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Blue Shield - New Virtual Blue Plans

The Virtual Blue plans give members (small and large groups) the choice of virtual or in-person care. Virtual care includes $0 unlimited visits to primary care, behavioral health and specialty care through a new partnership with AccoladeCare. In-person care is available through the Tandem PPO network in California and via BlueCard when outside of the state.

The two Virtual Blue small group plans available in PRISM are the Virtual Blue Gold Tandem PPO 1500/45 and Virtual Blue Bronze Tandem PPO 7500/75. These can be identified by ‘Virtual Blue’ in the plan name.

When using the PRISM filter options for Narrow or Broad networks, select ‘All’ networks instead of ‘Broad’ only networks to generate plans for Blue Shield’s Virtual Blue, Trio HMO, and Tandem PPO plans.

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KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Dec 13, 2021, 3 Minute Read

To more effectively recruit and retain talent in today’s tight labor market, many employers are updating and expanding their health benefits to better align with employees’ needs as illustrated in the recently released Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

Conducted from January through July 2021, the KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey, of 1,686 randomly selected private and non-federal public employers of three or more workers, reveals how the pandemic affected workplace health benefits, including mental and behavioral health services, telemedicine, health and wellness programs, biometric screenings, and more.

Key Findings

Among firms with at least 50 workers that offer health benefits:

Many Employers Changed Health Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Additional Findings

Biometric Screenings
Among firms offering health benefits, 26% of small firms and 38% of large firms provide workers the opportunity to complete a biometric screening. Among firms offering a biometric screening opportunity both this year and last year, 32% of smaller firms (50-199 employees) and 43% of larger firms report making some change in their biometric screening programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes include:

Read the KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey to ensure you and your clients are up to date with the latest employer-sponsored coverage data. Contact us today to develop tailored benefits solutions that address your clients’ needs.

KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey


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