I know that eligible employees have to be enrolled in health plans within 90 days. Does that go into effect as of January 1, 2014 or when my plan renews? How is Blue Cross handling the waiting period?

It goes into effect when your plan renews in 2014. If an employee is eligible for health coverage, he or she must be able to enroll in health coverage that is effective within 90 calendar days. 

Blue Cross will be making changes to our systems to ensure that the waiting period does not exceed 90 calendar days. Employers will be able to establish waiting periods as long as they do not exceed 90 calendar days. Our standard waiting period will continue to be the first of the month following the date of hire. We’ll be discussing other options with you upon your 2014 renewal. For more information on waiting periods, please see our fact sheet.

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