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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

During these uncertain and challenging times, our Excellus BCBS team is here to provide access to resources to help your business and employees. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has programs and initiatives in place as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and...

Protecting the Health of Our Communities

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this deadly virus. Those being hit hardest include many small businesses around the country and in our own communities, and many we insure. We have options for those employers who...

We're All In This Together

To Our Valued Employer Groups: These are anxious and unsettling times. We’re bombarded by wall-to-wall news and around-the-clock social media about coronavirus (COVID-19) – and the impact on the economy. I want you to know that the Health Plan is well prepared...

Pending Federal Regulations on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Member Cost Share

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this deadly virus.  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in New York state and across the country. New York state is requiring all insured health...

Update On COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We know there are many ongoing questions regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it impacts everything from your businesses, your employees and even your own families. Please know that we have an internal team dedicated to researching and vetting the most...

Wealth of Health 2020 - Nomination Deadline is March 13

Each year, Excellus BCBS and the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) honor Rochester area employers who promote health and wellness in the workplace. Visit the RBJ’s website for more information. And save the date for the event: Wednesday, June 10 7:30...

Committed to Lowering the Cost of Select Generic Drugs

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), 18 independent and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies—including Excellus BCBS—and Civica recently announced their partnership to create a new subsidiary dedicated to lowering the cost of select...

Finding a Doctor and Comparing Costs Just Got Easier

Empower employees with an easier way to connect with care and understand costs. Our new-and-improved online search tool makes it easy for your employees to estimate medical costs and find local and national providers. They can view estimated out-of-pocket costs...

New Year, New Mandates

The beginning of a new year also means state mandated changes to some of our plans. The Healthy NY wage level for small employers is now in line with federal poverty guidelines. Read more about the increase and eligibility criteria. NYS now requires insurers to...

Update on 1095-B Form for Tax Season

Beginning this year, health insurers—including Excellus BCBS—will no longer be mailing tax form 1095-B to members. Because taxpayers are not required to include the form when filing their taxes, the IRS no longer requires us to mail the form. Members can still...

Q2 Small Group Rates & Brochures Available on Blue on Demand

Use Blue on Demand to view our SimplyBlue Plus medical plan options, rates and enrollment forms for small businesses of 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees: Access Blue on Demand   Print versions of the 2020 Excellus SimplyBlue Plus Designs...

Flu Season Going Strong

Flu season runs through May—so there's still time for employees to get the flu vaccine. As of November 30, 2019, New York state logged 3,158 confirmed cases of the flu, compared to 1,462 confirmed cases at this time last year. There is still time to get your flu shot....

Member Webinars - "Making the Most of Your Health Plan"

Do you have members that need a refresh on the wellness tools and resources available to them within their health plan coverage? Our Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine team will host live monthly webinars for members in 2020.  "Making the Most of Your Health...

Important Reminders for HealthyRewards

The end of the calendar year also means the end of the plan year for many members. Please have them keep in mind these important deadlines about HealthyRewards if this is the end of their plan year. For members renewing their HealthyRewards plan (subscriber ID not...

Underwriting Guideline Changes Filed With The Department Of Financial Services

Changes to our underwriting guidelines were recently filed for reference with the Department of Financial Services. There are changes in several areas including group and subscriber eligibility.  Please contact your broker or account consultant with any...

Our Wellframe® Toolkit Helps Provide Members With Continuous Care—Right At Their Fingertips

Available to most Excellus BCBS members, the Wellframe ®  App provides instant access to a dedicated care manager, dieticians, nurses, and other health care professionals to help members meet their health and wellness goals. And with our Wellframe ®  Toolkit,...

New Feature for HealthyRewards Members - Rally Marketplace™

Starting January 1, members with HealthyRewards will have an additional option for using the coins they earn from completing tasks through the Rally platform. Previously, members only had the option of donating their coins to a charity of their choice. With the...

Annual Rate Notices Being Mailed

Groups will receive their Annual Rate Notices (ARNs) at the end of October.  Also, at the end of October, groups will be able to access the Monthly Rate Summary report through Information Connection with their January 2020 renewals. This includes: ...

Employer-Based Waiting Periods for Medical and Dental

Please remember, when an online request is submitted to add a new hire for medical and dental, you need to be aware of your company's employer-based waiting period. If your company's waiting period for medical is different than the waiting period for dental, the...

2020 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage plans are now available on Blue on Demand

You can now view 2020 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Plans on Blue on Demand. Blue on Demand allows you to compare plans and access 2020 benefit summaries and rate sheets. Please contact your broker or Group Medicare Sales Consultant with any...

Compliance With New York State Insurance Law and Small Group Eligibility

As part of our ongoing commitment to maintain compliance with New York State Insurance Law 4317(a)(1), we will continue to verify that our small groups are receiving community rates.  As has been our practice, this process will include our request for confirmation...

Get Your Employees Ready For Open Enrollment

We have received great feedback about our member portal and the personalized information members can access when they register for an online account. This is a great way to educate your employees about their health insurance and to prepare them for this year’s open...

Small Group Rates And Plans For 2020 Now Available!

Small Group plans and rates for 2020 and stand alone small group dental plans are now available on Blue on Demand. Updated Open Enrollment tools, including At-A-Glance Brochures and Product Guides are also available.  Now available: SimplyBlue Plus Small...

Have Your Employees Changed Their Password Yet?

On August 3, we made enhancements to our website including our member portal. At that time, members were asked to reset their password when they visited the site to login.  If they HAVE NOT accessed their online account since August 3, they will be prompted to...

Small Group Plans, Rates and Product Updates for 2020

Small Group plans and rates for 2020 will be available on Blue on Demand in early September, tentatively the week of the 9th. Updated Open Enrollment tools, including At-A-Glance Brochures and Product Guides will also be available. Good news—no discontinuances for 2020! ...

Care That’s Always In Your Corner

We believe that health insurance isn’t something to be used once in a while. That’s why we want to give you everything you need to help employees take control of their health each and every day. Introducing Wellframe®, a free and convenient way for your employees and...

Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) Letters

Coming soon, group benefit administrators with Medicare Blue Choice (HMO-POS) or Medicare Blue PPO (PPO) plans will be mailed an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC). The ANOC provides details on 2020 benefit changes. Your members will receive their 2020 ANOC, along...

Site Changes Coming The Weekend Of August 3

This includes a password change, so have yours ready! Updates to our Employer web portals,  which include a new look and menu options,  will be going live on Saturday, August 3. The new look includes a simplified layout giving you easy access to the...

Our Commitment: Providing Access to High Quality, Affordable Care

Our mission is to help people in our communities live healthier and more secure lives through access to high quality, affordable care. Late spring is when we propose to state regulators the individual and small group rates we need to charge for our products, effective...

Blue Cross Blue Shield National Medicare Awareness Campaign

For the first time ever, we have been working with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and all the Blues plans nationally to launch a National Medicare Awareness Campaign.  Embarking on a collaborative national campaign strengthens our brand recognition...

Q4 Small Group Rates Available July 1

Compare Plans & Rates Use Blue on Demand to view our SimplyBlue Plus medical plan options, rates and enrollment forms for small businesses of 100 or fewer full time equivalent employees: Click Here to Begin (Login Required) Click Here to Begin

Congratulations 2019 Wealth Of Health Winners

The Rochester Business Journal announced the winners of the 2019 Wealth of Health Awards during a breakfast ceremony Tuesday at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Request for Missing Social Security Numbers

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service requires health insurers to request missing subscriber and dependent Social Security numbers from their members. In August, we will send Social Security number request letters to individuals who had health...

Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) Non-Compliance

Please be advised that employer groups who have not submitted an Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) in the past 2 or more consecutive years will be non‐renewed beginning January 2020. We ask for your assistance in ensuring the completion and submission of the AGIF...

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Now Offers Medicaid Managed Care Products in Onondaga County

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to offer its HMOBlue Option and Blue Option Plus Medicaid managed care products to residents of Onondaga County. HMOBlue Option provides...

How Well Do Your Employees Know Their Benefits?

Do they need a refresh on our telemedicine programs or what tools and resources are available within their health plan coverage? Our Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine team can help as we continue to host live monthly webinars for members. These member level...

Individual & Small Group – NYS Prior Approval of Rate Changes

On May 13, 2019, an application was submitted requesting 2020 premium rate changes in accordance with New York state prior approval law. This rate application applies to Community Rated Individual and Small Group products. The following products are included in...

Members Can Still Hit the Gym for $200 Reward

All Small Business plans include our ExerciseRewards program in which members receive $200 per 6-month period of their plan year for going to the gym 50 times.   It is not too late to start going to the gym in order to qualify!   Find Out More

Do You or Your Employees Have Unclaimed Money?

Every year, the state requires insurers to make a list of unclaimed checks that are three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by August, the...

Last Chance For 2019 Wealth of Health Awards Tickets

Each year, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the RBJ honor Rochester area employers who promote health and wellness in the workplace.

The Secret to Getting the Most Out of a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

Help your employees understand their High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). When they don't understand their HDHPs, they're less likely to use them. We've developed this handout to show employees how to get more value out of their health plan. There is also an HDHP...

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a federal law which becomes effective January 1, 2020 and will change who can buy Medicare Supplement Plans C, F, and High F (F+). Beneficiaries who are newly eligible for Medicare Part A and B effective...

2019 Wealth of Health Awards Honorees Announced

More than 30 finalists in eight categories have been announced for the 2019 Wealth of Health Awards, to be presented June 4.

Rate of Registered Organ Donors Grows, but State and Regional Rates Still Lag National Rate

More New Yorkers than ever before are signing up to be organ donors,  but the state still lags the nation when it comes to the percentage of adults in the donor registry, according to an analysis by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. At the same time, the need for...

Dental Health Is No Small Thing For Your Business

Here’s a human truth — most folks don’t look forward to seeing the dentist. But regular checkups are more important than you know. So whether you’ve been away for a year or a little longer than you care to admit, it’s important to take that big step and schedule a...

Member Webinars - The Value of Your Health Insurance Coverage

Need a refresh on Excellus BCBS telemedicine programs or what tools and resources are available to employees within their health plan coverage? Our Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine team will be hosting live monthly webinars for our members. Please view the...

There's a Difference Between Single Payer and Universal Coverage

A “single payer” health care proposal is currently under consideration in the New York State Legislature. There is a significant difference between  “single payer”  and  “universal coverage.”   Many people are confused by these two terms....

"Who Will Speak for You?" Infographic Promotes Advance Care Planning

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield issued an infographic "Who Will Speak for You?" to prompt the beginning of advance care planning conversations between adults and their physicians or nurse practitioners. The infographic is being made available to doctors' offices...

10 Things To Know About Colon Cancer Screenings Open a PDF

Facts About Colon Cancer Screening

Save the Date for the 2019 Wealth of Health Awards

Each year, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the RBJ honor Rochester area employers who promote health and wellness in the workplace.

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