Small Group April ACA Quotes Coming Soon

February 13, 2019

We are excited to announce April small group renewal and prospective quotes are ready. If you quoted a group, but didn’t think we were competitive, please check out our new April rates.

We will begin sending 2019 April ACA renewal and prospective quotes by email in the next week. It may take up to 10 business days to send out all renewals, so we ask for your patience through this process. The Health Alliance online enrollment tool is not quite ready for 4/1/2019 and later effective dates. We will communicate updated information with you.

Please contact your Client Consultant or call Client Support at 217-902-8151 if you have questions.

Sending 1095-B Tax Forms to Members

February 12, 2019

We finished mailing 1095-B forms to members on February 4, and members will receive them by February 11. The IRS extended deadline to send these forms to members is March 4, 2019.

If you have questions about these forms, call Broker Support at 1-877-917-8489 or email BrokerServices@healthalliance.org.

Individual Marketplace members will receive their 1095-A forms from the Marketplace and should contact the Marketplace with questions or concerns.

Members Have Access to Medication Disposal Program 

January 23, 2019

Our individual, fully insured and self-funded members with OptumRx pharmacy coverage through their Health Alliance plans now have access to Deterra®, a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused medication. This program helps reduce the amount of drugs that enter our water system from flushing unwanted meds.

Any member with an OptumRx mail drug benefit can request up to two drug disposal kits per year. They must call OptumRx at 1-800-562-6223 and register a home delivery account.

An OptumRx customer service representative will answer the call, and the member or authorized representative should ask for a Deterra kit. The customer service rep will ask a few questions about why the kit is needed. All the member needs to say is that they need it for disposal of unneeded medication.

The kit should arrive in about 7–10 business days.

During the call, the customer service rep will also talk to the member about the benefits of home delivery and ask if they would like to use it. If the member is not interested, they can say no.

It is important to know that members are not required to change the way they receive their medications to home delivery to take advantage of this program, especially if they already enjoy cost savings at one of our preferred cost-sharing pharmacies, like Walgreens.

If the member or authorized representative wants to ask specific questions about Deterra kits and how to use them, an OptumRx pharmacist may speak to the member. Any other questions about the program can be directed to our Pharmacy Department at 1-800-851-3379, option 4.

Second-Year Renewal Guarantee Now Offered to Select Large Groups

January 23, 2019

Health Alliance continues to develop value-driven competitive products to offer to your clients. We are excited to announce that we will now offer a guaranteed, second-year renewal rate of five percent or less for new large group fully insured employer groups that meet certain criteria. Some examples of that criteria are:   

  • Minimum of 25 subscribers; maximum of 150 total subscribers
  • IL HMO/POS only 
  • No extended network restrictions 
  • Any rating method 
  • Additional ACA taxes and fees will be added to the guarantee
  • Does not apply to small groups or Medicare groups

Your Health Alliance account executive is here to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them to discuss a strategy approach to your new group quote opportunity that may include the above-mentioned rate guarantee.