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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 and...

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 the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 access tax...

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 Lebro's...

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 carries. ...

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...

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...

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 will be...

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 AM...

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 MRI Meet...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 to...

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...

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 has...

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...

Q2 Small Group Rates Available in Univera on Demand

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

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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...

Meet Lori Florack Lifetime Benefit Solutions New President Grid

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

Lori Florack is the new President of Lifetime Benefit Solutions, responsible for overseeing the strategic plan and executive leadership for the organization, as well as ensuring that our team of 200 employees is focused on delivering on our commitments to you and our...

Thank You to Our Partners!

Broker Update | December 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 12

It's hard to believe we're at the end of another year. On behalf of Univera Healthcare, I extend my sincere thanks for your partnership and continued commitment to our mutual clients in WNY; not only during open enrollment, but all year long. We make our community...

Reminders and New Information for ActiveRewards

Broker Update | Vol. 13 No. 12 | December 2018

The end of the year also means the end of the plan year for many members. Please keep in mind these important points about ActiveRewards at the end of your plan year. For members renewing their ActiveRewards plan (subscriber ID not changing): ActiveRewards...

Health Plans to Mail IRS Form 1095-B by March

Broker Update | December 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 12

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are required to mail Form 1095-B to individuals regarding their health coverage information for the prior year.  We will mail Form 1095-B to individuals by no later than March 3, 2019.   For more information on...

Working Hard to Keep Current on Regulatory Changes

Broker Update | December 2018 | Vol. 13 No. 12

Every year, as part of your relationship with us, we work to communicate with our brokers and groups about changes in regulations and requirements that we all must adhere to. We ensure our coverage plans are compliant with the most current changes. And we are in...

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

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...

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 with any...

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...

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...

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: ...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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