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Stand-Alone Medi-Pak Rx Enrollment Suspension

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  • CMS
  • PDP

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield stand-alone prescription drug plans will be under an enrollment suspension for plan-year 2018. Read our article and FAQs to learn more. - Read More

Open enrollment pre-shopping for individual plans

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  • MOENs
  • pre-shopping
  • OEP

Your clients can begin pre-shopping for open enrollment on Tuesday, October 24. - Read More

Non-ACA Individual Rate Increase Letters Mailed this Week

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  • non-ACA individuals
  • rate increase

An update on the rate increase letters being sent to your current grandmothered and grandfathered (non-ACA) clients. - Read More

How to identify Service Area A kits from Service Area CDFG kits

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  • Service Area CDFG
  • Service Area A
  • MAPD

By now you've likely ordered and received your 2018 Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug kits. We can help you tell them apart. - Read More

Termination letters sent to impacted Medicare Advantage PPO and PFFS members

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  • Medicare Advantage
  • MAPD

Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug service area changes will affect members in certain counties. We wanted to share what your clients may receive from us. - Read More

Blue365 September Gym Deal

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  • Blue365
  • Fitness Your Way

Fitness Your Way has waived the enrollment fee this month — tell your Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield clients that they can sign up for a gym membership without the fee all of September. - Read More

New! $100 Incentive for Renewals and Updated Timelines

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  • featured
  • Submission Deadline
  • Renewals
  • $100 Incentive

A new incentive program rewards agents for the timely submission of small group renewals with a December 1 or January 1 effective date. - Read More

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

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  • Life Insurance Awareness Month

Every September, Life Happens coordinates the Life Insurance Awareness Month by offering turnkey marketing resources that will allow you to run a complete campaign in September (and beyond). - Read More

Training Time Update! Annual Individual Under-65 and Medicare Advantage Training Update (8/13/2017)

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  • Plan Year 2018 Training
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Individual Under-65
  • FFM Certification
  • Exchange Producer License

It’s that time of year again … training season! This year we’re excited to announce a much different and improved process that we believe will be a welcome change: all required training will be available online. - Read More

Training time! Annual Individual Under-65 and Medicare Advantage training update

Tags:
  • Exchange Producer License
  • FFM Certification
  • Individual Under-65
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Plan Year 2018 Training

It's training time for plan year 2018! Learn what you need to do for Individual Medicare Advantage and Individual Under-65 product training. Also, we'll walk you through renewing your Exchange Producer License. - Read More

System upgrade for new Arkansas Blue Cross large groups

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  • Large Group
  • Commission
  • ICM
  • AMISYS

All new Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield large groups will begin moving to a new benefits and claims adjudication system. Learn more about these changes. - Read More

Repeal and Replace Legislative Update

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  • featured
  • Repeal and Replace
  • President Trump
  • Better Care Reconciliation Act
  • Arkansas Works
  • Affordable Care Act

Will the U.S. Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act be the answer to President Trump's call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Cal Kellogg digs into this latest legislative attempt. - Read More

Sales Reporting Tool Coming to Blueprint for Agents

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  • contract sales production report
  • Blueprint for Agents

A new sales reporting tool will be available for your agency's designated chief administrator and will offer a quick snapshot of the products you’ve been selling, and the new business you’ve sold. - Read More

Marketplace special enrollment verification update

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  • Special Enrollment Period
  • Consumer and Retail Markets
  • featured
  • Market Stabilization rule
  • Marketplace
  • CMS
  • individual

Our most pressing Marketplace Stabilization questions are focused on the new special enrollment period (SEP) verification process. After reviewing a new document released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we wanted to bring a couple of key updates to your attention. - Read More

Help with prescription costs for your clients who are storm victims

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  • featured
  • Pharmacy
  • flooding
  • disaster relief

As a result of the storm system that moved through the state April 29 and 30, many Arkansans have been affected by wind damage and flooding. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is offering a waiver to affected members to replace medications that were lost due to the weather and subsequent flooding. - Read More

Group Metallic Commissions Paid From a New System

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  • commissions
  • ICM
  • group metallics

Starting with May 2017 commission statements, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will begin paying some employer group commissions to agents and agencies using a new commission system — the Insurance Compensation Management (ICM) system. - Read More

Meet Matthew Vannatta

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  • Susan Barnes
  • Matthew Vannatta
  • Consumer and Retail Markets

A new director takes the helm of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Consumer and Retail Markets division. Read about the change — and who is replacing the outgoing director. - Read More

Marketplace Stabilization Rule Update

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  • Special Enrollment Period
  • Open Enrollment Period
  • Consumer and Retail Markets
  • Market Stabilization rule
  • CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the final Market Stabilization rule to help stabilize individual markets. Our Consumer and Retail Markets team breaks down some of what you can expect in the months to come. - Read More

Dental Xtra Helps Your Clients' Dental and Medical Health

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  • Dental Xtra

Dental Xtra is included in all group plans and offers outreach, education and enhanced benefits for members with targeted medical conditions. By integrating medical and dental, your clients can improve their overall health by focusing on dental health. - Read More

May is Mental Health Month

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  • mental health
  • New Directions
  • behavioral health

Our vendor, New Directions, has created a free toolkit for your clients to use. Read more about empowering your clients and their employees, and find resources you can share. - Read More