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Univera Healthcare Earns Highest National Accreditation for Quality

Broker Update | November 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 11

Univera Healthcare’s commercial plans have received the highest accreditation status available, a rating of “Excellent,” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Excellent rating applies to Univera Healthcare’s HMO, point of service, preferred provider...

Portfolio Stability and Enhanced Benefits for Medicare Eligible Clients

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2018

For those of you that have Medicare eligible clients, we have Medicare Advantage products suited for all budgets.  Adding individual Medicare products to your portfolio provides an added service to your clients and added revenue to your agency.  Our overall...

Medicare Advantage plans are now available on Univera on Demand

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2018

You can now view 2019 Community Rated, Small Group Medicare Advantage Plans on Univera on Demand. Univera on Demand allows you to compare plans and access your group's 2019 benefit summaries and rate sheets. Please contact your Group Medicare Sales Consultant...

New Broker Commission Programs for 2019

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2018

Beginning on January 1, 2019, three new broker commission programs will go into effect for Medicare Supplemental, Prescription Drug Plan, and Existing Dental Groups. Medicare Supplemental and Prescription Drug Plan Five percent (5 %) broker commission on all...

Small Business Spotlight - Buffalo MRI

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2018

From bringing the first open MRI to WNY to sponsoring countless little league sports teams,  small businesses like Buffalo MRI make our community special.  We're big fans.  Take a closer look at these imaging experts. Kevin Burns, COO of Buffalo...

It pays to stay healthy—literally!

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2018

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 help pay for things like healthy...

HSA Bank Planned Maintenance

Broker Update | October 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 10 - Special Issue

Please note that the HSA Bank website will experience a planned outage on Saturday, October 20th.  Both the Employer and Member sites will be impacted and will include the Mobile App (iOS and Android) and IVR. The sites will be unavailable from 4:00 PM - 1:00...

HSA Bank Website Planned Maintenance for October 27

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

Please note that the HSA Bank website will be down from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST on Saturday 10/27/2018.  During this time, debit Cards will still be functional and will not be impacted, but there may be limited access to the website. Messages of the outage...

Waiting Period Changes for Dental Coverage

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

Changes are coming to the waiting periods on our Univera Dental Select voluntary plans.  Effective January 1, 2019, we are waiving the waiting periods for timely entrants (eligibility as determined by the group). Contributory plans do not have waiting periods. This...

Dental Rates Hold Steady in 2019 for Most Fully-Insured Groups

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

One of the benefits of the dental claims and membership migration we are currently undergoing, is improved operational efficiencies.  As a result, we are able to provide the majority of our fully-insured dental groups with a rate hold for 2019 when releasing their...

Annual Group Information Form Updates

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

The online Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) tool (used for community rated groups only) has been updated as of September 29, 2018, in order to make the submission process quicker and simpler for Groups. In addition, the paper form has been updated, as well as...

Annual Rate Notices Being Mailed

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

Rate Information Available through  Information Connection  for Community Rated Groups.  Your groups will receive their Annual Rate Notices (ARNs) at the end of October. We've included links below to the sample letters they may receive. Also at...

Reduced Dental Underwriting for Current Medical Groups

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

Groups that are currently carrying medical coverage with us may now be eligible for reduced underwriting for dental coverage. The group must currently carry our medical with a commercial product. Also, they must select the same class as the current medical plan...

Prepare Your Groups for Open Enrollment With Employee Online Accounts

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

If your group members haven't done so already, now is the perfect time to register for an online account on our website.  Many questions members have—especially as we enter into open enrollment—can be answered by accessing their personalized information online. ...

Small Business Spotlight - Lebro's Restaurant

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

Whether it's bringing families together for a great meal or donating thousands to local charities,  small businesses like Lebro's restaurant make our community special.  We're big fans.  Take a peek beyond the pasta. Carm Paolini, Owner of...

Calculate Your Estimated Federal Small Business Tax Credit

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

New York’s Small Business Marketplace (SBM) made significant changes to expand the number of health plans available and to make it easier for participating small employers to access the Federal Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. Eligible employers can now...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 MyHealth SM  and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 MyHealthPlus SM , 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...

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...

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