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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Save the Date - Training for New Brokers

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

The first of our 2018 on-boarding sessions for newly appointed brokers will take place in March.  This is a one-day session and new brokers can attend at our Park Club Lane office. Topics to be covered during this session include underwriting, products, online...

Telemedicine A Win-Win For your Team

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

It all comes down to supporting your #1 resource—your employees. Besides lowering health care costs, telemedicine is an easy-to-use benefit that can be an important retention tool, decrease time missed at work, and increase productivity. Get Our Telemedicine...

COBRA Benefits for Community Rated Groups

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

As Community Rated Medical Groups renew throughout 2018, they will begin to receive COBRA administrative services through Lifetime Benefit Solutions (LBS).  If your group has already renewed in 2018, they are receiving COBRA services through LBS unless the group...

Tips to Expedite the AGIF Process - Q2 Renewals

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

The Annual Group Information Form (AGIF) is being sent this week, to those groups renewing from April 1 – June 30, 2018.  The form is being sent by email, as well as by US mail. In addition, you can assist your groups by logging into our website and completing...

2018 High Deductible Health Plan Update

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

On January 1, the in-network out-of-pocket maximum cap increased from $6,550 to $6,650.  This is consistent with the IRS maximum amount for Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified plans.   Letters were sent to our Large Group members who were impacted by...

HDHP/HSA Plans and Medicare

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

Many employer groups offer health insurance plans that combine a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  Some employers now offer these plans exclusively. Employees can benefit from these plans due to the potential premium savings...

Q2 Small Group Rates Available in Univera on Demand

Broker Update | February 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 2

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Our 2018 Broker Guide

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

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...

Save the Date - Training for New Brokers

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 2 | February 2018

The first of our 2018 on-boarding sessions for newly appointed brokers will take place in March.  This is a one-day session and new brokers can attend at our Park Club Lane office. Topics to be covered during this session include underwriting, products, online...

New Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Delayed

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 1 | January 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is introducing a new preventive service in 2018 called the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). The original start date of the MDPP service was listed in the Evidence of Coverage for 1/1/2018.  CMS...

EPIC Benefits for Your Medicare Employees

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 1 | January 2018

EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) is a New York State pharmaceutical assistance program that helps older adults with Medicare pay for prescription drug costs.  EPIC is available for all NY State residents 65 or over that meet the income...

Get Healthy AND Get Rewarded with ExerciseRewards®

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 1 | January 2018

Groups with ExerciseRewards® can now use Active&Fit Direct™ fitness centers.   Active&Fit Direct allows members to choose from 9,000+ fitness centers nationwide for just $25 a month (plus a $25 enrollment fee and applicable taxes). Once enrolled, the...

Update: IRS Extends Deadline to Mail 1095-B Forms

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 1 | January 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the deadline for the mailing of 1095-B Forms. We are required to mail the forms to individuals, which includes information regarding their health plan coverage for the prior year. Insurers now have until March 2, 2018...

Reminders and New Information for ActiveRewards

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 1 | January 2018

Please keep in mind these important points for members renewing their ActiveRewards plan: ActiveRewards credits/dollars  DO NOT  rollover from plan year to plan year. If members  did not redeem their credits on or before the end of their plan...

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