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Behavioral Health Telemedicine Now Available Through MDLIVE

Excellus BCBS has partnered with MDLIVE® to provide a faster way to access healthcare for non-emergency medical conditions.   As of January 1, 2019, most members can access MDLIVE for behavioral health conditions.* We recognize that often those needing...

It's Flu Season Learn How to Protect Yourself

There are fewer cases of flu so far this flu season in New York state than at this point last flu season, according to a review of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. As of January 12, the Department of Health confirmed 16,029 cases of flu, 1,333 fewer...

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019 Internships

Starting now and until they are filled, Excellus BCBS is posting about 90 college internships for summer 2019 for college students at its locations in upstate New York. Summer internship positions currently available include jobs in finance, information technology,...

Working Hard to Keep Current on Regulatory Changes

Every year, as part of your relationship with us, we work to communicate with our brokers and groups about changes in regulations and requirements that we all must adhere to.  We ensure our coverage plans are compliant with the most current changes. And we are...

Medicare Creditable Drug List for 2019

One of the requirements of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires us to notify Medicare eligible policyholders whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable coverage. In order for a drug plan to be creditable, the benefits should be worth at least as...

Dental Membership Termination Dates

There are specific days of the month that should be used when terminating dental contracts. For cancelling members with ID numbers that begin with a “2” and do not contain an alpha character,  use the last day of the month as the cancel date (this applies to...

Health Plans to Mail IRS Form 1095-B by March

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are required to mail Form 1095-B to individuals regarding their health coverage information for the prior year.  We will mail Form 1095-B to individuals by no later than March 3, 2019.   For more...

Reminder: Important Underwriting Updates

We have several underwriting updates to communicate. Healthy New York Offer of Coverage by Business within the Last 12 Months Healthy NY is a program designed to make reduced-cost, comprehensive health insurance available to small employers. One of the conditions...

Reminder: Excellus BCBS Earns Highest National Accreditation for Quality

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s commercial plans have received the highest accreditation status available, a rating of “Excellent,” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Excellent rating applies to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s HMO, point of service,...

Reminders and New Information for HealthyRewards

The end of the year also means the end of the plan year for many members.  Please keep in mind these important points about HealthyRewards at the end of your plan year. For members renewing their HealthyRewards plan (subscriber ID not changing): ...

It Pays to Talk Telemedicine

Telemedicine isn't just a quick, convenient way to see a doctor for non-life-threatening conditions.  It can also deliver substantial savings to employers and their business. One analysis from Towers Watson put the figure at more than $6 billion a year for...

Thank You!

As 2018 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your business and wish you a happy holiday season.  We understand that healthcare is a complex industry and that there are many options available to you and your employees.  We are grateful for your...

Meet Lori Florack Lifetime Benefit Solutions New President

Lori Florack is the new President of Lifetime Benefit Solutions,  responsible for overseeing the strategic plan and executive leadership for the organization, as well as ensuring that our team of 200 employees is focused on delivering on our commitments to you and...

Enhanced Benefits for Medicare Eligible Employees

For those of you that have Medicare eligible employees, we have Medicare Advantage products suited for all budgets.  Adding individual Medicare products to your benefits package provides an added service to your employees.  Contact your account consultant...

Small Group Medicare Advantage plans are now available on Blue on Demand

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

Give Employees the Information They Need to Stay a Step Ahead of Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that the cost of treating breast cancer will rise to $20.5 billion by 2020. That's $4 billion more than was estimated in 2010 and higher than any other type of cancer.  Working together, we can help reduce these costs by...

Important Underwriting Updates

We have several underwriting updates to communicate. Healthy New York Offer of Coverage by Business within the Last 12 Months Healthy NY is a program designed to make reduced-cost, comprehensive health insurance available to small employers. One of the conditions...

Excellus BCBS Earns Highest National Accreditation for Quality

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s commercial plans have received the highest accreditation status available, a rating of “Excellent,” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Excellent rating applies to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s HMO, point of service,...

Secrets to getting the most out of a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

Help your employees understand HDHPs.  When they don't understand their high deductible health plans (HDHPs), they're less likely to use them. We've developed an HDHP handout to help your team show employees how to get more value out of their health plans and...

HSA Bank Planned Maintenance

Please note that the HSA Bank website will experience a planned outage on Saturday, October 20th.  Both the Employer and Member sites will be impacted and will include the Mobile App (iOS and Android) and IVR. The sites will be unavailable from 4:00 PM - 1:00...

Dental Rates Hold Steady in 2019 for Most Fully-Insured Groups

One of the benefits of the dental claims and membership migration we are currently undergoing, is improved operational efficiencies.  As a result, we are able to provide the majority of our fully-insured dental groups with a rate hold for 2019 when releasing their...

Reminder: Giving Large Groups More of What They Want

More benefits covered in full, greater coverage outside of deductibles, and more value in every plan.  The 2019 "Excellus BluePPO Signature Series At-A-Glance," brochure is now available on Blue On Demand. You can find it In Blue On Demand, under "What’s New."...

Waiting Period Changes for Dental Coverage

Changes are coming to the waiting periods on our Dental Blue Options' voluntary plans.  Effective January 1, 2019, we are waiving the waiting periods for timely entrants (eligibility as determined by the group). Contributory plans do not have waiting periods. This...

Annual Group Information Form Updates

The online Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) tool (used for community rated groups only) has been updated as of September 29, 2018, in order to make the submission process quicker and simpler for Groups. In addition, the paper form has been updated, as well as...

Annual Rate Notices Being Mailed

Rate Information Available through  Information Connection  for Community Rated Groups. You will receive your Annual Rate Notices (ARNs) at the end of October. We've included links below to the sample letters you may receive. Also at the end of...

Reduced Dental Underwriting for Current Medical Groups

Groups that are currently carrying medical coverage with us may now be eligible for reduced underwriting for dental coverage. You must currently carry our medical with a commercial product. Also, you must select the same class as the current medical plan carries. ...

Prepare Your Employees for Open Enrollment With Online Accounts

If your employees haven't done so already, now is the perfect time to register for an online account on our website.  Many questions they have—especially as we enter into open enrollment—can be answered by accessing their personalized information online. This...

Calculate Your Estimated Federal Small Business Tax Credit

New York’s Small Business Marketplace (SBM) made significant changes to expand the number of health plans available and to make it easier for participating small employers to access the Federal Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. Eligible employers can now...

With Routine Screenings, Knowledge is Power

The American Cancer Society estimates that the cost of treating breast cancer will rise to $20.5 billion by 2020. That's $4 billion more than was estimated in 2010 and higher than any other type of cancer.  Working together, we can help reduce these costs by...

Reminder: Giving Large Groups More of What They Want

More benefits covered in full, greater coverage outside of deductibles, and more value in every plan.  The 2019 "Excellus BluePPO Signature Series At-A-Glance," brochure is now available on Blue On Demand. You can find it In Blue On Demand, under "What’s New."...

Changes to Our Pharmacy Network for Some Members

CVS and Target retail pharmacies are no longer participating in our pharmacy network for members enrolled in the following plans: Medicaid Managed Care and Health and Recovery Plan (HARP).  This includes: HMOBlue Option, Blue Choice Option, Blue...

Tips for A Healthier You

A lot of things factor into good health.  Our doctors and medical experts have tips to help maintain the health of your groups and their families. They're sharing health and wellness tips through regularly scheduled television news reports running through the end...

Upstate’s Uninsured Rate

Upstate New York’s health insurance uninsured rate continued to hold at the historic level of 4 percent, while the state’s uninsured rate hit its lowest level in history, according to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American...

Take the Uncertainty Out of HDHPs

Help your employees understand HDHPs.  When employees don't understand their high deductible health plans (HDHPs), they're less likely to use them. We've developed an HDHP handout to help your team show employees how to get more value out of their health plans...

Giving Large Groups More of What They Want

More benefits covered in full, greater coverage outside of deductibles, and more value in every plan.  The 2019 "Excellus BluePPO Signature Series At-A-Glance," brochure is now available on Blue On Demand. You can find it In Blue On Demand, under "What’s New."...

Save Time Using Our New AGIF Online Tool

We understand completing the Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) can be time-consuming.  Now, if you submit the form using our online web tool, you may be exempt from completing the form the following year. Any group that submitted their AGIF in 2017 using the...

Telemedicine Consumer Pricing Reminder

Direct to consumer pricing for MDLIVE medical consults is $59.00.   This charge is for members who do not have telemedicine included in their benefit plan.  Get more facts, videos and information on Telemedicine . If you have questions, please...

Coming Soon - Annual Notice of Change Letters

This month, 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 2019 benefit changes. Your members will receive their 2019 ANOC...

New Group Numbers and Member Cards for Dental Groups

We have some updates coming to our dental claims processing system for groups currently covered under the dental plan.  The new system will improve the overall member experience with simpler, easier-to-understand explanation of benefits, anytime access to...

Everyday Ways to Boost Wellness in The Workplace

Workplace wellness programs don't have to be complicated. With our new wellness toolkit, you can easily share healthy tips, strategies, and even playlists via ready-to-send emails. It's a win-win. Employees learn everyday ways to boost energy and focus. And you help...

2019 Small Group Package Update

The following SimplyBlue Plus package will no longer be offered directly through Excellus BCBS or on the New York State of Health (SHOP) Marketplace beginning January 1, 2019: Blue On Demand will be updated in September for package comparisons. The package...

Congratulations 2018 Wealth of Health Winners

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

Start Asking The Right Questions About Pharmacy Benefits

Do you know how much your pharmacy benefits really cost?  If you haven’t talked through the details of your plan, you might be surprised. The cost of pharmacy benefits is on the rise. If you want to get the most value for your dollar, you need to know the right...

Free Advanced Opioid Management Program

The opioid epidemic is nationwide, and our local region is no different.  This addiction costs employers $2.6 billion a year. Our Advanced Opioid Management Program aims to prevent excess opioid medications upon first fill; ensure that high doses across all...

View a Summary of Your Benefits On the Go

Members can now see a summary of their benefits when they use our mobile app.  The most common benefits will be displayed at the top of the benefits screen and other benefits will appear below that in alphabetical order. All benefits on the app are...

Connect Your Team With Care Whenever, Wherever

It’s growing in acceptance and is a convenient, less costly option than urgent care or emergency room visits for minor conditions. Our Telemedicine Toolkit will help your employees connect with care whenever and wherever they need it.  Using the posters,...

Changes to the Small Health Options Program (SHOP) Process

New SHOP groups Effective April 1, 2018, the New York State of Health (NYSOH) began sending groups that have been approved to enroll through the SHOP directly to insurers for enrollment purposes. What does this mean for you? New SHOP groups can now enroll...

How Easy Is It to Make a Medicare Advantage Premium Payment?

It’s as easy as 1-2-3, E-F-T!   Just complete an  Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form  or complete the  Premium Payment Option  section of the  Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollment Application . This is especially good to know...

Reminder: Get Out of the House with Our Fearless Playlist

Did you know Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors?  After a looong winter, it’s time to get outside and go for a walk--or find a quiet place outside to sit and enjoy the fresh air.  We’re even providing a playlist you can use to rock your...

Healthy New York Program Updates

The following article provides information on Healthy New York from the NYS Department of Financial Services: Excellus BCBS requires employees to work a minimum of 20 hours per week to be eligible for coverage. Effective immediately, this requirement will also...

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