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7/22/11 - Keeping Valued Partners Informed regarding pharmacy benefits and aware of some changes that will be occurring UHC has released a special Broker Connection. Medco announced an agreement to merge with Express Scripts. At the same time, Medco announced that it will not renew its contract to provide pharmacy benefits administration services to UnitedHealthcare customers. The contract ends December 31, 2012 and includes a transition period thereafter.

 

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7/14/11- UHC Receives High Grades in AMA Report Card. UCH releases Broker Connection with updates on AMA report card, Dr. Oz Video, changes to CT Law and much more.

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7/11/11 - The LIA has just released their Hot Plan selections for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The offering includes HIP, Emblem, Atlantis, Colonial and Davis Vision.


Due to a recent update to group affiliations for some physicians, the release date for the UnitedHealth Premium physician designations has been extended from March 30 to June 1. Beginning March 21, Oxford will notify all physicians whose designation will change as a result of the new information. The June 1, 2011 public display date provides physicians more time to review their assessment results.

7/1/11 - REMINDER Effective July 1, 2011, the Prescription Drug List (PDL) and Benefit Coverage updates will take place on Oxford's Advantage and Traditional PDLs. You may also access this information in the Broker Messages and Highlights sections of their broker site at www.oxfordhealth.com.

6/29/11-Effective July 1, 2011 - In an effort to better serve your business needs Oxford will be making several changes to their contact information for the Oxford Broker Commissions Department. Please see the most recent Special Producer Notice for further details.

6/8/11 - As a valued partner with FNA, committed to Long Island, the NY Islanders have made a special offering available exclusively to our FNA Broker Partners. When you purchase season tickets you will receive TWO fantastic exclusive benefits as an FNA Broker Partner!

6/3/11 - Note Emblem Health will no longer market High Deductible Health Plans for 2+ new business. Going forward existing HSA's will renew with an HSA option but will only be illustrated on the renewal letter to the group. They will no longer be available on the Emblem portal or Healthconnect for quoting.

4/13/11 - UHC has released a Broker Connection Newsletter with details about Federal Government Issues New Health Reform Notices. The first quarter brought a wave of new activity at the Federal level as government agencies issued guidance including a range of notices affecting various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

3/25/11 - Grow your business with FNA! The fact is that PEO's have been taking business away from many brokers. Well, not any more. Prestige is the Broker’s PEO and by working through FNA and Prestige, you will discover what other brokers have – that the right PEO can make all the difference! At FNA, we work with our brokers instead of against them... and they are reaping the rewards with more commissions - and bigger ones, at that by using a PEO through Prestige and FNA.

3/24/11- UnitedHealthcare has released the Broker Connection, an informative newsletter. Topics include New broker tools, new COB services, smartphone updates and much more.

3/18/11 - UnitedHealth Premium® Physician Designation Refresh Extended to June 1, 2011. Due to a recent update to group affiliations for some physicians, the release date for the UnitedHealth Premium physician designations has been extended from March 30 to June 1. Beginning March 21, UnitedHealthcare will notify all physicians whose designation will change as a result of the new information. The June 1, 2011 public display date provides physicians more time to review their assessment results.

3/16/11 - We have two exclusive self-funded products that are going to help you open doors, start a conversation with your clients and help you increase your revenue stream. Let FNA show you how. We can also provide you with materials that you can customize to help with your marketing efforts. Call your FNA Representative for more information

3/11/11 - In March, A mailing was sent out to all fully insured customers with 150 or fewer employees requesting that they complete and return a survey. The survey can be completed online or by faxing the completed survey to the number provided in the letter. The mailing is requesting, by federal definition, "the average number of employees as employed by the employer's company during the preceding calendar year." Customers will have until May 16, 2011 to respond at which time the survey will be closed and Oxford will report on already existing data.

3/4/11 - The LIA Health Alliance/NY Health Insurance Exchange has released 2011 2nd Quarter Rates for Small Group & Sole Proprietors

3/1/11 - IMPORTANT UPDATE from Emblem regarding the release of 2nd Quarter rates. Please be sure to read this very important update regarding the 2nd Quarter rate release from Emblem. They just received approval from the NYS Insurance Department for final premium increases. This also impacts any groups renewing in April or May 2011. Please be sure to read the very important update regarding the 2nd Quarter rate release from Emblem.

2/24/11 - Important Update from UnitedHealthcare/Oxford . Guardian Quotes Scheduled to Begin for May 1, 2011 Renewing Groups. As part of their agreement to renew medical health insurance coverage for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America's commercial medical plan customers, we will be sending quotes in our transition kits in early March for May 1 renewals. If affected, you will receive a copy of your clients kit a few days before they do.

2/16/11 - Emblem is conducting a pilot dependent eligibility audit in partership with HR Best Practices that focuses on GHI-underwritten, small group, Community Rated products. Please review the Broker Alert from Emblem

2/24/11 - Important Update from UnitedHealthcare/Oxford . Guardian Quotes Scheduled to Begin for May 1, 2011 Renewing Groups. As part of their agreement to renew medical health insurance coverage for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America's commercial medical plan customers, we will be sending quotes in our transition kits in early March for May 1 renewals. If affected, you will receive a copy of your clients kit a few days before they do.

2/24/11 UnitedHealthcare - Pharmacy PDL Webcast - Visit www.broker.uhc.com/broker/news/NewYork-Downstate to learn more about the latest sales support tools, product offerings, pharmacy updates, network changes and more.

1/27/11 - Changes for Groups Renewing in Oxford Products on or after April 1, 2011. Oxford is committed to providing your clients with comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. To that end, they will be making changes to the current New York large group (51+) Oxford1 product offerings and benefit plan designs. Changes include:

  • Emergency Room Copayment Change
  • Changes to Oxford MyPlanSM
  • New Medical and Pharmacy Plan Design Options
  • Oxford Exclusive Plan
  • Oxford HSA Exclusive

1/25/11 - UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual has entered into an agreement to renew medical insurance coverage for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America's medical plan customers. They will broaden choice and access to care for Guardian medical customers through one of the largest local and national networks in the country, highly integrated clinical programs and a full range of affordable products. They have also prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be downloaded directly from the Special Producer Notice.

1/19/11 - Emblem has released the 2011 commission schedule which includes commissions effective

1/1/2011 as well as renewal commisisons

1/18/11 - Please be aware that on all Oxford and Emblem renewals or plan changes, on ALL cost share or HSA Plans, the group MUST specify Calendar or Contract year or else the group will automatically default to Calendar Year. If you have any questions, please call our FNA Renewal Department or your FNA Broker Representative.