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Labor Day - Action Benefits Closed

Labor Day - Action Benefits Closed


Action Benefits will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day.



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New Business Submission Deadline for October 1, 2019 Effective Dates

New Business Submission Deadline for October 1, 2019 Effective Dates


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network underwriting policy requires a 21-calendar day lead time for new business. However, Action Benefits strongly suggests submitting new business by the 8th of the month to accommodate any necessary follow-up requests for missing or incomplete information.

 

Healthy Blue Achieve, Healthy Blue Living, and plans with consumer-directed funding arrangements require a 45 day minimum lead time. We recommend submitting these cases 50 days prior to the desired effective date.



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Intro to the Blues and Action Benefits - WEBINAR 10:00 AM

Intro to the Blues and Action Benefits - WEBINAR

When:   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


This course provides newly appointed agents and agency staff an overview of the Blues’ managing agent distribution channel, as well as the product portfolio, rating and underwriting, and the tools available to those selling and servicing Blue business.

Topics include:

  • Action Benefits – our business model and partnership with agents

  • An introduction to group rating

  • The medical and specialty product portfolio

  • Resources and tools

  • Commissions

Becoming Appointed

Click here for information about the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network appointment process.



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Group Wide Change Deadline for November 1, 2019 Effective Dates

Group Wide Change Deadline for November 1, 2019 Effective Dates


The BCBSM and BCN underwriting policies require a 45-day lead time for benefit changes, and a 30-day lead time for maintenance changes.

 

Group wide changes vary greatly, and can be processed using a number of different methods, depending on the changes being made. Action Benefits recognizes that many changes can be executed within a shorter timeframe than required by the underwriting policies. However, adequate lead time is necessary to ensure that changes are completed by the desired effective date, so members can receive the appropriate benefits when seeking services. Appropriate lead time also helps to allow adequate time for follow-up requests for missing information or required documentation.



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2020 Medicare Advantage Certification Workshop 10:00 AM

2020 Medicare Advantage Certification Workshop

Where: Action Benefits, Southfield

When:   10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


A three-part training designed to prepare agents to complete their 2020 Medicare Advantage certification and more.

 

Session 1: Medicare Essentials - Understanding the Certification Process (10:00 - 11: 30 a.m.)

 

Session 2: Mastering Product Certification (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

 

Session 3: Understanding SEP Rules (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

 

Attend any or all of the sessions. Click here for complete session information.

 

Lunch will be provided.

 



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Small Group Basics Training 1:00 PM

Small Group Basics Training

Where: Action Benefits in Southfield

When:   1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


An overview of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network for agents working in the small group (1-50 full-time equivalent employees) market.

 

Topics include:

  • Small Group Rating

  • Small Group Product Menu and Benefits

  • Underwriting Guidelines

  • Paperwork Submission

  • Agent Resources



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March 2020 Data Collection Survey (RRC/MLR) Deadline

March 2020 Data Collection Survey (RRC/MLR) Deadline


March 2020 Data Collection (RRC/MLR) surveys must be submitted to Action Benefits by this date.


Please contact the Action Benefits Renewal Team with questions at renewals@actionbenefits.com or (248) 356-8585.



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2020 Medicare Advantage Certification Workshop (Mastering Product Certification ONLY) 10:00 AM

2020 Medicare Advantage Certification Workshop (Mastering Product Certification ONLY)

Where: Action Benefits, Southfield

When:   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


This unique session is designed to make you a product expert. You’ll leave confident in your knowledge of the Blues’ Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans—ready to ACE your 2020 product certification exam!



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CoverageForCompanies Demo WEBINAR 10:00 AM

CoverageForCompanies Demo WEBINAR

When:   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Do you or a member of your staff need a refresher on CoverageForCompanies? Want to learn more about the latest enhancements and streamlined renewal process?

 

Join us for a webinar where we will give a thorough demonstration of CoverageForCompanies, including how to enroll a group from start to finish.  Learn how to utilize the website to offer this innovative solution to your clients.

 

We will also allow time at the conclusion of the demo to answer all of your questions.



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