Special Enrollment Period
BCBSTX are offering groups an optional special enrollment period from March 30 to April 30. This would apply to eligible employees and their dependents who previously declined coverage and now want to enroll, or currently enrolled employees who wish to add an eligible spouse or dependent to their existing coverage.
Relaxed Minimum Hours Requirement
BCBSTX has also relaxed the minimum hours worked requirement for employees to stay on health plans.
- From now through April 30, employers can maintain employees who were enrolled on their plans as of March 20, regardless of the eligibility definition stated in their plan or the BPA.
- This includes reduced work hours, furlough, leave of absence or layoffs.
- Groups do not need to do anything. No paperwork or email is needed, as we will accept current and accurate eligibility files.
This flexibility does NOT apply to those who are newly electing coverage via the special enrollment period (see below).