News & Updates

CalChoice: Sutter Health Plus Announces CVS Caremark as New PBM

CalChoice: Sutter Health Plus Announces CVS Caremark as New PBM

Nov 24, 2021

CaliforniaChoice sent the following information to brokers and groups about Sutter Health Plus and their new 2022 Pharmacy Benefit Manager, CVS Caremark®.

Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2022

Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2022

Nov 24, 2021

Commercial Small and Large Group Certificate of Insurance (COI) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) booklets, with the effective date of January 1, 2022 and later, will contain the updates as shown in the Notice of Changes links below. This Notice reflects Health Net of California and Health Net Life Insurance Company’s (Health Net) compliance with new laws and regulatory requirements. It also addresses Health Net administrative changes.

Lower Aetna Vision Preferred Rates – Up to 18% Less!

Lower Aetna Vision Preferred Rates – Up to 18% Less!

Nov 24, 2021

Aetna is making it easy for your clients to look and feel good, all while paying less.

CalChoice Broker Summary Renewals Are Going Paperless

CalChoice Broker Summary Renewals Are Going Paperless

Nov 24, 2021

CaliforniaChoice is always looking for ways to improve and modernize their business. With that goal in mind, broker summary renewals will be paperless starting with February renewals. And you won’t miss anything! The contents of the summary renewal are included in the full renewal and available in your calchoice.com broker portal the day the renewal is issued.

Delta Dental Announces DeltaVision!

Delta Dental Announces DeltaVision!

Nov 24, 2021

Delta Dental announced the launch of their new DeltaVision product effective January 1, 2022. Below is some additional resources to help you hit the ground running with this exciting new offering for 2022!

UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, Vision Provider Nominations

UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, Vision Provider Nominations

Nov 24, 2021

UHC provided three important updates on their Specialty products, including updates on their Dental Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, and Vision Provider Nominations.

Health Net Announces New 2022 Bonus Programs

Health Net Announces New 2022 Bonus Programs

Nov 22, 2021

Health Net announced new 2022 broker bonuses for both Small and Large groups business.

Humana & Jet Dental Offer Onsite Clinics to PPO Groups

Humana & Jet Dental Offer Onsite Clinics to PPO Groups

Nov 16, 2021

Humana has teamed up with Jet Dental to bring dental pop-up clinics straight to the workplace. All a group needs is 20 appointments to sign up, and Humana will take care of the rest.

bpQuote Maintenance from 6 PM - 9 PM PST on Saturday, 11/13

bpQuote Maintenance from 6 PM - 9 PM PST on Saturday, 11/13

Nov 11, 2021

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 6 PM to 9 PM PST on Saturday, November 13th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

IRS Announces 2022 FSA, Transit & Parking Limits

IRS Announces 2022 FSA, Transit & Parking Limits

Nov 10, 2021

The IRS has announced the 2022 FSA, Transit and Parking limits with increases due to inflation.

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Q4 2021 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2021 Rate Availability Update

Jul 06, 2021

All Q4 2021 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Need a Business Associate Agreement? TotalHIPAA has you Covered!

Need a Business Associate Agreement? TotalHIPAA has you Covered!

Feb 16, 2021

TotalHIPAA is offering a free Business Associate Agreement on their new, redesigned website! When you are on their home page, click the bar at the top of the screen to download a copy of their BAA template.

Q2 2021 Rates Available for Quoting

Q2 2021 Rates Available for Quoting

Feb 01, 2021

Almost all Q2 2021 rates are available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Get Your 2021 B&P Calendar Card!

Get Your 2021 B&P Calendar Card!

Dec 10, 2020

Complete our Calendar Card Request Form to get a 2021 B&P Calendar Card sent to your address! Our 2021 calendar is a 5x7 card with rounded corners and is printed on Shutterfly's thickest available cardstock.

Q1 2021 Rate Availability Update

Q1 2021 Rate Availability Update

Oct 05, 2020

Some Q1 2021 rates are available in bpQuote, with more expected to be released in the next couple of weeks! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Introducing Kaiser Permanente Large Group!

Introducing Kaiser Permanente Large Group!

Aug 13, 2020

We are excited to announce that Beere&Purves has signed a large group General Agency contract with Kaiser Permanente. You can sell Kaiser Permanente large group business with 101 to 300 eligible employees through Beere&Purves beginning with an October 1, 2020 effective date.

Virtual Small Group Insurance Boot Camp!

Virtual Small Group Insurance Boot Camp!

Jun 17, 2020

We revamped our Small Group Insurance Boot Camp to give you access to training materials from wherever, whenever!

Update from B&P Regarding COVID-19

Update from B&P Regarding COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

Like all of the country, Beere&Purves continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the impact around us. We take the health of our employees, broker partners and groups seriously.

Planning for a Possible PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Event at B&P

Planning for a Possible PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Event at B&P

Oct 08, 2019

As you may know, PG&E is planning a PSPS in the Bay Area and Beere&Purves could be affected. This is our service contingency plan if we lose power.

Introducing Kaiser Permanente!

Introducing Kaiser Permanente!

Oct 01, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Beere&Purves has signed a small group General Agency contract with Kaiser Permanente. You can sell Kaiser Permanente business through Beere&Purves beginning with a December 1, 2019 effective date.

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bpQuote Maintenance from 6 PM - 9 PM PST on Saturday, 11/13

bpQuote Maintenance from 6 PM - 9 PM PST on Saturday, 11/13

Nov 11, 2021

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 6 PM to 9 PM PST on Saturday, November 13th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

bpQuote Adds Option to Display Tier Rates on Vision Worksheets

bpQuote Adds Option to Display Tier Rates on Vision Worksheets

Sep 30, 2021

bpQuote has rolled out an enhancement to the quote engine to allow you to show the tiered rates on the Vision Worksheets report.

2 New bpQuote Enhancements Released

2 New bpQuote Enhancements Released

Sep 23, 2021

bpQuote has rolled out two new enhancements to the quote engine regarding the compare plans feature and the number of plans included on each page of the ACA Worksheets.

4 New bpQuote Enhancements Released

4 New bpQuote Enhancements Released

Aug 17, 2021

bpQuote has rolled out four enhancements to the quote engine that will give you more control over your proposals.

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 8/14

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 8/14

Aug 12, 2021

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 3 AM to 8 AM PST on Saturday, August 14th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

Q4 2021 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2021 Rate Availability Update

Jul 06, 2021

All Q4 2021 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

bpQuote Is Enhancing the Proposal Options Page

bpQuote Is Enhancing the Proposal Options Page

Jul 01, 2021

bpQuote is making some updates to the Proposal Options page of the quote engine that are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, Friday, July 2nd.

bpQuote Adds Alternative to the SIC Wizard

bpQuote Adds Alternative to the SIC Wizard

Jun 14, 2021

HealthConnect has partnered with Melissa Data to beta test a company-specific SIC lookup tool in the quote engine.

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 5/22

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 5/22

May 20, 2021

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 3 AM to 8 AM PST on Saturday, May 22nd. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

bpQuote Adds 4 Reports to New Multi-Tab Excel Export Option

bpQuote Adds 4 Reports to New Multi-Tab Excel Export Option

Apr 21, 2021

bpQuote has enhanced the Multi-Tab Excel report option to include four more reports.

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IRS Announces 2022 FSA, Transit & Parking Limits

IRS Announces 2022 FSA, Transit & Parking Limits

Nov 10, 2021

The IRS has announced the 2022 FSA, Transit and Parking limits with increases due to inflation.

Take Advantage of B&P's Support through the Busy Season

Take Advantage of B&P's Support through the Busy Season

Nov 01, 2021

With December and January business deadlines quickly approaching, we wanted to remind you how you can benefit by partnering with B&P.

Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosure Deadline is 10/14

Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosure Deadline is 10/14

Sep 17, 2021

We understand that you and your clients are responsible for more work than ever before. Therefore, we are providing you with this reminder that the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires your clients to complete two disclosure requirements pertaining to the creditable coverage of their prescription drug plan.

MLR Rebate Status for B&P Carriers

MLR Rebate Status for B&P Carriers

Sep 07, 2021

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or health care reform law) requires health plans to meet a minimum medical loss ratio (MLR), which varies according to market. Health insurance issuers must meet a minimum MLR of 85% in the fully insured large group market and 80% in the fully insured small group and individual markets.

Ease's 2021 Open Enrollment Readiness Report

Ease's 2021 Open Enrollment Readiness Report

Aug 17, 2021

Ease is back at it again, this time bringing you a cutting-edge 2021 open enrollment readiness report — and you’re among the first to get access to it. Download your copy of this report to be one step ahead of your competition going into open enrollment season.

Ease's 2021 Fourth Quarter Preparedness Report - Your Feedback is Needed!

Ease's 2021 Fourth Quarter Preparedness Report - Your Feedback is Needed!

Jul 06, 2021

Ease is partnering with their GAs to gain a better understanding of the challenges and needs brokers have going into Q4.

2022 Annual HSA Limits Announced

2022 Annual HSA Limits Announced

May 25, 2021

The IRS has released the 2022 annual HSA contribution limits as well as the HDHP deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits. The tables below show the 2021 and 2022 amounts with the year-over-year changes.

The Agency's Guide to Better Serving Employers in 2021

The Agency's Guide to Better Serving Employers in 2021

Apr 27, 2021

Ease just launched The Agency's Guide to Better Serving Employers in 2021 which provides important insight into what employers are looking for from their broker.

PPE Deemed Reimbursable Under Certain Tax Favored Accounts

PPE Deemed Reimbursable Under Certain Tax Favored Accounts

Apr 13, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code).

DOL Issues New Model Notices Regarding ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

DOL Issues New Model Notices Regarding ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

Apr 13, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides 100% COBRA subsidies to Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs) from April 1 to September 30, 2021. In response to ARPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) was required to produce new Model Notices that need to be distributed to AEIs that notify them of this premium assistance and of the premium assistance expiration when applicable.

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Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Nov 01, 2021

Anthem Large Group and Small Group in California are pleased to announce that Hoag is joining their Priority Select Network starting January 1, 2022.

Anthem & Redlands Community Hospital Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Redlands Community Hospital Agree to Renewal

Oct 14, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial Agreement with Redlands Community Hospital.

Anthem & El Camino Reach New Agreement

Anthem & El Camino Reach New Agreement

Sep 24, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross has reached a new multi-year agreement with El Camino Health, comprising hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, effective October 1, 2021. El Camino Health provides services to members in the South San Francisco Bay area. Please note, El Camino Health had previously terminated their contract with Anthem Blue Cross on June 1, 2021.

Anthem & Dignity Health Reach New Agreement

Anthem & Dignity Health Reach New Agreement

Aug 17, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross has reached a new agreement with Dignity Health for all commercial products and networks including HMO, PPO and EPO. The new agreement is retroactive to July 15, 2021, which means there is no lapse in coverage.

Health Net: AppleCare Medical Group and Monarch Healthcare Change their Names to Optum

Health Net: AppleCare Medical Group and Monarch Healthcare Change their Names to Optum

Jun 03, 2021

As of June 7, 2021, AppleCare Medical Group and Monarch Healthcare will both officially change their names to Optum.

Kaiser Permanente's New Marshall Medical Offices Now Open!

Kaiser Permanente's New Marshall Medical Offices Now Open!

May 03, 2021

The new Marshall Medical Offices on Kaiser Permanente's Redwood City campus brings over 30 departments under one roof. The spacious new building, located near their hospital, houses primary care including Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics, and specialty care such as Kaiser Permanente's Advanced Neuroscience Center.

Anthem & St. Agnes Medical Center Agree to New Multi-Year Contract

Anthem & St. Agnes Medical Center Agree to New Multi-Year Contract

Feb 26, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that St. Agnes Medical Center has rescinded its termination with an agreement to finalize a multi-year CA-Commercial Hospital Agreement (including Medicare Advantage) effective May 1, 2021. St. Agnes Medical Center is located in Fresno County.

Anthem & Marin General Hospital Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Marin General Hospital Agree to Renewal

Jan 28, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial Agreement with Marin General Hospital, located in the City of Greenbrae in Marin County.

Anthem & University of California Health System Agree to Renewal

Anthem & University of California Health System Agree to Renewal

Jan 08, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial Agreement with University of California Health System.

Anthem & Santa Clara Valley Hospital Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Santa Clara Valley Hospital Agree to Renewal

Sep 29, 2020

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial Hospital Agreement with Santa Clara Valley Hospital, located in Santa Clara County.

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Lower Aetna Vision Preferred Rates – Up to 18% Less!

Lower Aetna Vision Preferred Rates – Up to 18% Less!

Nov 24, 2021

Aetna is making it easy for your clients to look and feel good, all while paying less.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 01, 2021

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Aetna Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Aetna Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Sep 07, 2021

The Minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision of the Affordable Care Act sets minimum percentages that health plans must spend on medical costs and quality improvement activities. Insurers file reports with the federal government detailing where they met the minimum, where they didn't, and how much they will pay their insured customers in rebates.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Jul 01, 2021

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Apr 02, 2021

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Aetna Legislative Update: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by COVID

Aetna Legislative Update: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by COVID

Mar 30, 2021

Aetna is continuing to navigate the challenges from COVID-19, and they want to ensure you are up to date on changes that impact you and your clients.

Aetna: CVS HealthHUB Expansion Continues in California

Aetna: CVS HealthHUB Expansion Continues in California

Feb 24, 2021

CVS Health and Aetna set out to reimagine what the health care experience could be - they are revolutionizing community-based health care by safely connecting people to care, when and where they need it, with CVS HealthHUB.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

Jan 25, 2021

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for April 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Aetna Benefit Corrections Retroactive to 1/1/21

Aetna Benefit Corrections Retroactive to 1/1/21

Jan 25, 2021

The Department of Insurance asked Aetna to make the following benefit changes to their 2021 plans, retroactive to January 1, 2021. These changes have been made to bpQuote.

Aetna Receives Consumer Satisfaction Accolades from J.D. Power for Aetna Vision and Dental

Aetna Receives Consumer Satisfaction Accolades from J.D. Power for Aetna Vision and Dental

Dec 08, 2020

J.D. Power ranks Aetna's Vision plan first in consumer satisfaction. And Aetna's Dental plan has ranked second (up from third place in 2019).

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Premium Deferral Option for 11/1, 12/1 & 1/1 Anthem New Business

Premium Deferral Option for 11/1, 12/1 & 1/1 Anthem New Business

Nov 01, 2021

Anthem is making it easier to submit early during the peak season with their premium deferral option.

Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Nov 01, 2021

Anthem Large Group and Small Group in California are pleased to announce that Hoag is joining their Priority Select Network starting January 1, 2022.

Anthem & Redlands Community Hospital Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Redlands Community Hospital Agree to Renewal

Oct 14, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial Agreement with Redlands Community Hospital.

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 14, 2021

Anthem announced rate and plan updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Anthem & El Camino Reach New Agreement

Anthem & El Camino Reach New Agreement

Sep 24, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross has reached a new multi-year agreement with El Camino Health, comprising hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, effective October 1, 2021. El Camino Health provides services to members in the South San Francisco Bay area. Please note, El Camino Health had previously terminated their contract with Anthem Blue Cross on June 1, 2021.

Anthem Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Anthem Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Sep 03, 2021

Anthem groups and Individual members in 10 states will receive 2020 medical loss ratio (MLR) rebates this year. Anthem mailed the rebates toward the end of August. This is the second year in a row they have mailed the rebates a month earlier than the September 30th deadline.

Small Group Level Funding with Anthem & UHC

Small Group Level Funding with Anthem & UHC

Sep 02, 2021

California small groups can now get level funding quotes through Anthem Balanced Funding (ABF) and UnitedHealthcare Level Funded. With stable ACA rates, these new products to the California small group market can be an opportunity to differentiate with the right group.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

Apr 13, 2021

It’s important for people to understand their COVID-19 testing options should they need to get tested. To help you and your clients understand your options, check out Anthem's latest article on the COVID-19 Resource Center called, The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests.

Anthem & Dignity Health Reach New Agreement

Anthem & Dignity Health Reach New Agreement

Aug 17, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross has reached a new agreement with Dignity Health for all commercial products and networks including HMO, PPO and EPO. The new agreement is retroactive to July 15, 2021, which means there is no lapse in coverage.

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Jul 08, 2021

Anthem announced rate and plan updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

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Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Hoag Joins Anthem's Priority Select Network Effective 1/1/22

Nov 01, 2021

Anthem Large Group and Small Group in California are pleased to announce that Hoag is joining their Priority Select Network starting January 1, 2022.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

Apr 13, 2021

It’s important for people to understand their COVID-19 testing options should they need to get tested. To help you and your clients understand your options, check out Anthem's latest article on the COVID-19 Resource Center called, The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests.

Now Quoting January 2022 Large Group Rates!

Now Quoting January 2022 Large Group Rates!

Aug 02, 2021

We are excited to announce that B&P's large group carriers are now all quoting January 1, 2022 rates! Send your next large group RFP to B&P to get quotes for Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, and Kaiser Permanente large group plans.

Anthem Large Group: A Personalized Website Makes It Easy for Large Groups to Manage Benefits

Anthem Large Group: A Personalized Website Makes It Easy for Large Groups to Manage Benefits

Mar 31, 2021

The Employer Resource Center (ERC) is a personalized website created exclusively for each of your Large Group clients that makes it easy for them to find materials and resources about the products they’ve purchased from Anthem. Plan information and resources your clients need to help employees stay healthy and obtain the most from their benefits are all gathered in one place.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Does It Mean To Be Fully Vaccinated?

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Does It Mean To Be Fully Vaccinated?

Mar 31, 2021

As the number of fully vaccinated people grows, Anthem wants to keep you informed. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than one-fifth of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and more than one-tenth are fully vaccinated.

Anthem's New Electronic Enrollment Tool in EmployerAccess Saves Time

Anthem's New Electronic Enrollment Tool in EmployerAccess Saves Time

Mar 21, 2021

Group administrators can now view an electronic enrollment file through Anthem's new Electronic Enrollment Tool (EET) in EmployerAccess. Available in late March, this new process delivers faster results than emailed PDF forms that needed to be filled out and returned.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Coverage Options for the Unemployed

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Coverage Options for the Unemployed

Mar 21, 2021

Unemployment is an additional challenge many Americans are facing as organizations adjust to changes caused by COVID-19. Making health benefit decisions can be difficult for those who are without coverage because of unforeseen work circumstances.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: New COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Brokers

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: New COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Brokers

Mar 12, 2021

Anthem's COVID-19 Resource Center now includes a COVID-19 Response Toolkit to help you and your clients respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Experts Say About the Vaccine

Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Experts Say About the Vaccine

Mar 04, 2021

Anthem knows your clients have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and Anthem is available to help. Their latest blog article, What Do Experts Say About the Vaccine?, provides information, advice and recommendations from trusted health and medical professionals on a variety of vaccine topics. Experts from the American Medical Association (AMA), Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic weigh in on concerns about the quick development of the vaccine, post-vaccination activity, and more.

Anthem: Dental Cost Estimator Added to Find Care Tool

Anthem: Dental Cost Estimator Added to Find Care Tool

Mar 04, 2021

Anthem's Find Care member tool can now estimate dental costs for all Prime and Complete network dental plans. Members can find it through the Sydney Health app and anthem.com/ca. It’s one tool for finding a network dentist and comparing costs, locations, and office hours.

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ArmadaCare: Tax Season + Benefits = Secret Weapon

ArmadaCare: Tax Season + Benefits = Secret Weapon

May 25, 2021

It's tax season. And business owners are reminded of how much they pay. They are probably wondering how they can get more tax breaks, including on healthcare expenses.

Webinar: ArmadaCare's New Solution for CA

Webinar: ArmadaCare's New Solution for CA

Sep 11, 2019

ArmadaCare has moved beyond the C-Suite with other unique employer-paid supplemental plan options. Come find out how these plans can help solve business problems for your clients.

Ultimate Health: Examples of Innovative Benefits

Ultimate Health: Examples of Innovative Benefits

Aug 02, 2018

Many benefits address only one or two benefit categories: saving time, promoting well-being, supporting financially, or providing tax savings. Ultimate Health is a supplemental healthcare reimbursement plan designed to help companies address virtually every benefit category.

ArmadaCare: Are Executive Medical Reimbursement Plans Dead?

ArmadaCare: Are Executive Medical Reimbursement Plans Dead?

Feb 27, 2018

When you talk about an executive medical reimbursement plan, also called expense reimbursed insurance, it’s not rare to get questions like, “Is that still allowed,” or “I thought you couldn’t do that anymore?” Let’s tackle those questions and get to the bottom of it.

Introducing Ultimate Health by ArmadaCare

Introducing Ultimate Health by ArmadaCare

Oct 13, 2017

Ultimate Health by ArmadaCare is a supplemental healthcare reimbursement plan designed to help companies offer a broad range of coverage types that tailor to different life stage needs, a way to get back to 100% coverage levels, a tax-efficient compensation tool, along with health, wellness and travel support services.Ultimate Health is suitable for any size and type of company and can be added onto virtually any company base medical plan at any month of the year.

CalChoice: Sutter Health Plus Announces CVS Caremark as New PBM

CalChoice: Sutter Health Plus Announces CVS Caremark as New PBM

Nov 24, 2021

CaliforniaChoice sent the following information to brokers and groups about Sutter Health Plus and their new 2022 Pharmacy Benefit Manager, CVS Caremark®.

CalChoice Broker Summary Renewals Are Going Paperless

CalChoice Broker Summary Renewals Are Going Paperless

Nov 24, 2021

CaliforniaChoice is always looking for ways to improve and modernize their business. With that goal in mind, broker summary renewals will be paperless starting with February renewals. And you won’t miss anything! The contents of the summary renewal are included in the full renewal and available in your calchoice.com broker portal the day the renewal is issued.

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 14, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Jul 14, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced plan and rate updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

CalChoice & ChoiceBuilder Provide ARPA/COBRA Premium Assistance Updates

CalChoice & ChoiceBuilder Provide ARPA/COBRA Premium Assistance Updates

May 24, 2021

CHOICE Administrators provided an update on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) as it relates to the COBRA Premium Assistance.

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Apr 13, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced plan and rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

CalChoice Introduces New Plan Comparison Tool

CalChoice Introduces New Plan Comparison Tool

Mar 24, 2021

The new Plan Comparison Tool helps answer the question, “which option is best for me?” By telling CaliforniaChoice is a little bit about themselves, your clients can compare plans to find the one that best fits their needs.

The New CalChoice.com is Here!

The New CalChoice.com is Here!

Feb 16, 2021

You’re going to love the new calchoice.com! Log in, take a look around, and see firsthand how CalChoice has customized your experience to make managing your benefits easier than ever.

CaliforniaChoice: Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Pediatric Dental Premium Credit

CaliforniaChoice: Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Pediatric Dental Premium Credit

Feb 03, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced that Delta Dental of California has elected to credit a portion of a group's September 2020 Kaiser Permanente premium for their pediatric dental coverage. This one-time credit for all eligible members enrolled on Kaiser Permanente plans during the month of September 2020 will be applied to an eligible group's March 2021 invoice.

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

Jan 13, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced rate and benefit changes for April 1, 2021 effective dates with no underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting!

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ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 26, 2021

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Jul 06, 2021

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

CalChoice & ChoiceBuilder Provide ARPA/COBRA Premium Assistance Updates

CalChoice & ChoiceBuilder Provide ARPA/COBRA Premium Assistance Updates

May 24, 2021

CHOICE Administrators provided an update on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) as it relates to the COBRA Premium Assistance.

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Apr 13, 2021

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

ChoiceBuilder Welcomes Big Groups (up to 500 EEs!)

ChoiceBuilder Welcomes Big Groups (up to 500 EEs!)

Dec 10, 2020

For business effective March 1, 2021, ChoiceBuilder is welcoming BIG groups to their program, all the way up to 500 employees.

ChoiceBuilder: VSP Members Will Have Access to Walmart & Sam's Club in 2021

ChoiceBuilder: VSP Members Will Have Access to Walmart & Sam's Club in 2021

Dec 03, 2020

Members enrolled in VSP through ChoiceBuilder will have more options for eye exams and prescription eyewear starting in January. That’s because VSP is expanding its network to include Walmart and Sam’s Club!

ChoiceBuilder Is Updating Their Administrative Fee

ChoiceBuilder Is Updating Their Administrative Fee

Sep 01, 2020

Beginning in January 2021, the ChoiceBuilder® Administrative Fee will increase by $5 for groups with 2 – 199 employees. ChoiceBuilder had originally planned this change to go into effect in December 2020 but they have delayed it to January 2021.

ChoiceBuilder: Anthem Blue Cross COVID-19 Relief Credit

ChoiceBuilder: Anthem Blue Cross COVID-19 Relief Credit

Oct 20, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented situation affecting everyone. ChoiceBuilder®, on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross, wants to help and support their customers during this challenging time which is why Anthem Blue Cross has elected to forgive a percentage of your group’s Anthem April 2020 premium.

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

Oct 14, 2020

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate adjustments for January 1, 2021 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

ChoiceBuilder: Delta Dental Premium Holiday Will Be Included in October Invoices

ChoiceBuilder: Delta Dental Premium Holiday Will Be Included in October Invoices

Sep 08, 2020

As you focus on the well-being of your groups during this pandemic, ChoiceBuilder®, on behalf of Delta Dental, wants to help and support customers during this challenging time which is why Delta Dental has elected to provide a premium holiday for your group’s Delta Dental June 2020 premium.

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Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 14, 2021

Cigna + Oscar announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

May 20, 2021

Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Hot Selling Plans with Cigna + Oscar

Hot Selling Plans with Cigna + Oscar

Jun 22, 2021

It's warming up! Summer is here and Cigna + Oscar has some sizzling hot plans and rates. Take advantage of Cigna + Oscar’s Q4 rate hold and quote your groups early!

Cigna + Oscar Offering $10,000 Mega Bonus

Cigna + Oscar Offering $10,000 Mega Bonus

May 03, 2021

Cigna + Oscar announced a $10,000 Mega Bonus for groups with 50 or more enrolled employees. That's right - Cigna + Oscar would like to pay a $10,000 bonus for groups with 50-100 enrolled employees.

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Cigna + Oscar Offers New 2021 Bonus Program & Attractive Q2 Rates

Cigna + Oscar Offers New 2021 Bonus Program & Attractive Q2 Rates

Mar 25, 2021

Great news: Cigna + Oscar has a new bonus program to share with you. Beginning April 1, 2021 in Northern California AND Southern California you can earn $350 for every Cigna + Oscar group with four or more enrolled employees with effective dates from April 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021.

Cigna + Oscar LocalPlus Network Expansion in Northern CA

Cigna + Oscar LocalPlus Network Expansion in Northern CA

Mar 19, 2021

Great news: Cigna + Oscar has expanded their Cigna LocalPlus® network in Northern California! With 63 hospitals and more than 23,000 primary care providers and specialists, Cigna + Oscar plans offer members easy access to even more quality providers like UCSF, Stanford, John Muir and Dignity.

Cigna + Oscar Is Expanding! 9 More Rating Regions Eff 4/1/21

Cigna + Oscar Is Expanding! 9 More Rating Regions Eff 4/1/21

Feb 24, 2021

Cigna + Oscar is expanding to 9 additional rating regions effective April 1, 2021.

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

Feb 02, 2021

Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for April 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Cigna + Oscar Receives DOI Approval!

Cigna + Oscar Receives DOI Approval!

Jan 04, 2021

Cigna + Oscar received approval for their 2021 plans and rates from the California Department of Insurance!

Cigna + Oscar Targeting December 1st Release Date

Cigna + Oscar Targeting December 1st Release Date

Sep 08, 2020

Cigna + Oscar is working with the California Department of Insurance to approve their rates and plans. Cigna + Oscar was originally targeting an October 1, 2020 release but they are now looking to begin quoting effective December 1, 2020.

Introducing Cigna + Oscar!

Introducing Cigna + Oscar!

Aug 03, 2020

We are excited to announce the addition of Cigna + Oscar to the Beere&Purves small group portfolio beginning with October 1, 2020 effective dates. As your business partner, we continue to make sure you have access to carriers that will help you meet the needs of your clients and their employees, and Cigna + Oscar does exactly that!

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 22, 2021

Covered California for Small Business announced rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

CCSB: How Employers Can Get Registration Link for MyCCSB.com

CCSB: How Employers Can Get Registration Link for MyCCSB.com

Sep 27, 2021

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is asking brokers to help employers gain access to the new MyCCSB.com online portal, allowing them to pay their invoices and perform other important functions.

Health Net CCSB Plan Closure Notices for 2022

Health Net CCSB Plan Closure Notices for 2022

Sep 24, 2021

After careful consideration, Health Net is closing 6 Covered California for Small Business group plans and will be sending plan closure letters to impacted groups and members.

CCSB Expanded Coverage Options! New 3 & 4 Metal Tiers!

CCSB Expanded Coverage Options! New 3 & 4 Metal Tiers!

Sep 13, 2021

Covered CA for Small Business (CCSB) is excited to announce their expanded coverage options, including 3 contiguous metal tier and 4 metal tier options now available for new and renewing employer groups starting with a coverage effective date of October 2021.

MyCCSB.com Portal Enhancements Launching September 1st

MyCCSB.com Portal Enhancements Launching September 1st

Aug 31, 2021

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 1st to log in and explore MyCCSB.com. With NEW portal enhancements you'll be able to view real-time payments, submit employee enrollments, changes, and terminations - all from the convenience of your MyCCSB.com Agent account.

MyCCSB.com Scheduled Blackout Period for Upcoming Plan Enhancements

MyCCSB.com Scheduled Blackout Period for Upcoming Plan Enhancements

Aug 06, 2021

As part of the upcoming portal enhancements, MyCCSB.com will have a scheduled blackout period starting August 20th and ending on September 1st, 2021. During this period, MyCCSB.com will be inaccessible, and you may experience a delay in processing as they complete these system upgrades.

CCSB: New Portal Enhancements for Agents Coming Soon!

CCSB: New Portal Enhancements for Agents Coming Soon!

Jul 07, 2021

Covered CA for Small Business is making managing your account online even easier! MyCCSB.com Portal Enhancements will include...

CCSB Portal: Terminations Temporarily Unavailable

CCSB Portal: Terminations Temporarily Unavailable

Jun 25, 2021

Covered California for Small Business is currently enhancing the CCSB portal. However, during this process CCSB has disabled the ability to terminate employees online.

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2021

Jun 23, 2021

Covered California for Small Business announced rate updates for October 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

ASKCCSB: Contributions with Group Reference Plan

ASKCCSB: Contributions with Group Reference Plan

Jun 22, 2021

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) sent the below ASKCCSB newsletter to Employer Groups on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

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Delta Dental Announces DeltaVision!

Delta Dental Announces DeltaVision!

Nov 24, 2021

Delta Dental announced the launch of their new DeltaVision product effective January 1, 2022. Below is some additional resources to help you hit the ground running with this exciting new offering for 2022!

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 08, 2021

Delta Dental announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates, rates are available for quoting.

Delta Dental Insider Update for September/October 2021

Delta Dental Insider Update for September/October 2021

Sep 28, 2021

Delta Dental provided news and updates for brokers regarding a variety of topics.

Delta Dental: Make Dental Care Fun for Kids

Delta Dental: Make Dental Care Fun for Kids

Sep 24, 2021

Do you want a fun way to teach kids about foundational dental habits? The annual issue of Grin! for Kids is out!

Delta Dental Insider Update

Delta Dental Insider Update

Aug 31, 2021

Delta Dental provided news and updates for Delta Dental brokers.

Delta Dental Announces Broker Rewards Program & Dashboard

Delta Dental Announces Broker Rewards Program & Dashboard

May 12, 2021

Delta Dental is introducing a new broker rewards program for new business sales and inforce business retention.

Delta Dental Grin! Spring 2021 E-Magazine Now Available

Delta Dental Grin! Spring 2021 E-Magazine Now Available

Apr 21, 2021

Delta Dental's Grin! e-magazine for Spring of 2021 is now available on their website.

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Delta Dental announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2021 effective dates, rates are available for quoting.

Delta Dental's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Delta Dental's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 23, 2020

Delta Dental's goal is to provide their customers with beneficial and meaningful financial support, highlighted by the following support for all of their small business program customers.

Allied Benefit Suite: Equitable Changes Effective 6/1/20

Allied Benefit Suite: Equitable Changes Effective 6/1/20

Jun 18, 2020

The Allied Benefit Suite announced that the Equitable Life rates will be changing effective June 1, 2020. They are now allowing groups of all sizes to get custom Life/AD&D quotes, which can save up to 50% off the shelf rate.

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EMPLOYERS's Coronavirus Response and Updates

EMPLOYERS's Coronavirus Response and Updates

Mar 20, 2020

EMPLOYERS provided updates regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and what it means for their clients.

EMPLOYERS: The Small Business Resource Center Now Available

EMPLOYERS: The Small Business Resource Center Now Available

Nov 27, 2019

Exclusive news and information to help your clients manage and grow their small businesses.

EMPLOYERS: Now Offering Online Premium Audits

EMPLOYERS: Now Offering Online Premium Audits

May 30, 2019

EMPLOYERS recently unveiled several automation enhancements that provide you with more self-service tools right at your fingertips. Their latest investment in technology allows your clients to quickly and easily submit their premium audits online!

EMPLOYERS: $100 Spring into Action Incentive

EMPLOYERS: $100 Spring into Action Incentive

Apr 01, 2019

It’s time to spring into action — earn a $100 gift card for every four new small business workers’ compensation policies bound with EMPLOYERS in the next four months!

Employers: Changes to California Coverage Exclusions for New and Renewal Policies Effective July 1, 2018 or Later

Employers: Changes to California Coverage Exclusions for New and Renewal Policies Effective July 1, 2018 or Later

Jun 04, 2018

Recent changes to California law (SB189) will require the following attention.

EMPLOYERS: Pick Your Prize Promo

EMPLOYERS: Pick Your Prize Promo

Dec 04, 2017

Earn a $100 gift card* for every 3 new small business workers' compensation policies bound with EMPLOYERS.​​Small business is defined as below $25,000 estimated annual premium Incentive period includes new policies bound December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018 Earn up to a maximum of $400​Login to ​EACCESS for a full list of small business classes and start quoting today!*This promotion is only offered to select licensed and appointed EMPLOYERS agencies.

EMPLOYERS: Now Doing Business in Louisiana

EMPLOYERS: Now Doing Business in Louisiana

Dec 08, 2017

EMPLOYERS is now writing workers' compensation insurance in Louisiana. In addition to competitive rates and effective services, appointed agents also have access to instant online quoting through EACCESS ®— EMPLOYERS' online quoting system. EACCESS provides the ability to quickly and easily submit and quote new business (including multi-state policies) in numerous, targeted class codes.

Workers' Compensation: 4% of Premium Assessments for 2018

Workers' Compensation: 4% of Premium Assessments for 2018

Dec 04, 2017

Workers' Comp Executive​November 30, 2017California employers – be they insured or self-insured – will be paying more to fund the state’s workers’ comp system next year. Insured employers will be paying nearly 4% of premium – a 28% overall increase for assessments over 2017 – while the rate for self-insured employers is up nearly 17%.

EMPLOYERS: Named Insureds on Workers' Compensation Policies

EMPLOYERS: Named Insureds on Workers' Compensation Policies

Nov 09, 2017

Most policy management problems, including coverage and premium audit issues, arise from discrepancies related to how Named Insureds are listed on policies. A Named Insured is a legal entity that EMPLOYERS® has agreed to cover and has been endorsed onto a policy. To help avoid problems, it is important that at the time of application, you confirm the following for each Named Insured: ​The accurate legal entity name is listed on the application (the legal entity name would be the name used in the execution of official business documents, such as IRS filings and business licenses.

EMPLOYERS: 4 Things You Need to Know About Work Comp Premium Audit

EMPLOYERS: 4 Things You Need to Know About Work Comp Premium Audit

Oct 03, 2017

​Premium audits are required by the insurance carrier and are typically routine and relatively quick. At the end of your annual policy period, a final premium audit is conducted to determine if you paid the appropriate amount for your workers' compensation insurance based on your actual payroll, operations and job classifications.

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Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2022

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2022

Sep 17, 2021

Guardian announced rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2021

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2021

Oct 01, 2020

Guardian announced rate updates for January 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder Election Update

Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder Election Update

Sep 17, 2020

As a reminder, Guardian introduced the Guardian Pandemic Support Program* to help your clients with fully-insured Guardian dental and vision plans be able to manage costs by choosing either a premium credit or extended rate guarantee.**

Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder

Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder

Jul 27, 2020

Guardian recently introduced the Guardian Pandemic Support Program* to help your clients manage costs and provide employees with affordable, uninterrupted access to dental care as practices reopen for elective treatments.

Guardian Financial Support and Benefit Enhancements for Dental and Vision Customers

Guardian Financial Support and Benefit Enhancements for Dental and Vision Customers

May 20, 2020

Guardian has heard directly from many of you about how significantly the pandemic has impacted employers and their members’ ability to receive dental care.

Guardian WorkLifeMatters EAP Small Business COVID-19 Action Center Now Available

Guardian WorkLifeMatters EAP Small Business COVID-19 Action Center Now Available

Apr 22, 2020

Currently, 92% of small business owners are reporting a moderate to very high level of stress at this time, yet over 70% are still optimistic about the future. Guardian is committed to providing their small businesses customers with the support they need to help navigate the challenges of this unprecedented time.

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2020

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2020

Nov 18, 2019

Guardian announced rate updates for January 1, 2020 effective dates with some changes to underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

EaseCentral Partners with Guardian

EaseCentral Partners with Guardian

Mar 01, 2019

EaseCentral, the leading HR and benefits SaaS platform powered by insurance brokers, has announced an integration with insurance provider The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®, (Guardian).

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2019

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2019

Oct 31, 2018

Guardian has announced rate and underwriting adjustments for January 1, 2019 effective dates with no benefit changes. Rates are available for quoting!

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2018

Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2018

Sep 05, 2017

Guardian has announced rate adjustments for January 1, 2018 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting! ​​RATES Average Increase: <1%CONTRACT UPDATEB&P can now write groups up to 99 lives! Groups will fewer than 51 employees can continue to be quoted in bpQuote. For groups of 51-99, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team.

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Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2022

Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2022

Nov 24, 2021

Commercial Small and Large Group Certificate of Insurance (COI) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) booklets, with the effective date of January 1, 2022 and later, will contain the updates as shown in the Notice of Changes links below. This Notice reflects Health Net of California and Health Net Life Insurance Company’s (Health Net) compliance with new laws and regulatory requirements. It also addresses Health Net administrative changes.

Health Net Announces New 2022 Bonus Programs

Health Net Announces New 2022 Bonus Programs

Nov 22, 2021

Health Net announced new 2022 broker bonuses for both Small and Large groups business.

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Sep 28, 2021

Health Net announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022. Rates are available for quoting!

Health Net Pharmacy Creditability: Employer Required Notice to Employees

Health Net Pharmacy Creditability: Employer Required Notice to Employees

Sep 17, 2021

Health Net is mailing an important reminder to employer groups about a CMS notice they must provide their employees by October 15, 2021: Pharmacy plan creditable coverage.

Health Net Finalizes 2020 Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Results

Health Net Finalizes 2020 Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Results

Aug 31, 2021

Health Net provider an update on their 2020 MLR. Small Group Clients who had Health Net of California, Inc. HMO plans in 2020 will receive a rebate of a portion of the premium as required under the ACA.

Heal Visits No Longer Available to Health Net Members as of 9/1/21

Heal Visits No Longer Available to Health Net Members as of 9/1/21

Aug 19, 2021

Heal, a provider of home-visit care and telemedicine, will no longer be available to Health Net members effective September 1, 2021.

Health Net's EOB 2.0 Makes Understanding Healthcare Costs Easier

Health Net's EOB 2.0 Makes Understanding Healthcare Costs Easier

Aug 17, 2021

At Health Net, they know that health coverage can be confusing for members - but it's important to understand. That's why they've improved their EOB and are telling members about it!

Health Net New Branding Signals More for Californians

Health Net New Branding Signals More for Californians

Aug 06, 2021

Californians count on Health Net, and they have for more than 40 years. Health Net's refreshed look aligns them more closely with Centene, their Fortune 50 parent company. This lets Californians look forward to an even stronger mix of home-grown expertise and national best practices to help product better health outcomes.

Health Net: Award Winning Customer Support for Your Clients

Health Net: Award Winning Customer Support for Your Clients

Jul 27, 2021

Thanks to your clients – for 2021 - Forrester recognized Health Net as #1 in customer service, nationally, in the health insurance payer segment. This is a direct reflection of Health Net’s commitment to you, your clients - and Health Net's efforts over the past few years to improve all member touch points.

Health Net Provides Clarification on ARPA 2nd Chance and CalCOBRA

Health Net Provides Clarification on ARPA 2nd Chance and CalCOBRA

Jul 21, 2021

This is a clarification that ARPA eligibility is limited to Cal-COBRA members who are currently in a Cal-COBRA plan or are within their election period of 60 days from the loss of group health coverage.

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What is CalSavers?

What is CalSavers?

Apr 17, 2020

With upcoming registration deadlines approaching for CalSavers, you are probably hearing a lot about California’s retirement savings program.

California State-Mandated Retirement Plans

California State-Mandated Retirement Plans

Sep 23, 2019

Employers in California with 5 or more employees will be required to offer a qualified retirement savings plan starting as early as 2020, or face financial penalties.

Introducing Human Interest

Introducing Human Interest

May 07, 2019

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Human Interest as our preferred retirement plan provider!

Kaiser Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Kaiser Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 06, 2021

Kaiser announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Kaiser Permanente: Workforce Vaccine Policy Toolkit & Vaccine Booster Shots Update

Kaiser Permanente: Workforce Vaccine Policy Toolkit & Vaccine Booster Shots Update

Sep 28, 2021

Kaiser Permanente provided information on their workforce vaccine policy toolkit, COVID testing, and vaccine booster shot updates.

Kaiser Permanente Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Kaiser Permanente Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Sep 07, 2021

As part of the Affordable Care Act, health plan issuers are required to report their medical benefit ratios (MBRs) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on an annual basis. A medical benefit ratio, also known as a medical loss ratio, is the amount of premium revenue spent on medical care and services in a given year.

Kaiser Permanente: Small Group Online Renewals, Managing Stress, and Connected Care

Kaiser Permanente: Small Group Online Renewals, Managing Stress, and Connected Care

Aug 31, 2021

Kaiser Permanente provided information about future small group renewals, tools and resources for members to help manage stress, and the value of Kaiser Permanente's connected care model.

Kaiser Permanente: News & Resources to Help You Engage in the Market

Kaiser Permanente: News & Resources to Help You Engage in the Market

Jun 03, 2021

Kaiser Permanente provided two flyers to help members understand what their options are when they are traveling in another Kaiser Permanente service area and about Kaiser Permanente's enhanced pharmacy benefits experience.

Kaiser Permanente: American Rescue Plan COBRA Information

Kaiser Permanente: American Rescue Plan COBRA Information

May 27, 2021

The recent American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) includes new COBRA continuation coverage election, notice, and premium assistance requirements that may affect your clients’ COBRA administration. The premium assistance will be 100% of the total cost of federal COBRA and/or Cal-COBRA health coverage and will be available for eligible individuals starting April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. To facilitate the new ARP requirements, there are certain actions for your clients and Kaiser Permanente to take based on how federal COBRA and/or Cal-COBRA is currently billed.

Kaiser Permanente's New Marshall Medical Offices Now Open!

Kaiser Permanente's New Marshall Medical Offices Now Open!

May 03, 2021

The new Marshall Medical Offices on Kaiser Permanente's Redwood City campus brings over 30 departments under one roof. The spacious new building, located near their hospital, houses primary care including Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics, and specialty care such as Kaiser Permanente's Advanced Neuroscience Center.

Kaiser: Information on the American Rescue Plan Act

Kaiser: Information on the American Rescue Plan Act

Apr 12, 2021

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the most recent COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This COVID-19 relief package covers a wide range of issues and includes new COBRA continuation coverage election, notice, and premium assistance requirements.

Kaiser Rolls Out A New, Upgraded Online Experience For Employers & Brokers

Kaiser Rolls Out A New, Upgraded Online Experience For Employers & Brokers

Apr 02, 2021

Kaiser is excited to announce the launch of their new site. The updated employer/broker site at account.kp.org includes a fresh design and an intuitive site navigation so visitors could get where they needed to go.

New Website Makes Finding Small-Business Resources Easier

New Website Makes Finding Small-Business Resources Easier

Mar 31, 2021

The Resilience Compass streamlines the search for funding, training, workforce management, and strategy resources to help organizations recover from the pandemic.

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MetLife: 19th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study

MetLife: 19th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study

Sep 28, 2021

For globally-mobile employees, it has been an exceptionally stressful year, compared to their domestic peers. However, globally-mobile employees are more engaged with their benefits and report higher satisfaction.

How to Deliver Dental Solutions that Stand Out for Small Business

How to Deliver Dental Solutions that Stand Out for Small Business

Jul 26, 2021

Dental benefits are a highly visible part of an employer’s benefits program. Seven in ten employees consider their dental coverage to be a must-have benefit.¹ And with each visit to the dentist, they’re evaluating the value of the plan, the savings, and the provider network.

MetLife: Driving Resiliency Among the Critical Healthcare Workforce

MetLife: Driving Resiliency Among the Critical Healthcare Workforce

Jul 15, 2021

Over the last year and a half, healthcare workers have faced an immense amount of pressure. Now, even as these employees recover, they continue to navigate pandemic-related concerns in all aspects of their lives – and they need employer support now more than ever.

MetLife Life, Disability & EAP: Solutions to Meet Evolving Benefits Needs

MetLife Life, Disability & EAP: Solutions to Meet Evolving Benefits Needs

Jul 07, 2021

Employee benefits programs are set to play a pivotal role as employees take a fresh look at the protection and financial security their benefits options can provide. 62 percent of employees think benefits are more important because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And 78 percent want benefits that work together to protect their physical, financial, mental, and social well-being.

MetLife: The Pandemic has Changed the Workforce Forever

MetLife: The Pandemic has Changed the Workforce Forever

Apr 12, 2021

Over the last year, the world and the workforce have changed in unprecedented ways. Now, MetLife is sharing the workforce trends that are impacting brokers, their clients and other employers.

MetLife: 4 Reasons Pet Insurance Makes Sense for Employees

MetLife: 4 Reasons Pet Insurance Makes Sense for Employees

Mar 21, 2021

For many people, pets are more than a furry distraction—they’re important members of the family. And keeping them healthy and happy is a top priority for maintaining the pet’s quality of life. But even one unexpected trip to the vet can wreak havoc on an employee’s personal finances.

MetLife: Small Business Employees Deserve a Range of Benefits Choices

MetLife: Small Business Employees Deserve a Range of Benefits Choices

Feb 02, 2021

2020 was a roller coaster of challenges for small business owners. Navigating the impact of the pandemic meant most had to pivot and, in many cases, make hard choices to survive and succeed. Through all the ups and downs, small business employees were right there with their employers. The close-knit employer-to-employee relationships are the foundation of American small businesses. According to MetLife’s 18th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study research in 2020, seven in ten small business employers believe they have a responsibility for their employees’ well-being.¹ And, despite budget concerns, they’re looking for options to enhance their benefits programs.

MetLife Announces Rate Holds for Dental and Vision for 99 or Fewer Employees

MetLife Announces Rate Holds for Dental and Vision for 99 or Fewer Employees

Jan 08, 2021

At MetLife, brokers and customers are their top priority. As such, they want to help their mutual small business customers who may be facing challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MetLife Completes Acquisition of Versant Health

MetLife Completes Acquisition of Versant Health

Jan 06, 2021

MetLife announced that they have completed their acquisition of Versant Health, owner of the well-established brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision. MetLife expects to complete the integration of Versant Health's Davis Vision and Superior Vision into their product portfolio by the end of 2021.

Multi-Product Plans Empower Businesses to Offer More While Spending Less

Multi-Product Plans Empower Businesses to Offer More While Spending Less

Jan 05, 2021

The consequences of the pandemic continue to impact small businesses, as they try to support employees while also navigating economic uncertainty. According to the most recent MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index, 78% of small business owners view the current economic situation as average to somewhat poor or very poor.

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Principal Provides ARPA COBRA Subsidy Guidance to Groups

Principal Provides ARPA COBRA Subsidy Guidance to Groups

May 03, 2021

Principal sent an email to brokers and groups last week regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021's (ARPA) COBRA subsidy, including versions for states that offer state continuation benefits. These letters went to Principal clients with dental and/or vision insurance with Principal.

Principal Available Down to 2 Lives Effective 5/1/21!

Principal Available Down to 2 Lives Effective 5/1/21!

Apr 13, 2021

Principal has exciting news to share. Beginning with May 1, 2021 effective dates, Principal will be able to quote down to 2 lives! Their updated guidelines are:

Principal Updates & Reminders for New & Renewing Groups

Principal Updates & Reminders for New & Renewing Groups

Jul 06, 2020

Principal shared some important updates and reminders that will benefit both new and current Principal business.

Principal Dental Premium Credit & Personal Protective Equipment Payment

Principal Dental Premium Credit & Personal Protective Equipment Payment

May 06, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s lives – including trips to the dentist. Most dental offices have been temporarily closed for non-emergency services. And Principal understands employers and their employees have had limited use of their dental benefits.

Principal Offering 2020 Bonuses for Production & Persistency

Principal Offering 2020 Bonuses for Production & Persistency

Feb 26, 2020

Increase your earning potential by working with Principal. Place new business and retain business with Principal, and you may be eligible for their group benefit bonus programs.

Principal's 2020 Open Enrollment Enhancements

Principal's 2020 Open Enrollment Enhancements

Nov 18, 2019

Principal has made some enhancements to their open enrollment guidelines effective 2020.

Principal: Free EAP Services for Those Impacted by Fires

Principal: Free EAP Services for Those Impacted by Fires

Nov 04, 2019

Principal's EAP vendor, Magellan, is offering free services to anyone who needs some support due to the wildfires in California.

New Principal Promotions Through January 1, 2020

New Principal Promotions Through January 1, 2020

Aug 16, 2019

Principal is giving you even more reasons to sell dental only or bundled coverages! Promotion is available for groups through January 1, 2020.

Increase Revenue with Broker Bonuses!

Increase Revenue with Broker Bonuses!

Feb 19, 2019

CaliforniaChoice, Covered CA for Small Business, Principal, and UnitedHealthcare all have 2019 bonus programs for specific effective dates. Click on the hyperlinks below each carrier to see the full details and program rules.

Principal 2019 Production & Persistency Bonus Programs!

Principal 2019 Production & Persistency Bonus Programs!

Feb 04, 2019

Increase your earning potential by working with Principal. Place new business and retain business with Principal, and you may be eligible for their group benefit bonus programs.

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UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, Vision Provider Nominations

UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, Vision Provider Nominations

Nov 24, 2021

UHC provided three important updates on their Specialty products, including updates on their Dental Rate Cap, Hearing Benefits, and Vision Provider Nominations.

UHC Extends Second Year Dental Rate Cap

UHC Extends Second Year Dental Rate Cap

Nov 01, 2021

Help your customers get a 5% second year rate cap when they add a dental plan by December 31, 2022.

Apple Fitness+ Now Available for UHC Fully Insured Members

Apple Fitness+ Now Available for UHC Fully Insured Members

Nov 01, 2021

UnitedHealthcare and Apple have partnered together to provide all Fully Insured members 12 months of Apple Fitness+ at no cost to the member or the group ($79.99 value).

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Oct 14, 2021

UHC announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2022 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

UHC Specialty Updates: ID Cards, SmileDirectClub, and Dental COBs

UHC Specialty Updates: ID Cards, SmileDirectClub, and Dental COBs

Sep 30, 2021

UHC provided three important updates on their Specialty products, including updates on their digital dental ID cards, SmileDirectClub, and dental COBs.

UHC Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

UHC Provides Update on 2020 MLR Rebates

Sep 07, 2021

The Minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision requires insurers to report plan costs for the purpose of calculating the insurers' medical loss ratio (the percentage of insurance premium dollars spent on reimbursement for clinical services and activities to improve health care quality).

UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Value Prop, Specialty For Level Funded

UHC Specialty Updates: Rate Cap, Value Prop, Specialty For Level Funded

Aug 31, 2021

UHC provided three important updates on their Specialty products, including updates on their Dental Rate Cap, Dental Value Proposition, and Specialty Benefits with their new Level Funded product in California.

Small Group Level Funding with Anthem & UHC

Small Group Level Funding with Anthem & UHC

Sep 02, 2021

California small groups can now get level funding quotes through Anthem Balanced Funding (ABF) and UnitedHealthcare Level Funded. With stable ACA rates, these new products to the California small group market can be an opportunity to differentiate with the right group.

UHC Level Funded Product Now Available to Quote!

UHC Level Funded Product Now Available to Quote!

Aug 02, 2021

UnitedHealthcare is bringing their Level Funded product to the California small group market! Quoting for UHC Level Funded is now available for November 1, 2021 effective dates. A separate appointment with UHC Level Funded is required.

BenefitHub Discounts Available for UHC Dental & Vision Members

BenefitHub Discounts Available for UHC Dental & Vision Members

Jul 13, 2021

With a UnitedHealthcare dental or vision plan, employees have access to BenefitHub, an online marketplace with discount offers on services and products focused on health and well-being.

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VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2022

Jul 29, 2021

VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31st, 2022, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

VSP Provides ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy Update

VSP Provides ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy Update

Jun 14, 2021

At VSP the wellbeing of their clients, members, partners, and VSP network doctors is at the heart of everything they do. They are available to help members access the vision care they need, when they need it most. As you’ve likely already heard, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides temporary premium assistance for continuation of coverage for qualified individuals who lost their coverage due to COVID-19 through tax credits for employers and insurance carriers, as appropriate. The premium assistance will be available from April 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

Oct 01, 2020

VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31st, 2021, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

VSP Offering Rate Pass for 8/1/20 through 3/1/21 Renewals

VSP Offering Rate Pass for 8/1/20 through 3/1/21 Renewals

May 07, 2020

VSP Vision Care is committed to doing all they can to help you and your clients navigate through the uncertainty, as we move toward recovery.

VSP Reaches Agreement to Acquire Visionworks

VSP Reaches Agreement to Acquire Visionworks

Sep 18, 2019

After an 11-year partnership, VSP has reached an agreement to acquire Visionworks, a full-service optical retailer.

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2020

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2020

Sep 17, 2019

VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31st, 2020, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2019

VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2019

Oct 09, 2018

VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31, 2019, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting.

VSP: $5,000 Sweepstakes

VSP: $5,000 Sweepstakes

Oct 03, 2018

When your employees create an account on vsp.com, they'll get the most out of their VSP benefit and be eligible to win a $5,000 shopping spree.

VSP: Extra $40 To Spend on Select Frames

VSP: Extra $40 To Spend on Select Frames

Sep 14, 2018

Now through January 31, eligible VSP® Vision Care members get an extra $40 to spend on bebe, Cole Haan, Flexon®, and Salvatore Ferragamo frames.

VSP EasyOptions for Groups Enrolling 50 or More Employees

VSP EasyOptions for Groups Enrolling 50 or More Employees

Aug 16, 2018

VSP has a new EasyOptions package for groups enrolling 50 or more employees that allows each employee to select a covered upgrade after they receive their prescription from their VSP network doctor.

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