) annual training requirements. The Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) training for individual products is now accessible. The training was released on August 19, 2020. After completing the required FFM training, agents can access PinPoint to track FFM completion and complete required product training. - Read More

Pandemic-associated premium relief payments for fully insured groups

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  • group
  • fully insured
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • payment
  • relief
  • premium
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage are voluntarily extending our efforts to provide relief to fully insured group health plans in response to the economic pressures and healthcare utilization changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 public health crisis. - Read More

Individual agent training for plan year 2021

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  • 2021
  • plan year
  • training
  • product
  • individual
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • broker
  • agent

It’s training time again! PinPoint again will be the system used to track both under-65 (U-65) and over-65 (O-65) annual training requirements. - Read More

"Live" individual product training – save the dates

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  • U-65
  • under-65
  • Medicare
  • Arkansas Blue
  • training
  • broker
  • agent
  • individual

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MoneyGram payment option ending

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  • option
  • payment
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • MoneyGram

We want to let you know of an upcoming change that may affect how your clients and prospects pay their premiums. Arkansas Blue Cross is discontinuing MoneyGram as a payment option on September 1, 2020, but there are still plenty of ways to pay premiums - Read More

Are all COVID-19 tests covered?

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  • antibody
  • antigen
  • coverage
  • testing
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving an increasing number of questions about the various types of COVID-19 tests that are currently available and how they will be covered going forward, particularly as organizations formalize return-to-work plans. We hope the following information clarify this issue for you and serve as a handy reference if you should receive questions from your clients and prospects. - Read More

COVID-19 benefits extended to Oct. 23, 2020

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  • CARES Act
  • FFCRA
  • mandate
  • federal
  • Benefits
  • coverage
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19

The voluntary, expanded COVID-19-related benefits announced for certain Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage fully insured health plans and individual policies will be extended to align with federally mandated COVID-19 coverage provisions. - Read More

Coronavirus coverage extended to at least Aug. 17

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  • fully insured
  • Health Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • temporary benefits
  • deadline
  • mandate
  • coverage
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • dedline
  • CARES Act
  • FFCRA

The voluntary, expanded COVID-19-related benefits announced for certain Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage fully insured health plans and individual policies were set to expire on July 25, 2020 to align with the federally mandated COVID-19 coverage provision in the FFCRA and the CARES Act. Because the federal deadline has not yet been extended, Arkansas Blue Cross and Health Advantage are extending temporary COVID-19 benefits until at least August 17 (the deadline put into place by the State of Arkansas). If the federal emergency is extended past July 25, benefits will be extended to the federal emergency period. - Read More

Annual agent training coming soon

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  • plan year 2021
  • certification
  • training
  • broker
  • agent
  • Medi-Pak
  • Medicare

Training season for Plan Year 2021 is just around the corner. The required step-by-step requirements will be sent in the middle of August, and the same training schedule and tracking system (Pinpoint) will be used as last year. The tentative schedule is listed below, and an email blast will be sent when each item is available. - Read More