Oct. 26, 2016

Update: Renewing Groups (1-150) May Submit Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Information via Paper Form Until Dec. 31, 2016

While the Blue Access for EmployersSM portal is no longer open to allow groups to submit their MSP information online, groups still may submit a paper form for processing as long as the forms are returned on or before Dec. 31, 2016.

The MSP information is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

However, any forms submitted between Sept. 17 and Dec. 31 will be processed with an effective date equal to the date of receipt. They will not be recognized for the entire year.

Who Is Impacted?
Renewing fully insured and ASO employer groups with 1 to 150 employees who have not yet completed the 2016 Employer Acknowledgement form. Reminder: New groups are required to provide their MSP information via a paper form included with their initial application paperwork.

It is the responsibility of the employer group health plan to update Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) of any employee count changes throughout the year.

When Will BCBSTX Contact Affected Groups?
Communications to employers started in late May. Periodic updates (emails or calls made to accounts with invalid or missing email addresses) may continue to be sent to groups that have not responded.

When Is the MSP Information Due?
The last day to complete the MSP information online was Sept. 16. The last day to submit with a paper or PDF of the form is Dec. 31, 2016. However, please note that forms received after Sept. 16 will be processed with an effective date based upon the date of receipt. The information will not be recognized for the entire year.

How Can My Groups Get this Form?
The form is available from your account representative or by sending a request to data_collection@bcbsil.com, or calling 855-804-3635, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, Monday to Friday.

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