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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - 07/29/19 
 
PIPAC News
Register for the Take 10 Webinar! NEW Link!
We Have a New Website!
2019 July through December Medicare Supplement Leads Now Available (IA & SD)
Wellmark News
Employer Group Retiree Programs
Grandmothered polices extended through 2020 in Iowa and South Dakota
Medicare market: Check out Producer Connection for all your MACRA and Plan F marketing needs
Don’t miss the 2019 Producer Forum
Individual U65: Exchange Compliance monitoring – July 2019
2020 indexed amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) released
Are you informing your groups about Blue365 to add value to their health plan?
Wellmark Plan G health underwriting for policies effective Sept. 1, 2019
2020 Wellmark of Iowa Individual and Family Plan Increase Filing
2020 Wellmark of South Dakota Individual and Family Plan Rate Filing
Small group: Additional BlueSourceSM support materials available
BlueSource Updates
Group News
Please Mark Your Calendars for the Following 2019 Deadlines for Small Group
Aetna Funding Advantage: A New Product for Small Groups
New Small Group Marketing Materials
Why Sell United Healthcare Small Group?
UnitedHealthcare IA Small Group Plan Comparison
New Process for Groups that refuse to use DocuSign for Wellmark ACA Groups
Health Insurance Headlines
House lawmakers unite to kill Cadillac Tax
UnitedHealthcare Updates
SmileDirectClub Now Participates in UnitedHealthcare’s Dental Preferred Provider Organization Network
Certification Updates
AARP/UHC 2020 Medicare Certification is NOW LIVE!
Aetna 2020 Medicare Certification is NOW LIVE!
2020 WellCare Certification is NOW LIVE!
PIPAC News                              THIS WEEK'S ISSUE-07/29/19
Register for the 2019 PIPAC Weekly Webinar Series
We have a new link! Please re-register or register for the first time below!
FREE WEBINARS every other Tuesday at 10:00 am CT.

WE HAVE A NEW LINK!
Please re-register or register for the first time below!

FREE WEBINARS every other Tuesday at
10:00 am CT

Join PIPAC Tuesday, July 23rd, and every other Tuesday to stay current on information about PIPAC, Wellmark Iowa and South Dakota, and other Iowa and South Dakota Insurance Industry News.  

Click on the red button below to register today!

Or contact Amber at 800-765-1710 or amber@pipac.com  for additional information!

We ask you simply use the link above to register online

Archived Webinar Series
Missed a Webinar?
Not a problem. Check in this column each week for the most current past webinars or go to agent.pipac.com for later issues.

We Have a New Website!

We Have a New Website

We launched our new website recently. If you go to www.pipaclife.com or www.pipac.com it will take you to the new homepage. To login to your health account, select the "Health Agent Login" box. Your username and password should be the same as the old www.pipac.com. Email support@pipac.com if you have any questions.

2019 July through December Medicare Supplement Leads Now Available (IA & SD)

2019 July through December Medicare Supplement Leads Now Available (IA & SD)

Take the Lead with PIPAC's FREE Medicare Supplement Lead Program! Leads for July through December 2019 are ready to order!

CLICK HERE for more information!

Wellmark News                         THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - 07/29/19
Employer Group Retiree Programs

Employer Group Retiree Programs

This product is perfect for agents who currently work the Small Group OR Medicare Markets! Be among the first in your area to offer these products!

CLICK HERE to read more.

Grandmothered policies extended through 2020 in Iowa and South Dakota

Grandmothered polices extended through 2020 in Iowa and South Dakota

On March 25, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow consumers to keep and extend their current non-grandfathered individual and small group health insurance plans through 2020. On Thursday, April 4th the Iowa Insurance Division announced their agreement to extend the transitional policies through 2020 and on April 18th the South Dakota Division of Insurance approved the extension as well. Wellmark supports these decisions and will renew their grandmothered policies as allowed by both the Iowa Insurance Division and the South Dakota Division of Insurance. Click below to learn more.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Medicare market: Check out Producer Connection for all your MACRA and Plan F marketing needs

Medicare market: Check out Producer Connection for all your MACRA and Plan F marketing needs

With the modifications to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), some of your clients may have questions about Plan F. And, you can help them feel confident about their plan options. If your client is already enrolled in Plan F, they can keep their coverage. If an individual is eligible for Medicare Part A before Jan. 1, 2020, they can enroll in Wellmark MedicareBlue SupplementSM Plan F.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Individual U65: Exchange Compliance monitoring – July 2019

Individual U65: Exchange Compliance monitoring – July 2019

All agents selling Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) products for Wellmark are considered delegated or downstream entities (DDEs) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has specific compliance requirements that all DDEs must follow, including all Wellmark contracted agent DDEs.
This BBO will provide detailed information about the compliance requirements that will be monitored in July 2019. The goal in monitoring the compliance requirement listed below is to work collaboratively with contracted agents and agencies to ensure both Wellmark and its agents are aware of the listed requirements and the steps needed to evidence that compliance standards are being adhered to.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Don’t miss the 2019 Producer Forum

Don’t miss the 2019 Producer Forum

Wellmark's 2019 Producer Forum

EXPERT VIEWPOINTS

July 31
 – Sioux Falls – Denny Sanford Convention Center
Aug. 7 – Des Moines – FFA Enrichment Center

CLICK HERE to read more.

2020 indexed amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) released

2020 indexed amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) released

The Treasury Department and IRS announced the 2020 indexed cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to the minimum deductibles, maximum out-of-pocket (OPM) amounts and contribution limits for health plans linked to health savings accounts (HSAs).

CLICK HERE to read more.

Are you informing your groups about Blue365 to add value to their health plan?

Are you informing your groups about Blue365 to add value to their health plan?

Wellmark members already have access to Blue365®, a free health and wellness discount program. And, one of the most popular deals is Fitness Your Way — a gym membership that provides access to a network of 10,000+ gyms nationwide.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wellmark Plan G health underwriting for policies effective Sept. 1, 2019

Wellmark Plan G health underwriting for policies effective Sept. 1, 2019

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota will require individuals to answer health questions if moving to MedicareBlue SupplementSM Plan G from another MedicareBlue Supplement plan with an effective date of Sept. 1, 2019, and later.

CLICK HERE to read more.

2020 Wellmark of Iowa Individual and Family Plan Increase Filing

2020 Wellmark of Iowa Individual and Family Plan Increase Filing

Recently, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield filed proposed average base rate increases for our individual and family plans (IFP) with the Iowa Insurance Division (IID).

CLICK HERE to read more.

2020 Wellmark of South Dakota Individual and Family Plan Rate Filing

2020 Wellmark of South Dakota Individual and Family Plan Rate Filing

On June 14, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield filed proposed average base rate increases for Wellmark grandfathered and grandmothered individual and family plans (IFP) with the South Dakota Division of Insurance. As a reminder, these plans are Wellmark’s pre-Affordable Care Act plans bought before Jan. 1, 2014.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Small group: Additional BlueSourceSM support materials available

Small group: Additional BlueSourceSM support materials available

Good news! You’ve asked for additional training materials for the DocuSign email process, and we’ve answered. There’s a new DocuSign® and BlueSource guide on the BlueSource Learning Tools page on Producer Connection.

CLICK HERE to read more.

BlueSource Updates

BlueSource Updates

    Recently Wellmark announced a change with BlueSource regarding where submissions are located. Now, if you submit an enrollment or renewal for a group, the group will no longer show up in the enrollment or renewal summary tab. You will need to go to the Resources Tab, click on Submission History and then search for the group you have recently submitted. This section also includes any member maintenance that has been submitted through Manage Business. Please click below for training materials from Wellmark explaining the change and steps outlined to search in Submission History.

    CLICK HERE

Group News                              THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - 07/29/19
Please Mark Your Calendars for the Following 2019 Deadlines for Small Group

Please Mark Your Calendars for the Following 2019 Deadlines for Small Group!

Wellmark and UHC/UHC Heritage new group, renewal and plan change paperwork is due to PIPAC by Thursday, August 15th for September 1st effective dates.

Completed paperwork must be submitted by 3:00 PM to ensure processing.
Please visit the PIPAC website, agent.pipac.com, for the Complete 2019 Deadline Schedule or CLICK HERE.


Please contact Erin at erin@pipac.com with any New Group Sales questions.

Aetna Funding Advantage: A New Product for Small Groups

Aetna Funding Advantage: A New Product for Small Groups

A self-funded option for up to 50 eligible employees
(Iowa requires at least 5 employees enrolled)

CLICK HERE to read more.

New Small Group Marketing Materials

New Small Group Marketing Materials

PIPAC has put together several resources for you to use. Click the links below to view the PDFs.

Small Group Eligibility Guide

Wellmark South Dakota Plan Comparisons

Wellmark Iowa Plan Comparisons

UnitedHealthcare Iowa Plan Comparisons

Why Sell United Healthcare Small Group?

Why Sell United Healthcare Small Group?

    Click below to find out why you should be selling United Healthcare for Small Groups!

    CLICK HERE

UnitedHealthcare IA Small Group Plan Comparison

UnitedHealthcare IA Small Group Plan Comparison

    Click below for a comparison of 3 UnitedHealthcare plans in Iowa.

    CLICK HERE

New Process for Groups that refuse to use DocuSign for Wellmark ACA Groups

New Process for Groups that refuse to use DocuSign for Wellmark ACA Groups

    If you have a group that refuses to sign the DocuSign for either a new enrollment or renewals, there is now a process that can be used to submit paper & still receive full commission.

    CLICK HERE to read more.

Health Insurance Headlines       THIS WEEK'S ISSUE -07/29/19
House lawmakers unite to kill Cadillac Tax

House lawmakers unite to kill Cadillac Tax

There's not much about Obamacare that Democrats and Republicans agree on. But getting rid of the Cadillac tax is one of the rare points of unity. House lawmakers came together Wednesday to repeal the provision that levies a tax on high-cost health insurance plans by a vote of 419 to 6. The bill has more than 360 bipartisan cosponsors, while the Senate version has more than 40. The vote comes as health care issues have catapulted into the spotlight in recent weeks. The Trump administration is continuing its quest to dismantle the entire Affordable Care Act, arguing last week in an appellate court alongside a coalition of Republican states who say the law is unconstitutional.

CLICK HERE to read more.

UnitedHealthcare Updates      THIS WEEK'S ISSUE -07/29/19
SmileDirectClub Now Participates in UnitedHealthcare’s Dental Preferred Provider Organization Network

SmileDirectClub now participates in UnitedHealthcare’s dental preferred provider organization (PPO) network, making UnitedHealthcare among the first dental plans to cover this new and innovative orthodontic benefit on an in-network basis and offering it to select dental plan members.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Certification Updates      THIS WEEK'S ISSUE -07/29/19
AARP/UHC 2020 Medicare Certification is NOW LIVE!

In order to sell any AARP UnitedHealthcare products in 2020, you are required to take their certification. Please go to www.pipac.com/UHCCert20.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Aetna 2020 Medicare Certification is NOW LIVE!

All agents must pass AHIP and product specific training to market and sell products and to receive renewal commissions.

CLICK HERE to read more.

2020 WellCare Certification is NOW LIVE!

In order to sell the WellCare Prescription Drug Plans as well as to continue to receive renewal commissions, you are required to take the WellCare annual certification.

CLICK HERE to read more.