June 29, 2016

Clarification: Some Texas Small Group (1-50) Metallic Plans Will Be Discontinued in 2016

As noted in last week’s News from the Blues, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be sending discontinuation notices to small group administrators and employees of accounts with renewal dates in September through December that are enrolled in a 2015 small group (1-50) Metallic plan that is being discontinued. This mailing does NOT apply to products scheduled to be discontinued in 2016; this mailing will occur in the upcoming months and additional information will be made available through a future edition of this newsletter.

Off-Exchange Plans
Small groups with 2015 off-Exchange plans that are being discontinued will receive a group administrator letter and an employee letter. They will receive new plan options in their 2016 renewal packets. We will suggest a plan that is similar to the one that they currently have. They will also get other options to choose from.

SHOP Plans
Small groups enrolled through SHOP and covered under a 2015 plan that is being discontinued will receive a group administrator letter and an employee letter. At least 60 days prior to a group’s renewal date, a SHOP renewal notice will be sent informing groups of their renewal coverage options for 2016.