Author Archives: Blues Perspectives

We celebrate our 75th anniversary on a strong foundation of serving the people of Michigan

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan celebrated our 75th year of being a nonprofit health insurer. As BCBSM president and CEO, Daniel J. Loepp said in a press release about the day, we’re not acting … Continue reading

Scheduled Social Security Administration maintenance

As you know we at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are proudly participating in the upcoming National Youth Enrollment Day this Saturday, Feb. 15th. We wanted to share an update for those of you planning to enroll. A scheduled … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act: 5 FAQs on enrollment, deadlines, and subsidies

If you are confused about the Affordable Care Act or how it’s working, rest assured you’re not alone. Here, Terry Burke, vice president, individual business, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, answers five of the most-asked questions about the ACA. Continue reading

News Release: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan adds enrollment staff, extends hours to help consumers select health plans before Dec. 23 deadline

BREAKING NEWS: DETROIT, Dec. 20, 2013 – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is addressing higher call volumes and interest among Michigan residents in enrolling in Affordable Care Act health plans by increasing call center staffing and expanding call center hours leading … Continue reading

Enrolling for an individual health plan? Here’s what you need to know

BREAKING NEWS: I want to enroll in an Affordable Care Act Qualified Health Plan: Can I still enroll for 2014? Yes. We will continue to offer qualified health plans with the complete array of essential health benefits required under the Affordable Care … Continue reading

Health care reform and incentives: How the ACA will impact workplace wellness

Starting January 1, 2014, companies will be able to increase incentives for employees who participate in workplace wellness programs – a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And, with a reported 63 percent of businesses currently offering these programs, the … Continue reading

The Blues partner with Munson Healthcare to implement new model of reimbursement based on value, not volume

Imagine if hospitals were reimbursed based on the number of procedures or tests performed, with little regard for effectiveness or value.  Sounds expensive, right?  This fee-for-service model is the reality of our current health care system, and has been a … Continue reading

Earn free HR recertification credit on 11/12: Health Benefits, the Way of the 401K webinar

Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11am – 12pm EST or 3pm – 4pm EST for a free webinar introducing Human Resource professionals to a new, innovative strategy for empowering employees while reducing employer financial risk. This webinar is … Continue reading

Are you up to speed on the ACA? Three tips for employers

Whew. Many employers were greatly relieved when the government delayed until 2015 a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide them with health insurance or face potential penalties. … Continue reading

Five things to know about Medicare and health care reform

October is a critical month in health care. On 10/1, the Health Insurance Marketplace officially opened to consumers. And 10/15 will mark the start of Medicare’s annual open enrollment period. If you currently have Medicare, the government-funded health insurance program … Continue reading