News & Updates

CCSB Provides Updates on New Bonus Program, Expanded Coverage Options, MyCCSB.com Enhancements and Small Business Tax Credits

CCSB Provides Updates on New Bonus Program, Expanded Coverage Options, MyCCSB.com Enhancements and Small Business Tax Credits

May 24, 2022

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) provided the below updates to agents on their new bonus program, expanded coverage options, updates to MyCCSB.com and their exclusive small business tax credits.

UHC Specialty Updates: Bundling Program, Beneficiary Companion, & LTD Member Assistance Program

UHC Specialty Updates: Bundling Program, Beneficiary Companion, & LTD Member Assistance Program

May 23, 2022

UHC provided important updates on their small group bundling program, beneficiary companion, and LTD Member Assistance Program.

Health Net Provides an Update on their Mobile App

Health Net Provides an Update on their Mobile App

May 18, 2022

Health Net announced that the Health Net mobile app will no longer be available for Android users. While the Health Net mobile app is no longer available for Android users, Apple users can still access the mobile app.

Delta Dental Insider Update for May 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for May 2022

May 18, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

CCSB Announces New Bonus Program from 7/1/22 - 1/1/23

CCSB Announces New Bonus Program from 7/1/22 - 1/1/23

May 17, 2022

Covered California for Small Business announced a new bonus program for effective dates from July 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023.

CCSB Updates Rating Methodology for New Hires

CCSB Updates Rating Methodology for New Hires

May 17, 2022

Covered California for Small Business has updated their rating methodology for new hires. New hires will be rated based on their age at enrollment and not as of group's last anniversary.

Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

May 11, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their contract agreements with Rady Children’s, comprising the following entities...

Kaiser Permanente: Self-tests Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Kaiser Permanente: Self-tests Stop the Spread of COVID-19

May 10, 2022

As COVID-19 cases increase throughout communities, getting vaccinated and staying up to date with booster shots is the best way for everyone to stay protected. COVID-19 home antigen tests are another important tool for slowing the spread of the virus. These tests are an easy, no-cost way to get quick results — usually within 30 minutes.

Remind Your Health Net Clients to Download the Babylon App

Remind Your Health Net Clients to Download the Babylon App

May 04, 2022

Health Net is asking brokers to help spread the word about Babylon App. The Babylon app offers appointments available at no cost to most members.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Take Advantage of B&P's Support this Season

Take Advantage of B&P's Support this Season

Dec 06, 2021

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

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.

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Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

May 11, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their contract agreements with Rady Children’s, comprising the following entities...

Aetna Small Group Portfolio Feature: Aetna Discount Program

Aetna Small Group Portfolio Feature: Aetna Discount Program

Mar 29, 2022

Aetna small group members can access a variety of discounts on products and services. For instance, hearing, vision, physical fitness and general health and wellness.

Aetna Network Update: Southern CA Negotiations with Optum

Aetna Network Update: Southern CA Negotiations with Optum

Mar 18, 2022

Aetna is happy to announce that they have reached an agreement with Optum Health effective April 1, 2022, for their California HMO, PPO and POS networks.

Anthem & John Muir Health Agree to Renewal

Anthem & John Muir Health Agree to Renewal

Feb 07, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial and Medicare Agreements with John Muir Health which provides services to members in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities.

Optum Care is in Many Health Net Networks

Optum Care is in Many Health Net Networks

Jan 28, 2022

Thousands of primary care and specialty doctors in the Optum Care network continue to be available for 2022. With hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers, Optum provides a full range of services from primary care to specialty and surgical care.

Tackling Better Health is Easy with Vivity

Tackling Better Health is Easy with Vivity

Jan 28, 2022

Anthem has teamed up with top doctors to make high-quality care simple to find and pay for.

Anthem Provides Network Updates for Multiple Providers

Anthem Provides Network Updates for Multiple Providers

Jan 10, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross provided recent updates on negotiations with various medical providers in California.

Aetna Provides Update on Optum Group Network Negotiations

Aetna Provides Update on Optum Group Network Negotiations

Jan 05, 2022

Aetna provided an update to consultants, producers and brokers regarding their active contract negotiations with Optum Group for the following medical groups: AppleCare, Monarch, and PrimeCare.

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.

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Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 05, 2022

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

Aetna Small Group Portfolio Feature: Aetna Discount Program

Aetna Small Group Portfolio Feature: Aetna Discount Program

Mar 29, 2022

Aetna small group members can access a variety of discounts on products and services. For instance, hearing, vision, physical fitness and general health and wellness.

Aetna Network Update: Southern CA Negotiations with Optum

Aetna Network Update: Southern CA Negotiations with Optum

Mar 18, 2022

Aetna is happy to announce that they have reached an agreement with Optum Health effective April 1, 2022, for their California HMO, PPO and POS networks.

Attain by Aetna Engages Employees & Reduces Medical Costs

Attain by Aetna Engages Employees & Reduces Medical Costs

Mar 15, 2022

Attain offers members personalized goals, achievable actions and big rewards. The result? Industry-leading engagement, sustained behavior changes and unique sensor analytics allowing Aetna to clinically intervene earlier and support members.

Aetna Small Group COVID-19 OTC Testing Updates

Aetna Small Group COVID-19 OTC Testing Updates

Mar 01, 2022

Beginning on February 17, CVS Pharmacy will offer Aetna Small Group (2-100) members two options to get COVID-19 at-home (OTC) tests at no upfront cost. These options apply to customers who cover OTC tests under the pharmacy benefit.

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 19, 2022

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

Aetna Provides Updates on Small Group COVID-19 Testing

Aetna Provides Updates on Small Group COVID-19 Testing

Jan 18, 2022

Aetna provided the following information to their small group plan sponsors regarding coverage for OTC COVID-19 tests.

Aetna Provides Update on Optum Group Network Negotiations

Aetna Provides Update on Optum Group Network Negotiations

Jan 05, 2022

Aetna provided an update to consultants, producers and brokers regarding their active contract negotiations with Optum Group for the following medical groups: AppleCare, Monarch, and PrimeCare.

Aetna Broker Renewals Going Paperless Effective 3/1/22

Aetna Broker Renewals Going Paperless Effective 3/1/22

Dec 14, 2021

Aetna is updating how they deliver renewals to brokers. Beginning with renewed cases with March 1, 2022, effective dates, Aetna will no longer mail brokers a physical copy of the renewal documentation.

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.

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Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

Anthem & Rady Children's Agree to Renewal

May 11, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their contract agreements with Rady Children’s, comprising the following entities...

Anthem Relaxes Dental & Vision Participation Effective 5/1/22

Anthem Relaxes Dental & Vision Participation Effective 5/1/22

Apr 25, 2022

Anthem has some great news! They are relaxing their Dental and Vision participation effective May 1, 2022.

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 13, 2022

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

Anthem & John Muir Health Agree to Renewal

Anthem & John Muir Health Agree to Renewal

Feb 07, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have successfully renewed their Commercial and Medicare Agreements with John Muir Health which provides services to members in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities.

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.

Tackling Better Health is Easy with Vivity

Tackling Better Health is Easy with Vivity

Jan 28, 2022

Anthem has teamed up with top doctors to make high-quality care simple to find and pay for.

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.

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Anthem Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 13, 2022

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

Anthem Provides Network Updates for Multiple Providers

Anthem Provides Network Updates for Multiple Providers

Jan 10, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross provided recent updates on negotiations with various medical providers in California.

Anthem Extends Special Open Enrollment Period

Anthem Extends Special Open Enrollment Period

Dec 16, 2021

Anthem extended their deadline for Special Open Enrollment groups to 12:00 PM on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 for a January 1, 2022 effective date. Case submissions must be clean with zero requirements.

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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.

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.

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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 Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 14, 2022

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

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 13, 2022

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

CaliforniaChoice Adds 2 New Plans Effective March 2022

CaliforniaChoice Adds 2 New Plans Effective March 2022

Dec 22, 2021

CaliforniaChoice announced they are adding two new Anthem Blue Cross plans effective March 1, 2022. These new plans Rates are available for quoting!

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.

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Choice Builder: Provider Search Instructions

Choice Builder: Provider Search Instructions

Apr 06, 2017

​For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

1-100: Choice Builder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2017

1-100: Choice Builder Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2017

Jan 27, 2017

​Choice Builder has announced a Rate Pass for April 1, 2017 effective dates except for the addition of rates for the new MetLife dental plans. All rates are available for quoting!RATES​Dental: RATE PASS*Vision: RATE PASSLife: RATE PASSChiro: RATE PASS*Rates added for the new MetLife dental plans.PLANS & BENEFITSNew Plan Offerings MetLife Platinum Plus PPO & Platinum PPOEmployer sponsored only5 group sizes (2-9, 10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100-199)Ortho option is available for group sizes (10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100-199) onlyMetLife Silver PPOEmployer Sponsored and voluntaryGroup sizes:Employer sponsored: 5 group sizes (2-9, 10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100-199)Voluntary: 4 group sizes (10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100-199)Ortho option is available for group sizes (10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100-199) only​APRIL BOOK RATESBook rates for April 2017 effective dates are provided below and on the b&p​website.

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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!

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 Provides Updates on New Bonus Program, Expanded Coverage Options, MyCCSB.com Enhancements and Small Business Tax Credits

CCSB Provides Updates on New Bonus Program, Expanded Coverage Options, MyCCSB.com Enhancements and Small Business Tax Credits

May 24, 2022

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) provided the below updates to agents on their new bonus program, expanded coverage options, updates to MyCCSB.com and their exclusive small business tax credits.

CCSB Announces New Bonus Program from 7/1/22 - 1/1/23

CCSB Announces New Bonus Program from 7/1/22 - 1/1/23

May 17, 2022

Covered California for Small Business announced a new bonus program for effective dates from July 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023.

CCSB Updates Rating Methodology for New Hires

CCSB Updates Rating Methodology for New Hires

May 17, 2022

Covered California for Small Business has updated their rating methodology for new hires. New hires will be rated based on their age at enrollment and not as of group's last anniversary.

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Mar 24, 2022

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

CCSB Provides Update on Executive Order N-6-22 Regarding Russian Sanctions

CCSB Provides Update on Executive Order N-6-22 Regarding Russian Sanctions

Mar 22, 2022

CCSB provided the following communication regarding Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-6-22.

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates on MyCCSB.com, Expanded Coverage Options, and Small Business Tax Credits

CCSB Provides Quarterly Updates on MyCCSB.com, Expanded Coverage Options, and Small Business Tax Credits

Jan 28, 2022

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) provided the below updates to agents on the Enhanced MyCCSB.com, expanded coverage options, and their exclusive small business tax credits.

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

CCSB Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 13, 2022

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

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.

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Delta Dental Insider Update for May 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for May 2022

May 18, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for April 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for April 2022

Apr 20, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for March 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for March 2022

Mar 21, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and insights for their brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for February 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for February 2022

Feb 28, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and updates for Delta Dental brokers.

Delta Dental Insider Update for January 2022

Delta Dental Insider Update for January 2022

Jan 28, 2022

Delta Dental provided news and updates for Delta Dental brokers.

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 are 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.

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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 Provides an Update on their Mobile App

Health Net Provides an Update on their Mobile App

May 18, 2022

Health Net announced that the Health Net mobile app will no longer be available for Android users. While the Health Net mobile app is no longer available for Android users, Apple users can still access the mobile app.

Remind Your Health Net Clients to Download the Babylon App

Remind Your Health Net Clients to Download the Babylon App

May 04, 2022

Health Net is asking brokers to help spread the word about Babylon App. The Babylon app offers appointments available at no cost to most members.

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 12, 2022

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

Health Net Updates Underwriting Guidelines Effective 3/1/22

Health Net Updates Underwriting Guidelines Effective 3/1/22

Mar 29, 2022

Health Net is pleased to announce their March 1, 2022 refreshed underwriting guidelines for SBG in California.

Health Net Provides COVID-19 Home Test Updates

Health Net Provides COVID-19 Home Test Updates

Mar 01, 2022

Health Net provided updates on COVID-19 home tests as of February 18, 2022. Please check Health Net's COVID-19 Updates & Alerts page for more information and updates.

Health Net Encouraging Members to Take RealAge Assessment

Health Net Encouraging Members to Take RealAge Assessment

Feb 28, 2022

Throughout February, Health Net is notifying Employer Group Members about their new Wellness Platform from Sharecare by email. Health Net’s goal is to motivate members to register with ShareCare and take their RealAge Assessment in order to help them live their healthiest life possible.

Optum Care is in Many Health Net Networks

Optum Care is in Many Health Net Networks

Jan 28, 2022

Thousands of primary care and specialty doctors in the Optum Care network continue to be available for 2022. With hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers, Optum provides a full range of services from primary care to specialty and surgical care.

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Dec 16, 2021

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

Health Net's Q1 2022 Underwriting Promotions

Health Net's Q1 2022 Underwriting Promotions

Dec 07, 2021

Selling Health Net has never been easier with their Q1 2022 underwriting promotions.

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.

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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: Self-tests Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Kaiser Permanente: Self-tests Stop the Spread of COVID-19

May 10, 2022

As COVID-19 cases increase throughout communities, getting vaccinated and staying up to date with booster shots is the best way for everyone to stay protected. COVID-19 home antigen tests are another important tool for slowing the spread of the virus. These tests are an easy, no-cost way to get quick results — usually within 30 minutes.

Kaiser Permanente: New Ways for Members to get COVID-19 Self-tests

Kaiser Permanente: New Ways for Members to get COVID-19 Self-tests

Mar 07, 2022

While self-tests are in short supply, here are some ways Kaiser Permanente members may be able to get COVID-19 home antigen tests at no cost.

How Kaiser Permanente Members Get Reimbursed for COVID-19 Self-tests

How Kaiser Permanente Members Get Reimbursed for COVID-19 Self-tests

Jan 31, 2022

Kaiser Permanente recently provided information on how members can get reimbursed for rapid antigen home tests.

Kaiser Permanente to Cover Cost of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests

Kaiser Permanente to Cover Cost of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests

Jan 18, 2022

Kaiser Permanente provided information on COVID-19 home tests following guidance from the Biden administration.

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.

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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.

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.

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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: Bundling Program, Beneficiary Companion, & LTD Member Assistance Program

UHC Specialty Updates: Bundling Program, Beneficiary Companion, & LTD Member Assistance Program

May 23, 2022

UHC provided important updates on their small group bundling program, beneficiary companion, and LTD Member Assistance Program.

UHC Specialty Updates: FlexAppeal, Quip Dental Partnership, & Teledentistry

UHC Specialty Updates: FlexAppeal, Quip Dental Partnership, & Teledentistry

May 02, 2022

UHC provided important updates on their FlexAppeal Enhanced Dental Plan, Quip Dental Partnership, and Teledentistry.

UHC Specialty Updates: Bundling Program, Packaged Saving, & 5% Dental Rate Cap

UHC Specialty Updates: Bundling Program, Packaged Saving, & 5% Dental Rate Cap

Apr 19, 2022

UHC provided important updates on their small group bundling program, packaged savings, and 5% dental rate cap.

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2022

Apr 05, 2022

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

UHC Specialty Updates: Contact Lens Options, Vision Network, & Hearing Benefits

UHC Specialty Updates: Contact Lens Options, Vision Network, & Hearing Benefits

Mar 22, 2022

UHC provided important updates on discounts on their contact lens options, vision network, and hearing benefits.

UHC Announces 2 New Sales Bonuses for 4/1/22 - 3/31/23 Effective Dates

UHC Announces 2 New Sales Bonuses for 4/1/22 - 3/31/23 Effective Dates

Mar 14, 2022

UnitedHealthcare is offering two bonuses to agents in California who sell new fully insured medical groups with up to 100 eligible employees with effective dates from April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023.

UHC Specialty Updates: Dell Laptops with Eyesafe Display, JD Power Award & UHC Discount Marketplace

UHC Specialty Updates: Dell Laptops with Eyesafe Display, JD Power Award & UHC Discount Marketplace

Mar 07, 2022

UHC provided important updates on discounts on Dell Laptops with Eyesafe Display, their recent JD Power Award, and their discount marketplace.

UHC Specialty Updates: QualSight LASIK Partnership, 1-800 Contacts, & Dental Care Options

UHC Specialty Updates: QualSight LASIK Partnership, 1-800 Contacts, & Dental Care Options

Feb 28, 2022

UHC provided important updates on their QualSight LASIK Partnership, 1-800 Contacts, & Dental Care Options.

UHC Provides COVID-19 Home Test FAQs

UHC Provides COVID-19 Home Test FAQs

Jan 18, 2022

Beginning Jan. 15, 2022, UnitedHealthcare will cover most commercial individual and group plan members’ FDA authorized and approved OTC at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests purchased on or after this date, without a doctor’s prescription or clinical assessment. This at-home COVID-19 test coverage will include up to 8 tests per member per 30 days.

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2022

Jan 03, 2022

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

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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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