The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced today that
all Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies will make identity protection services available to their customers nationwide beginning on or before January 1, 2016. The new services will provide heightened safeguards in the event of fraudulent use of personal and financial information for the millions of Americans that BCBS companies serve. The new offering will be made available on an opt-in basis to all eligible* members for as long as they have a Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance policy in effect.
In the coming months, the Administration will work with Federal employee representatives and other stakeholders to develop a proposal for the types of credit and identity theft monitoring services that should be provided to all Federal employees in the future – regardless of whether they have been affected by this incident – to ensure their personal information is always protected.
The FEHBlog thinks that this approach makes a lot of sense and he expects to see similar businesses government agencies follow.
Modern Healthcare reports that a newly formed coalition of businesses and insurers called Alliance to Fight the Forty is planning to lobby Congress to repeal the 40% excise tax on high cost health plans that takes effect under the Affordable Care Act in 2018. For a law called Affordable it sure did create a lot of taxes and the FEHBlog has not seen the other lobbying group such as Stop the Health Insurer Tax (another counterproductive levy) have much success to date but have at it.
ERIC provides an overview of the general aspects of the final ACA preventive services rule that was released on Friday. The regulators consolidated their sub-regulatory FAQ guidance on non-contraceptive issues into the final rule. No surprises. .