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Health Plan Options

Transparency in Coverage

Health plan price transparency helps consumers know the cost of a covered item or service before receiving care. Beginning July 1, 2022, most group health plans and issuers of group or individual health insurance will begin posting pricing information for covered items and services. Read more.

Aries Pennie Special Enrollment Period Bonus (qualify through 6/1) 

Help your clients with their Pennie special election period (SEP) needs and earn more the Pennie SEP bonus! Read more.

Highmark | Introducing the 2022 New Highmark Incentive (qualify through 1/1/2023)

Highmark is excited to announce the 2022 New to Highmark Incentive. Read more.

NEW Pennie Community Workgroup

Pennie has decided to combine the Broker Workgroup, the Outreach and Education Workgroup as well as the Broker and Assister Lunch and Learns to form one unified, expanded workgroup called the Pennie Community Workgroup. This group will meet virtually the second Friday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. These meetings will focus on hot topics in the marketplace, system updates, and technical tutorials related to the Pennie platform. Register now.

4/19 Geisinger | New GFA Self-Service Portal

Geisinger Funding Alternative (GFA) – New self-service portal available for GFA. Join us for an in-depth review of GFA reporting, where you’ll learn how to gain access and maneuver through the new portal. Register now.

4/21 UPMC | Learn Why it Matters to Improve Workplace Health Disparities

Join UPMC on Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for a discussion with UPMC’s top thought leaders on social determinants of health (SDOH) and how they affect businesses. Register now.

4/26 Capital Blue Cross ASO 101

Join Elyse Frey (URL's Group Health Manager) and Ashley Keith (Capital Blue Cross Sales & Account Executive) on April 26th at 2pm EST for an ASO overview.

We will discuss:

  • What is ASO
  • What is a Surplus
  • How does the plan work for Employees & Employers
  • New Incentives
  • New Products

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5/17 Aetna Product Training & Updates Lunch & Learn

Join URL and Aetna for a lunch and learn on May 17th at 11:00am EST for Aetna Product Training & Updates.

We will discuss:

  • AFA product reminders
  • Underwriting updates
  • CVS locations/network
  • Cross sell discounts
  • Wellness/Value Adds
  • Product incentives and more

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6/7 Lunch and Learn on Voluntary Benefits: What You Need to Know

Join Elyse Frey (URL's Group Health Manager) and Matt Kuntz (Colonial Life's Regional Broker Manager) on June 7th at 12pm EST for a 2 CE credit lunch and learn about voluntary benefits.

This session will cover the increasing need for voluntary benefits and review typical worksite products. We will also discuss other important pieces in understanding VB including underwriting, sales cycle, implementation, and enrollment.

Attendees can expect to gain an understanding of the following:

  • The history of voluntary benefits
  • Different types of voluntary benefits products and how they help fill the medical insurance gap
  • The value of voluntary benefits for employers and employees
  • How to position voluntary benefits
  • Implementation timelines and enrollment methods

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6/28 Geisinger Funding Alternative Lunch & Learn

Join URL's Elyse Frey and Geisinger's Patricia Gruber on June 28th at 11am EST for a lunch and learn as we provide an overview of Geisinger Funding Alternative (GFA). 

We'll discuss:

  • What is GFA
  • How does it work
  • Surplus or credit
  • GFA plan designs
  • GFA new business checklist
  • GFA start to finish

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Register for the webinar

Geisinger | Correction to Last Week’s Broker Bulletin

Last week’s email incorrectly introduced the Small Group New Business Account Executive Team’s roles. Here’s a corrected profile of the team and how they are here to help you. Read more.

UPMC | Enrollment Contact Form - Moving to Producer OnLine

The UPMC Health Plan Enrollment Department is committed to ensuring you have access to the documents, forms, and information you need to manage your account’s health benefits plan(s).  The Enrollment Contact Form, which currently is available via the UPMC Health Plan public website, is expected to move to Producer OnLine by April 30th, 2022. Read more.

Update on Pennie’s Medical Assistance Account Transfer Automatic Eligibility Initiative 

As you may know, Pennie has been working diligently to implement an auto-eligibility system that would give customers transferring from Medical Assistance to Pennie a more streamlined process for enrolling in health coverage. Unfortunately, Pennie has decided to delay the implementation of the auto-eligibility feature until we are fully confident the data transfer will ensure a seamless transition for qualified customers. Read more.

Pennie | Broker Workgroup

Pennie | Path to Pennie 

Those who have indicated they are uninsured on tax form REV-1882 will soon receive an official notice from Pennie with instructions on how to enroll in coverage. These notices will begin to be distributed in early April and will include unique access codes for recipients to claim their new Pennie account. Learn more at: Path to Pennie | Pennie. Read more.

Pennie | What Effective Date Will My Client Receive?  

Check out this Special Election Period Quick Reference Chart. Read more.

Pennie | 2022 Producer Commissions 

Pennie is proud to work with insurers to make sure Pennsylvania producers have access to commissions information in advance of the start of the annual Open Enrollment Period and for any changes to commissions throughout the plan year. Beginning with plan year 2022, insurers that offer health plans through Pennie are required to notify their appointed producers of the commissions fee schedule. Read more

Pennie | Website Walkthrough

Looking for help with the Pennie portal? Take a look at these "How To" videos created to walk you through.