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Old 08-08-2016, 09:13 PM   #1
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I saw this article and it says bcbsIL won't be paying commissions, I don't know if they are referring to special enrollment or new commissions?

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Old 08-09-2016, 02:48 AM   #2
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The latest BCBS-IL commission statement says that they are not paying commissions effective for sales starting April 1, 2016 and continuing into the indefinite future.

REF: http://www.bcbsil.com/PDF/producer/i...chedule_il.pdf

The latest article I can find, quotes the BCBSIL CEO as saying that the company is "continually evaluating" whether or not to pay commissions on 2017 Individual Health sales.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:09 AM   #3
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8.17.2016

Did you notice in today's BCBSIL agent newsletter that the company will not require us to prove to them that we've certified for 2017 FFM sales?

This MIGHT indicate that BCBSIL will stop paying commissions.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:40 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by AllenChicago View Post
8.17.2016

Did you notice in today's BCBSIL agent newsletter that the company will not require us to prove to them that we've certified for 2017 FFM sales?

This MIGHT indicate that BCBSIL will stop paying commissions.
Maybe, but my guess is that all the carriers will be using:
"The Agent and Broker FFM Registration Completion List (RCL)"
It is even stated in the newsletter:
"This year, we will only use the RCL to confirm your registration status. "
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by prencik View Post
Maybe, but my guess is that all the carriers will be using:
"The Agent and Broker FFM Registration Completion List (RCL)"
It is even stated in the newsletter:
"This year, we will only use the RCL to confirm your registration status. "
yes, I saw that and I realized that most of the other carriers were always using that list. I just find it strange that Blue Cross decides to do this for 2017. all the while, cutting back on other agent support functions some major some minor but it's still a cut in support.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:58 PM   #6
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yes, I saw that and I realized that most of the other carriers were always using that list. I just find it strange that Blue Cross decides to do this for 2017. all the while, cutting back on other agent support functions some major some minor but it's still a cut in support.
Although, I don't trust them at all when it comes to our commission for 2017. I think that this is actually to streamline their system. Previously they had to actually hire staff to review those certificates, now they have to only update their system to reconcile with CMS data - in the long run, it's more cost efficient option.
Yes, it's true that they are cutting on some agent support, but they are updating the agent portal, on the other hand. For me the option that they added this year: printing IdCards, and changing/adding HMO groups, were significant, since they cut my phone calls to producer line around 80%.
Right now we can only speculate if they pay or not. Obviously we all hope that they will.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:10 PM   #7
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I didn't get this newsletter I usually do.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:52 PM   #8
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September 7, 2016

This news isn't agent related, but it does show that HCSC is attempting to reduce payroll expenses at it's Blue Cross companies.

Story: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois offering buyouts to employees - Chicago Tribune

One could surmise that Agent 2017 IFP Commissions are also under the microscope.
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:04 PM   #9
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Did you guys get a (much) lower commission check from BCBS of IL then usually? I did. I didn't call them yet but I guess it is because of the billing mess they been having. A lot of people didn't get September invoices on time.
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:42 PM   #10
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I didn't even get my statement yet and either did my one of my fellow agents.
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