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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

Want to know more about Dental Xtra? Our new webpage makes it easy

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  • webinar
  • Video
  • webpage
  • information
  • Dental
  • Dental Xtra

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Dental Xtra program is designed to help members stay healthy. And now we have some new and convenient resources to help you get up to speed on the many benefits this valuable program has to offer your clients and prospects. - Read More

My Blueprint now allows bill payments via text

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  • pay
  • bill
  • text
  • My Blueprint
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers who are enrolled in My Blueprint now have the option to enroll in text notifications as well, including the ability to pay a bill by text. - Read More

Enroll Medi-Pak® Advantage and Medi-Pak® Rx PDP members telephonically starting June 1

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  • prescription drug plan
  • Health Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • Medicare
  • Enrollment
  • telephonic
  • Medi-Pak® Rx PDP
  • Medi-Pak® Advantage

Agents and brokers can enroll Medi-Pak® Advantage and Medi-Pak® Rx PDP members telephonically as of June 1. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is launching a telephonic enrollment program for Medi-Pak® Advantage and Medi-Pak® Rx PDP (prescription drug plan) enrollments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. - Read More

Health Sherpa replaces Blue Solutions tool

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  • Enhanced Direct Enrollment
  • FFM
  • EDE
  • Health Sherpa

Good news! Now you have a new and better tool that lets you directly enroll your Exchange clients through Blueprint for Agents. Health Sherpa now has been added to the site for all agents appointed to sell Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s under-65 products. - Read More

Online bill pay for small groups: a convenient and safe option

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  • AutoPay
  • pay
  • bill
  • online
  • Small Group

As you speak with small-group clients/prospects, you might want to remind them that Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage small-group customers can pay online through Blueprint for Employers, our online portal for employers. - Read More

Health Sherpa to replace Blue Solutions tool

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  • Blue Solutions
  • Health Sherpa
  • Enhanced Direct Enrollment
  • Exchange
  • Federally Facilitated Marketplace

Good news! Soon you’ll have a new and better tool that lets you directly enroll your Exchange clients through Blueprint for Agents. - Read More

COVID-19 causing delays on printed invoices

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  • invoice
  • Health Advantage
  • group
  • delay
  • COVID-19
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

In light of process changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, printed monthly invoices from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage will be delayed by a few days for both groups and individuals. - Read More

Dental rates “frozen” for some July/August 2020 renewals

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  • COVID-19
  • frozen
  • rate
  • renewal
  • group
  • Dental

In response to the financial impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on businesses throughout our state and nation, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is freezing rates for dental groups that have 51-500 members and whose plans are scheduled to renew during July and August of 2020. - Read More

A few more COVID-19 coverage expansions

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This morning, we will be sending an email to group administrators, making them aware of two temporary changes we are making for our fully insured groups. We wanted to make you aware of this first, in case you received any calls. - Read More

Sales distancing

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  • quote
  • rate
  • email
  • health plans
  • individual

Thanks to our email quoting systems through Blueprint for Agents, you can use the medically smart practice of social distancing and still get your clients timely coverage quotes. And perhaps most importantly, the system associates your NPN (National Producer Number) with the quote – all the way through to the sale. - Read More

Medi-Pak® Rx (PDP) enrollment -- through Blueprint for Agents

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  • Blueprint for Agents
  • Rx
  • prescription drug plan
  • PDP
  • Medi-Pak

Got Medicare-eligible clients who want a prescription drug plan (PDP)? Good news! We now have another way for you to enroll them in a Medi-Pak® Rx (PDP) plan – Blueprint for Agents! - Read More

New payment addresses

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  • Arkansas Works
  • Exchange
  • Medi-Pak
  • individual
  • address
  • payment

If you have individual clients/ prospects who are sending checks or online banking payments through the mail, there are a couple of key address changes you and they should know about. - Read More