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A COVID-19 vaccine is on the way

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  • facts
  • pandemic
  • vaccination
  • vaccine
  • COVID-19
  • COVID
  • coronavirus

The race to develop a safe vaccine against COVID-19 has led to the development of more than 50 clinical trials of vaccines in people around the world, with many offering real hope for long-term protection in the near future. While it may take time for a vaccine to be available to everyone, our chief medical officer offers a few points to keep in mind. - Read More

Blueprint for Employers – new and improved!

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  • website
  • health plan
  • employers
  • Blueprint for Employers
  • BlueAdvantage
  • Health Advantage
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

Blueprint for Employers is new and improved! Blueprint for Employers is a secure, self-service website that gives employers the tools and resources they need to oversee their health plans. All at no cost. - Read More

Workplace ventilation during COVID-19

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  • COVID
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • webinar
  • ventilation
  • UAMS
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

In case you missed it: A webinar series on the role of proper ventilation in protecting employees, customers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is now available online on the COVID-19 ventilation webinar page on the UAMS website. - 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

Webinar series: COVID-19 and business/workplace ventilation

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  • free
  • webinar
  • UAMS
  • ventilation
  • Arkansas Blue Cross

A three-webinar series (“COVID-19 and the Built Environment”) on the role of proper ventilation in protecting employees, customers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic will be presented November 9, 10 and 12, 2020, by the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). - Read More

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

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