When will the new rates be effective for the Anthem for SOCA BP?
The 2019 rates become effective on May 1st for SOCA BP groups renewing.
Are all Anthem for SOCA BP groups renewing?
Renewing groups include any current SOCA BP participant with an effective date of May 1, 2016 through December 1, 2018. Groups with an effective date of January 1, 2019 to April 1, 2019 are not renewing, however, are required to provide FormFire with updated 2019 rates here.
How will MyCOBRA Plan be notified of the new rates?
FormFire will submit a renewal file to MyCOBRA Plan reflecting the 2019 plans and pricing for renewing groups and updated pricing for groups with a January 1, 2019 to April 1, 2019 effective date.
How do I submit plan changes via FormFire?
Submit all changes - plans, pricing and employee plan elections - via the Renewal Form. FormFire will make the updates in the system.
Is an employee required to select plans and sign their employee application in FormFire if they are not making any changes to their plan?
No, an employee is not required to select plans and sign an interview if there are no plan changes.
Is an employee required to select plans and sign their employee application in FormFire if the group changed plans or the employee has individual changes?
No, the Broker (Admin) should submit plan changes to FormFire via the process found here. FormFire will update the employee plan elections and send them to Anthem for processing.
If a group does not notify Anthem within 30 days for a termination, what happens?
Typically, we do not advise clients to notify the prior carrier of a cancellation until the new carrier group number is in place.
Per Anthem, they have requested a 30-day notice of a group’s cancellation. Please contact your Anthem carrier representative for additional information.
When is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment (OE) is April 1st through April 30th. Group level benefit changes during open enrollment, such as picking a plan or adding a new plan option, should be complete by April 30th for a May 1st effective date. Employee level open enrollment benefit changes have a 60-day window from April 1st to May 31st. All employee level plan changes submitted during this 60-day window will be given a May 1st effective date.
What happens to new enrollments submitted in May?
New hires will be submitted via the EDI file. They will be subject to the Employer’s wait period and coverage will become effective after they have completed the wait period.
Will there be any webinars for HR reps?
We do not have any webinars scheduled for HR reps regarding the renewal process.
I am anticipating OE changes during the month of May. What effective date will the OE changes have?
All open enrollment changes will be effective on 5/1/2019.
Does FormFire have copies of the renewals to update the plans and rates?
No. FormFire does not have copies of the 2019 renewals. The Broker (Admin) should submit a copy of the rates to FormFire here.
We have a client who is renewing their plan “as is”, but the employer contribution will change. How do we change this?
The Broker (Admin) is responsible for changing the employer contribution in FormFire. Click here for the help article on that process.
Who notifies MyCOBRA Plan about the new rates?
FormFire will provide MyCOBRA Plan with the updated 2019 rates and plans.
Will employees have to elect a plan if only one plan is being offered?
We require a plan election for every employee. Please submit employee plan elections to FormFire here.
If a group is not making a plan change (one plan offered) and the employees are not making any enrollment changes, does the employee need to do anything in FormFire?
No, if the group is renewing “as is” and the employees are not making any changes, there is no action required by the employee. However, the Broker (Admin) will need to ensure they have completed the renewal form here, to provide FormFire with the updated 2019 rates and plans.