The time is ripe for health plans to strategize their options to meet the PPACA-required changes for Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs). In another six months, it will be mandatory for health plans to provide timely, tracked, uniform SBCs.
The week of October 10th saw the release of the first batch of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines. The release could have been sooner, considering that the CDC is already reporting abnormally high levels of influenza, especially H1N1, for this time of year, according to The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, an independent monthly newsletter on business strategies, products and markets, mergers and alliances, and financing of BC/BS plans (not affiliated with BlueCross BlueShield Association or its member companies).
With the buzz about health care reform having relaxed recently, we would like to share our response to an overlooked statement from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) that was released on August 11, 2009, right in the thick of the most heated debates.