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EHA News

Educators Health Alliance Renewal Webinar

During this Webinar, Kent Trelford Thompson, Group Manager, BCBSNE and Greg Long, EHA Field Representative, will present the 2012-2013 EHA Renewal.  Information including  new rates and benefits will be reviewed for the September 1, 2012 renewal date.  Please click on the link to view the 2012-13 EHA renewal webinar.  The Power Point is also available for print/review.

2012-2013 Educators Health Alliance Renewal Webinar from Educators Health Alliance on Vimeo.

EHA Announces New Schedule for Setting 2013-2014 Premium Rates

The Educators Health Alliance Board of Directors at their August 2012 meeting decided to change the timing for the setting and release of renewal premium rates for the 2013-2014 plan year, starting September 1, 2013.

The EHA will provide the 2013-2014 premium rates and benefit information to EHA participants on approximately November 1, 2012.  The change is being made to accommodate the new labor negotiation timetable set by the State of Nebraska.  This will enable EHA subgroups and local employee associations to have certain information regarding the cost of health insurance during the 2013-2014 bargaining period.

The EHA will be working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) in September and October to determine the 2013-2014 renewal provisions.

If you have any questions, please contact your BCBSNE Regional Representative or the EHA Plan Advocate.
Beth Kernes-Krause
EHA Board of Directors Chair
Kurt Genrich                   Sue Warner                    Tara Stevensen
EHA Plan Advocate        North Region Rep.          South Region Rep.
402-217-2042                 402-697-9983                  402-982-8859

EHA Groups Earn 2012 Governor's Wellness Award


Attached please find the press release about the Governor’s 2012 Wellness Award Winners as well as a newspaper article about one of our winners.  EHA had eight subgroups that received the award.  Congratulations to Crete, ESU-8, ESU-13, Fremont, Kearney, Leigh, Southeast CC and Western Nebraska CC!

Governor's 2012 Wellness Award Winners Press Release

EHA and NSEA-Retired to hold seminars on Early-Retiree and Medicare insurance options in October

EHA and NSEA-Retired to hold Early-retiree and Medicare information seminars in October

NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will be holding seminars in October to provide important information about changes to the EHA Direct Bill/Early Reitree plans and the Medicare Supplement plan.  
Medicare/Medicare Supplement sessions are from 9:30 AM to noon.
All EHA Direct Bill sessions are from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
The morning session covers the basics of Medicare, changes to Medicare's deductible and coinsurance amounts, our NSEA-Retired, BlueSenior Classic Medicare Supplemental Plan (with optional dental coverag), changes to the Medicare Part D prescriptionn drug plans and how to use the Medicare website to research prescription drug plans will be covered. 
The afternoon session covers the differences between the three BCBSNE benefit options available to Direct Bill mebers youger than 65.  Information will be shared about how to change to a different deductible if you wish.  Health Saving Accounts (HSA) will also be explained.  
The three plan options available to retirees younger than 65 are:
$600 Deductible PPO Plan
$1,500 Deductible PPO Plan
$2,850 Deductible, HSA eligible High Deductible Healh Plan (HDHP)

Dates and Locations for the Seminars:

  • Monday, October 15th, Kearney, Holiday Inn, 110 South 2nd Avenue
  • Wednesday, October 17th, Lincoln, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1233 Lincoln Mall*
  • Wednesday, October 24th, On-Line Webinar, see login instructions below**
  • Thursday, October 25th, Omaha, Westside Community Center, 3534 South 108th Street

* No on-site parking available, please park on the East side of the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot located at 748 South 12th Street (12th & H)
** To participate on the October 24 Webinar, please follow the instructions below.  it is recommended that you log onto the webinar about 5-10 minutes before the sessions begins at 1:00 PM CST.  For first-time participants, there will be a short software download (less than a minute) before you can join the session.

To join the October 24th NSEA Medicare Supplement Webinar (start time 9:30 a.m.):

  1. Click on the link below to join the webinar. If it does not appear as a hyperlink, copy and paste the address into your browser:
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. This meeting does not require a password.
  4. Click "Join".

 To join the October 24th EHA Early Retiree/Direct Bill Webinar (start time 1:00 p.m.):

  1. Click on the link below to join the webinar. If it does not appear as a hyperlink, copy and paste the address into your browser:
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. This meeting does not require a password.
  4. Click "Join".

EHA Explanation of 2013-2014 Rate Increase

A webinar was recently held to provide an explanation of the rate increase for 2013-2014. Please click below to view the webinar, and contact us if you have any additional questions.

EHA Explanation of 2013-2014 Rate Increase from Educators Health Alliance on Vimeo.

*New* Dependent Eligibility Verification Safety Information, Example Forms, and Webinar Power Point

The EHA has also posted the following forms that will be mailed out to all members throughout the state.  These forms are being posted as an informational only tool for school districts with any possible questions that may arise in the coming weeks.  If you have any further questions please contact Gregory Long, the EHA Field Representative. 
Please click on the following links to view the DEV forms to be mailed out to our members.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage for EHA Health Insurance Plans

Please review the following links for the Summary of Benefits for the EHA insurance plans for the coverage period: 09/01/2012 - 08/31/2013

*NEW* EHA Announces Opportunities for Optional Open Enrollment

The Educators Health Alliance (EHA) Board is announcing two alternatives for EHA subgroups to have an Open Enrollment on September 1, 2013.  Please review the following documents below as the announcement will give direction to the pathways to Optional Open Enrollment.  The Administration must hold a meeting with the local teaching association regarding the possibility of an Open Enrollment. An affidavit must be signed by the administration stating the meeting was held explaining the options. The signed affidavit will be sent to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska stating a meeting was held and the School Administration has elected to hold an Open Enrollment. 

*New* Market Reform Power Point

Please click on the below link to review the Market Reform Power Point.  If you have any questions please contact Gregory Long of the Educator Health Alliance. 

*New* Health Care Reform Webinar

The March 15 webinar will cover the following topics: 

  • Welcome and Purpose of the Webinars - Cara Kirsch, Director, Large and National Account Sales
  • Product Overview - Tom Gilsdorf, Director, Individual Product Development
  • Employer Shared Responsibility - Jim Hempel, Senior Corporate Counsel
  • Transitional Reinsurance Fee - Jerome Rewolinski, Director, Large Group Account Management
  • The Impact of Community/Age Rating on Pricing - Beckie Bees, Director, Actuarial Services
  • What BCBSNE is Doing to Support You - Cara Kirsch

Join us!
Title: Ask Blue: Health Care Reform Webinar
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time: 10 - 11 a.m. CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
 Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
 Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
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