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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Lumenos HSA

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has long been one of our most popular carriers.  Their Lumenos HSA plan is the most popular among our customers because of the substantial tax savings an HSA plan offers.

Rate Information PPO Network Underwriting Effective Dates About Anthem BCBS

The Lumenos HSA plan is a 100% coverage plan that is designed to be compatible with a Health Savings Account.  This means that once your deductible is met the plan will pay all covered expenses at no cost to you.  This includes doctors office visits, hospital services, chiropractic care, as well as prescription drugs. Deductible choices are $3000, $4500, and $5950 for individuals and $3500, $5500, $7500, and $11900 for families.  Enrolling in the Lumenos HSA plan also gives you access to these health tools and personalized services:

  • An online Health Assessment designed to help you measure your overall health.
  • A Personal Health Coach Program, Smoking Cessation Program, and Weight Management Program.
  • 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line when you need a quick answer to a routine health question or advice on a medical issue.
  • An online health site with tools and information, including network provider listings, hospital quality ratings, prescription drug costs, wellness articles, and much more.

This plan qualifies as HSA-eligible.  Combining a Health Savings Account (HSA) with any HSA plan allows you to make tax-deductible contributions, pay medical expenses with pre-tax dollars, and earn tax-deferred interest.  This account works much like an IRA, except you may use your tax-free savings for qualified medical expenses your health plan does not cover, such as your deductible, contact lenses, or most types of alternative medicine (see the qualified medical expenses).  If you do not use these funds, they simply accumulate with interest, for distribution upon your retirement.

Rate Information:

Current rates are available on our instant quote page.  The premium can be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual billing, or a monthly bank draft.  The bank draft will occur on either the first or the sixteenth of each month.  The initial premium can be paid with a check, credit card, or bank draft.

PPO Network:

Anthem gives you access to one of the largest networks in Colorado, with nearly 8,500 health care providers and over 60 hospitals throughout the state.  Having access to the PPO network can mean substantial discounts in what you pay for your health care, even before you meet your deductible.  The large list of doctors and hospitals can be viewed at the Anthem PPO Online Provider Directory.  Make sure to choose the "BluePreferred PPO" plan.  Policyholders can go to Blue Cross doctors anywhere in the country, and can even access a world-wide network.


Anthem has one of the easiest, most efficient underwriting teams in the industry.  The process is very fast if no medical records are needed.  While it is always a good idea to apply at least three weeks prior to the time you need your new coverage to take effect, most applications that are done online are approved by Anthem within 24 hours.  If medical records must be ordered, the application process will take longer.

The company does have the right to accept or decline any individual or family application.  If you are currently being treated for depression, anxiety, or high cholesterol, please let us know before you apply so we can avoid unnecessary delays in getting you covered.  If you are being treated for high blood pressure, please include your latest test results including blood pressure levels and cholesterol readings.  If you have certain conditions or take certain medications, Anthem may offer coverage at a higher rate.

For an infant less than 6 months of age, Anthem requires nursery records from the hospital where the infant was born, office records from the infant’s pediatrician, and results of the newborn screening laboratory tests (available from the hospital or pediatrician).

Anyone applying for Anthem coverage that has any of the following pre-existing conditions also needs to complete the appropriate form and return it to our office via fax (toll-free 866-284-0082) as promptly as possible.

Effective dates:

The coverage can go into effect in as quickly as 24 hours, though you do risk being declined if claims are submitted before the underwriting process is completed.  You may request an effective date any time the date after you sign the application and 60 days later.  Please note that you will be billed starting on your requested effective date, even if you have not yet been notified that you have been approved.  This is very good for someone who does not have any present coverage and would like for their benefits to begin right away.  For those who are already covered, it is suggested that you maintain your current coverage in force until you have received notice from either ColoHealth or directly from Anthem that your coverage has been approved and is in force.

Your earliest possible effective date will be the day after Anthem has received all the necessary documents and information needed to process your application.

About Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield:

The company known today as Anthem is the outgrowth of two Indianapolis-based corporations formed in 1944 and 1946 as mutual insurance companies.  Those two companies were created to provide health insurance to residents of Indiana as Blue Cross of Indiana and Blue Shield of Indiana.

As the health care industry began rapidly consolidating In the mid-1980s, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana began to diversify and expand, primarily through Blue Cross and Blue Shield mergers and acquisitions.  Now going by the name Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, they underwrite some of the most popular plans we offer at ColoHealth.

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and currently serves more than 12.6 million customers in nine different states.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has been assigned a rating of "A" (Excellent) from the A.M. Best Company, an independent insurance rating organization.

ColoHealth is an independent authorized Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield agent in Colorado.

"My Personal Benefits Manager was fantastic… It was nice to be able to pass of this kind of task to someone else who knows about it and not have to make so many guesses about what I’m going to get or how to get it."

"I always like it when other people do my shopping for me, so you guys were great. My agent took good care of me, looked at my options, recommended a couple to me, then let me make the final choice.  I don't know much about health insurance, so it was nice to have someone do the looking for me.

She was fantastic.She was personable, funny, and exceptionally helpful.She knows what she's talking about and did everything she could to make things easier on me.  Health insurance just plain blows, which is frustrating. But she made it a little less painful. Like I said, it was nice to be able to pass off this kind of task to someone else who knows about it and not have to make so many guesses about what I'm going to get or how to get it.

I've done business with you guys before and had a good experience. I appreciate that you're concerned about my getting the lowest rate for the best service. It's nice to at least pretend that a company cares about me.”

Leif Houkom
Centennial, CO