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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

August 2, 2013

Legislative Update
Nine FAQs about the 90-Day Waiting Period
For plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, a group health plan or health insurance issuer offering group health insurance coverage cannot apply any waiting period that exceeds 90 days to individuals seeking to enroll in the health plan.

Get the important details.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Preventive Services
The “Question of the Week” answers frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Review two questions and answers about colorectal screening.

Blue Access for EmployersSM Improved
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) released several improvements on the Blue Access for Employers (BAE) website on July 19.
Read more about new updates to Blue Access for Employers.

Pharmacy Program Changes Take Effect October 1
Some revisions will be made to the standard Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) formulary, effective Oct. 1, 2013.
Find out what the revisions are.

BCBS Scores Highest in Brand Recognition, Brand Important when Buying Coverage
For the fourth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend Health Plan Brand of the Year.
Read more on what put Blue Cross and Blue Shield on top.

Unlocking the Hispanic Health Care Opportunity
The health care community must focus on learning and understanding Hispanic perceptions of the U.S. health system.
Find out about the overwhelming need for targeted health care outreach.

Health and Wellness
Quick Wellness Tip
Only sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Both types of radiation can cause skin cancer and early aging. — U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Fit Facts: Up in Smoke
A smoke detector is only as good as the batteries that are in it. Don’t let your fire detection efforts go up in smoke.  Share these tips to help keep your smoke detector in working order.
Share this checklist to help fireproof every room of your home.

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