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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

December 6, 2013

Legislative Update
Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Summary of Benefits and Coverage Safe Harbor
What is the timeframe of the “second year of applicability” for the Safe Harbor for the SBC?
Get the answer.

News and Updates
November/December Worksite Wellness Webinar: Behavioral Health and Stress
Participate in the Dec. 10 webinar.

Reminder: Self-Administered Specialty Drug Claims Processing System Edit Effective Jan. 1, 2014
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is expanding its claims processing system edit to redirect professional claims for a variety of drugs.
Find out more.

BCBSIL to Allow Some Individual Members to Keep 2013 Policies
BCBSIL previously notified certain non-grandfathered individual plan members that their current coverage was being cancelled because it didn't meet the minimum standards required by the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Under federal and state guidance announced in November, those members may now keep their current coverage and renew it for the upcoming policy year beginning in 2014.
See what options these members have.

Operator of BCBSIL Named Illinois’ Healthiest Large Employer
Crain's Custom Media named the operator of BCBSIL — the nation’s largest customer owned health insurer ― Illinois' Healthiest Employer in the “5,000+, full-time employees” category.
Learn more about the award.

Health and Wellness
Did You Know? More than 11 percent of Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. Another 79 million people have the early symptoms of diabetes (called prediabetes), which increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet

December Wellness Topic: Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Look for information and tips on our website and social media pages.

Fit Facts: Play It Safe with the Right Toys
Don’t let the holiday rush distract you from making good decisions about safe toys for kids.
Share these tips with employees about making smart buys.

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