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Employer Admin Guide

COBRA Billing (available

COBRA Billing (available for Large-Group Employers only) If your group would like ConnectiCare to administer the billing for members with COBRA continuation coverage, contact your Account Manager. We will execute a Contract Administration Agreement that outlines our mutual responsibilities, and we will bill the member at 102% of the group rate. The following are the group’s or the group’s TPA’s responsibilities • Send us a change form or other notification to terminate an employee according to the terms of your policy (for example, at the end of the month or on the date of termination.) • Determine if plan is required to offer COBRA. • Determine member eligibility for extension or continuation of COBRA coverage. • Notify terminating members and any other eligible covered dependents of their right to continuation of coverage in accordance with the provisions of COBRA. • Determine duration of COBRA coverage. • Communicate to employees of COBRA eligibility due to company closure or bankruptcy. • Determine and/or advise of qualifying event(s) for employees, spouses and dependent children. • Notify us within 60 days when an eligible employee elects COBRA continuation coverage. The member will then have 45 more days to send payment. • Notify existing COBRA participants of plan and rate changes affecting their coverage. • Conduct any other duties or responsibilities assigned to the COBRA Administrator. • Communicate COBRA election timeframes to eligible subscriber/member. ConnectiCare’s Responsibilities for Large Group Only When hired by an employer group as the COBRA billing administrator, ConnectiCare will perform the following duties: • Bill the COBRA participant for the initial and any retroactive premium. • Communicate premium payment timeframes. • Monitor premium payment timeframes. • Bill the COBRA participant for subsequent monthly premium. • Distribute late notices as applicable to COBRA participants. • Terminate COBRA participant for nonpayment. • Distribute a termination of COBRA coverage notice to the participant 60 days prior to COBRA expiration date. • Notify COBRA participant of conversion coverage where applicable. • Upon request, but no more than twice a year, provide employer group with a list of members on COBRA, complete with COBRA eligibility expiration dates. Sometimes employer groups and COBRA participants have questions regarding COBRA eligibility, timeframes, terminations, etc. IMPORTANT When electing COBRA continuation coverage the member has 45 days from the date of the election to make the first payment of premium. The first payment must include payment for coverage as of the member’s effective date of COBRA election. For example, if the election to continue coverage is made 60 days following the Qualifying Event and payment is made 45 days following the election, a total of three months premium must be paid on that date. The following websites can help to answer questions that employers and members may have about COBRA. • – FAQ about COBRA continuation of Health Coverage • – Notice of changes under HIPAA to COBRA 30

Claims and Reimbursements In this section, you’ll find the basics on claim filing, including information about the Claim Summary and the Coordination of Benefits (COB) process. The information that follows is an overview; for more details, refer to the Membership Agreement, or other Plan document for your plan. Receipt and Processing We need to receive claims within 180 days from the date services or supplies were received; otherwise we will not provide reimbursement. Care Received from Participating Providers In general, members should not receive bills from participating providers. This is because participating providers bill ConnectiCare directly for their services, which eliminates paperwork for our members. If a member does receive a bill from a participating provider, it probably means more information is needed. The member should call the provider immediately to find out what is required. The participating provider will then bill us directly and remove the member’s name from the billing system if the member has no financial responsibility. If the member receives a second billing notice, he or she should call Member Services at (860) 674-5757 or 1-800-251-7722. For members covered under self-funded plans, call (860) 674-2075 or 1-800-846-8578. You can also visit our website at Care Received from Non-participating Providers Members may receive care from non-participating providers if: • They are members of a Point-of-Service plan. • They need emergency care (as defined under the Emergency Care section.) These claims must be submitted to us within 180 days at the following address: Massachusetts: Connecticut: ConnectiCare of Massachusetts, Inc. & Affiliates ConnectiCare, Inc & Affiliates 175 Scott Swamp Road 175 Scott Swamp Road P.O. Box 522 P.O. Box 546 Farmington, CT 06034-0522 Farmington, CT 06034-0546 Information Required The claim should include: • The subscriber’s name. • The name and ConnectiCare ID number of the person who received the care. • A complete, itemized bill that describes the services provided and the diagnosis. Note that charge card receipts and “balance due” statements are not acceptable. • A copy of the written pre-authorization letter issued by us or our Behavioral Health Program. If the care did not require pre-authorization, an explanation of why care was sought from a non-participating provider (i.e., that the care was emergency or urgent care received 30 miles outside the ConnectiCare service area) should be provided. 31

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