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Blue Shield has announced a rate update for small group medical plans effective April 1, 2017. These new rates are valid through June 2017 effective dates.  There are no changes to plan designs.

  • PPO plan rates will increase 0.8% across all regions.
  • HMO plan rates will increase average 4.3% across all regions.

Specialty plan rates remain flat for second quarter 2017.

Renewing your April Blue Shield clients

January 13: April renewal kits are available for download from the Shield Renewals site.

January 18: Make member level changes for Q2 2017 clients on Employer Connection Plus.

January 20: April customers are mailed renewal kits.  Renewal changes can be made in the Small Group Online Renewal (SGOR) tool in mid-February. Until that time the paper Request for Contract Change form will be accepted.