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2-50 & 51-99: January 2011 Rate Action & Extended RAF Program

Nov 01, 2010

Anthem Blue Cross 2-50 & 51-99
January 2011 Benefit & Rate Adjustments

Anthem Blue Cross Small Group announced their January 2011 quarterly medical rate adjustments, averaging 4.7% statewide. Other news includes:
  • RAF Program extension through March 15, 2011 (PEO spin-off groups)
  • Dental Blue 100-80 PPO, Vision and Life will receive a rate pass
  • Quoting for a January 1, 2011 effective date available TODAY!

Other recent news announced by Anthem Small Group includes:

 
RAF PROGRAM - PEO GROUPS ELIGIBLE - EXTENDED 
Current RAF Program Extended
The Anthem Blue Cross RAF Program will continue through March 15, 2011 effective dates.

Six (6) or more enrolling are eligible for a .90 RAF*

PEO Groups Eligible for RAF Program Extended
PEO spin-off groups are eligible for the RAF Program through March 15, 2011 effective dates, assuming all other eligibility requirements are met.

Ten (10) or more enrolling are eligible for a .90 RAF*

* Click here for the Program Guidelines.
 
MEDICAL RATE ADJUSTMENTS (effective January 1, 2011)
Average statewide rate increases by portfolio and product are provided below. Since increases vary by plan and region, please contact any member of your b&p Sales Team to obtain plan specific rate increases.

EmployeeElect (Grandfathered and Non-Grandfathered plans)
  • 2-50 & 51-99 HMO = 3.5%
  • 2-50 & 51-99 PPO = 3.9%
  • 2-50 & 51-99 CDHP = 8.3%
  • Please note that the 51-99(including 2-50 MHP compliant plans) quarterly increase is the same as 2-50; however, book rates are slightly higher for the 51-99 portfolio. 
EmployeeChoice = 5.0%

BeneFits = 4.0%

2010 Quarterly Rate Adjustments
During 2010, Anthem Blue Cross Small Group issued the following quarterly rate adjustments. It should be noted that these rate adjustments are averages and will vary by plan and by region.
  • January = 4.0%
  • April = 4.7%
  • July = 1.9%
  • October = 2.8%
January 2011 Book Rates
 
ANCILLARY CHANGES (effective January 1, 2011)

Dental Blue 100-80 PPO Plans
No changes to rates or benefits.

Other Dental PPO & DHMO Plans (including de-marketed plans)
  • Other PPOs = 6%
  • DHMOs = 3%
Vision & Life Rates & Benefits
No changes to rates or benefits.

Don't Forget the Specialty Discounts
  • 1% RAF Savings (down to .90) - when a group buys at least $25,000 in life coverage. In many cases, the 1% RAF savings will cover the entire cost of the life premium.
  • 6% Premium Savings - when groups purchase both dental and at least $25,000 in life coverage, they may receive 6% off both the dental and the life premiums.
Click here for the Anthem Ancillary Bonus Flyer.
Click here for the Anthem Specialty Cheat Sheet.  
 
IMPORTANT DATES 
  • November 11th: January 2011 broker renewals will be mailed.
  • November 22nd: January 2011 group renewals will be mailed.
 
Please contact any member of your b&p Sales Team for assistance with quote requests and questions regarding the details above - 888.722.3373. 

Sincerely,
beere&purve
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