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Employer News | June 2017
Employer News | June 2017

2018 Small Group Package Update

In order to simplify our offerings, there are several SimplyBlue Plus packages that will no longer be available in 2018. In addition to low-enrollment packages that will no longer be offered, some plans required changes to be in compliance with 2018 Health Care Reform rules, which now makes these plans similar to other existing plans. In order to keep the portfolio diverse, those similar packages will no longer be offered.  The information below summarizes the SimplyBlue Plus packages that will no longer be offered in 2018 (Off Exchange). 

Availability Package no longer offered starting 12/31/2017 Replacement Package
     
Off Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Gold 4 SimplyBlue Plus Gold 5
Off Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Gold 9 SimplyBlue Plus Gold 6
     
Off Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Silver 11 SimplyBlue Plus Silver 6
Off Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Silver 15 SimplyBlue Plus Silver 6
     
Off Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Bronze 2 SimplyBlue Plus Bronze 3

Blue On Demand will be updated in September for package comparisons.

The packages that will no longer be offered are classified as Uniform Modifications by the NY State Department of Finance. Details of a Uniform Modification include:

  • Impacted groups WILL NOT receive an Initial Rate Notice in June.
  • Impacted groups WILL receive an Annual Rate Notice (ARN) 60 days prior to their renewal date. For groups with access to Information Connection a copy of the ARN will be available at that time.   
  • The ARN will include a replacement plan that most closely matches the benefits of the discontinued package.
  • Groups and members will automatically transition into the replacement package on the group’s renewal date.   
  • If the group would like to elect a different package, you should work with your dedicated Account Manager.  

In addition, the following package will no longer be sold on the NY State of Health Marketplace in 2018.

Availability Retiring Package Recommended Package
     
On Exchange SimplyBlue Plus Gold 9 SimplyBlue Plus Silver 2

Groups and members enrolled in a uniformly modified plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace (on Exchange) will not have to choose a new product for 2018.  The State will automatically transition the Group into the replacement plan stated on the ARN.

Please contact your account consultant or broker with questions.

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