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What’s Hot, Popular & Trending in Georgia Group Medical programs for “2021”?

03/21/2021 – Prepared by Tim McGinn, SBCS, CSFS, PHIAS, FHIAS – Financial Analyst, Health Planning Associates, LLC

In Georgia the “Anthem Georgia Chamber Program” continues to attract a lot of small group medical business with their rich plan designs, attractive employer pricing and broad open access network. A similar program Anthem recently introduced called the “Georgia Farm Program” (geared towards SIC codes in the farming sector) has been expanding and gaining traction as well.

We are also seeing an employer interest in moving towards what over 75% of larger employers (100+ Employees) are using; Self-Funded. However, the large carriers realized that small employers are not interested in large financial risk so they have fully developed a no-risk “Level Self-Funded” platform with fixed rates, no additional liability and sharing of the remaining claims pool in good plan years.

In this small group segment, we have Aetna, Cigna, Humana and United Healthcare all offering excellent Level Self-Funded small employer programs with Humana leading the way in “2020” and we expect the same from Humana moving into “2021”.

Below you will find a summary of these popular programs along with some carrier literature on level self funded programs.

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Anthem Chamber Program

As today’s small businesses are searching for cost-saving health coverage options, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is addressing this need by offering a new solution that can lead to more rate stability and offers potential savings for groups with 2 to 50 eligible employees.

The Georgia Chamber has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) to administer the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan (SMART). This plan allows smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem.

In addition to financial protection, this innovative alternative offers:

  • Competitive Rates
  • Predictable, fixed monthly payments
  • Flexibility in Choice of 18 different group medical benefit plans
  • Anthem’s Broad Open Access POS Network and Essential Rx
  • Specialty products, including dental, vision, life, optional life and disability plans, that are offered at discounted rates to employers participating in the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan.

Click here for more information on the Anthem Chamber Program.

 


Anthem FARM Program

FARM, a great new health coverage plan for small businesses in Georgia

As today’s small businesses are searching for cost-saving health coverage options, the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is addressing this need by offering a new solution that can lead to more rate stability and offers potential savings for groups with at least two enrolled and no more than 50 eligible employees and sole proprietors that fall within a broad range of agricultural SIC codes.

The GFB has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) to administer the Georgia FARM Plan (FARM). This plan allows employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, alternative funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem.

In addition to financial protection, this innovative alternative offers:

  • Competitive rates
  • Predictable, fixed monthly payments
  • Flexibility in choice of benefit plans
  • Access to one of the largest specialty networks nationally – Anthem’s broad Open Access POS network and Essential Rx Formulary (drug list)
  • To top it off, specialty products, including dental, vision, life and disability plans, are also offered at discounted rates to employers participating in the Georgia FARM Plan.

Click here to learn more about the Anthem FARM Program.

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Below you will find a summary of these programs along with some carrier literature.

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