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ASK BLUE: Health Care Reform

ASK BLUE: Health Care Reform

Your Guide to Health Care Reform

Please click on the link below to get the latest information on the Affordable Care Act from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.  If you have any questions please contact Greg Long, the EHA Field Representative.  

EHA Announces Expanded Dual Option Choices

On February 21, 2014, the EHA Board approved the expansion of Dual Options within existing plan offerings.  The new options will be made available immediately for new subgroups created for the current school year and will also be available for all subgroups for the 2014/2015 school year, beginning August 1st, 2014.  

In addition to the current dual options that include the $500/$750 PPO combined with either the $3,100 HSA eligible high deductible or $1650 PPO option the EHA has expanded additional offerings.  The new options include the $950 PPO with either the $1650 PPO or $3,100 HSA eligible high deductible.  The $1,250 PPO is also being offered with either the $1,650 PPO or $3,100 HSA eligible high deductible.  These new options give great flexibility in health benefit options for Schools throughout the EHA.  

Please review the PDF that shows the difference with premium and out-of-pocket maximums.  You may also call Greg Long of the EHA at 402-440-1358 with questions about the new options.   

EHA Announces Decision Regarding 2014-15 (Optional) Open Enrollment

The EHA Board is pleased to announce that at its December 16, 2013 meeting the following resolution was passed:  

Motion: “An Open Enrollment period for the 2014-15 plan year for all groups unless both the district and the local Association approve of opting out.”

Please click on the below links to view the Open Enrollment Announcement and Opt Out Form.

EHA Announces Special Enrollment Period as a Result of Supreme Court Decision Regarding DOMA and Same Sex Married Couples

On June 23, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  Section 3 of DOMA states that the term “marriage” means a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.  Accordingly, as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the term “spouse” will refer to any individuals who are lawfully married under any state law.  This includes marriage between two people of the same sex who were legally married in a state that recognizes such marriages, even if they reside in a state that does not.

Please click Read More to view the following EHA statement. 

Dependent Eligibility Verification for New Dependents

The Educators Health Alliance (EHA) Board has retained Xerox HR Solutions to continue the verification process for all members choosing to participate in Educators Health Alliance.  The verification will be done on a quarterly basis with deadlines for each verification quarter.  

The verification process will review all new dependents and newly hired employees with dependents.  

It is strongly encouraged to continue the communication process with all newly hired staff regarding the DEV.  Members should be aware they must participate in the verification process.  If a participant does not provide the proper information within the required timeline, they risk losing coverage for their dependents.  


Greg Long

EHA Field Representative 

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Required Marketplace Notice for Employees

PPACA requires employers to notify all employees by October 1, 2013 regarding the availability of coverage through the new Marketplace. Please click on the below links to view Blue Cross Blue Shield's recent flyer regarding employee notice of the Marketplace.  

Educators Health Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Affirm Continued Availability of EHA Plan

EHA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska have determined that the EHA plan can continue for the benefit of Nebraska public school districts, state colleges and other participating education-related employers of all sizes on and after the 2014 implementation of Individual and Group Insurance Market Reforms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

EHA Dependent Verification Strengthens Plan, Saves Money

The EHA has announced how the dependent verification strengthens plan, saves money.  Please click on the link below to read out the DEV.  

NEW! EHA Healthcare Reform Information

This brochure will provide information on the law changes and the timeline when the new offerings will occur.