Important Business Updates

Welcome to our small group newsletter that features important updates related to small group.

Returning to workplaces safely

Vaccine availability continues to improve. This means strategic COVID-19 testing will remain essential for employers to allow people to return to workplaces safely. CVS Caremark® looked at the relationship between diagnostic testing and infection control in different workplace scenarios. They did this by using model simulations of realistic conditions and variables. The results are published in its latest white paper, “Returning to workplaces safely.” Read the full report here.

We appreciate you

Our brokers mean a lot to us. We value your feedback. Recently, Harry Renta, CEO of Kingdom Benefit Group, in Orlando, FL, shared his thoughts about working with us. We wanted to share his note with you. 

“Aetna is one of those carriers that stand out from the rest as a trusted brand. We know this to be true based off the feedback we receive from our clients who have opted to enroll their group in Aetna, and once they do, most always renew.

“Aetna’s national network has been an added benefit to our clients who have employees in various states. The zero-deductible plan is another option our clients appreciate Aetna including in their plan designs. Most of our groups, when asked about employee feedback, will tell us they have ‘no complaints.’ Employees are happy with the plans they are enrolled in, which most group’s take into consideration when renewing.”


Aetna Funding Advantage

More options for your small business clients

We've expanded Aetna Funding Advantage℠. Our offering is now down to groups with two enrolled employees in additional states. These states include Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and West Virginia. This gives your smallest clients more options to consider. 

We already offer Aetna Funding Advantage down to two enrolled employees in the following states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania (excluding Western PA), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

If you’d like to learn more, you can go to the fact sheet on Producer World. It includes the different Aetna Funding Advantage underwriting requirements. You can find the requirements for groups with two to four enrolled employees and larger group sizes.  

New business submission deadline reminder for Aetna Funding Advantage

The chart below shows the effective date submission deadlines for July through December 2021. This is for customers with Aetna Funding Advantage. 

Effective date

IMQ Elite

Underwriting quote

Sales notice submitted

All required documents submitted

July 1 6/15/21 6/20/21 7/2/21 7/8/21
August 1 7/15/21 7/20/21 8/2/21 8/9/21
September 1 8/15/21 8/20/21 9/2/21 9/8/21
October 1 9/15/21 9/20/21 10/4/21 10/8/21
November 1 10/15/21 10/20/21 11/2/21 11/8/21
December 1 11/15/21 11/20/21 12/2/21 12/7/21

PCORI calculator update

Our updated PCORI calculator can help your clients figure out their PCORI fee. It can also determine the average number of lives covered under an applicable self-insured health plan for a plan year.

Under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) final rule, issuers and plan sponsors are responsible for paying the PCORI fee. This is treated like an excise tax by the IRS. A federal excise tax return (Form 720) must be filed. This excise tax return reports liability for the fee. It must be filed by July 31 of the calendar year immediately following the last day of the plan year. 

For more help, you can access the PCORI calculator on ProducerWorld. You will need to go under the ‘Resources’ tab.


Small Group Fully Insured (51-100 employees)

Expanded offerings for 51-100 fully insured health plans in Florida

Effective August 1, our 51-100 fully insured plans in Florida are expanding. They are including more options for your clients. Additions include:

  • Five categories of plans to better meet your clients’ needs
  • Lower-cost plan options, including the new Aetna Savings Plans™
  • Deductible options ranging from $0 to $8,150
  • Five Health Savings Account (HSA) plans with deductibles ranging from $2,000 to $6,000
  • Wellness programs through Peerfit® and the Attain by Aetna® app
For more details, visit Producer World. Or you can reach out to your Aetna® representative.

Be in the know

Member Wellness Corner: Stress in the workplace  

For many of us, work-related stress has only increased over the past year. As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, it’s a good time to remind your clients about the importance of reducing stress, especially at work. Mindfulness is one effective way to do that. We asked some top executives to share how they incorporate mindfulness into their day. Get their tips here.


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