California law changes timeframes
Anthem Blue Cross wants you to be aware of a new California law (SB 1163) that became effective January 1, 2011, which will change (among other things) their renewal notice timeframes for Fully Insured clients with 51 or more employees.
One of the provisions of this new California law will require that these clients be informed of a change in plan benefits at least 60 days prior to the contract renewal date (or the effective date of the action). Prior to January 1, 2011, only 30 days notice was required.
As a result of this change in the law, clients will receive their renewal packages informing them of plan benefit changes at least 60 days prior to their renewal effective date. Additionally, if plan changes are required due to a particular mandate, we will provide the 60 day notification prior to the effective date of the action, which may or may not coincide with the client's renewal date.
As always, an advance copy of your client's renewal package will be sent to you in advance of theirs to help you prepare for discussions with your client.