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Preparing for 2011 – December 2010

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Preparing for 2011 
Over the past few months, we’ve worked diligently to implement health care reform provisions which took effect in 2010. We’ve shared communications with you about these changes by posting articles to the Health Care Reform Notifications and Updates link (attach link) on the provider portal, and in our Network Update newsletters. We are now looking towards the planning and implementation process for 2011 provisions, and we continue to analyze these provisions as we receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  
As a reminder, a significant number of policies will renew their business with [BRAND NAME] on January 1, 2011. This means that new health care reform provisions will take effect for many of our members on this date. It is imperative that providers continue to check eligibility and benefits for all members, as health care reform will impact member policies differently. 
As we move into 2011, please continue to check for new communications about health care reform at Health Care Reform Notifications and Updates (attach link). If you have questions about how health care reform will impact you or your patients, you can visit www.healthychat.com to submit these questions. This website is dedicated to helping the public understand the many parts of health care reform.  
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