Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

May 3, 2013

Legislative Update
Essential Health Benefits Cost-Sharing Fast Facts
Are you confused by the flurry of information about the essential health benefits’ deductible cap, out-of-pocket limits, and safe harbor for carve outs?  
Review these fast facts, resources and FAQs.

Federal Government Releases Updated FAQs on Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) address questions that states may have about Affordable Care Act-related subjects, including the SBC during “second year of applicability.”
What you need to know.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Contraceptive Coverage
The “Question of the Week” provides producers and employers answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Read this week’s two-part question about coverage for contraceptives.

Pharmacy Program Changes Effective July 1, 2013
Based on our review of changes in the pharmaceuticals market, some revisions are being made to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’s formulary.
See what’s changing.

Reminder: No Enrollment Fee in May to Join the Fitness Program!
In celebration of National Fitness Month, the Fitness Program is waiving the enrollment fee for new members who sign up May 1-31, 2013.
Learn how members can take advantage of this offer.

HMO Provider Network Addition: OSF Healthcare North Joins HMO Illinois and BlueAdvantage HMOSM Networks
Effective May 1, OSF Healthcare North (Medical Group #472) – located in the Rockford area – is joining the HMO networks.
Get the details.

Health and Wellness
Be Smart. Be Well.® Explores the Science of Addiction

Addiction is a powerful force that can ruin lives. In a series of new Be Smart. Be Well. videos, experts explain how addiction affects the brain and why it is so hard to stop using drugs and alcohol.
How you can help a loved one who may be an addict.

Fit Facts: Power Up for Healthy Living Help
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, technology gets a bad rap. But used wisely, technology can power up your motivation to make positive changes.
Share these tips with employees.

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