From: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas <>
September 16, 2010 2:01:53 PM CDT
SPECIAL EDITION: Important Message from HCSC President of Plan Operations
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Sept. 16, 2010Dear Producer,

While provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented over several years, a number of changes to group health plans and health insurance coverage are scheduled to take effect for plan/policy years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2010.

As you know, regulations and guidance have been issued since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. To ensure that our customers have the most up-to-date and accurate information, we are updating our materials to clarify information about plan or customer-initiated benefit changes and those changes specified by state or federal legislation.

We are working to complete this update by no later than Oct. 1. Until that time, we will not be releasing any marketing communications that include information about the Affordable Care Act to accounts or members. This includes all renewals. Please do not release any marketing communications or renewals, pending the update of our materials.

We will provide you with additional updates as they become available, including updated materials once they have been completed.

We appreciate your assistance in this important matter.


Marty Foster
Executive Vice President and President of Plan Operations
Health Care Service Corporation

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Editor’s Note: Translation – “We are having some difficulty with HHS and until we resolve this problem we will not be quoting new business nor offering renewals until further notice. “