Within the next several months, you’ll be receiving a form from Wellmark called an SBC. It stands for Summary of Benefits and Coverage. Its purpose is to provide a new and simpler approach to helping you understand your benefits and coverage, making it easier for you to compare plan coverage and costs.
The SBC uses common terminology and a format that has been standardized among all health insurance companies. That way, it’s simpler for you to compare plans and make important decisions about the coverage you choose. This SBC document is being produced as part of the federal health care reform law.
You can expect to receive an SBC from Wellmark, or from your employer, at the following times:
And if you ever want to get an SBC from us, we’ll be more than happy to provide one to you by simply calling us.
More information on SBCs will be provided in the next issue of Blue magazine.
Visit the Health Care Reform section at WeKnowReform.com for more information on SBCs.
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