Blue Shield CA To Reduce April Premium On DMHC Settlement

Blue Shield of California has announced to agents that they will be providing a premium reduction (March 1 increase) for those subscribers currently seeing a March 1 rate increase on their DMHC-registered health plans.

Instead of a regular premium increase reduction (say that three times fast) Blue Shield of California has agreed instead to pay the overall reduction at one time. Subscribers currently on DMHC-registered Blue Shield plans will receive a premium credit for the month of April, 2012 on average approximately 62%.

The rate increase goes into effect March 1, 2012 so those on DMHC-registered plans need to make sure and pay the full March premium. Letters regarding the April premium credit have been sent to affected subscriber.

Those on DMHC-registered plans who are currently in their initial six-month rate guarantee period will receive the premium credit the first month after the end of the rate guarantee period.

DHMC-registered plans include:

*Shield Spectrum 5500 PPO
*Access+ HMO
*Access+ Value HMO

This premium credit only applies to underwritten health plans and does not apply to HIPAA plans nor Conversion plans.

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