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Low Rates For Small Business. With Awesome Extras

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 10 | October 2018

Supporting local small business with rates from $312/month  Small business is the heart and soul of Western NY. And in this community, we take care of our own.  We're offering the quality health coverage you want for your employees at special low rates that...

Univera Dental Select Updates

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13. No. 9 - Special Issue

No rate changes for groups renewing in 2019 and there are some  changes to the waiting period on voluntary plans. No rate changes for 2019 – Groups renewing in 2019 will not receive a rate increase. Groups will  receive a letter in early November...

You Asked-We Answered: Enhancements to Univera on Demand

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13. No. 9 - Special Issue

We've had conversations with many of you over the past year to understand how we can make it easier to do business with us.  As a result, we've enhanced Univera On Demand. Enhancements: New Exporting Features Download plan benefit details and rates into...

Univera Access 2019 Plans At-A-Glance

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13. No. 9 - Special Issu

Use the Preferred Package Comparison Tool to help your groups compare these plans. Contact your sales consultant if you’re interested in receiving additional printed brochures. At-A-Glance-Brochure (PDF)Open a PDF

HSA/HRA/FSA Made Easier With Univera On Demand

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13. No. 9 - Special Issue

We're able to pair reimbursement accounts for small business customers to complement our Univera Access packages. Look for “Recommended Reimbursement Accounts” on the “Confirm Detail” page of Univera On Demand. This new section includes group...

Changes to Our Pharmacy Network for Some Members

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 9 | September 2018

CVS and Target retail pharmacies are no longer participating in our pharmacy network for members enrolled in the following plans: Medicaid Managed Care and Health and Recovery Plan (HARP). This includes: Univera Healthcare MyHealthSM and MyHealth PlusSM ...

Upstate's Uninsured Rate Remains at Historic Low

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 9

Upstate New York’s health insurance uninsured rate continued to hold at the historic level of 4 percent, while the state’s uninsured rate hit its lowest level in history, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey...

New Dental Rewards Made Easy

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 9 | September 2018

Dental Rewards is a unique program to the market. We offer families an annual reward for getting dental exams and cleanings.  Claiming rewards is easy. Members simply provide us with proof that they received the services and their rewards amount will be...

Rewards for Good Health

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 9 | September 2018

It pays to stay healthy—literally!  With Wellness Rewards for Small Groups and Wellness Your Way for Large Groups, employees can receive up to $300 annually to be used on programs and services to help keep their families’ healthy.  Rewards can be used to...

New Combined Broker Agreement Coming Soon

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 9 | September 2018

Many of our brokers represent both Univera Healthcare and Lifetime Benefits Solutions (LBS). That's why we’re streamlining the appointment process with a change to benefit everyone. Both the Univera and LBS broker agreements are now part of one comprehensive...

It Pays to Show Your Teeth Some Love (PDF) Open a PDF

Broker Update | September 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 9

According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, nearly 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease and don’t even realize it. Here are a few more reasons not to skip that next checkup.

REMINDER: Open Enrollment Broker Meetings

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

Based on the positive feedback from the last broker open enrollment session, we will be following the same format for the 2019 Open Enrollment season. In lieu of the traditional broker open enrollment meeting, we will be providing 2019 open enrollment specific...

Save Time Using Our New AGIF Online Tool

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

We understand completing the Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) can be time-consuming. Now, if you submit the form using our online web tool, you may be exempt from completing the form the following year. Any group that submitted their AGIF in 2017 using the web...

Coming Soon - Annual Notice of Change Letters

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

This month, 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 2019 benefit changes. Your members will receive their 2019 ANOC before September...

Telemedicine Consumer Pricing Reminder

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

Direct to consumer pricing for MDLIVE medical consults is $59.00.  This charge is for members who do not have telemedicine included in their benefit plan.  Get more facts, videos and information on Telemedicine. If you have questions, please contact your...

Broker Program Manager Changes

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

We're making some changes to our internal broker support team and transitioning our broker program manager position to a market facing account consultant position.  Please direct any inquiries related to brokers of record, broker commission, or your monthly book of...

New Group Numbers and Member Cards for Dental Groups

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

We have some updates coming to our dental claims processing system for groups currently covered under the dental plan. The new system will improve the overall member experience with simpler, easier-to-understand explanation of benefits, anytime access to convenient...

There's More to Get Excited About This Year

Broker Update | August 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 8

Mid-to-Large Group Signature Designs: 2019 is bringing more of the changes our members asked for. More benefits covered in full, more coverage outside of deductibles, more value in every plan, and more flexibility to make them your own. Always local service with a...

View a Summary of Your Benefits On the Go

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

Members can now see a summary of their benefits when they use our mobile app.  The most common benefits will be displayed at the top of the benefits screen and other benefits will appear below that in alphabetical order. All benefits on the app are...

Free Advanced Opioid Management Program

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

The opioid epidemic is nationwide, and our local region is no different. This addiction costs employers $2.6 billion a year. Our FREE Advanced Opioid Management Program aims to prevent excess opioid medications upon first fill; ensure that high doses across all opioids...

Univera On Demand Update

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

Based on feedback from our brokers, Experience Rated shopping has been removed from promotion on Univera On Demand as of 7/11/2018.  Contact your Account Representative to see the new plan designs we have to offer.  You can still view Small Group rates on...

2019 Small Group Package Update

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

Groups in Univera Preferred Access Plans will be converted into Univera Access plans on their renewal in 2019.  Univera Access plans offer the same benefits and coverage, a new name and access to our full Univera Access network. Univera On Demand will be updated...

2019 Medicare Advantage Product Training

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

Provide a solution to your Employer Group Retirees–and increase your earnings doing it. We pay broker commissions on Medicare Advantage Plans, but product certification for Medicare sales is required. Learn more about a training session near you. Get ready for AEP...

Open Enrollment Broker Meetings

Broker Update | July 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 7

Based on the positive feedback from the last broker open enrollment session, we will be following the same format for the 2019 Open Enrollment season. In lieu of the traditional broker open enrollment meeting, we will be providing 2019 open enrollment specific...

How easy is it to make a Medicare Advantage premium payment?

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

It’s as easy as 1-2-3, E-F-T!  Just complete an Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form or complete the Premium Payment Option section of the Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollment Application. This is especially good to know if your...

Changes to the Small Health Options Program (SHOP) Process

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

New SHOP groups. Effective April 1, 2018, the New York State of Health (NYSOH) began sending groups that have been approved to enroll through the SHOP directly to insurers for enrollment purposes. What does this mean for you? New SHOP groups can now enroll directly...

Signature Preferred Packages Update

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

Based on feedback from our brokers and the experience rated market, the Signature Preferred Packages were removed from promotion in Univera On Demand as of June 8, 2018.  Brokers can continue build out plan designs based on your client's strategy using our popular...

Request for Missing Social Security Numbers

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

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 July, we will send Social Security number request letters to individuals who had...

Healthy New York Program Updates

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

The following article provides information on Healthy New York from the NYS Department of Financial Services: Univera Healthcare requires employees to work a minimum of 20 hours per week to be eligible for coverage. Effective immediately, this requirement will also...

Medicare Products – NYS Prior Approval of Rate Changes

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

On or about July 31, an application will be submitted requesting 2019 premium rate changes Medicare Supplement products, in accordance with New York state prior approval law. Employer Group Communication Initial notification letters will be mailed to employer groups and...

6 Questions to Ask About Your Pharmacy Benefits Open a PDF

Broker Update | June 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 6

With the rising cost of prescription medications, having a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) with your best interests at heart is more important than ever. And getting the best value starts with asking the right questions. Use this guide to get the conversation started.

Univera On Demand Scheduled Maintenance

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5 - Special Issue

Please Note: Univera On Demand will be unavailable starting Friday, 5/18/2018 at 8:00pm — Sunday, 5/20/2018 at 6:00pm, for scheduled maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we make server updates.

Child Health Plus and Medicaid Available in Erie County

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

Did you know Univera Healthcare offers Child Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care and MyHealthPlusSM, our Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) in Erie County? Child Health Plus is New York State’s health insurance program for kids. How to enroll Prospective members can...

Reminder: Get the 2018-19 Broker Bonus Program

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

Pending DFS Approval New Experience Rated Business Incentive* Potential Earnings: New Experience Rated contracts with an effective date between 7/1/18 and 1/31/19 will be paid a $10.00 Per Contract Per Month incentive in a one-time total payment based on the total...

Reminder: Planning for a High Deductible Health Plan

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

Participating in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) requires some planning and preparation. We have tips to help your groups better understand the plan, a worksheet to calculate costs, and four ways to minimize surprises. If you have any questions, please contact your...

Q3 & Q4 Small Group Rates in Univera on Demand

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

Compare Plans & Rates Our Univera on Demand plan comparison tool can help you find solutions for your clients. Click Here to Begin (Login Required) Click Here to Begin

Special Election Periods for Medicare-Eligible Clients

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

Your Medicare eligible clients may be able to join or change Medicare Advantage plans under special circumstances that qualify as Special Election Periods.  A Special Election Period provides an opportunity to enroll in, or change plans, if your client is: ...

We're Looking for Owners of Unclaimed Funds

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 5 | May 2018

More than 10,400 individuals and companies in New York State have not cashed more than $2.1 million in checks issued by Univera Healthcare.  This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums. It rightfully belongs to our members or providers and we want to...

Individual & Small Group - NYS Prior Approval of Rate Changes

Broker Update | May 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 5

On May 14, 2018, an application was submitted requesting 2019 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 in this...

Updated Retiree Group Drug Plan Certificate of Coverage

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 4 | April 2018

Throughout the month of May, group administrators and members of group sponsored Medicare Advantage Plans that include Part D drug coverage (MAPD) or Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) will receive an updated Retiree Group Drug Plan Certificate of Coverage. The...

Consider Our Medicare Referral Program

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 4 | April 2018

Looking to boost revenue, but don’t want to become certified to sell Medicare? Do you have clients that are looking for a Medicare Advantage plan? Maybe some are transitioning off their Employer coverage to Medicare? Refer the sale to a Medicare Sales Consultant and...

Federal Government Re-issuing New Medicare Cards

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 4 | April 2018

Beginning this month, the Federal government will be mailing all Medicare beneficiaries new cards. This is the first time that Medicare is re-issuing cards.  Social security numbers will no longer be used; instead each card will now have a unique...

Child Health Plus and Medicaid Available in Erie County

Broker Update | April 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 4

Did you know Univera Healthcare offers Child Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care and MyHealthPlusSM, our Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) in Erie County? Child Health Plus is New York State’s health insurance program for kids. How to enroll Prospective members can...

Important Information to Qualify for Small Group Health Plans

Broker Update | April 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 4

In order to comply with the Affordable Care Act, an employer must have at least one common-law employee enrolled to qualify as a group health plan. Businesses that do not have any common-law employees enrolled are no longer eligible for a group health plan and must...

Managing a High Deductible Health Plan with an Online Account

Broker Update | April 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 4

If your groups’ members haven't done so already, now is the perfect time to register for an online account on our website. Many questions members have can be answered by accessing their personalized information online. This custom information is especially helpful...

Introducing the 2018-19 Broker Bonus Program

Broker Update | April 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 4

Pending DFS Approval New Experience Rated Business Incentive* Potential Earnings: New Experience Rated contracts with an effective date between 7/1/18 and 1/31/19 will be paid a $10.00 Per Contract Per Month incentive in a one-time total payment based on the total...

Planning for a High Deductible Health Plan

Broker Update | April 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 4

Participating in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) requires some planning and preparation. We have tips to help your groups better understand the plan, a worksheet to calculate costs, and four ways to minimize surprises. If you have any questions, please contact your...

Reminder: 2018 Broker Guide Now Available

Broker Update | March 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 3

As healthcare continues to change and become more complex, we know your clients need more from their health plan to meet the needs of their employees. We care about helping you make the right choices to best meet those ever-changing needs. We want our brokers to...

Silver&Fit Medicare Benefit

Broker Update | March 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 3

If your clients enjoy being active--or if they’re looking to develop a healthier lifestyle—our Medicare Advantage Plans offer a program that includes a physical fitness benefit. Our nationwide Silver&Fit program gives Medicare Advantage members access to fitness...

Updated Enrollment and Billing Support Form

Broker Update | March 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 3

In order to complete requests in a more timely and accurate manner, we've made the following changes to the online enrollment and billing form. "Request a copy of bill(s)" has been added to the drop-down menu as a Reason for Inquiry. This option should be used...

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