News & Updates

  • 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

    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!

    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!

    Jun 23, 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

    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

    Oct 08, 2019

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

  • Introducing Kaiser Permanente!

    Oct 01, 2019

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

  • Introducing Human Interest

    May 07, 2019

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

  • Webinar Series: Workers' Compensation Boot Camp

    Apr 01, 2019

    Join B&P's Workers' Compensation Specialist, Patrick Kim, for his Workers' Compensation Boot Camp Webinar Series. Through these four sessions, you'll learn everything you need to know to operate successfully in the workers' compensation market.

  • EaseCentral Ongoing Maintenance on Your B&P Groups!

    Dec 19, 2018

    As part of our service commitment to you and your groups, Beere&Purves is now offering ongoing maintenance for your EaseCentral groups.

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  • 2021 ACA Affordability Threshold Reminder

    Jan 06, 2021

    As a reminder, Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) may face penalties if they do not offer affordable employer-sponsored minimum essential coverage. As stated in IRS Notice Rev Proc. 2020-36, for plan years beginning in 2021, the percentage is 9.83%.

  • PCORI Fee Adjusted to $2.66 for 2021

    Jan 05, 2021

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years that end on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 will be $2.66.

  • Ease's 2020 Fourth Quarter Preparedness Report

    Sep 23, 2020

    The results are in! National data, trends, and insights are the perfect tools to start designing a strategy and setting the direction for an open enrollment season unlike any other. And that is exactly what Ease has done for you.

  • 2021 Annual HSA Limits Announced

    May 22, 2020

    The IRS has released the 2021 annual HSA contribution limits as well as the HDHP deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits. The tables below show the 2020 and 2021 amounts with the year-over-year changes.

  • New DOL & IRS Ruling Affecting COBRA and More

    May 13, 2020

    On April 28, 2020, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (U.S. Department of Labor) and IRS issued a joint ruling titled Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak. This ruling provides temporary relief regarding certain COBRA, HIPAA special enrollment, and health and disability claims submissions and appeal rights.

  • DOL Issues New COBRA Model Notices

    May 13, 2020

    On May 1, 2020, the Department of Labor issued a news release announcing new COBRA model notices along with some frequently asked questions.

  • CAHU COVID-19 Website Provides List of Useful Links & Resources

    Apr 13, 2020

    CAHU added a COVID-19 information page to their website providing a comprehensive listing of useful links to state and federal resources.

  • CA Insurance Commissioner Notice on Telehealth During COVID-19 State of Emergency

    Apr 01, 2020

    CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a notice on March 30th regarding access to telehealth during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

  • Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

    Apr 01, 2020

    The United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship provided a document answering some frequently asked questions from small businesses on the Paycheck Protection Program.

  • Small Businesses can get Cash through the CARES Act

    Mar 30, 2020

    President Trump signed the CARES Act on Friday, March 27, 2020. Two ways small businesses can access cash are through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and the Paycheck Protection Program.

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

    Dec 08, 2020

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

  • Aetna COVID-19 Vaccine Update

    Dec 04, 2020

    Now that the news is out about an imminent COVID-19 vaccine, Aetna wanted to share some additional information with you and your clients. CVS Health® will be part of this next phase as one of the distribution partners for administering the vaccine.

  • Aetna: CVS HealthHUB Locations Are Changing the Way People Experience Health Care

    Nov 21, 2020

    CVS HealthHUB locations are making it easier for your clients' employees to proactively manage their health. By connecting members to more health services, one-on-one guidance and health resources, they can better focus on chronic conditions.

  • Aetna Announces Vision Preferred Cost Estimator

    Nov 18, 2020

    The Aetna Vision Preferred team is excited to announce Aetna's new vision cost calculator, Know Before You Go! This is a first-of-its-kind out-of-pocket cost estimator designed to give members a feel for what they might pay before they even set foot in a store or doctor's office.

  • Aetna Silver HMO $50/75 2550 Ded Benefit Change Retro to January 1, 2020

    Nov 11, 2020

    Based upon DOI guidance, Aetna is updating the Rx Deductible from $750 to $0 for the following plans for 2020 effective dates. The effective date of this change for is retroactive to January 1, 2020.

  • Aetna 2021 Small Group Broker Rewards Program

    Oct 22, 2020

    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.

  • One-time Premium Credit for Aetna Medical and Dental Members

    Oct 22, 2020

    Aetna is offering a one-time premium credit on eligible medical groups December bills for EPO, OAMC and PPO plans, more details to follow. Aetna is also offering a one-month premium reduction equal to the first month's premium to new and renewing small groups that enroll in an Aetna PPO or DMO dental plan in December 2020 and January 2021.

  • Learn How Attain by Aetna Helps Members Take Charge of Their Health

    Oct 22, 2020

    As collaborators in health, Aetna wants to ensure their members have the right tools to achieve their health goals and live the life they love. That’s why they created the Attain by AetnaSM app, designed in collaboration with Apple®.

  • Aetna Whole Health Offers Better Health, Better Care and Better Costs

    Oct 21, 2020

    Aetna Whole Health — Southern California plans can help your groups create a healthier workforce, while also helping them and their employees save money.

  • Advise Your Aetna Clients About Flu Season

    Oct 20, 2020

    Getting a flu shot doesn't just protect people against seasonal flu, it also contributes to the overall health of the community and minimizes the impact on health care resources. Aetna strongly recommends getting a flu shot, and they ask you to remind your clients to promote the vaccine among their employees.

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  • 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

    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?

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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!

    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!

  • EMPLOYERS's Coronavirus Response and Updates

    Mar 20, 2020

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

  • EMPLOYERS: The Small Business Resource Center Now Available

    Nov 27, 2019

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Now Offering Online Premium Audits

    May 30, 2019

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

  • EMPLOYERS: $100 Spring into Action Incentive

    Apr 01, 2019

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

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

    Jun 04, 2018

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Now Doing Business in Louisiana

    Dec 08, 2017

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Pick Your Prize Promo

    Dec 04, 2017

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

  • Workers' Compensation: 4% of Premium Assessments for 2018

    Dec 04, 2017

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Named Insureds on Workers' Compensation Policies

    Nov 09, 2017

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

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

    Oct 03, 2017

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

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  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Oct 31, 2018

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

  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2018

    Sep 05, 2017

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

  • Guardian: Quoting Available up to 99 Lives Effective Immediately

    Sep 05, 2017

    ​Beere&Purves' can now write groups up to 99 lives with Guardian Life Insurance Company!For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

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    • What is CalSavers?

      Apr 20, 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

      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

      May 07, 2019

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

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

    Jan 08, 2021

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

  • MetLife Completes Acquisition of Versant Health

    Jan 06, 2021

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

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

    Jan 05, 2021

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

  • MetLife: How Good is a Carrier's Dental Network?

    Dec 17, 2020

    Offering dental benefits with provider networks that include the dentists the employees want is essential for benefit satisfaction. But it’s not the only factor you should consider when evaluating dental networks. Asking three key questions can help you uncover how hard a provider network will work for your clients and their employees.

  • Looking Ahead: The Work-Life Trends Defining the Next Normal for Small Businesses

    Oct 20, 2020

    While 2020 has been anything but business as usual for America’s small businesses, their entrepreneurial resilience and optimism continue to shine through. MetLife’s new small business report, based on its 18th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, examines how the pandemic is impacting work-life dynamics and the strategic role for benefits.

  • The Growing Relevance of Disability Coverage

    Sep 29, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis not only increased employees’ concerns about their health and finances—it also highlighted some distinct vulnerabilities. For example, MetLife research showed that during the crisis, one in three employees felt like they didn’t have enough disability coverage to protect themselves or their families if they were unable to work due to short-term or long-term illness or injury.

  • MetLife to Acquire Versant Health, Owner of Davis Vision and Superior Vision

    Sep 17, 2020

    MetLife announced today that they have agreed to acquire Versant Health, owner of the well-established marketplace brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision.

  • MetLife's August 2020 Bulletin

    Aug 26, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming work and life, creating new challenges for employees and employers. Understanding how to improve employee well-being is key to helping employers navigate this new reality. For more workplace insights, MetLife released their 18th Annual U.S. Employee Benefits Trends Study that focuses on the realities of today’s blended work-life world and the impacts of the global pandemic.

  • Life Changes: Why Updating Life Insurance Matters

    Aug 12, 2020

    A new spouse. A baby. A new home or promotion. The age-old saying that the only constant is change rings especially true as your employees blaze past life milestones.

  • MetLife Legal Plans: An Improved Online Experience

    Jul 27, 2020

    MetLife is excited to announce that MetLife Legal Plans will be launching a new improved website experience this August. The updated website, www.legalplans.com, provides a new, modern experience for members, guiding them to the information they need and providing new tools for their legal matters.

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