Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois


July 5, 2013

Legislative Update
Affordable Care Act: New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Tool for 2-150 Groups Being Released
The new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) tool release date is scheduled for July 15.
Find out about enhancements and view a demo.

July 2013 Legislative Highlights Sheet Available
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ (BCBSIL) monthly legislative highlight sheets can help you stay current on the laws that affect you the most. This month’s highlight sheet shares details about the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ proposed rule on exchanges, and a final rule that delays part of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges. Also included are a link to the federal government’s FAQs on exchange oversight, information on the delay of BCBSIL’s SBC Tool effective date, and popular Affordable Care Act questions.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Individual Exchange   
Learn more about the health insurance exchange, also known as the health insurance marketplace.
When is open enrollment on the individual exchange?

Health and Wellness
July Wellness Topic: National Picnic Month
Look for summer safety tips and more on our website and social media pages.
See what’s online.

Quick Wellness Tip: Healthier Eating for Men
The antioxidant lycopene found in tomato products is good for prostate health. Consider eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods like pasta sauce once a week. In addition, aim for at least two cups of fruits and two and a half cups of vegetables each day. —

Fit Facts: Eyes Off Sunny Skies
In the summer, the sun's harmful UV rays are at their strongest. Protect your eyes from both short- and long-term damage from the sun by wearing sunglasses.
Share these tips with employees.

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