It is my understanding that most other insurance carriers will be following a similar methodology, hence why I am posting this.
This is NOT for Small Group SHOP plans.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Providers Notified of ACA Grace Period Provision
Providers will be receiving information in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) provider newsletter about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows Health Insurance Marketplace enrollees who receive the advance premium tax credit (APTC), a three-month grace period to pay their premium — provided they have already paid at least one month’s premium in full. It is important to note that not all members who purchase coverage on the Marketplace will receive the tax credit.
During the three-month grace period, members are eligible for covered services under their plan.
Notification of Eligibility
Providers will be informed through eligibility and benefits verification when a member has entered into a grace period during months two and three of the grace period. All preauthorization letters will encourage providers to confirm whether the member is in a grace period prior to providing services.
Payment for all allowable services provided during the first month of the grace period will be the responsibility of BCBSIL, subject to member cost sharing.
During the second and third months of the grace period, BCBSIL will pend the claims the member incurs during this period. If the member pays all outstanding premium payment(s) in full, claims incurred during this period will process according to the member’s benefits.
If the member has not paid premiums in full by the end of the grace period, BCBSIL will terminate the member’s policy retroactive to the first day of month two of the grace period. BCBSIL will deny any claims pended in months two and three of the grace period.
A member’s pharmacy claims will be denied during months two and three. If the member retroactively pays the premium in full, they may submit claims for prescriptions dispensed during this time to BCBSIL.
If a member elects to receive a 90-day supply of a prescription during month one of the grace period, the member will receive the full 90-day prescription and BCBSIL will pay this claim.
Member Responsibility for Payment
We are encouraging providers to notify their patients that they will be responsible for payment of any outstanding claims for the full cost of provided services, if their health care coverage terminates at the end of the grace period.