August 1, 2014
Editor’s Tip: The Employer Resources page on Blue Access for EmployersSM offers important information to help you make the best choices for your employees and your business. Check out these resources.
Summary of Benefits and Coverage: SBC Tool Updates and Revised Buckslip for Groups 1-150
Updates are coming soon for the SBC Tool for standard group plans, 1–150. Review the revised buckslip.
News and Updates
IRS Announces Inflation Adjustments for 2015 HDHPs and HSAs
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the inflation adjustments for 2015 High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Review the changes and what you need to do,
Study Shows that Members Enrolled in CDHPs Experience Lower Health Care Costs
A study with five years of data shows that Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) members continuously experience lower health care costs and take more advantage of preventive health measures. Read more about the results and what our CDHPs have to offer.
Average Employee Count Data Collection for Medical Loss Ratio (MLR)
Go to Blue Access for EmployersSM to fill out your annual average employee count information for 2013 on the Regulatory Data “widget.” The collection affects fully insured groups with 15-to-250 employees. Follow these instructions.
Non-Grandfathered Group Plan Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) Online Resource Available
Starting this year, non-grandfathered small group plans must cover basic health services. Visit the Essential Health Benefits Coverage and Cost-Sharing Rules page on our employer website to see examples ― and more.
Health and Wellness
Member Voice: The Wallace Family ― “It's Good to Have Good Coverage.”
When Amy and Justin took their 5-year-old son Wyatt for a routine tonsillectomy, they expected the surgery to go smoothly. A few days later, his health began to decline. See what happened and share the Wallace’s experience with your employees to see the Blue Cross and Blue Shield member ID card at work.
Did You Know? Sunglasses aren’t just for looks. They’re the best way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Damage from UV rays can cause cataracts and even lead to blindness. For maximum protection, look for sunglasses that block 99 percent to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Wrap-around lenses keep UV rays from getting in at the sides. — Prevent Blindness, 2013
Fit Facts: Outsmarting Your Smartphone
Smartphones, tablet computers, e-readers and similar devices can make life easier and more fun. But too much of a good thing may be bad news. Share these tips with employees about taking preventive steps to help avoid injury or strain.
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