As previously communicated, Empire will begin withdrawing Small Group (CDHP)  Total Blue Options 7 and 8 from the market for new business and upon existing groups’ renewal dates, beginning October 1, 2011.  Empire will begin mailing group and member communications this month to fulfill the pre-renewal notification requirement.

Small Groups will have the option of purchasing any Empire plan offered in the small group market upon their renewal. Otherwise, members who are enrolled on Empire Total Blue Option 7 will be migrated to Empire Total Blue Option 6 while members enrolled on Empire Total Blue Option 8 will be migrated to Empire Total Blue Option 5.

Please refer to the attached chart to view the key differences between these options.

Also available are samples of the Group and Member notification letters that we will be mailing to those enrolled on Empire Total Blue Options 7 and 8:

Empire Total Blue Option 7 Group Letter 
Empire Total Blue Option 8 Group Letter
Empire Total Blue Options 7 & 8 Member Letter

Reminder:  Empire Total Blue Options 7 and 8 are available for purchase and renewal prior to October 1st, 2011 effective dates.  However, they are not being actively marketed for new business and for groups renewing July 1st and after due to pending withdrawals.

NOTE: Empire Total Blue Options 7 and 8 will not be available for sale for new business or renewing business beginning 10/1 and beyond.