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Introducing our new Medicare Advantage support team

Tags:
  • broker
  • agent
  • support
  • sales
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Medicare
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The launch of Arkansas Blue Medicare has been a tremendous success, and our agents and brokers helped make it happen. So we are proud to announce several changes we’re certain will improve our ability to support agents and brokers in selling the entire portfolio of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s individual products. - Read More

Please contact legislators to oppose House Bill 1804 (pharmacy cost escalation)

Tags:
  • BlueAdvantage
  • self-funded
  • escalation
  • Cost
  • Pharmacy
  • PBM
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

The Arkansas House of Representatives House Insurance and Commerce Committee is considering a dangerously intrusive bill (House Bill 1804 – HB1804) that that would severely limit the ability of self-funded health plans, usually offered by the state’s large employers, to make prescription drugs more affordable for their members. - Read More

USAble Life enhances online portal

Tags:
  • Claims
  • website
  • portal
  • online
  • AccessAble
  • USAble Life

In early April, USAble LifeSM customers will be able to enjoy more online functionality, as the company continues to improve its AccessAbleSM online portal. Soon, customers will be able to complete and submit wellness claims for group and individual USAble Life supplemental policies. - Read More

VaccinateArkansas.com – a sneak preview

Tags:
  • Walmart
  • AFMC
  • Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
  • Northwest Arkansas Council
  • Arkansas State Chamber
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • VaccinateArkansas.com
  • website
  • Vaccinate the Natural State
  • vaccination
  • COVID-19

VaccinateArkansas.com officially launches March 18. You can take a sneak peek now. - Read More

COVID-19 relief package brings changes

Tags:
  • Marketplace
  • Exchange
  • APTC
  • COBRA
  • relief
  • COVID-19
  • American Rescue Plan
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

American Rescue Plan is now a reality. The $1.9 trillion federal relief package, which is designed to address the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, includes funding for a broad range of programs and includes some changes that could significantly affect your clients and prospects. - Read More

Medicare Advantage membership has privileges

Tags:
  • Benefits
  • Arkansas Blue
  • Medicare Advantage

When you’re visiting with your Arkansas Blue Medicare clients and prospects, don’t forget to mention the many value-added extras that are available to them as a member of a Medicare Advantage health plan. - Read More

Livongo® – a new tool to manage diabetes

Tags:
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Medicare
  • management
  • Diabetes
  • Livongo

Your Arkansas Blue Medicare clients and prospects now have a powerful new tool to help them manage diabetes – and it’s totally free to them. Livongo® provides eligible members a simple, advanced blood glucose meter and all the test strips and lancets they need, all for free. - Read More

2020 Form 1095-B will not be mailed ​

Tags:
  • 2020
  • tax
  • Form 1095-B
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Before January 2020, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its family of affiliates annually prepared and mailed 1095-B forms for policyholders who had group coverage (large and small) and individuals covered under off-Exchange health plans. Under the new law, Americans no longer need to verify proof of insurance coverage when they file their calendar year 2020 federal income tax returns. Due to this change, Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates will not be mailing 1095-B forms in 2021. However, policyholders may receive a copy of their 1095-B upon request. - Read More

Special enrollment period coming up

Tags:
  • Health Sherpa
  • Marketplace
  • Federally Facilitated Marketplace
  • SEP
  • Special Enrollment Period
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

The Federally Facilitated Marketplace special enrollment period ordered by President Joe Biden is coming soon: February 15 – May 15, 2021. The special enrollment period was ordered in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. - Read More

Teledentistry now a permanent benefit

Tags:
  • benefit
  • permanent
  • teledentistry
  • Dental
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

While the promise of nationwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines marks a significant turning point in our ability to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, the need to maintain our members’ safety this year and beyond remains. To meet that need, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has made teledentistry a permanent benefit to allow our dental plan members to contact participating providers in the event of an emergency, without having to schedule an in-office visit immediately. - Read More

Tell your clients about their free Blue 365® discounts

Tags:
  • Health
  • Blue365
  • deals
  • Discounts
  • Wellness
  • Arkansaas Blue Cross

As you’re visiting with clients and prospects, don’t forget to tell them about the valuable health-and-wellness discounts and deals they get – just for being a member of an Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated health plan – through the free Blue365® program. - Read More

FREE Webinar: COVID-19 -- What Can Your Company Expect?

Tags:
  • group
  • employers
  • webinar
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free webinar at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2021, to discuss COVID-19 hot topics, such as the vaccine and vaccination financing, long-term health trends that may affect your employees, return-to-work best practices and more! - Read More

Many employers can soon protect employees from COVID-19

Tags:
  • employer
  • group
  • vaccination
  • vaccine
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas is finishing up vaccinations in its Phase 1-A coronavirus vaccination plan and is moving into the two categories of Phase 1-B. Here’s some information to help you prepare to execute a COVID-19 vaccination plan for your organization. - Read More

Rewards for healthy habits

Tags:
  • Rewards
  • Blue
  • Healthy
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

We’re offering your Arkansas Blue Medicare clients a powerful tool … at their fingertips! They can now earn rewards in 2021 for practicing healthy behaviors through the Healthy Blue Rewards program. - Read More

Blue & You Fitness Challenge reboot

Tags:
  • 2021
  • Blue & You Fitness Challenge
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

The Blue & You Fitness Challenge has had a makeover for 2021, and we wanted to let you know, so you can participate or share the information with your clients and prospects. - Read More

New options on value-based enrollments

Tags:
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • Advantage
  • Medicare
  • Enrollment
  • value-based
  • VBE

There are now two ways to initiate value-based enrollments (VBE) for your Medicare Advantage clients. - Read More

COVID-19 benefits extended to April 21, 2021

Tags:
  • deadline
  • federal
  • extension
  • Benefits
  • temporary
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Health Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

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 the federally mandated COVID-19 coverage provisions as specified in the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. The federal mandate currently runs through April 21, 2021. - Read More

Medicare Advantage and Medi-Pak® PDP ID cards are in the mail

Tags:
  • broker
  • agent
  • Arkansas Blue Cross
  • PDP
  • plan
  • drug
  • prescription
  • Advantage
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage and Medi-Pak® PDP (prescription drug plan) ID cards have been mailed (as of December 22, 2020). Some members already have received their ID cards. Others have not. But rest assured, members who have not received their physical cards still can get the care and medicine they need. - Read More

Blueprint for Agents meets Salesforce

Tags:
  • Salesforce
  • Blueprint for Agents
  • BPA
  • broker
  • agent
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

In the coming months, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will migrate its Blueprint for Agents online agent/broker self-service portal to a new platform (powered by Salesforce). - Read More

Storm gives Medicare clients more time

Tags:
  • Laura
  • Hurricane
  • Medicare
  • Special Enrollment Period
  • broker
  • agent
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare beneficiaries who lived in Arkansas in August 2020, as Hurricane Laura passed through, are eligible for a special election period until December 31, 2020. - Read More