Plan Closing: HMO Blue® $500 Deductible Plan
Effective July 1, 2011, new sales of our HMO Blue $500 Deductible plan will be closed to:
Note: Those currently enrolled in this plan may continue to renew their coverage.
While this plan is closed to new sales, our HMO Blue New England $500 Deductible plan will remain available to all market segments when paired with the Hospital Choice Cost Sharing (HCCS) feature for small groups and individuals and for large group accounts via the HCCS rider.
If you have any questions, please contact your account executive.
Product Portfolio and Benefit Design Updates
As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our product portfolio and address the immediate implications of national health care reform and Federal Mental Health Parity, effective January 1, 2011, we made several changes to our standard plan designs.
Please review the Product Portfolio and Benefit Design Updates brochure and the
Standard Medical Plan Design Changes brochure for a detailed overview of the changes.
Introducing the New Medex®' 3 Plan Design
As part of our ongoing effort to improve the affordability of quality health care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will be offering a new Medex 3 plan design to small and large groups. This plan will be effective July 1, 2011, and will include co-payments for certain medical benefits that will help reduce an employer's premium costs. Actual premium savings that can be achieved will vary depending on employer size and the number of retirees.
It's important to note that this new plan design is not a replacement of any existing product or plan design.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has been offering Medex since 1966. In response to evolving market needs, we continuously innovate and adapt our products.