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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 the end of...

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...

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 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...

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...

8 Risks and Behaviors Drive These 15 Chronic Conditions

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

Whether your clients employ six people or 6,000, there’s a universal truth that can help keep their costs under control: healthy employees cost less to insure. Pass along this fact sheet with the eight risks and behaviors that drive 15 chronic conditions and four tips...

Dental Membership Termination Dates

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

There are specific days of the month that should be used when terminating dental contracts. For cancelling members with ID numbers that begin with a “2” and do not contain an alpha character, use the last day of the month as the cancel date (this applies to medical...

Telemedicine A Win-Win For your Team

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

It all comes down to supporting your number-one 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...

Individual Market Open Enrollment - Broker Tips

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

Open enrollment for the Individual Market is about to ramp-up significantly, and we want you to be aware of several key items and dates: This is an excellent opportunity to provide a “total solution” to your groups with employees that may not be eligible for group...

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.

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 food home...

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...

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...

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 eBook...

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 has...

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 this...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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: ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Q2 Small Group Rates Available in Univera on Demand

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

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

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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