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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3 - Special Issue

During these uncertain and challenging times, the Univera Healthcare team is here to help provide access to critical resources to support you, our employers, their businesses and employees. If your employer groups need assistance, the Small Business Administration (SBA)...

Protecting the Health of Our Communities

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this deadly virus. Those being hit hardest include many small businesses around the country and in our own communities, and many we insure. We have options for those employers who...

Our Sales Representatives Are Here to Help

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3

If an employer has contacted you and needs additional information on health insurance options for employees who have been laid off, please contact your account representative. Our staff is working remotely, but we are available to meet with you and your group by phone...

We're Here For You Every Step Of The Way

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3 - Special Issue

To Our Valued Brokers: These are anxious and unsettling times. We’re bombarded by wall-to-wall news and around-the-clock social media about coronavirus (COVID-19) – and the impact on the economy. I want to reassure you that Univera Healthcare is well prepared and...

Pending Federal Regulations on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Member Cost Share

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3 - Special Issue

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this deadly virus.  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in New York state and across the country. New York state is requiring all insured health...

Update On COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Broker Update | March 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 3 - Special Issue

We know there are many ongoing questions regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it impacts everything from your businesses, your groups and even your own families. Please know that we have an internal team dedicated to researching and vetting the most...

2020 Broker Guide: Committed to Helping you Better Meet Your Clients’ Needs

Broker Update | February 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 2

The 2020 Broker Guide is now available and includes information on programs and tools that demonstrate our commitment to helping you better serve your clients and grow your business. New this year: Commissions on all new and existing Medicare Advantage Group plans...

What Do You Want to Know?

Broker Update | February 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 2

As your health insurance partner, we want to keep you informed on the most important matters that effect you. That’s why we would like to provide educational webinars throughout 2020. Because you’re an important partner in our business, we want to hear from you. Please...

Use of Telemedicine for Behavioral Health Increasing Year Over Year

Broker Update | February 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 2

Behavioral health services delivered via telemedicine now account for nearly one-third of all telemedicine visits, according to a review of 2019 claims data by Univera Healthcare and its parent health plan. In 2018, behavioral health services accounted for less than...

Update on 1095-B Form for Tax Season

Broker Update | January 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 1

Please inform your groups; health insurers—including Univera Healthcare—will no longer be mailing tax form 1095-B to members. Because taxpayers are not required to include the form when filing their taxes, the IRS no longer requires us to mail the form, beginning this...

New Year, New Mandates

Broker Update | January 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 1

The beginning of a new year also means state mandated changes to some of our plans. The Healthy NY wage level for small employers is now in line with federal poverty guidelines. Read more about the increase and eligibility criteria. NYS now requires insurers to...

Flu Season Going Strong

Broker Update | January 2020 | Vol. 15 No. 1

Flu season runs through May—so there's still time for employees to get the flu vaccine. As of November 30, 2019, New York state logged 3,158 confirmed cases of the flu, compared to 1,462 confirmed cases at this time last year. There is still time to get your flu Shot....

Holiday Wishes and Happy New Year!

Broker Update | December 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 12

2019 is coming to a close, and we couldn’t let it slip by without thanking you for your commitment and dedication to our shared clients and communities.  Our members can rely on you for thoughtful insights and valuable information, and that is what sets us apart....

We’re Looking for Feedback on Our Broker Website

Broker Update | December 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 12

It’s been a few months since the redesign of our broker website. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to give us some feedback about your experience using the site. The survey should take five minutes or less to complete. We value your feedback, and...

Member Webinars - "Making the Most of Your Health Plan"

Broker Update | December 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 12

Do you have new groups or groups that need a refresh on the wellness tools and resources available to them within their health plan coverage? Our Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine team will host live monthly webinars for members in 2020.  "Making the Most of...

Important Reminders for ActiveRewards

Broker Update | December 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 12

The end of the calendar year also means the end of the plan year for many members. Please have your groups keep in mind these important deadlines about ActiveRewards if this is the end of their plan year. For members renewing their ActiveRewards plan (subscriber ID...

Direct Pay/Individual Market Collateral Now Available

Broker Update | December 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 12

Placemats and brochures for the 2020 direct pay portfolio are now available on Univera On Demand. In Univera On Demand, click the link for the Product Placemats (PDF) or Product Brochures (PDF) under the Individual Metal Level Plans heading.  ...

Underwriting Guideline Changes Filed With The Department Of Financial Services

Broker Update | November 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 11

Changes to our underwriting guidelines were recently filed for reference with the Department of Financial Services. There are changes in several areas including group and subscriber eligibility.  Please contact your account consultant with any questions. ...

NEW! A Clear Look Ahead – 2020 Small Group Plans and Rates for all Quarters Now Available!

Broker Update | November 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 11

You will no longer have to wait to see upcoming quarterly rates for Small Group. New this year, the 2020 Small Group plans and rates are available for all quarters now. Now Available: Q1 At-A-Glance (PDF) Open a PDF Q2 At-A-Glance (PDF) Open...

Caring. Now Available Anywhere.

Broker Update | November 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 11

Caring for your people isn’t something you only do from 9 to 5. So in this 24/7 world we’re helping you help employees manage their health each and every day with the Wellframe ® app. It’s an easy way for our dedicated team of health care professionals to give...

New Feature For ActiveRewards Members - Rally Marketplace™

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

Starting January 1, members with Active Rewards will have an additional option for using the coins they earn from completing tasks through the Rally platform. Previously, members only had the option of donating their coins to a charity of their choice. With the...

Annual Rate Notices Being Mailed

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

Your groups will receive their Annual Rate Notices (ARNs) at the end of October.  Also, at the end of October, you will be able to access the Monthly Rate Summary report through Information Connection with your January 2020 renewals. This includes: ...

We're Ramping Up Efforts To Curb E-Cigarette Use And Boost Education

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

   

New 2020 Broker Commission Programs

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

Beginning on January 1, 2020, two new broker commission programs will go into effect; Medicare Advantage Plans and Rx Concierge. Brokers will be eligible for commission for both new and existing Medicare Advantage plans. We’re also very excited to offer a new...

Employer-Based Waiting Periods for Medical and Dental

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

A reminder for your groups; when an online request is submitted to add a new hire for medical and dental, please be aware of the employer-based waiting period. If the employer waiting period for medical is different than the waiting period for dental, the...

2020 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Plans are now Available on Univera on Demand

Broker Update | October 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 10

You can now view 2020 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Plans on Univera on Demand. Univera on Demand allows you to compare plans and access your group's 2020 benefit summaries and rate sheets. Please contact your Group Medicare Sales...

Get Your Groups Ready for Open Enrollment

Broker Update | September 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 9

We have received great feedback about our member portal and the personalized information members can access when they register for an online account. This is a great way to educate your employees about their health insurance and to prepare them for this year’s open...

Compliance With New York State Insurance Law and Small Group Eligibility

Broker Update | September 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 9

As part of our ongoing commitment to maintain compliance with New York State Insurance Law 4317(a)(1), we will continue to verify that our small groups are receiving community rates.  As has been our practice, this process will include our request for confirmation...

A Valuable New Tool to Make You a More Valuable Partner

Broker Update | September 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 9

You’re always looking for new ways to add value to your groups. We’re always looking for new ways to help you deliver it. That’s why we’re introducing the Wellframe® app, a free and convenient way for our Care Managers to provide confidential, text-based, one-on-one...

Have Your Members Changed Their Password Yet?

Broker Update | September 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 9

On August 3, we made enhancements to our website including our member portal. At that time, members were asked to reset their password when they visited the site to login.  If they HAVE NOT accessed their online account since August 3, they will be prompted to...

Individual & Small Group Rates and Plans for 2020 now Available!

Broker Update | September 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 9 - Special Issue

Individual & Small Group plans and rates for 2020 and stand alone small group dental plans are now available on Univera on Demand. Updated Open Enrollment tools, including At-A-Glance Brochures and Product Guides are also available. Learn more and order open...

The Future of Care Management

Broker Update | August 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 8

The Univera Healthcare Sales Leadership Team invites you to attend "The Future of Care Management," on September 19. A networking reception will follow. The presentation will provide an overview of our clinical care management strategies, including emerging...

Individual & Small Group Plans, Rates and Product Updates for 2020

Broker Update | August 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 8

Individual & Small Group plans and rates for 2020 will be available on Univera on Demand in early September, tentatively the week of the 9th. Updated Open Enrollment tools, including At-A-Glance Brochures and Product Guides will also be available. Good news—no...

Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) Letters

Broker Update | August 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 8

Coming soon, group benefit administrators with Senior Choice (HMO-POS) or Univera Medicare (PPO) plans will be mailed an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC).  The ANOC provides details on 2020 benefit changes. Your members will receive their 2020 ANOC, along with...

Department of Financial Services (DFS) Guidance Regarding Rate Guarantees and New Business Discounts

Broker Update | August 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 8 - Special Issue

Because the DFS guidance may impact your business with us, we’d like to provide some additional information:  The guidance only applies to non-Medicare, comprehensive, fully insured medical commercial products.  The guidance prohibits the application...

Site Changes Coming The Weekend Of August 3

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 7 | July 2019 -Special Issue

This includes a password change, so have yours ready! Updates to our Broker and Employer web portals, which include a new look and menu options, will be going live on Saturday, August 3. The new look includes a simplified layout giving you easy access to...

Request for Missing Social Security Numbers

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 7 | July 2019

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service requires health insurers to request missing subscriber and dependent Social Security numbers from their members. In August, we will send Social Security number request letters to individuals who had health...

Reminder: Q4 Small Group Rates Available

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 6 | June 2019

Fourth quarter rates were made available in Univera on Demand on July 1 Print versions of the 2019 Univera Access Small Group Products At-A-Glance brochures are also available to order through your account consultant. The At-A-Glance brochures provide you with our...

Adults With Diabetes Are Getting Better At Managing Their Disease

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 6 | June 2019

Compliance with care recommendations is on the rise. Upstate New York adults who have diabetes are better at managing their disease than they were just a few years ago, according to a review of self-reported patient data by Univera Healthcare. More adults with...

Reminder: Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) Non-Compliance

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 6 | June 2019

Please be advised that groups who have not submitted an Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) in the past 2 or more consecutive years will be non-renewed beginning January 2020. We ask for your assistance in ensuring your employer groups understand the importance of...

Dental Experienced Rated Pooled - Information Connection

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 6 | June 2019

Starting in June 2019, Stand Alone Dental will be added to the Broker Summary Report in Information Connection  for funding arrangements "prospective pooled voluntary" (2-50 Eligible Employees) and "prospective pooled contributory".  Login to Information...

Reminder: Univera Healthcare Mobile Office Hours Every Wednesday

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 6 | June 2019

Know someone looking for health insurance and can’t get it from an employer? Univera Healthcare Mobile Office Hours are available every Wednesday from 9 to 1 , at The Salvation Army of Buffalo located at 960 Main Street, across from the Buffalo Niagara Medical...

Individual & Small Group – NYS Prior Approval of Rate Changes

Broker News | May 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 5

On May 13, 2019, an application was submitted requesting 2020 premium rate changes in accordance with New York state prior approval law.  This rate application applies to Community Rated Individual and Small Group products. The following products are included...

Do your clients have unclaimed money?

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 5 | May 2019

It’s not pocket change. Univera Healthcare is looking for almost 11,000 individuals and companies who haven’t cashed checks totaling $1.77 million. The unclaimed checks were issued in 2015 to members and health care providers. A complete list of names of people and...

Reminder: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 4 | April 2019

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a federal law which becomes effective January 1, 2020 and will change who can buy Medicare Supplement Plans C, F, and High F (F+). Beneficiaries who are newly eligible for Medicare Part A and B effective...

Rate of Registered Organ Donors Grows, but State and Regional Rates Still Lag National Rate

Broker News | April 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 4

More New Yorkers than ever before are signing up to be organ donors , but the state still lags the nation when it comes to the percentage of adults in the donor registry, according to an analysis by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. At the same time, the need for...

Reminder: How Going to the Dentist Can Save Everyone a Lot of Money

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 3 | March 2019

When minor issues are left untreated, they can snowball into serious conditions  that can affect everything from an employee’s overall health to workplace productivity and health insurance costs. This one-page handout makes the case for oral health and provides a...

Reminder: Member Webinars - The Value of Your Health Insurance Coverage

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 3 | March 2019

Do your groups need a refresh on our telemedicine programs or what tools and resources are available to groups within their health plan coverage? Our Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine team will be hosting live monthly webinars for members. Please view the...

There’s a Difference Between Single Payer and Universal Coverage

Broker News | March 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 3

A “single payer” health care proposal is currently under consideration in the New York State Legislature. There is a significant difference between  “single payer”  and  “universal coverage”.   Many people are confused by these two terms....

“Who Will Speak for You?” Infographic Promotes Importance of Advance Care Planning

Broker Update | Vol. 14 No. 3 | March 2019

Univera Healthcare issued an infographic "Who Will Speak for You?" Open a PDF to prompt the beginning of advance care planning conversations between adults and their physicians or nurse practitioners. The infographic is being made available to doctors' offices...

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