MISLEADING “NOTICE OF DISCONTINUATION” FROM BLUE CROSS OF ILLINOIS to clients that renew January 1, 2018. 

We are sending out this bulletin to let you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has sent out an employer notice, dated September 28, 2017 that is very misleading.

The Notice says that your “BLUE CROSS WILL NO LONGER OFFER YOUR CURRENT PLAN” at renewal.

While the notice is factually true, it does not mean you are being cancelled. What is does mean is the following:

  • Your plan number is changing.

  • Your copays for office visits, deductible, or maximum out of pocket amounts may change slightly to reflect the actuarial tables for identifying Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze plans in 2018.

Blue Cross has not yet released the 2018 rates or plan benefits summaries, but we do expect access to them sometime in the Middle of October 2017.

As soon as the renewal notices are out we will be in touch to review 2018 plans and options.