On 6/19/18, The Department of Labor released a final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market, or to self-insure. Because Association Health Plans are regulated at the federal and state level, the availability of these plans will also depend on a state's regulatory approach. To read more about the final rule and how benefits under these plans can be affected, please read our bulletin here.

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How do employers motivate their employees and encourage participation in their workplace wellness programs? Find out how by listening in on Anthem Blue Cross's Wellness on the Run webinar on June 20th at 11:00 am PDT. Visit this site to register: http://timewellspent-ca.anthem.com/learn/employer-web...

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On June 22nd, Senate Republicans released their draft proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives, but includes some differences.  To learn more, please read our bulletin: http://bit.ly/2tRvuzw

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On Jan. 13, 2017, the U.S. Congress passed a budget resolution for fiscal year 2017 to begin the process of repealing the ACA.  The budget resolution does not, itself, repeal the ACA.  However, any budget reconciliation bill drafted as a result of the resolution is likely to include a number of pr...

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Blue Shield of California will be offering identity protection services at no cost to eligible health plan members and their dependents on May 2, 2016. This offering is available to members and their covered dependents for as long as they have a Blue Shield of California policy. Blue Shield has se...

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Kaiser Permanente has changed its mailing schedule for 1095-B forms for California members.  The forms will now be mailed out in late February to early March, so members can expect to receive their 1095-B forms by mid-March.  This schedule change is due to production issues that Kaiser is worki...

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Group health plans are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan's prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.  For calendar year health plans, the ...

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Blue Shield announced today that they will owe 2014 Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebates to contract holders in plans regulated by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). Members and employer groups that are eligible for 2014 MLR rebates will be notified by letter by September 30, 2015.  To read...

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Effective 10/1/15, California pharmacists will be able to prescribe and dispense oral and topical contraceptives.  To read more, please visit http://www.goodrx.com/blog/birth-control-will-be-available-without-a-prescription-in-oregon-and-california/

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