Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

May 17, 2013

Legislative Update
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Updates
Find out more about these important updates:

Updated ACA Timeline Now Available
An updated Affordable Care Act timeline is now available to explain upcoming changes in health care reform. The timeline includes new information on the employers’ exchange notice requirement, guaranteed availability and renewability, and actuarial value. We’ve also added new topics – cost-sharing limits for essential health benefits and community rating. Since some 2012 provisions are still pertinent, we have kept them in the timeline.

ACA Question of the Week: Preventive Care Services Without Cost-sharing
The “Question of the Week” answers frequently asked questions regarding the Affordable Care Act. If you have a question about ACA provisions, contact your account representative.
Q. Does it matter whether or not the preventive care service is delivered by a health care provider in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois network?
Yes. Members must receive preventive care services from health care providers in their employer’s benefit plan network in order for the service to be covered without cost-sharing (with no co-pay, co-insurance or deductible). If employees or family members use a doctor that is not in their health benefit plan’s network, they may be required to pay for all or part of the cost of the service.

News and Updates
May Worksite Wellness Webinar: Incentive Products and Life Points Program
These webinars can help you create and strengthen worksite wellness programs. Attend the May 28 webinar to learn more about our wellness incentive products and member reward program.
Find out how to participate.

Update: July 1, 2013 System Edit to Redirect Claims Processing for Additional Self-Administered Specialty Drugs
To receive coverage, members are required to use their prescription drug benefit and acquire self-administered specialty medications through a pharmacy provider. A system edit is being implemented for hemophilia, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis drugs.
What members need to do.

Ranked in the Top 10 Supplier Diversity Programs by DiversityInc Magazine
DiversityInc Magazine ranks the operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois third.  
Learn more.

Health and Wellness
Fit Facts: Lighten Up to Lessen Arthritis Pain
Do stiff or painful joints sometimes slow you down? Is extra weight bringing you down?
Share these tips with employees to help prevent arthritis or reduce symptoms.

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