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  • Anthem Blue Cross of CA – Small Group Medical Rate Action for April 2010

    Anthem Blue Cross of CA – Small Group Medical Rate Action for April 2010
    Anthem Blue Cross has announced their Small Group rates for April 2010. After two consecutive quarters of no increases (July and October 2009) and a moderate 4% increase in January, Anthem Blue Cross has announced moderate increases for April 2010. Anthem’s Small Group medical portfolio will experience an average increase of 4.7%. 

    Here’s the breakdown:

    EmployeeElect HMO plans will see a new business average increase of 4.8%. 

    • HMO 100% plans, Classic $20, Saver $20 and EmployeeChoice Saver HMO will receive an average increase of 5%.
    • Classic $30 and $40 plans, Saver $30 and $40 plans and both Select HMO plans ($25 and $35) will receive an average increase of 4%.

     EmployeeElect PPO plans will see a new business average increase of 4.3%.

    Premier PPO Plans:

    • Premier PPO Copay $10/$20/$30 will receive an average increase of 4%.                       

    PPO Copay Plans:

    • PPO Copay $20/$30/$40 will receive an average increase of 4%.

    PPO GenRx Plans:

    • PPO Copay $25/$35 will receive an average increase of 4%.
    • GenRx PPO $45 will receive an average increase of 2%.

     Solution PPO Plans:

    • Solution 2500 and 3500 PPO will receive an average increase of 5%.
    • Solution 5000 will receive an average increase of 4%.  

    Elements Plans:

    • Elements Hospital/Hospital Plus and Hospital Preferred will receive an average increase of 5%. 

    EPO Plans:

    • EPO plans will receive an average increase of 5%. 

    EmployeeElect Lumenos HIA+ Plans will receive an average increase of 5%.

    • Lumenos HIA+ 750 and Lumenos HIA+ 500 will receive an average increase of 5%. 

    EmployeeElect Lumenos HSA Plans will see a new business average increase of 6.1%.

    •  Lumenos HSA 2000/3000/5000 (100/70) will receive an average increase of 8%.
    •  Lumenos HSA 1500 (80/50) will receive an average increase of 6%; Lumenos HSA 2500 (80/50) will receive an average increase of 3%; Lumenos HSA 3500 (80/50) will receive an average increase of 2%.

     EmployeeChoice plans will see a new business average increase of 7%. 

     BeneFits plans will  see a new business average increase of 4.7%.

    Specialty April 2010 Rate Announcement

    Anthem Blue Cross is lowering the rates on some of their most popular Dental Blue plans effective 4/1/10. 

    • 10% reduction on Dental Blue Silver 100-80
    • 11% reduction on Dental Blue Silver Plus 100-80
    • 5% reduction on Dental Blue Gold 100-80
    • 8.5% reduction on Dental Blue Gold Plus 100-80 

    The Dental Blue Gold Plus 100-80 plan was their #1 selling Dental Blue plan in 2009. 

    There will be a slight increase to the Dental Blue Platinum rates effective 4/1/10: 

    • 2.5% increase on Dental Blue Platinum 100-80
    • 5.6% increase on Dental Blue Platinum Plus 100-80

     There will be no changes to rates for their other dental plans on 4/1/10. 

    Benefit change:

    There is one benefit change for all Dental Blue members. Effective 4/1/10, pregnant women and diabetics will have access to a third cleaning per calendar year as deemed necessary by their dentist. The cleaning will not count towards their annual maximum benefit. 

    This document is not intended to be authoritative, and its accuracy is not guaranteed. It is believed to be correct at the time of its printing. Any questions about official interpretations of the law should be directed to legal counsel.

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