The BCBSRI Case Study: The Importance...

At BCBSRI, we believe it is our mandate to advocate for change on behalf of our clients. In 2012, we started an evolution to consumer-directed...

Round-up of 2019 Product Updates

SMALL GROUP UPDATES Our 2019 Small Group Portfolio includes the following product families: VantageBlue BlueSolutions Network Blue New England Blue...

CMS Begins Replacing All Medicare Cards

Group retirees are rightfully concerned about safeguarding their personal information. So your clients' retirees will likely be relieved to know that...

New Plan! Access Blue New England

Our regional BlueCHiP family is expanding in Large Group with the addition of Access Blue New England. The Access Blue New England product family...

New! Wellness Premium Rewards Program

Small Group employers can earn back up to 8% of total annual medical premium. We heard your clients' requests for an innovative solution to help ease...

2019 Group Medicare Plans Stronger Than...

We’re proud to share some exciting enhancements to our 2019 Group Medicare offerings that will ensure your clients receive the highest level of...

New Plan 65 Products and Rate Changes

Plan 65 rates are changing effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, and there are new product offerings of Plans G and N. Overall, rates for...

Regional BlueCHiP – the New England...

NEHP plans enhance care coordination. As you know, the most cost-effective care is coordinated through your PCP. When your employers offer our new...

Do your clients offer wellness?

It’s a great way to boost motivation, morale, and productivity. Employers want their workforces to be, and stay, healthy. Companies with effective...

Wellness rewards improvements

Effective 1/1/18, we are making it easier for our clients’ members to redeem wellness rewards. Members will no longer have to wait until the end of...

2018 medical, pharmacy, vision, and...

You can now find the details on our 2018 portfolio plan designs on the BCBSRI Broker Portal.  The Resources & Training page has been updated with...

Carve-in pharmacy can reduce costs

Managing prescription drug costs: Integrated Rx leads multi-pronged approach We previously reported on our efforts to control premium costs in Rhode...

HSAs: cost-savings, investment return,...

HSAs bring big tax benefits Everyone likes to be in control, whether that means driving a car, choosing a restaurant, or where we spend our money....

2018 Updates to Small and Large Group...

We have updated our 2018 Small and Large Group Plan Portfolios to continue to deliver choice, value and simplicity to our customers.  The goal was to...

Prime-Walgreens Update

In August 2016, Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime)* announced a long-term relationship with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens). Both companies have come together...

Standard Commercial Formulary Updates

As you know BCBSRI updates our Commercial group formularies twice per year (in April and October).  The October update will be available to members...

Plan 65 rate changes effective July 1,...

Plan 65 rates are changing, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  Rates for individual Plan 65 members will increase an average of 5.4 percent (...

BCBSRI brings New England Health Plan...

Rhode Island businesses face two pressing problems when developing benefits plans for their employees. First, like employers across the country, they...

Opening soon: Your Blue Store℠ East...

In May, we’re opening our newest and largest Your Blue Store retail location. It will be located in East Providence at 71 Highland Avenue, right near...

Standard commercial formulary updates

The BCBSRI standard large group 4-tier and 5-tier formularies and the small group 5-tier formulary were recently updated and are now available to...

The advantages of HSAs

Our BlueSolutions plans are part of the increasingly popular consumer-driven health plans. They help keep premiums manageable—for employers and their...

Epi-Pen® coverage update

Epi-Pen, an emergency allergy injection device, has recently been in the news due to substantial price increases over the past few years. Updates to...

Important update for members with an...

Effective June 23, Bancorp Bank, the HSA custodian of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) integrated HSA program, is leaving...

CVS Pharmacy® Healthy Incentive program...

On January 1, 2017, newly enrolled small group subscribers began receiving their CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare® Health Card as part of our Healthy...

2017 Blue Cross Vision product...

We have added benefit highlights sheets for each of our 2017 Blue Cross Vision plans (available after logging in to the Broker section of bcbsri.com...

2017 medical, pharmacy, vision, and...

You can now find the details on our 2017 portfolio plan designs on the BCBSRI Broker Portal. The Resources & Training page has been updated with...

Prime Therapeutics and Your Blue Wire

As communicated in the November 16 Broker Blast, our BCBSRI sales executives recently emailed a letter from Vice President of the Employer Segment...

2017 small group product enhancements

We have updated our 2017 Small Group Medical Product Portfolio to deliver more choice, value, and simplicity to our customers. The goal was to...

2017 BlueCHiP for Medicare enhancements

October 15 was the start of the 2017 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). We’re excited to once again be able to offer our Medicare members many...

Blue Cross Dental policy changes

We’ve listened to your feedback over the past several months, and we’ve been making changes and working to streamline our processes and policies in...

Enhancements to Find a Doctor and My...

Our Find a Doctor and My Cost Calculator online tools—available after logging in to bcbsri.com —give members a resource to find provider demographic...

2017 Large Group Product Enhancements

We continue to streamline our 2017 large group medical and pharmacy product portfolio to deliver more choice, value, and simplicity for our customers...

Introducing the Your Blue Touch RI...

We’re excited to announce the launch of another great tool to make healthcare more accessible for our members: Your Blue Touch RI, our new mobile app...

Virgin Pulse®: Powering the future of...

After a careful and thorough evaluation of our current Wellness Works program, we have decided to move our program to a new vendor beginning January...

Coverage expanded: IVF treatments and...

We have recently announced expanded coverage for the following services. Infertility (IVF) treatments Effective July 1, 2016, we will expand our...

CDH plans: HRA plan design flexibility

Last month, we provided background on our consumer-driven health (CDH) plans for employers, including the types of plans available, how they can be...

BlueCHiP for Medicare Advance PCP...

We have posted the BlueCHiP for Medicare Advance PCP directory to the Broker section of bcbsri.com. This will help you assist members/potential...

Prime Therapeutics chosen as BCBSRI’s...

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has chosen Prime Therapeutics (Prime) to provide pharmacy benefit management services beginning...

New product training webcasts available...

We regularly introduce new products and services to give you many options to promote to your clients. To help successfully promote our products, we...

Expanded offerings for 2016

New for 2016, we’ve increased our offerings of value-added products and services that your clients and their employees can add to their medical and...