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December 2022 Employer Newsletter

Norfolk, VA | Wednesday, December 07, 2022 | Posted in Employer News & Webinars

December Employee WellnessEmployee Wellness 

Provide your employees with the latest wellness newsletter with the December edition of Live Well, Work Well. Also available in Spanish.

Educate employees about their benefits with the December Benefits & Me Newsletter.

Medicare News

New Medicare enrollment rules that eliminate coverage gaps take effect in 2023

Making Healthcare More Accessible And Affordable: A Conversation With Medicare Director Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

Optima Vendor Changes

Optima is changing their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) from OptumRx® to Express Scripts (ESI) as well as their vision services vendor from Eyemed to VSP Vision Care (VSP). These changes are effective January 1, 2023, regardless of a group’s effective date.

Members will experience a seamless transition; all active pre-authorizations will automatically transfer to the new vendors. Prior to January 1, 2023, Optima will issue new member ID cards to reflect the new pharmacy vendor information. Please make sure your employees know that they need to keep these new member ID cards that will be arriving in the coming weeks!

Cigna Pharmacy Changes

Due to failed contract negotiations, Cigna has begun the process of removing Kroger 

and their affiliated pharmacies from all Cigna commercial pharmacy networks, effective January 1, 2023.

Cigna will inform impacted customers via a letter or email in the coming weeks so they have ample time to find a new pharmacy.  You can learn more here.

HR Insights

December HR Brief Newsletter

2023 Limits to Know

Tips for Training Managers on FMLA

How to Find Hospital Prices

Anthem HealthKeepers Expanding Out-of-State Coverage

December HR Insights

Effective with your plan’s renewal date in 2023 and for all newly enrolling groups, Anthem HealthKeepers will use their national BlueCard PPO network (including more than 1.7 million doctors and hosp

itals in all 50 states) for care received outside of Virginia. By doing so, the plan:

  • Expands healthcare access outside of the Virginia service area through participating BlueCard PPO providers
  • Extends in-network benefits to all healthcare services covered by the plan, not just urgent or emergency care
  • Adds flexibility to use participating BlueCard PPO laboratory providers outside of the Virginia service area
  • No longer requires individuals to register with Guest Membership to use in-network benefits when out of the service area

Click here to learn more!


The information herein should not be construed as legal or tax advice in any way. This content is provided for informational purposes only. You should seek the advice of your attorney or tax consultant for additional or specific information.