2015 Curriculum Certificates

For Arizona Brokers:  Important Information for Brokers selling Individual business on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM)

 

Current curriculum certificates expire September 30, 2014. In order to avoid a lapse in your FFM and/or FF-SHOP status, and to avoid a lapse in your commissions for any business sold beginning with October 1, 2014 effective dates, you must complete the 2015 plan year curriculum by September 30, 2014.

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Member-Targeted Outreach Promoting Annual Wellness Exams

As part of our commitment to our brokers, we want to ensure you receive relevant and timely information about key Health Net initiatives.

This month (September), Health Net is launching programs promoting preventive care and annual wellness exams. This outreach targets new IFP and SBG members of ACA-compliant plans. Many of these Health Net members who joined this year are not experienced with health insurance. We want to encourage these members to see their doctor and get the proper preventive care they need.

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Health Net ID Card Express Program Ends

ID Card Express has been discontinued

As part of our commitment to our trusted business partners, we regularly evaluate our business practices to ensure we continue to deliver value-added performance solutions for you and your clients. With that spirit in mind, we have some good news to share!

We have made great strides in streamlining our operations to best serve our members! As a result, ID card delivery has been consistent and timely to members of our large employer groups, eliminating the need for special promotions like the ID Card Express program. Therefore, ID Card Express has been discontinued effective immediately.

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Probationary Period Update – CA SB1034

California’s Limit on Waiting Periods (Probationary Periods)

As we communicated to you a few weeks ago, Governor Brown signed CA SB1034 into law on Friday, August 15, 2014. CA SB1034 repeals California’s stricter 60-day limit on waiting periods (in accordance with AB1083) and allows employers to follow the federal ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation. CA SB1034 also prohibits insurers and health plans from imposing waiting periods, although the insurer or health plan may administer waiting period on behalf of the employer (as long as the employer’s waiting period does not exceed the ACA’s 90-day limit).

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Working with a Chronic Condition

For employees living with a chronic condition, balancing work demands with health needs can be challenging. These tips can help. Information is provided by MHN, Health Net Inc.’s subsidiary. MHN provides Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), behavioral health plans, and organizational training and development services. To learn more about MHN’s services, please visit MHN’s website at www.mhn.com, call 1-800-327-7526 or email productinfo@mhn.com.

When you have a chronic condition, work can be a welcome change of focus on good days. At other times, you may find it hard to work when you feel unwell. Changing your lifestyle, knowing your limits, and caring for yourself can help you manage your career and your condition.

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A Healthy Diet = Getting all the Necessary Nutrients

Eating well = naturally nutritious

Do you sometimes wonder whether you’ve eaten enough of the types of foods that help you stay healthy?  Are there times when you wonder whether there are certain foods that can provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need?

If you build your diet around fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, chances are your body will get all the nutrients it needs.

 

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Vacation Healthy Travel Checklist

Sharing their lives with each otherIt’s the last official holiday weekend of the summer.  From packing prescriptions to knowing where to access care away from home, it’s essential to take steps that will help ensure you have a vacation that maximizes both good times and good health.  Review this travel checklist before heading off for your next vacation.

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Changes to SmartCare Network in California

California Brokers:  Important Update

Effective December 1, 2014, Heritage Provider Network (HPN) leaving SmartCare & Service Area Changes

As with many of the coming changes, we want you to have the timely and relevant information you need to support your clients.

What you need to know

Heritage Provider Network (HPN) and its affiliated PPGs will be removed from the SmartCare network (pending regulatory approval). This change affects all SmartCare plans including ACA-compliant and transitional relief (grandmothered) plans.

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Give Kids a Healthy Start to the School Year

Dr w child and mom copyKids across the country are heading back to school, which is an ideal time for parents to make sure that their children are up to date on their vaccines. With that goal in mind, August is National Immunization Awareness Month – an annual educational initiative designed to increase awareness regarding the crucial role that immunizations play in disease prevention ― from infancy through the senior years. Continue reading