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Covered California for Small Business –
New Blue Shield Plans

Starting July 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering new Blue Shield plans, providing more options for enrollees. These plans include the Access+ HMO Network with Platinum, Gold, and Silver metal tier options, as well as the Bronze Trio HMO 7000/70. The two most popular Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), Silver Full PPO Savings 2300/25% and Bronze Full PPO Savings 7000 plans, are also now available.

All of these plans offer benefits such as Wellvolution, Teladoc Mental Health, Nurse Help 24/7, LifeReferrals 24/7, and the Blue Card program for when members are outside of California.

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Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Impact on Healthcare and Health Insurance

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Impact on Healthcare and Health Insurance

Aug 22, 2022, 2 Minute Read

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) was signed into law by President Biden on August 16, 2022. While group health benefits are not directly impacted, health insurance professionals will want to be aware of several healthcare and health insurance provisions in the bill.

ACA Individual Marketplaces – Extension of Increased ACA Premium Tax Credits

Increased premium tax credits for low-income individuals, which were implemented in the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, were set to expire at the end of 2022. IRA extends the increased premium subsidies through 2025.

Medicare Prescription Drug Cost Control

Prescription Drug Price Negotiation by Medicare
IRA allows for the first time the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate drug prices under Medicare Parts B & D.

$2,000 Annual Cap on Medicare Part D
IRA places a $2,000 annual cap on out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, starting in 2025.

Penalties if Drug Companies Increase Prices Faster Than Inflation
IRA places inflation caps in Medicare Part D that limit price increases for drugs year over year. Tax penalties will be levied on drugmakers that increase the prices of their products more than the rate of inflation.

$35 Out-of-Pocket Cost Limit on Insulin
IRA places a $35 out-of-pocket cost limit on insulin for individuals under Medicare.


To learn more, register for The Small Business Majority webinar ‘How The Inflation Reduction Act Benefits The Small Business Ecosystem’ on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.


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