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June 22, 2016
UnitedHealthcare in Negotiations with Boca Raton Regional Hospital
We are in negotiations with Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) to renew its commercial and Medicare Advantage contracts. BRRH's participation in UnitedHealthcare's network continues through June 30, 2016. Our goal has always been to reach a new agreement with BRRH that preserves our members' access to local quality care without significantly raising the cost of health care in the Boca Raton area.
We have been meeting with BRRH and remain hopeful that the hospital system will decide to continue its participation in our network. There are two issues in particular we would call your attention to as part of this update:
- Fair and Reasonable Contract: We are committed to continuing our discussions and reaching a mutually acceptable agreement with BRRH. Continuity and access to quality, affordable health care for members are key priorities during negotiations. We are working hard to ensure that BRRH is reimbursed at a rate that is not only fair and reasonable, but consistent with trends in each of the local markets it operates.
- Value-based Care: UnitedHealthcare is offering Boca Raton Regional Hospital, along with their hospital owned medical groups, a performance-based relationship that would increase what we pay physicians and give them the opportunity to earn additional compensation for the quality of care they provide. Collaborative, performance-based relationships that put the patient at the center of the health care experience are the foundation of the provider network we want to offer the clients we serve. Most other care providers we work with in Florida have embraced this approach, and we're asking BRRH to do the same.
UnitedHealthcare is committed to bringing these negotiations to a fair and successful conclusion. We are hopeful that our discussions with BRRH will remain positive and collaborative so a new agreement will benefit the numerous health care needs of the communities we serve.
We look forward to continuing to serve your needs and encourage you to contact us if you have further questions. We will keep you apprised as our discussions with BRRH continue.
For more information, please contact your broker or UnitedHealthcare representative.
Voluntary Life Rate Change
May 16, 2016
TO: All Group Voluntary Life Participants
RE: Palm Beach County Firefighter’s Employee Benefits Fund
Notice of Premium Rate Change Effective June 1, 2016
Reliance Standard Voluntary Group Life Insurance
Please be advised that your Voluntary Life Insurance deduction amount may change as of June 1, 2016. Your Deduction may change due to an age bracket change/update. Once a year in June, age bracket changes are updated by Reliance Standard. I have attached a copy of the Reliance Standard Group Voluntary Term Life lnsurance Premium Table for your information.
Thank you and if you have any questions or need to make any changes to your policy, please do not hesitate to call me.
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Chuck Steiner 561-799-2744
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TWO NEW TRUSTEE'S
IRS Form 1095-C
Last week we mailed out the Form 1095-C for all Employees enrolled in the Benefits Fund in 2015. This form was an IRS requirement for all employers with more than 50 employees and is a direct result of the Affordable Health Care Act. The form is you and your dependents proof of health insurance for your 2015 tax return.
If you and your dependent had coverage all 12 months, the box "All 12 Months" will be checked.
Please review your form carefully. Should you need a corrected form please contact Rick Rhodes at the Benefits Fund via his email. email@example.com Please give your name and the exact information that needs corrected. I new form will be mailed to the current address on file.