News & Updates

Kaiser Permanente: Family Glitch Rule Change, Virtual Care, and More

Kaiser Permanente: Family Glitch Rule Change, Virtual Care, and More

Mar 20, 2023

Kaiser Permanente's most recent Broker Briefing provided important updates for brokers about the individual, small group, and large group markets.

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Mar 20, 2023

Health Net provided an update that the PrimeCare Medical Group of Chino Valley (PPG # 741/1252) contract termination has now been delayed to June 1, 2023.

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Mar 20, 2023

Great news! Health Net of California, Inc. (Health Net) has reached an agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic (PPG # 2946) to continue to be contracted with Health Net for all products that participate with Riverside Medical Clinic. Health Net has reached a two-year agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic though April 2025.

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Mar 20, 2023

Anthem is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement effective March 1, 2023, with Desert Valley Hospital located in San Bernardino County.

Health Net Large Group Targets Several Industries in 2023

Health Net Large Group Targets Several Industries in 2023

Mar 20, 2023

Health Net has targeted several industries that not only have specific needs that are uniquely addressed by Health Net's value proposition but where they've also built successful long term relationships with significant blocks of business.

Data Collection (RxDC) Requirement for All Aetna Small Group Plan Sponsors

Data Collection (RxDC) Requirement for All Aetna Small Group Plan Sponsors

Mar 01, 2023

Aetna Small Groups must complete Aetna RxDC Plan Sponsor Data Collection Form by 4/1/23. Failure to respond will mean your clients will need to submit the information directly to CMS by 6/1/23.

Anthem RxDC Form Deadline Extended to 3/24/23

Anthem RxDC Form Deadline Extended to 3/24/23

Mar 15, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross has extended the deadline for fully-insured employers to complete their 2023 Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Submission online form to March 24, 2023. The previous deadline was March 1, 2023.

New Required Ethics One-Hour Study on Insurance Fraud

New Required Ethics One-Hour Study on Insurance Fraud

Mar 13, 2023

The following information was sent from California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara regarding a new requirement for a one hour of study on insurance fraud as part of the prelicensing education for new applicants and continuing education requirements for licensed agents and brokers. Please review the entire message to ensure you satisfy the new education requirements in effect as of March 1, 2023.

Kaiser Permanente: Employer RxDC Form Completion Required by April 3, 2023

Kaiser Permanente: Employer RxDC Form Completion Required by April 3, 2023

Mar 10, 2023

As part of pharmacy reporting under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, Kaiser Permanente is required to submit information on prescription drugs and healthcare spending to CMS. Please make sure your groups submit their information to Kaiser Permanente by filling out this form by April 3, 2023.

Ease’s 2023 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Ease’s 2023 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Mar 06, 2023

Pulled from a year’s worth of benefits decisions in Ease — featuring trends from the past three years — the 2023 SMB Benefits and Employee Insights Report helps brokers and agencies benchmark.

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Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

2023 Updates with B&P

2023 Updates with B&P

Oct 19, 2022

You have 4 valuable opportunities to join the B&P Sales Team to learn about the changes going into effect on January 1, 2023 for B&P carrier partners.

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Aug 01, 2022

All Q4 2022 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Small Group Medical Renewal Release Dates

Small Group Medical Renewal Release Dates

Jul 22, 2022

Anticipated renewal release dates for B&P medical carrier partners are outlined in the table below.

Post Approval Reminders

Post Approval Reminders

Jan 03, 2022

Don't forget to review the items listed below before the end of your group's effective month. Employers only have until the end of their effective month to request changes, any change after will require an exception and may not be approved retroactively.

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.

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bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 2/11

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 2/11

Feb 08, 2023

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 3 AM to 8 AM PST on Saturday, February 11th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

bpQuote Rolls Out 4 New Enhancements

bpQuote Rolls Out 4 New Enhancements

Feb 07, 2023

bpQuote has rolled out four new enhancements to the quote engine. These enhancements will make it easier to filter, sort, and export information.

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 11/12

bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 11/12

Nov 09, 2022

HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 3 AM to 8 AM PST on Saturday, November 12th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Aug 01, 2022

All Q4 2022 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

bpQuote Enhances Employee Worksheet ACA Plan Selection

bpQuote Enhances Employee Worksheet ACA Plan Selection

Apr 25, 2022

bpQuote has rolled out an enhancement to the Employee Worksheets ACA report that allows the user to easily select the same plans from other reports without having to reselect them once the Carrier Package is chosen.

bpQuote Adds Carrier Filter to Benefits & Table Rates Reports

bpQuote Adds Carrier Filter to Benefits & Table Rates Reports

Feb 28, 2022

bpQuote has rolled out an enhancement to the Benefits & Table Rates Report section at the front of the quote engine that allows you to filter to a specific carrier if desired. You can also select "All" to show all plans for available based on the effective date and the plan type radio button options.

bpQuote Adds New Edit Census Sort Option

bpQuote Adds New Edit Census Sort Option

Feb 28, 2022

bpQuote has rolled out an enhancement that will make it easier to find existing employees in a large census.

bpQuote Adds Infertility Filter to Medical Plan Selection Page

bpQuote Adds Infertility Filter to Medical Plan Selection Page

Dec 23, 2021

bpQuote has rolled out an enhancement to the quote engine to allow you to filter to plans with or without infertility coverage.

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.

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New Required Ethics One-Hour Study on Insurance Fraud

New Required Ethics One-Hour Study on Insurance Fraud

Mar 13, 2023

The following information was sent from California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara regarding a new requirement for a one hour of study on insurance fraud as part of the prelicensing education for new applicants and continuing education requirements for licensed agents and brokers. Please review the entire message to ensure you satisfy the new education requirements in effect as of March 1, 2023.

Ease’s 2023 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Ease’s 2023 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Mar 06, 2023

Pulled from a year’s worth of benefits decisions in Ease — featuring trends from the past three years — the 2023 SMB Benefits and Employee Insights Report helps brokers and agencies benchmark.

Biden Administration Ending COVID-19 National Emergency and Public Health Emergency Effective May 11, 2023

Biden Administration Ending COVID-19 National Emergency and Public Health Emergency Effective May 11, 2023

Feb 07, 2023

The Biden Administration announced on January 30, 2023, that it will end the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. These emergencies were set to expire on March 1 and April 11 respectively, but they will now extend to May 11 to allow a wind-down period as they had previously committed to.

CAA Sec. 204 Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC)

CAA Sec. 204 Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC)

Dec 30, 2022

Section 204 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) requires insurance companies and employer-based health plans to submit information about prescription drugs to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

IRS Extends Certain ACA Reporting Deadlines

IRS Extends Certain ACA Reporting Deadlines

Dec 29, 2022

On December 15, 2022, the IRS released a final rule permanently extending the ACA deadlines for furnishing forms to individuals by 30 days. This means the next deadline, which is for the 2022 plan year, for furnishing forms to individuals will be March 2, 2023, as opposed to January 31, 2023.

Family Glitch Final Rule Overview

Family Glitch Final Rule Overview

Dec 05, 2022

The IRS recently issued final regulations that revise how employer-sponsored affordability is calculated for a family regarding their eligibility for the premium tax credit for Marketplace coverage.

New Law Requires Licensees to Include Their License Number on Emails

New Law Requires Licensees to Include Their License Number on Emails

Dec 05, 2022

The following information was sent from California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara regarding a new law that requires licensees to include their license number on emails. Please review the entire message to ensure you are in compliance with the new law beginning January 1, 2023.

Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosure Deadline is 10/14

Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosure Deadline is 10/14

Sep 08, 2022

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.

2023 Annual HSA Limits Announced

2023 Annual HSA Limits Announced

May 04, 2022

The IRS has released the 2023 annual HSA contribution limits as well as the HDHP deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits. The tables below show the 2022 and 2023 amounts with the year-over-year changes.

Ease’s 2022 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Ease’s 2022 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

Mar 07, 2022

Help your clients make smart decisions instead of gut decisions by downloading the 2022 SMB Benefits and Employee Insights Report.

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Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Mar 20, 2023

Health Net provided an update that the PrimeCare Medical Group of Chino Valley (PPG # 741/1252) contract termination has now been delayed to June 1, 2023.

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Mar 20, 2023

Great news! Health Net of California, Inc. (Health Net) has reached an agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic (PPG # 2946) to continue to be contracted with Health Net for all products that participate with Riverside Medical Clinic. Health Net has reached a two-year agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic though April 2025.

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Mar 20, 2023

Anthem is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement effective March 1, 2023, with Desert Valley Hospital located in San Bernardino County.

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Feb 28, 2023

Effective May 1, 2023, Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley PPG will no longer be a part of the following Health Net networks across their Commercial lines of business:

UnitedHealthcare Renews Network Relationship with Community Medical Centers

UnitedHealthcare Renews Network Relationship with Community Medical Centers

Jan 24, 2023

UnitedHealthcare and Community Medical Centers (CMC) have reached a multi-year agreement that ensures UnitedHealthcare’s members enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual commercial plans, as well as Medicare Advantage and Group Retiree plans, have access to the following CMC hospitals and facilities in the Fresno region...

Anthem & Community Memorial Health System Renew Commercial & Medicare Agreement

Anthem & Community Memorial Health System Renew Commercial & Medicare Agreement

Jan 17, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial and Medicare agreement with Community Memorial Health System, comprising the below-referenced hospitals...

Anthem & Scripps Health Plan Services Renew HMO Agreements

Anthem & Scripps Health Plan Services Renew HMO Agreements

Jan 05, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial HMO Agreement with San Diego County’s Scripps Health Plan Services, comprising the following entities...

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) - Shasta Regional Medical Center Reach Agreement

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) - Shasta Regional Medical Center Reach Agreement

Jan 05, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement with Shasta Regional Medical Center. Shasta Regional Medical Center is located in Shasta County.

Anthem & Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement

Anthem & Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement

Dec 29, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital provides services to members in San Benito County.

Anthem & Certain Optum Entities Renew HMO Agreements

Anthem & Certain Optum Entities Renew HMO Agreements

Dec 28, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial HMO Agreements with these Optum entities...

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Data Collection (RxDC) Requirement for All Aetna Small Group Plan Sponsors

Data Collection (RxDC) Requirement for All Aetna Small Group Plan Sponsors

Mar 01, 2023

Aetna Small Groups must complete Aetna RxDC Plan Sponsor Data Collection Form by 4/1/23. Failure to respond will mean your clients will need to submit the information directly to CMS by 6/1/23.

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 05, 2023

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Wondering How to Keep Health Care Costs in Check?

Wondering How to Keep Health Care Costs in Check?

Dec 05, 2022

With an Aetna Funding Advantage plan, health care costs can be more predictable for your clients' businesses. That’s because it has stable monthly payments based on the expected health trends of their employees.

Aetna Small Group & AFA Updates - November 2022

Aetna Small Group & AFA Updates - November 2022

Nov 23, 2022

Aetna provide update on the Attain by Aetna program and new portfolio enhancements for Small Group Aetna Funding Advantage members.

Aetna 2023 Small Group Broker Rewards Program

Aetna 2023 Small Group Broker Rewards Program

Oct 24, 2022

It’s simple. Just sell Aetna new business plans to groups in California with 1-100 eligible employees. When you do, you’ll receive a reward.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Oct 06, 2022

Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for January 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Sep 02, 2022

2023 rates are starting to be released, below is the status of Q1 2023 rate releases for B&P medical carriers.

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Aug 01, 2022

All Q4 2022 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Small Group Medical Renewal Release Dates

Small Group Medical Renewal Release Dates

Jul 22, 2022

Anticipated renewal release dates for B&P medical carrier partners are outlined in the table below.

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Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) Desert Valley Hospital Reach Agreement

Mar 20, 2023

Anthem is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement effective March 1, 2023, with Desert Valley Hospital located in San Bernardino County.

Anthem RxDC Form Deadline Extended to 3/24/23

Anthem RxDC Form Deadline Extended to 3/24/23

Mar 15, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross has extended the deadline for fully-insured employers to complete their 2023 Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Submission online form to March 24, 2023. The previous deadline was March 1, 2023.

Anthem Provides Update on the End of the Public Health Emergency

Anthem Provides Update on the End of the Public Health Emergency

Mar 01, 2023

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on May 11, 2023. Anthem is working closely with stakeholders, including state and federal partners to carefully review policies tied to the PHE and determine ongoing coverage options for items such as vaccines, testing, and telehealth.

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Anthem Provides Prescription Drug Data (RxDC) Reporting Update

Anthem Provides Prescription Drug Data (RxDC) Reporting Update

Feb 07, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross is sending emails to select Small Group and Large Group fully insured clients asking them to submit monthly average premium information required for Prescription Drug Data (RxDC) reporting.

Anthem & Community Memorial Health System Renew Commercial & Medicare Agreement

Anthem & Community Memorial Health System Renew Commercial & Medicare Agreement

Jan 17, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial and Medicare agreement with Community Memorial Health System, comprising the below-referenced hospitals...

Anthem & Scripps Health Plan Services Renew HMO Agreements

Anthem & Scripps Health Plan Services Renew HMO Agreements

Jan 05, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial HMO Agreement with San Diego County’s Scripps Health Plan Services, comprising the following entities...

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) - Shasta Regional Medical Center Reach Agreement

Anthem & Prime Healthcare System (PHC) - Shasta Regional Medical Center Reach Agreement

Jan 05, 2023

Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement with Shasta Regional Medical Center. Shasta Regional Medical Center is located in Shasta County.

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 05, 2023

Anthem announced rate and plan updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Anthem & Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement

Anthem & Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement

Dec 29, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital provides services to members in San Benito County.

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Anthem Provides Update on 2021 MLR Rebates

Anthem Provides Update on 2021 MLR Rebates

Sep 15, 2022

Anthem groups and Individual members in 9 states will receive 2021 medical loss ratio (MLR) rebates this year. Anthem mailed the rebates during the week of 9/5/22.

Now Quoting January 2023 Large Group Rates!

Now Quoting January 2023 Large Group Rates!

Aug 01, 2022

We are excited to announce that B&P's large group carriers are now all quoting January 1, 2023 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: Members Can File Claims Online for Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

Anthem: Members Can File Claims Online for Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

Jan 31, 2022

Members will be reimbursed for over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests they buy on or after January 15, 2022. They may have to pay out of pocket when they buy the test, but they can submit a claim online in Anthem's member portal for reimbursement.

Anthem: Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Coverage Starts January 15

Anthem: Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Coverage Starts January 15

Jan 18, 2022

A recent announcement from the federal government intends to increase access to COVID-19 testing. As of January 15, 2022, members can get reimbursed by their health plan without cost-share for the costs of over-the-counter diagnostic COVID-19 tests until the end of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. Diagnostic tests are performed if members are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been recently exposed.

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.

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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.

CaliforniaChoice Adds Canopy Health through Western Health Advantage Effective January 2018

CaliforniaChoice Adds Canopy Health through Western Health Advantage Effective January 2018

Nov 15, 2017

Bay Area Employees Have New Choice for Health Coverage Western Health Advantage Expands Service Area with Canopy Health Agreement Bay Area employers will have an opportunity to receive outstanding healthcare at an affordable cost, thanks to a new agreement between Canopy Health and Western Health Advantage. HMO benefit plans for employer group health coverage from Western Health Advantage (WHA) will offer access to the Canopy Health alliance of providers and hospitals effective January 1, 2018, subject to regulatory approval.

CaliforniaChoice: New Member Value Program Available January 2018

CaliforniaChoice: New Member Value Program Available January 2018

Nov 08, 2017

​The Member Value Program is the newest addition to CaliforniaChoice's ​Business Solutions Suite and offers your clients access to some amazing discounts on high-end products and services like Fitbit, Jawbone, and Polar products – up to 40% off!​Fitness Trackers (activity trackers; heartrate monitors)Fitness Gear (yoga, Pilates, BOSU, office fitness) Mental Well-Being (books, videos, candles, massage oils, vitamins, meditation) Health Interest (health monitoring, diabetes, kids' fitness, oral care, pain management, sleep) Healthy Eating (juicers, cookbooks, cookware, hydration, portion control) Parent & Child (baby monitors, nursing, strollers, teething) For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

CaliforniaChoice: New Invoice Preferences Available

CaliforniaChoice: New Invoice Preferences Available

Nov 08, 2017

​CaliforniaChoice now offers your clients the ability to manage their invoice preferences. Rather than only having the option to get a paper invoice, they now have the option to request their invoice by: ​Email only – go green! Mail – like they do today Both email and mail If your clients want to update their billing preference, they can: ​Go to calchoice.

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

Oct 18, 2017

CaliforniaChoice announced rate and benefit changes for January 1, 2018 effective dates with no underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting!Please note, Kaiser Permanente is offering rate and benefit parity on all plans beginning in 2018 (no off anniversary moves, i.e. a current Kaiser direct group could only move to CaliforniaChoice at their Kaiser renewal).

CaliforniaChoice: 5 Free Tools That Help Make Choosing Health Insurance Easier

CaliforniaChoice: 5 Free Tools That Help Make Choosing Health Insurance Easier

Oct 03, 2017

Health insurance is important when it comes to protecting your employees’ future financial security and ensuring they have access to health care when they need it. But how can you and your employees be sure you’re making the right choices when it comes to selecting your health insurance plan? CaliforniaChoice makes it easier to find the right plan at the right price, based on your individual or family health care needs and your anticipated plan usage.

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2017

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2017

Jul 18, 2017

​CaliforniaChoice announced updates for October 1, 2017 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting.RatesMedical:​​A RATE PASS has been offered by Kaiser PermanenteAnthem Blue Cross, Health Net, Sharp Health Plan, Sutter Health Plus, UnitedHealthcare and Western Health Advantage will adjust ratesAncillary: RATE PASS​Plans & Benefits​Updated Medical PlansAnthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and Western Health Advantage will implement some minor benefit changes retroactive to January 1, 2017.

CaliforniaChoice Anthem EPO Offers Savings & Great Providers

CaliforniaChoice Anthem EPO Offers Savings & Great Providers

Jun 06, 2017

​Anthem EPO Offers Savings + Great ProvidersIf your clients want access to a great provider network and competitive rates, an Anthem Silver or Bronze EPO plan may be just what the doctor ordered. Your clients will appreciate: ​Access to the largest network in CaliforniaChoice's portfolio: Anthem Prudent Buyer Network No more charges for out-of-network providers (like an anesthesiologist) when using an in-network hospital (available beginning July 1, 2017) Silver EPO A offers no deductible on prescription drug benefits Plus, the Prudent Buyer Network includes some of the region’s most-sought-after providers: ​Bay Area: Brown & Toland, Mills-Peninsula, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Alta Bates, California Pacific Medical, El Camino, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Sacramento Valley: Hill Physicians, Mercy Physicians; Sutter Health, Dignity Health/Mercy, NorthBay Healthcare, UC Davis Medical Center Santa Clara County: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Physicians Medical Group, Stanford Health Care, Good Samaritan, O’Conner Hospital, Sutter Health El Camino Real Fresno County: Santé Health, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Clovis Community, Fresno Surgical Stanislaus County: AllCare IPA, Sutter Gould, Doctor’s Medical Center, Memorial Medical (Sutter) San Joaquin County: Sutter Gould, Hill Physicians, Doctor’s Medical Center, Dameron (Sutter), St.

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2017

1-100: CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2017

Apr 12, 2017

​CaliforniaChoice announced updates for July 1, 2017 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting through the Choice Administrators Export button in bpQuote. Rates are expected to be live in bpQuote April 13, 2017.RATESMedical: A RATE PASS has been offered by Sutter Health Plus and Western Health AdvantageAnthem Blue Cross, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare will adjust rates.

CaliforniaChoice Rate Change Retro January 1, 2017

CaliforniaChoice Rate Change Retro January 1, 2017

Apr 06, 2017

​CaliforniaChoice® was recently notified by Aetna of a 0.4% rate reduction to the Silver HMO A plan retroactive to January 1, 2017.Groups will receive notification of adjustments on the May invoice.An updated rate summary can be found on the ​B&P website:​​1-100 Rate Guide (HMO & PPO) effective January 1, 2017For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

CaliforniaChoice Benefit Changes Retro January 1, 2017

CaliforniaChoice Benefit Changes Retro January 1, 2017

Mar 03, 2017

​CaliforniaChoice® was recently notified by multiple carriers within their program that they must make various ​benefit changes to several plans inside their portfolio. In order to comply with state regulatory bodies, these changes have been mandated to be in effect retroactively to 1/1/17. Quotes with effective dates of March 1st through June 1st have been reprocessed with the revised benefits.

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ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 09, 2023

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Oct 11, 2022

ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2023 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective December 2022

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective December 2022

Sep 15, 2022

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

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2022

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2022

Jul 01, 2022

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

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 11, 2022

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

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 28, 2022

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

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!

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Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Feb 08, 2023

Cigna + Oscar announced plan and rate updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Cigna + Oscar 12/1/22 - 1/1/23 Bonus Program

Cigna + Oscar 12/1/22 - 1/1/23 Bonus Program

Oct 24, 2022

This Q4, Cigna + Oscar's bonus program will reward you $$$ for writing multiple groups (eligible for 12/1/22, 12/15/22 and 1/1/23 effective dates).

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Oct 05, 2022

Cigna + Oscar announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Sep 02, 2022

2023 rates are starting to be released, below is the status of Q1 2023 rate releases for B&P medical carriers.

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Q4 2022 Rate Availability Update

Aug 01, 2022

All Q4 2022 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2022

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2022

Jul 01, 2022

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

Cigna + Oscar Announces Extended LocalPlus Network Effective 7/1/22

Cigna + Oscar Announces Extended LocalPlus Network Effective 7/1/22

Apr 19, 2022

Cigna + Oscar announced their extended LocalPlus network effective July 1, 2022.

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 05, 2022

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

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 19, 2022

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

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!

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Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates

Feb 07, 2023

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) provided the below updates on their Exclusive Tax Credit for Small Business, New Business Deadlines for 2023, and expanded coverage options.

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 09, 2023

Covered California for Small Business announced rate updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates

Nov 01, 2022

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) provided the below updates on their Partnership That Pays bonus program, New Business Deadlines for the remained of the year, and expanded coverage options.

Kaiser Permanente: 24/7 Care Across the U.S. & Small Group Support

Kaiser Permanente: 24/7 Care Across the U.S. & Small Group Support

Oct 31, 2022

Kaiser Permanente's most recent Broker Briefing provided important updates for Kaiser Permanente Small Business groups.

Are You Certified With CCSB?

Are You Certified With CCSB?

Oct 13, 2022

More and more brokers are writing their first case with CCSB! As a reminder, brokers writing CCSB for the first time must be certified. The certification process is simple and will ensure your new case does not get held up due to the broker's certification approval.

Kaiser Permanente's New Small Group Broker Bonus Program

Kaiser Permanente's New Small Group Broker Bonus Program

Oct 11, 2022

Kaiser Permanente is offering a $100 broker bonus per enrolled subscriber for all new small groups sold with effective dates between December 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023. This bonus will be payable for new small groups written through any sales channel – broker direct, General Agency, CaliforniaChoice, and Covered California for Small Business.

Earn More With CCSB's Bonus Program

Earn More With CCSB's Bonus Program

Oct 11, 2022

Earn up to $8,000* for enrolling a new small group with Covered California for Small Business with coverage effective now through January 1, 2023.

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Sep 02, 2022

2023 rates are starting to be released, below is the status of Q1 2023 rate releases for B&P medical carriers.

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Sep 19, 2022

Covered California for Small Business announced rate updates for January 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

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Delta Dental 2023 Broker Rewards Program

Delta Dental 2023 Broker Rewards Program

Mar 03, 2023

Enroll in Delta Dental’s Small Business Broker Rewards Program at ddsbrewards.com, and you could earn additional compensation for selling and retaining eligible groups of 2-99 lives.

Delta Dental Insider Update for February 2023

Delta Dental Insider Update for February 2023

Mar 01, 2023

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for December 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for December 2022

Dec 22, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for November 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for November 2022

Nov 23, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for October 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for October 2022

Oct 31, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for September 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for September 2022

Oct 11, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Delta Dental Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Oct 11, 2022

Delta Dental announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2023 effective dates, rates are available for quoting.

Delta Dental Insider Update for August 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for August 2022

Aug 18, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for June 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for June 2022

Jun 30, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental 2022 Broker Rewards Program

Delta Dental 2022 Broker Rewards Program

Jun 29, 2022

Selling and retaining small groups isn’t easy. That’s why brokers deserve a reward for their hard work and Delta has announced a new small group broker rewards program. Brokers may be eligible for additional compensation for selling to new groups and retaining eligible groups of two to 99 lives.

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Guardian Provides Update on College Tuition Benefit Program

Guardian Provides Update on College Tuition Benefit Program

Mar 01, 2022

A key element of Guardian's Group Benefits strategy is to enhance and expand their portfolio of products and services to support the well-being of members. As part of this focus, Guardian also continually evaluates their existing products and services, measuring their impact and seeing how well they align with their Purpose and strategy.

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!

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Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Mar 20, 2023

Health Net provided an update that the PrimeCare Medical Group of Chino Valley (PPG # 741/1252) contract termination has now been delayed to June 1, 2023.

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Health Net Renews with Riverside Medical Clinic

Mar 20, 2023

Great news! Health Net of California, Inc. (Health Net) has reached an agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic (PPG # 2946) to continue to be contracted with Health Net for all products that participate with Riverside Medical Clinic. Health Net has reached a two-year agreement with Riverside Medical Clinic though April 2025.

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Health Net and Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley Contract Update

Feb 28, 2023

Effective May 1, 2023, Prime Care Medical Group of Chino Valley PPG will no longer be a part of the following Health Net networks across their Commercial lines of business:

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 05, 2023

Health Net announced plan and rate updates for April 1, 2023. Rates are available for quoting!

Health Net: Flu Shots Now Available at No Charge at Network Pharmacies

Health Net: Flu Shots Now Available at No Charge at Network Pharmacies

Dec 06, 2022

Starting on December 1st, HMO members can receive flu shots at a pharmacy in their health plan’s pharmacy network at no charge.

Health Net Renews with Tenet

Health Net Renews with Tenet

Nov 28, 2022

Health Net is pleased to inform you that Tenet HealthCare Corporation (Tenet) will remain a part of the Health Net of California, Inc. and Health Net Life Insurance Company (Health Net) provider networks.

Extra Measure of Protection for Health Net Members

Extra Measure of Protection for Health Net Members

Nov 10, 2022

The flu season is here and Health Net understands members have no time to get sick. This year, Health Net partnered with Kinsa to pilot a program offering free local illness alerts. By signing up, members get notifications when their risk level changes based on local conditions along with personalized guidance on how to stay healthy.

Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2023

Health Net Provides Notice of Changes to Coverage Terms for 2023

Nov 04, 2022

Commercial Small and Large Group Evidence of Coverage (EOC) booklets, for plans effective January 1, 2023 and later, will contain the updates as shown in the Notice of Changes links below. This Notice reflects Health Net of California (Health Net) compliance with new laws and regulatory requirements. It also addresses Health Net administrative changes.

Health Net 2023 Pharmacy Creditability Coverage Mailings

Health Net 2023 Pharmacy Creditability Coverage Mailings

Oct 11, 2022

Health Net sent contracted brokers the following communication on October 6, 2022, in their broker news.

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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 Permanente: Family Glitch Rule Change, Virtual Care, and More

Kaiser Permanente: Family Glitch Rule Change, Virtual Care, and More

Mar 20, 2023

Kaiser Permanente's most recent Broker Briefing provided important updates for brokers about the individual, small group, and large group markets.

Kaiser Permanente: Employer RxDC Form Completion Required by April 3, 2023

Kaiser Permanente: Employer RxDC Form Completion Required by April 3, 2023

Mar 10, 2023

As part of pharmacy reporting under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, Kaiser Permanente is required to submit information on prescription drugs and healthcare spending to CMS. Please make sure your groups submit their information to Kaiser Permanente by filling out this form by April 3, 2023.

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

Kaiser Permanente: New Downloadable Resources for Virtual Care, Fitness, and Cervical Cancer Awareness

Kaiser Permanente: New Downloadable Resources for Virtual Care, Fitness, and Cervical Cancer Awareness

Feb 07, 2023

Kaiser Permanente's most recent Broker Briefing provided important updates for Kaiser Permanente Small Business groups.

Kaiser Permanente: New Information – CAA & TIC - Letter of Agreement

Kaiser Permanente: New Information – CAA & TIC - Letter of Agreement

Dec 06, 2022

Kaiser Permanente is reaching out to clients to reduce duplication in efforts to comply with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and Transparency in Coverage requirements.

Kaiser Permanente: 24/7 Care Across the U.S. & Small Group Support

Kaiser Permanente: 24/7 Care Across the U.S. & Small Group Support

Oct 31, 2022

Kaiser Permanente's most recent Broker Briefing provided important updates for Kaiser Permanente Small Business groups.

Kaiser Permanente's New Small Group Broker Bonus Program

Kaiser Permanente's New Small Group Broker Bonus Program

Oct 11, 2022

Kaiser Permanente is offering a $100 broker bonus per enrolled subscriber for all new small groups sold with effective dates between December 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023. This bonus will be payable for new small groups written through any sales channel – broker direct, General Agency, CaliforniaChoice, and Covered California for Small Business.

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Q1 2023 Rate Release Updates

Sep 02, 2022

2023 rates are starting to be released, below is the status of Q1 2023 rate releases for B&P medical carriers.

Kaiser Permanente Provides Update on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Kaiser Permanente Provides Update on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Sep 15, 2022

Kaiser Permanente provided a response to the Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.

Kaiser Permanente Broker Briefing: Ginger App Now Available, 2023 Renewals, and Improved Manage Members Support

Kaiser Permanente Broker Briefing: Ginger App Now Available, 2023 Renewals, and Improved Manage Members Support

Sep 15, 2022

Kaiser Permanente's broker briefing provides important updates for individual, small group, and large group clients.

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MetLife's February 2023 Insights & Takeaways

MetLife's February 2023 Insights & Takeaways

Mar 01, 2023

MetLife is excited to share valuable resources and industry insights to help you and your clients stay informed.

MetLife's January 2023 Insights & Takeaways

MetLife's January 2023 Insights & Takeaways

Feb 07, 2023

MetLife is excited to share their refreshed newsletter, Insights and Takeaways. In it you’ll find valuable resources and industry insights to help you and your clients stay informed.

MetLife's December 2022 Bulletin

MetLife's December 2022 Bulletin

Dec 28, 2022

MetLife is excited to share the latest issue of their MetLife Bulletin, where you will find valuable resources and industry insights to help you and your clients stay informed.

MetLife's November 2022 Insights & Takeaways

MetLife's November 2022 Insights & Takeaways

Dec 21, 2022

MetLife is excited to share their refreshed newsletter, Insights and Takeaways. In it you’ll find valuable resources and industry insights to help you and your clients stay informed.

MetLife's September 2022 Bulletin

MetLife's September 2022 Bulletin

Oct 31, 2022

MetLife is excited to share the latest issue of their MetLife Bulletin, where you will find valuable resources and industry insights to help you and your clients stay informed.

MetLife's August 2022 Bulletin

MetLife's August 2022 Bulletin

Aug 11, 2022

MetLife's most recent monthly bulletin focuses on rounding out your customers' healthcare coverage with vision insurance and interest in disability insurance.

MetLife: 20th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study

MetLife: 20th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study

Apr 12, 2022

As workplace dynamics continue to evolve, it’s important to understand the shifting landscapes. With two decades of research backed by 150+ years of expertise, MetLife’s 20th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study delivers actionable insights to help you create more informed benefit recommendations.

MetLife's January 2022 Bulletin

MetLife's January 2022 Bulletin

Jan 28, 2022

MetLife's most recent monthly bulletin focuses on providing additional resources to boost you and your client's health and financial wellness.

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.

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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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Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Q2 2023 Rate Availability Update

Feb 08, 2023

All Q2 2023 rates are now available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

2023 UnitedHealthcare Approach to CAA Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Reporting

2023 UnitedHealthcare Approach to CAA Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Reporting

Feb 07, 2023

Beginning with the June 1 submission date, UnitedHealthcare will be submitting the P2 (Group Health Plan), D1 (Premium and Life Years) and D2 (Spending by Category) files for all fully insured and self-funded customers who had active coverage during the reference year (2022).

UnitedHealthcare Renews Network Relationship with Community Medical Centers

UnitedHealthcare Renews Network Relationship with Community Medical Centers

Jan 24, 2023

UnitedHealthcare and Community Medical Centers (CMC) have reached a multi-year agreement that ensures UnitedHealthcare’s members enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual commercial plans, as well as Medicare Advantage and Group Retiree plans, have access to the following CMC hospitals and facilities in the Fresno region...

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2023

Jan 05, 2023

UHC announced plan and rate updates for April 1, 2023 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

UHC Specialty Updates: Packaged Savings, Specialty Bundling, and Dental Rate Cap Extension

UHC Specialty Updates: Packaged Savings, Specialty Bundling, and Dental Rate Cap Extension

Dec 21, 2022

UHC provided more information on their Packaged Savings program, how groups can save when they add more Specialty lines, and their Dental Rate Cap promotion extension.

UHC Specialty Updates: Dental Plan Codes, Deductibles & Annual Maximums, Rate Methodology

UHC Specialty Updates: Dental Plan Codes, Deductibles & Annual Maximums, Rate Methodology

Nov 28, 2022

UHC provided more information on what their dental plan codes mean, how deductibles and annual maximums work, and how their rating works.

New 2023 UHC Rewards Programs

New 2023 UHC Rewards Programs

Nov 14, 2022

UHC's new wellness program, UHC Rewards, is a great way for members to get $$ back in their pockets! The below information applies to CA SG 1-100 but it also applies to most states nationwide SG segment.

UHC Specialty Updates: Off-Cycle Rules, Life/AD&D for 2-9 Employees, and Disability Participation Requirements

UHC Specialty Updates: Off-Cycle Rules, Life/AD&D for 2-9 Employees, and Disability Participation Requirements

Nov 14, 2022

UHC provided more important whether or not certain financial protection products need underwriting approval, how groups with 2-9 employees can add UHC Life/AD&D, and their participation requirements for Disability products.

UHC Specialty Updates: Beneficiary Companion, Life/AD&D Quick Hits, and Other Life Value-Adds

UHC Specialty Updates: Beneficiary Companion, Life/AD&D Quick Hits, and Other Life Value-Adds

Nov 04, 2022

UHC provided more information on their Beneficiary Companion included in Life plans, Life/AD&D eligibility, and Life/AD&D value-add services.

UHC Specialty Updates: Dental Plan Codes, Waiting Periods, and Networks

UHC Specialty Updates: Dental Plan Codes, Waiting Periods, and Networks

Nov 01, 2022

UHC provided more information about what their dental plan codes mean, how groups can waive the waiting period for major sevices at install, and vision network, and what networks their dental plans use.

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VSP Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

VSP Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2023

Aug 09, 2022

VSP announced a 2023 rate pass, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

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.

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