Capital BlueCross Decision to Discontinue Non-PPACA Small Group Plans

In March of 2014, the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) department announced the extension of the November 2013 transitional guidance for up to two years. This extension allowed insurers, with concurrence from their state insurance commissioner, to offer small groups (50 or fewer employees) the option to renew their non-PPACA health plan coverage through plan years beginning on or before October 1, 2016 as the carrier decided on an annual basis.

Capital BlueCross has decided to discontinue all plans that are not compliant with PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) effective with the June 1, 2016 renewals. Renewing groups will automatically be mapped to a PPACA-compliant product at renewal and details will be outlined in the renewal document released within 75-90 days prior to their renewal date.

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