Highmark Small Group Update - Small groups who grandmothered in 2014 can keep their plan in 2015

Clients with 2-50 employees who "grandmothered" their pre-ACA plans in 2014 will have the opportunity to keep their current plans when renewing with effective dates of July 1 through Dec. 1, 2015. Click here to read more.

Highmark Channel Insights - News for the Producer Community - March/April 2015

Welcome to the March/April edition of our electronic newsletter Channel Insights - News for the Producer Community. Click here to read more.

UPMC Producer Update - Summer Producer Incentive Program and July Renewals Available in Producer OnLine

To acknowledge the hard work you do for UPMC Health Plan, we have enriched our producer incentive program. Click here to read more.

Aetna discontinuation of tobacco surveys make it easier for DE, PA and WV quoting and administration

Effective with 7/1/15 new business quotes, we will no longer offer tobacco rates. This means small group rates will not vary for smokers vs non-smokers. Click here to read more.

Delta Medix leaves BCNEPA networks

Despite efforts to reach an agreement with Delta Medix, these physicians have decided to end their contract with First Priority Health® and First Priority Life Insurance Company® effective June 2, 2015. Click here to read more.

Aetna Opportunity alert: Producer service fees for small group businesses in DE, PA and WV

You will soon have greater control over your compensation. Producer Service Fee (PSF) is a simple compensation process that we have been using as a company for years. Click here to read more.

Aetna Small Group Webinar

As health care continues to grow in complexity, we are taking steps to make working with us easier. Our webinar will cover our key enhancements and upcoming changes. Click here to read more.

Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call

*There will be no PPACA Conference Call on May 7th. See you at the 2015 URL Leader's Conference!

In a continuing effort to assist our agent-partners in getting the information needed to flourish within the under 65 group and individual markets in Pennsylvania, we are holding weekly live webinars. They will serve as a place to get your questions answered and discuss topics and strategies that will lead to your continued success in the health insurance market. Click here to register.

Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Click here to view the archived recordings of the PPACA Conference Calls.

Republicans reach budget deal, take aim at Obamacare

Republican negotiators in the House and Senate announced a deal on a joint budget Wednesday that would cut domestic spending, increase defense spending and open a new door in the quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Click here to read more.

Milwaukee-based Assurant Health to be sold off or shut down

The parent company of Assurant Health said Tuesday that it will sell or shut down the Milwaukee health insurer — which employs 1,200 people in the area — by the end of next year. Click here to read more.

5 unique ways to spend FSA dollars

Employers need to choose between offering the rollover feature or the grace period; they cannot offer both. Click here to read more.

ACA tax credit recipients had to repay average of $729

Two-thirds of tax filers among H&R Block’s client base who received health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act via the state or federal insurance marketplaces had to pay back an average of $729 of the Advance Premium Tax Credit, cutting their potential refund by nearly one-third. Click here to read more.

Payback Requirements Surprise Obamacare Subsidy Recipients

Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years they receive a refund, a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills, but this year, the California couple got a shock. Click here to read more.

Report: Insurers skirt health law's protections for women

Some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law's new marketplaces violate the law's requirements for women's health, according to a new report from a women's legal advocacy group. Click here to read more.

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