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AA Blogging Team

3
Apr

Annual Deductible Limit Repealed for Small Health Plans

28
Mar

New Exchange Special Enrollment Periods for Certain Individuals

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7
Mar

White House Extends Transition Policy for Canceled Health Plans

     

11
Feb

U.S. Treasury Releases Final Employer Mandate “Pay or Play” Regulations

On Feb. 10, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department released final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations are effective upon publication in the Federal Register. The final rules include a one year delay for medium-sized employers. In 2015, the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provisions will generally apply to larger firms with 100

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30
Jan

New Payment Option for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Clients

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois launched a new payment channel for members to make a one-time “check by phone” or online electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment. Blue Cross has contracted with Alactriti, a third party vendor, to use their automated electronic bill and payment solution, OrbiPay®, to accept one-time payments by bank draft through an automated toll-free phone

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28
Jan

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Article by American Red Cross: Frozen pipes are something that everyone tries to avoid.  Being prepared/informed can help you avoid the messy and expensive issue that can be caused by frozen pipes.  This article shares a lot of insight as to how to stay ahead of the pipes freezing, and how to thaw them out once frozen. Why Pipe Freezing

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13
Jan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Will Not Allow Changes to Deductibles for 2013 Policies

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois members that opted to keep their 2013 non-Affordable Care Act compliant plans will not be able to alter their deductibles, or make any changes to their plans (expect for dropping someone from the plan).  This includes members that submitted their requests prior to December 28th, 2013 to downgrade their plans. If you had submitted

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4
Jan

What To Do If You Have Been Billed Twice By Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois?

Many of our customers have been billed twice by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (their old 2013 policy and their new 2014 policy).  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is aware of this issue. For these members, the previous 2013 policies were not automatically canceled in the system, as they should have been at the time of the new

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2
Jan

What To Do If You Are Having Issues With Your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Policy?

Currently, many people are having issues with their Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) policies.  Here are some tips as what to do: Walgreens and CVS are assisting customers who are having coverage verification issues. Walgreens announced Monday that it would provide up to one month of medication, with no upfront cost to patients, who can bring confirmation of

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