Blog Entries - tag: 'March 2015'

BlueCross BlueShield: Anthem Data Breach

Posted on: March 18, 2015 2:40 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was notified by Anthem, Inc. that an unauthorized person accessed their data warehouse. Once the issue was discovered, Anthem made every effort to close the security vulnerability, contacted the FBI and began fully cooperating with their investigation. Anthem also retained Mandiant, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity firms, to evaluate their system and identify solutions based on the evolving landscape.

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Carrier Corner TN

Posted on: March 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

Learn more about carrier updates in Tennessee.

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Request For Information On The Cadillac Tax - taken from CIGNA's Informed On Reform

Posted on: March 18, 2015 1:50 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

On February 23, the IRS issued a notice covering a number of issues concerning the 2018 Cadillac Tax, or excise tax, and requested comments on the possible approaches that could ultimately be incorporated into proposed regulations. 

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Anthem Data Breach

Posted on: March 18, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

Anthem was recently the target of a very sophisticated, external, cyber attack. The attackers have obtained personal information from their current and former members such as names, birthdays, member ID/Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. There is no evidence that banking, credit card or medical information were targeted or compromised.

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Ohio Update

Posted on: March 18, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

H.B. 511 has passed the Ohio House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Kasich. After several failed attempts to pass H.B. 511, it was incorporated into H.B. 201. H.B. 201 makes changes relative to satisfaction of mortgages, and also includes all the provisions of H.B. 511.

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Carrier Corner OH & KY

Posted on: March 18, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

Learn more about the latest carrier updates in OH and KY.

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Special Enrollment Period: Federally-facilitated Marketplace

Posted on: March 18, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM).

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Minimum Essential Coverage And The Individual Mandate Penalty -

Posted on: March 18, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

Tax returns in 2014 will be asking a new question about minimum essential coverage (MEC). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Publication 5187 to help taxpayers understand new terminology and requirements related to the Affordable Care Act and their tax return. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has also published two documents to assist taxpayers: “3 Tips About Marketplace Coverage & Your Taxes” and “No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes”.

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Benefit And Payment Parameters - taken from CIGNA's Informed On Reform

Posted on: March 18, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: March 2015, Benefits connection

On February 20, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)issued final regulations on the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters. The regulations address a variety of ACA benefit provisions for 2016 affecting both the group and individual markets.

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