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Blue KC to begin coverage for 3D mammograms

 

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Blue KC to start preventive health program

Blue KC is beginning a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) as a free preventive health benefit to qualifying Blue KC members (except Medicare Advantage and JAA groups). The DPP is intended to reduce a participant’s risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Blue KC announces prescription drug updates

Blue KC will update its prescription drug plan designs for group members in Blue-Care® (HMO), BlueSelect Plus (PPO), Preferred-Care® (PPO) and Preferred-Care Blue® (PPO) plans, effective July 1, 2018.

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Blue KC to require electronic billing August 1

Starting August 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) will issue all monthly invoices using an electronic billing system. Invoices can be accessed and paid using electronic funds transfer (EFT) through BlueKC.com.

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Large Employers Must Enter Health Care Value on Form W-2

The aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health insurance must be reported on 2017 Form W-2s for employers who issued 250-plus Form W-2s in 2016. The reporting requirement is a provision established by the Affordable Care Act. Small employers (those who issued fewer than 250 Form W-2s in 2016)...

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IRS notifies employers of ACA penalties

 

The IRS has begun notifying employers suspected of owing an employer shared responsibility penalty for the 2015 calendar year. The notification letter describes how the penalty is assessed and includes Form 14764 to make payment or dispute the penalty, as well as Form 14765 that lists...

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Blue KC releases 2018 Prescription Drug List adjustments

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) will adjust its Prescription Drug List effective January 1, 2018, for Blue-Care® (HMO), BlueSelect Plus (PPO), Preferred-Care® (PPO), and Preferred-Care Blue® (PPO) plans. Group-specific benefit exceptions may apply.

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Blue KC announces Amwell telemed visit increase

Amwell telehealth visits increase to $49 starting January 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) announced telehealth services provided by American Well® (Amwell) will increase to $49 (from $39) per visit beginning January 1, 2018. 

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Blue KC implements Rx cost management plan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) recently announced its plan to issue prescription drug list (PDL) changes on July 1 and January 1 of each year in an effort to help consumers manage rising drug costs.

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UHC updates Prescription Drug List for 2017

UnitedHealthcare will update its prescription drug list (PDL) for small group plans 2-99, effective July 1, 2017.

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