Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Agency Action Alert - May 6, 2015

This week's Agency Action Alert covers the following topics: Business news explains more employers are choosing tiered plan designs, New look for emails coming from Distribution Administration. Click here to read more.

Capital Blue Cross Preventive Care Update: USPSTF Preventing Dental Caries in Children

Effective May 5, 2015, Capital BlueCross will update our schedule of preventive care services based on recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Click here to read more.

UPMC Producer Update 5/1/15 - Preferred Pricing Option for Select Mid-Market Groups

UPMC would like to remind you of our preferred pricing option for select mid-market groups.The option offers a 5 percent discount off standard pricing and a one-year renewal rate cap of 15 percent. Click here to read more.

Aetna Reminder: Control your compensation with Producer Service Fee for businesses with 1-100 employees in DE, PA and WV

Aetna uses a Producer Service Fee (PSF) compensation model for all small group medical cases that are new sales or renewals. Click here to read more.

Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call

*There will be no PPACA Conference Call on May 21st.

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.

The Family Glitch

Some low-to-moderate-income families may be locked out of receiving financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the Marketplaces. Click here to read more.

Senators demand better oversight of state ObamaCare spending

Two Republican committee chairmen are pressing the Obama administration to improve its oversight of how state-run ObamaCare marketplaces use federal dollars, citing an inspector general report on potential violations of law. Click here to read more.

ER visits up under Obamacare despite promises, doctors’ poll finds

Doctors say emergency room visits have increased since the advent of Obamacare, undercutting one of the key selling points of President Obama’s health care law, which was supposed to ensure a healthier population by pushing consumers to rely on their primary physicians rather than emergency trips to the hospital. Click here to read more.

Imminent rulings may have drastic changes to benefits industry

A slew of hot-button topics, from health care to retirement, are being discussed in Washington –both on Capitol Hill and in the halls of the Supreme Court. As a result, it is imperative employers remain focused and aware of the looming decisions that could change the benefits community. Click here to read more.

Governor Wolf Asks Federal Government for State-Based Marketplace to Protect 382,000 Pennsylvanians

Please accept this letter as Pennsylvania’s declaration to implement a State Based individual and SHOP Marketplace (“Marketplace”) using the federal platform for plan year 2016. Click here to read more.

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