News & Updates

  • Important December Reminders

    Nov 21, 2017

    December 1st is almost upon us, here are some important reminders to help you provide the best possible service to your clients this enrollment season. ID Cards Members should not use their existing ID card after the new policy's effective date, even if they haven't received their new carrier's ID card.

  • Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Nov 06, 2017

    Click the carrier name below for a full summary of plan and rate updates effective January 2018. All rates are available for quoting!​

  • bpQuote Enrollment Export

    Jul 17, 2017

    ​bpQuote has a new Enrollment Export button that will allow Brokers with existing EaseCentral accounts to export a Group from the quote engine into their EaseCentral portal.The button is available on the Main Menu and the on the Proposal Options page of a specific group quote.The basic information being sent to EaseCentral includes: ​Group InformationCensus InformationPlans OfferedRates for those PlansBenefits for those PlansEligibility for those PlansEmployer Contribution (optional)Applications and any benefits summaries, SBCs, and provider and prescription search links will need to be added within the group's EaseCentral account.

  • EaseCentral: New Subscription Promotion

    May 10, 2017

    ​Q4 is right around the corner!What are you doing to go deeper with your groups this fourth quarter? EaseCentral, cloud-based benefits enrollment software built for insurance brokers, has a special offer on their subscriptions ending June 30th, 2017. If you purchase an EaseCentral subscription before June 30th, 2017 you’ll receive HRIS by EasCentral for free or 2 groups up to 200 lives each.

  • EaseCentral Subscription Changes

    Feb 17, 2017

    ​On February 21st, 2017 EaseCental is announcing changes to their subscription for all brokers and sharing a few product updates that are coming in the near future. To read about these changes and updates please click the link below: ​ Changes & Updates Two changes that you should be aware of: ​Onboarding will be included in the EaseCentral subscription when brokers renew their subscription, starting with April renewals.

  • What You Need to Know about Delta Dental

    Jan 18, 2017

    Rates January 2017 Rate Updates ​Dental: Two-Year Rate Pass Vision: Two-Year Rate Pass Delta Dental's rate pass for 2017 and 2018 effective dates means they haven't raised rates since 2013!​Plans & Benefits Plan Name Reminders ​PPO A changed to PPO Value. PPO B12 changed to PPO Enhanced. PPO C changed to PPO Plus Premier Enhanced.

  • Free Offers from EaseCentral

    Dec 23, 2016

    ​Subscribe to EaseCentral before the end 2016, and you'll receive not one (1), but two (2) gifts! A $5,400 savings!Subscription Subsidy from b&p Plus, when you work with beere&purves, you may choose to receive a subsidy toward your new EaseCentral subscription for every group you submit with a b&p medical carrier.EaseCentral in 3 MinutesWatch this quick, 3 minute ​video to learn more about using EaseCentral as a simple solution for Benefits and HR.

  • ACA Employer Reporting: Deadline Extensions

    Dec 16, 2016

    ​Distribution Deadline Extended Great news! The IRS announced a ​deadline extension for providing 2016 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to covered individual and full-time employees. The deadlines in which employers and carriers are required to file 2016 forms with the IRS have not been extended. Deadlines ​1095-C Form Distribution (to insureds and F-T employees): March 2, 2017 1095-B Form Distribution (to insureds): March 2, 2017 IRS Paper Form Filling: February 28, 2017 IRS Electronic Form Filing: March 31, 2017 Form Usage ​​1095-C Form: Issued by employers with 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalents).

  • Special Holiday Season Offer from EaseCentral

    Dec 15, 2016

    Save up to $5,400 this holiday season by subscribing to EaseCentral before the end of 2016!​

  • New W-2 Filing Deadline for Tax Year 2016

    Dec 02, 2016

    ​What's Changing? In December 2015, The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act was enacted to detect and prevent refund fraud and it also revised an employer's filing deadline for Form W-2 and certain types of Form 1099. One Deadline - January 31 ​Applies to the 2016 Tax Year going forward.

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  • 4 bpQuote and Enrollment Export Enhancements

    Nov 20, 2017

    bpQuote pushed out two reporting enhancements on the proposal options page and two enhanced to the EaseCentral Enrollment Export feature.COST COMPARISON REPORTUsers now have the ability to select one or more Metallic tiers to filter the Cost Comparison Report by. An example of the Metallic tier filter is provided below.TABLE RATESWhen generating table rates, users now have the ability to factor in a base plan contribution.

  • Network Designation Enhancement

    Nov 08, 2017

    We've added a new enhancement to a number of reports within bpQuote! Starting Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the following reports will show whether each quoted plan falls into a Broad Network, or a Narrow Network:​Side By SideSide By Side DetailPlan GridEmployee Rate Side By SideSingle Plan DetailFull BenefitsDual OptionThis enhancement makes it easier for​ users to identify if they have unintentionally included a Narrow Network plan.

  • Multi Option Enhancement

    Aug 22, 2017

    There’s a new enhancement to the Multi Option report! Users can still map all employees to a single plan by using the “Bulk Mapping” option or they can select the new “Current Plan Mapping” option instead. With the new feature, the user can designate a corresponding alternate plan for each Current plan.

  • bpQuote Enrollment Export

    Jul 17, 2017

    ​bpQuote has a new Enrollment Export button that will allow Brokers with existing EaseCentral accounts to export a Group from the quote engine into their EaseCentral portal.The button is available on the Main Menu and the on the Proposal Options page of a specific group quote.The basic information being sent to EaseCentral includes: ​Group InformationCensus InformationPlans OfferedRates for those PlansBenefits for those PlansEligibility for those PlansEmployer Contribution (optional)Applications and any benefits summaries, SBCs, and provider and prescription search links will need to be added within the group's EaseCentral account.

  • Medical Plan Selection Page Enhancement

    Mar 03, 2017

    ​The Medical Plan Selection page has been enhanced to include the Inpatient Hospitalization benefits. This enhancement will provide an easily accessible way to help differentiate between plans during the selection process.The image below shows the location of the Inpatient Hospitalization benefits on the Medical Plan Selection page.For assistance with bpQuote enhancements, please ​contact your B&P Group Specialist – 888.

  • Dental Plan Comparison Enhancement

    Mar 03, 2017

    ​The bpQuote dental plan comparison has been enhanced to enable users to easily compare benefit information between plans. By clicking the “Compare” button with multiple plans selected, benefits information for the selected plans will be displayed in a side-by-side format.The below image features the enhanced dental plan comparison process.For assistance with bpQuote enhancements, please ​contact your B&P Group Specialist – 888.

  • Enhanced Medical Plan Selection

    Jan 09, 2017

    ​The Medical Plan Selection page has been enhanced to use both the Medical Filters and the Medical Portfolios simultaneously to narrow plan search results. Prior to this enhancement, a plan search could be narrowed by either the Medical Filters or the Medical Portfolios, but not both.The below image features the enhanced medical plan selection process.

  • Enhanced New Hire Worksheets and Table Rates & Benefit Reports

    Dec 13, 2016

    New Hire Worksheets To overcome problematic variations in the way carriers rate new hires, a new functionality is available that will allow you to generate New Hire Worksheets while viewing the Census. The two screen shots shown below outline how to generate the New Hire Worksheets so the rates are correct for the given Carrier, Group Renewal Date & New Hire Enrollment Date.

  • New Look for Single Plan Details, Benefit Sheet, Rider Summary, Portfolio Plan List, and Underwriting Guidelines Reports

    Sep 28, 2016

    We are pleased to share that even more bpQuote reports have received a fresh look and are available now. Please see the images below to view the new look of the Single Plan Details, Benefit Sheet, Rider Summary, Portfolio Plan List, and Underwriting Guidelines reports. For assistance with bpQuote report enhancements, please contact your b&p Group Specialist- 888.

  • Revised Census Import Template

    Sep 20, 2016

    bpQuote has a revised census template. Please begin using the new version immediately and replace any old version of the template you may have saved on your computer. Download the new census template ​here. For questions, please contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373​

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  • 2018 Dependent Rating Methodology

    Oct 23, 2017

    Currently, children ages 0-20 are in one premium age band. Effective 1/1/18 for new and renewing business, children ages 0-20 will follow the new Federal uniform age curve: One age band for children 0-14; andSeparate single age bands for children 15-20In addition to the increase for single age bands from 15-20, the 0-14 age band premium ratio has also increased:​ Age 2017 Ratio 2018 Ratio % Change 0-14 0.

  • NAHU's Statement on Trump's Executive Order

    Oct 13, 2017

    National Association of Health Underwriters​October 12, 2017Earlier today, President Trump signed an ​executive order in an attempt to improve access, increase choices and lower costs for healthcare. What Is in the EO? The EO directs the secretary of Labor to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to expand Association Health Plans.

  • Estimated Effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

    Jun 27, 2017

    ​Congressional Budget OfficeJune 26, 2017The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed their estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The bill would increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million and reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026.

  • CAHU Responds to False Claims Made by SB 562 Proponents

    Jun 01, 2017

    News Release May 31, 2017California Association of Health Underwriters Responds to False Claims Made by Universal Single Payer Health Care Proponents Rick Coburn, president of the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) issued the following statement today regarding California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)’s new research study on SB 562 (Lara/Atkins): “The California State Senate estimates a universal single payer government-run health care system as outlined in SB 562 will cost $400 billion annually and will dismantle a system that provides coverage for 94 percent of Californians leading to rationing and barriers to access.

  • Estimated Spending and Revenue Effects of the American Health Care Act of 2017

    May 25, 2017

    Congressional Budget Office​May 24, 2017The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

  • Trump's IRS Stages Stealth Attack on Obamacare

    Feb 17, 2017

    Los Angeles Times​Michael Hiltzik​February 15, 2017The ​Internal Revenue Service has become the first agency to follow President Trump’s directive to start undermining the Affordable Care Act. In a quiet rule change, but an important one, the IRS has told tax preparers and software firms that it won’t automatically reject tax returns that fail to state whether the tax filer had health insurance during the year.

  • Participation in Both HRA and HSA May Be Allowed

    Feb 15, 2017

    HR360, Inc.​February 13, 2017IRS: Participation in Both an HRA and an HSA is Permissible in Certain Circumstances IRS Guidance Outlines Permissible Arrangements IRS guidance clarifies that participation in both a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) and a health savings account (HSA) is permissible in certain circumstances. Such permissible arrangements are outlined below.

  • New SBC Templates Effective April 2017

    Feb 14, 2017

    HR360, Inc.​February 8, 2017​Reminder: New Versions of SBC Template and Related Documents for Use On or After April 1, 2017 Templates and Regulatory Guidance Available on Department of Labor Website New versions of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template, instructions, uniform glossary, and related documents are required for use on or after April 1, 2017.

  • Anthem Responds to U.S. District Court Decision on Acquisition of Cigna

    Feb 10, 2017

    ​News Release​February 9, 2017​Indianapolis, INAnthem, Inc. commented on the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting the Department of Justice’s request to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation. The company promptly intends to file a notice of appeal and request an expedited hearing of its appeal to reverse the Court’s decision so that Anthem may move forward with the merger, which was approved by over 99% of the votes cast by the shareholders of both companies.

  • Federal Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurer Merger

    Feb 10, 2017

    ​News Release​February 8, 2017​Sacramento, CACalifornia Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement following the federal court decision blocking the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger: "Today's federal court decision to block the merger of two of the nation's largest health insurers is a significant win for consumers who need more choice, not less, in an already highly concentrated health insurance market.

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  • Network: Anthem Adds Six Sutter Providers to HMO Network

    Jul 05, 2017

    ​HMO Network EnhancementsAnthem's Small Group HMO Network now matches their Large Group HMO Network in Northern California with the addition of 6 new Sutter providers effective July 1, 2017.​For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

  • Network: Health Net Contracted with Sutter Health for 2017 Plan Year

    Jan 19, 2017

    ​Health Net and Sutter Health have successfully completed negotiations for a one year contract renewal through 2017. No network disruption is expected.BackgroundSutter Health's contract with Health Net of California, Inc. and Health Net Life Insurance Company (Health Net) was set to expire on December 31, 2016. Had Health Net and Sutter Health been unable to complete a new contract, Sutter Health physicians, medical groups and hospitals would no longer participate in currently contracted Health Net networks.

  • Network: Anthem to Allow Dual PPO Networks for Limited Time

    Dec 21, 2016

    Announcing a Dual Network PPO Promotional Option for Small Groups As of January 1, 2017 Anthem will allow clients to offer Dual PPO Networks on a promotional* basis. How does the promotion work? ​For new groups, simply indicate network option on the existing ​Employer Application, located on ​Easy Renew For January through March renewing groups – clients can request the PPO dual network option by: Submitting a ​Plan Change Request Form located on ​Easy Renew Submitting a letter signed by the owner/officer For groups that have already renewed, or will renew after March, clients can submit an ​Anniversary Month Change Form.

  • Network: Health Net's Current Contract Negotiations with Sutter Health

    Nov 29, 2016

    ​Health Net of California, Inc. and Health Net Life Insurance Company (Health Net), and Sutter Health are currently negotiating their contract, set to expire on December 31, 2016. While Health Net is working in good faith to reach a fair agreement that offers sustained affordability to their members, if Health Net and Sutter Health are unable to complete a new contract, Sutter Health physicians, medical groups and hospitals will no longer participate in currently contracted Health Net networks.

  • Network: Anthem's Small Group HMO Network Guide Available

    Sep 15, 2016

    Updated 2016 Small Group HMO Network Guide Now Available Anthem's updated ​2016 Small Group HMO Network Guide* is now available. The HMO Network Guide for small businesses with 1 to100 employees shows the participating medical groups and independent practice associations (PMGs/IPAs) that are part of these networks: CaliforniaCare, the Anthem Blue Cross HMO network Select HMO, a network built around PMGs and IPAs that demonstrate the most efficient practice patterns and hospital referrals Priority Select HMO, a network built around PMGs and IPAs that demonstrate the most efficient practice patterns and hospital referrals in select Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San DiegoIn the guide, a prime code identifies our contracted providers.

  • Network: Vitalidad HMO No Longer Available Effective January 2017

    Sep 08, 2016

    After careful consideration, Aetna will no longer offer the Vitalidad network in California effective January 1, 2017. As of September 1, 2016, quoting for Vitalidad HMO network is no longer be available for new business. Details for existing groups with members enrolled in Vitalidad HMO include: Current Vitalidad HMO members may access the SIMNSA network until December 31, 2016.

  • Network: Anthem and Stanford Sign Multi-Year Contract Effective September 2016

    Sep 07, 2016

    As previously communicated Anthem Blue Cross and Stanford Health Care have been engaged in contract negotiations for several months.

  • Network: Anthem Added 6 Sutter Providers to Small Group Full HMO

    Jul 13, 2016

    Anthem's goal is to create a Small Group portfolio that is competitive, meets the changing needs of the Small Group employer, and allows you to offer your clients the most robust product offering & network choice in the marketplace. Therefore, Anthem is pleased to announce that they have added 6 Sutter Providers to their CA SG Full HMO Network effective July 1, 2016.

  • Network: Anthem & El Camino Hospital Contract Renewed

    Jun 30, 2016

    ​Good news! Anthem is pleased to inform you that El Camino Hospital, which includes hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, once again participates in the Anthem Blue Cross network. In Anthem's February 29, 2016 letter, they informed you that El Camino Hospital terminated its contract with Anthem Blue Cross.

  • Network: Anthem & El Camino Hospital Contract Termination

    Mar 09, 2016

    Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) announced they have been unable to renegotiate the terms of their Commercial Hospital Agreement with El Camino Hospital for both locations in Mountain View and Los Gatos. As a result, the contract terminated effective February 29, 2016. Anthem has notified physicians who admit to El Camino Hospital so they can arrange for admission of all Anthem members to alternate facilities.

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  • Aetna: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 16, 2017

    Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for January 1, 2018 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!RATESMedical: Varies by plan and regionDependents:Currently, children ages 0 to 20 are in one premium age band. Effective January 1, 2018 for new and renewing business, children ages 0 to 20 will follow the new Federal uniform age curve: ​One age band for children 0-14; and Separate single age bands for children 15-20 The rating for large families will not be impacted; the three oldest children under the age of 21 will continue to be used for rating.

  • 1-100: Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2017

    Aug 02, 2017

    Aetna announced a medical RATE PASS for October 1, 2017 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!RatesMedicalHMO: RATE PASSPPO: RATE PASSDental: Rate ChangeVision: RATE PASSLife: RATE PASSNetworks​Saint John's Health Clinic is joining Aetna's HMO and HMO Deductible network effective August 1, 2017 The SCCIPA EPO and MC plans (Santa Clara County) are not available for new business as of 9/1/17; members enrolled in these plans will be asked to enroll in a different network at the time of their renewal starting January 2018​October Rate GuideRate Guides for October 1, 2017 is provided below and on the B&P web​site.

  • Aetna and Sutter Health to Form Health Care Joint Venture

    Jun 13, 2017

    Aetna and Sutter Health to Form Health Care Joint Venture in Northern CaliforniaAetna and Sutter Health are launching a new jointly owned health plan. The new joint venture will bring new, affordable insurance plan options to the greater Sacramento, Central Valley and Bay Area communities in 2018*. The collaboration is designed to deliver high-quality, fully insured and self-insured commercial health care products to employers and their employees.

  • Convenient Access to Benefit Information

    Jun 06, 2017

    Aetna is committed to delivering a simpler, more connected experience for their members. That's why they're reminding members of the resources available to help manage their health care benefits. And they can access these resources as soon as they enroll. Members can find a doctor, view Explanations of Benefits (EOBs), and even get personalized cost estimates using Aetna Navigator®.

  • Aetna Collecting TAE for CA Dental Customers

    Jun 06, 2017

    Total average employee (TAE) counts for California dental customers​Collecting TAE for CA dental customers in May 2017Aetna is mailing letters to plan sponsors on May 29, 2017. Aetna needs a response by August 11, 2017. California plan sponsors with 200 or fewer employees enrolled with Aetna Dental® On May 29, 2017, Aetna will mail letters to plan sponsors with 200 or fewer enrolled employees that had an Aetna fully insured dental plan in 2016.

  • Aetna Mailing Written Assurance Letters

    Apr 21, 2017

    Aetna will begin mailing the written assurance letter to non-ERISA and non-government plan sponsors on April 13, 2017. Aetna will need a response from these plan sponsors by June 30, 2017. This information is required for the Minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prior to calculating and distributing potential rebates.

  • 1-100: Aetna Rate Update Effective July 2017

    Apr 12, 2017

    ​Aetna has announced rate adjustments for July 1, 2017 effective dates with no plan, benefit, or underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting!RATESMedical: Rate change varies by plan and regionDental: Rate change varies by plan and regionVision: RATE PASSLife: RATE PASSJULY RATE GUIDES​Rate guides for July 2017 are provided below and on the ​B&P website:​1-100 HMO Rate Guide​1-100 MC Rate Guide​​For questions, please ​contact a member of your b&p Sales Team – 888.

  • Aetna Adds Five Hospital Partners in Southern CA

    Apr 07, 2017

    ​Aetna Adds Five Hospital Partners to OAMC and PPO Networks in Southern CAAetna is pleased to announce that the below hospitals are now included in their California OAMC and PPO netwroks, as of 1/1/17:​Corona Regional Medical CenterInland Valley Regional Medical CenterPalmdale Regional Medical CenterRancho Springs Medical CenterTemecula Valley HospitalNote that these hospitals are excluded (as of 1/1/17) from the Savings Plus network which is a subset of the Managed Choice® network .

  • Quarterly Changes to Aetna's Perscription Drug Coverage

    Apr 04, 2017

    ​Effective January 2017, new Aentna Small Groups of 1–100 will access the ​Aetna Value Formulary for prescription drug coverage, and renewing groups will move to the Aetna Value Formulary on their renewal date. Additionally in 2017, quarterly changes to Aetna’s pharmacy and specialty drug lists will begin. These changes will apply to all members on the date of the change (April, July, October).

  • Aetna: Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Letter for Plan Sponsors

    Mar 03, 2017

    ​Aetna needs to know the total average employee (TAE) count for plan sponsors in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Therefore, Aetna is sending letters about health care reform and MLR requirements to a targeted group of plan sponsors. BACKGROUNDThe ACA sets rules about how much plans must spend each year on medical care and activities that improve health care quality.

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  • Anthem: Care & Cost Finder Tool for Small Group ACA PPO Members

    Nov 09, 2017

    Anthem's Small Group members in ACA (Affordable Care Act) health plans now have a more personalized and intuitive digital experience when they log into Anthem's secure member website at anthem.com/ca. Coming in November, PPO members will also have Anthem's new Care & Cost Finder tool. This convenient tool lets them easily find the care they are looking for, and how much it costs, all in one place.

  • Anthem: Communication to Fully Insured Groups for Updated BCBSA Language

    Nov 02, 2017

    Anthem is required to include information in their group contract that describes the programs offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The BCBSA has updated its disclosure paragraphs and, as a result, Anthem is updating their group contracts to include these new disclosures. None of the programs are actually changing, but the BCBSA wanted to clarify the prior language.

  • Anthem to Launch New Pharmacy Benefits Manager

    Oct 18, 2017

    Anthem, Inc. has announced that it is launching IngenioRx, a new pharmacy benefits manager (PBM). IngenioRx will begin offering a full suite of PBM solutions starting in 2020. IngenioRx will strengthen Anthem Blue Cross' value proposition centered on improving health outcomes and helping to lower total health care costs through the power of integration, combining national scale with local expertise, and developing tools and solutions that paint a real-time picture of total health.

  • Anthem: Help for members impacted by wildfires in California

    Oct 13, 2017

    Anthem is taking steps to help members impacted by wildfires in California. If members are affected and live in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada or Orange County, here’s what they should know:​Members on an Anthem prescription drug plan can refill lost or damaged prescriptions at any pharmacy now.Members who use a mail-order pharmacy can update address information by calling Member Services.

  • Anthem: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 05, 2017

    Anthem Blue Cross announced rate and plan updates for January 1, 2018 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting except Dental Prime & Complete (expected soon). RATES Medical: ​PPO: -0.4% avg. quarterly rate change HMO: 2.4% avg. quarterly rate change Anthem Blue Cross has been extremely consistent with a net change of 6.

  • Anthem: Electronic Member ID Cards Coming This Fall

    Sep 13, 2017

    Starting this fall, Anthem will introduce a new program that gives Small Group and Individual members the option to choose electronic ID cards only, rather than getting a hard copy card in the mail. Members will get this electronic-only option when their plan renews effective on or after January 1, 2018. If they choose this electronic option, they’ll use Anthem's mobile app, Anthem Anywhere, to access their ID card on a smartphone.

  • Anthem: Quote Basic Life Insurance in $15,000 Flat Benefit on Small Group Quoting

    Sep 06, 2017

    ​Starting September 15, 2017, you’ll be able to quote Basic Life flat amounts of $15,000 or more for small groups using Anthem's small group quoting capability. Basic Life will be available for groups of 2 to 9 employees in these flat amounts: ​$15,000 $25,000 $30,000 $50,000 Basic Life for small groups of 10 or more employees will be able to quote in flat amounts from $15,000 up to $350,000, in $1,000 increments.

  • Anthem: Retail 90 Network Offers Convenient Choice for Rx

    Sep 06, 2017

    ​Anthem wants to remind you and your clients about the Retail 90 pharmacy network, an option where members have a convenient way to obtain their prescriptions at their local pharmacy, available for 2017 benefit plans and beyond. Through the Retail 90 network, members can use their local pharmacy to fill up to a 90-day supply of their covered prescription medications.

  • Anthem: Drug List Changes Coming October 1

    Sep 06, 2017

    ​Anthem believes that a sound clinical formulary strategy is instrumental to improving members’ health while controlling pharmacy costs, and making sure that members have access to the medications they need. Through their quarterly formulary review process, Anthem regularly makes additions, deletions and benefit tier changes to their drug lists that maintain the highest level of clinical integrity while delivering cost savings to their members.

  • Anthem and MemorialCare Contract Back in Place

    Aug 29, 2017

    ​Anthem Blue Cross is pleased to announce that they have reached a three year agreement with Memorial Care Health System (“Memorial Care”). Memorial Care rescinded its notice of termination; the prior contract was re-instated and remains in full force and effect until the new agreement is finalized. Memorial Care includes the hospitals listed below: ​Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Community Hospital of Long BeachMiller Children’s and Women’s Hospital of Long BeachOrange Coast Memorial Medical Center Saddleback Memorial Medical CenterFor questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • 1-100: Choice Builder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 19, 2017

    ​Choice Builder announced rate adjustments and minor benefit changes for January 1, 2018 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!RatesRate changes for Ameritas, Anthem Blue Cross, Delta Dental & MetLife.Plans & BenefitsMetLife Voluntary Silver PPO removed the 12 month waiting period for Major and Ortho services.​​Ameritas Platinum and Gold plans added Dental Implants.

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

    Jul 14, 2017

    ​​Choice Builder announced a Rate Pass and minor benefit changes for October 1, 2017 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!RATES ​Dental: RATE PASSVision: RATE PASS​Life: RATE PASSChiro: RATE PASSPLANS & BENEFITSVSP:​ Increase to frames allowance on all Employer Sponsored and Voluntary Vision Plans. OCTOBER RATE GUIDE​The rate guide for October 2017 will be posted on the ​B&P website as soon as it's available.

  • Choice Builder Rate Update Effective July 2017

    Apr 12, 2017

    Choice Builder announced a Rate Pass for July 1, 2017 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. Rates are effective through December 1, 2017. All rates are available for quoting!RATES Dental: RATE PASSVision: RATE PASS Life: RATE PASS Chiro: RATE PASSJULY RATE GUIDEThe Rate Guide is available below and on the ​B&P website.

  • 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

    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.

  • Anthem Blue Cross Joins Choice Builder

    Oct 31, 2016

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

  • Choice Builder Plan & Rate Updates Effective December 2016

    Oct 28, 2016

    Choice Builder announced a RATE PASS for all products, for December 1, 2016 through March 30, 2017 effective dates and the addition of new dental plans through Anthem Blue Cross. All rates are available for quoting! RATESDental: RATE PASSVision: RATE PASSLife: RATE PASSChiro: RATE PASSNEW PLAN OPTIONS Anthem Blue Cross has been added to the portfolio as a new Dental carrier.

  • Choice Builder Announces RATE PASS Effective October 2016

    Aug 04, 2016

    Choice Builder announced a RATE PASS for October 1, 2016 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. All rates are available for quoting!Please contact any member of your beere&purves Sales Team for assistance with quote requests and questions regarding the details above - 888.722.3373.

  • Choice Builder’s Streamlined Program

    Jul 28, 2016

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

  • Choice Builder Announces RATE PASS Effective July 2016

    May 26, 2016

    Choice Builder announced a RATE PASS for July 1, 2016 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. All rates are available for quoting! PLANS & BENEFITS Madison National Life has been removed from the portfolio. Please contact any member of your beere&purves Sales Team for assistance with quote requests and questions regarding the details above - 888.

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  • Delta Dental & EyeMed Available for Groups with 2-4 Employees

    Oct 20, 2017

    EyeMed is now available alongside Delta Dental for groups with 2-4 employees! Previously, EyeMed was available alongside Delta Dental for group with 5 or more employees.​For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

  • 5 Medical Conditions That Can Harm Your Mouth

    Aug 01, 2017

    ​Did you know that problems in other parts of your body can have consequences for your teeth and gums? From diabetes to ulcers, these illnesses can erode teeth, cause bad breath and even turn your tongue black!Acid reflux. Your dentist may be the first to notice gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux.

  • Delta Dental Survey Finds Fewer Americans Missing Work Due to Oral Health Issues

    Jun 06, 2017

    News Release​Oak Brook, Illinois​May 25, 2017Delta Dental Survey Sees 7% Decline in Out-of-Office Days​Tooth aches, pain and unplanned trips to the dentists keeping American adults away from the office are on the decline compared to last year, finds a survey from Delta Dental. In 2016, more than one-quarter (28 percent) of adults in the workforce cited missing work due to oral health issues.

  • What You Need to Know about Delta Dental

    Jan 18, 2017

    Rates January 2017 Rate Updates ​Dental: Two-Year Rate Pass Vision: Two-Year Rate Pass Delta Dental's rate pass for 2017 and 2018 effective dates means they haven't raised rates since 2013!​Plans & Benefits Plan Name Reminders ​PPO A changed to PPO Value. PPO B12 changed to PPO Enhanced. PPO C changed to PPO Plus Premier Enhanced.

  • Delta Dental of California Remaining in 16 Public Exchanges

    Nov 30, 2016

    San Francisco — Delta Dental of California and its affiliates today announced their recommitment to participate in 16 state and federal public exchanges for plan year 2017. The open enrollment period for plan year 2017 is November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017. In 2016, about 250,000 people purchased either DeltaCare® USA, a prepaid/dental HMO-type program, or Delta Dental PPOSM plans, which allow enrollees to get covered services from both in- and out-of-network providers.

  • Delta Dental's Online Self-Service Features

    Aug 22, 2016

    Delta Dental offers many resources to help you manage your client's eligiblity and billing information, view enrollee benefits and more. Simplify your billing and reconciliation processDelta Dental can move your client's billing and reconciliation process online. Their Online Billing and Reconciliation application lets users: View and download current and historical invoices in an Excel-based format.

  • Delta Dental Issues 2-Year Rate Pass

    Jul 28, 2016

    How does Delta Dental follow three straight years without a rate increase? By adding two more. that's how! Delta Dental of California is very pleased to announce that they are continuing the Small Business Program rates for two additional years beginning in 2017. This amounts to five straight years with no change in rates! You can begin quoting the current benefit designs to any new groups requesting a 2017 effective date, and these contracts will be issued for a two year period.

  • Delta Dental Participation Requirement Reduced

    Feb 19, 2016

    The Delta Dental Participation requirement has been reduced to 75% for January 1, 2016 effective dates and beyond.For questions, please contact any member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373​

  • Delta’s Ortho Coverage vs Pediatric Dental Ortho

    Oct 20, 2015

    ​If your client is currently offering their employees a Medical plan that includes pediatric Dental as part of an Essential Health Benefits plan (EHB), they may only be covering the bare minimum. EHB plans are affordable, but they don’t offer robust benefits — like comprehensive orthodontic coverage. Your client's might instead consider Delta Dental’s Small Business Program for a portfolio of Delta Dental PPO and DeltaCare® USA plans that are specially designed to offer small businesses valuable benefits at a variety of price points.

  • 2-99: Delta Dental PPO ID Cards

    Sep 15, 2015

    ​To view a printable version of the above flyer, click ​here.For questions, please ​contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

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  • 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.

  • EMPLOYERS: Off-Site Transitional Duty Program FAQs

    Oct 02, 2017

    ​What are the benefits of using the Off-Site Transitional Duty Program? ​Reduces lost time days. Non-profit placement within 24 hours (on average) of receiving an approved job description or list of restrictions from the employee’s physician. Electronic timecard tracking with 24/7/365 accessibility for the employer, claims handler and case manager. Structured return-to-work process with meaningful and productive work.

  • 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Workers' Compensation Policy

    Jul 31, 2017

    Workers’ compensation insurance is an important safety net that protects your business and employees in case of an on-the-job illness or injury. However, you might not be aware of some additional resources your insurance carrier may provide to help you maintain a safe workplace, save money and get more value out of your policy.

  • Billing Changes to Integrated MediComp

    Dec 20, 2016

    ​As of November 1, 2016, Integrated MediComp's combined billing feature with Anthem's small group health coverage was discontinued. New customers participating in Integrated MediComp will now receive an invoice directly from EMPLOYERS for their workers' compensation insurance coverage and will have their choice of four convenient direct bill payment options: ​100% payment in full 10% down payment and 11 monthly installment payments 30% down payment and three quarterly installment payments ​PrecisePay® (pay-as-you-go) system requires a minimum premium threshold of $2,500 Please note that existing Integrated MediComp participants will need to select one of the above payment options at renewal.

  • New Waiver Rules for Workers Compensation Effective January 2017

    Dec 02, 2016

    New Exclusion Rule Effective January 2017 What's Changing? The recent passage of ​AB 2883 introduces a significant change to the exclusion rules governing Workers' Compensation policies. Currently, certain individuals are provided benefits under a Workers Compensation policy by election, but effective January 1, 2017, these same individuals will no longer be excluded from the Workers' Compensation policy unless a compliant waiver is signed and submitted to the Work Comp carrier.

  • The Premium Audit Process

    Nov 22, 2016

    Conducting a Premium Audit on Your Business​​For many business owners, an audit ranks in the same category as a root canal. However, in the world of workers’ compensation, premium audits are routine, and relatively quick and painless. Your workers’ compensation policy premium is based on estimates you provided at the time of application.

  • EMPLOYERS New Employee Hotline

    Nov 22, 2016

    EMPLOYERS® is introducing the ​Injured Employee Hotline. The hotline is available to injured workers covered by EMPLOYERS® 24/7 and is staffed by registered nurses specially trained to provide medical guidance over the phone for new work-related injuries and illnesses. This service is available to injured workers who have not yet received medical treatment.

  • EMPLOYERS Additional Online Payment Method

    Oct 20, 2016

    Paying Your Bill Online Just Got Easier​EMPLOYERS has made it easier to do business by offering online Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments directly from your savings or checking account through our EACCESS® portal. Convenient Online Payment Methods Now Include: ​Bank Account (Checking or Savings Account) Debit Card - Visa™, and Mastercard® Credit Card - Visa™, Discover®, or Mastercard® Log into the EACCESS policyholder portal today to pay your bill, manage policy information, view claim status and much more.

  • How to Encourage Proper Ergonomics for Remote Workers

    Aug 05, 2016

    The Business JournalMay 10, 2016 Employee wellness and workspace ergonomics have become increasingly popular topics, since poor ergonomics have been found to lead to musculoskeletal issues, including bursitis and muscle strain. While many workplaces offer in-house employees workspace evaluations along with wrist supports, adjustable monitor stands, stand-up desks and other tools to help combat the risks of sedentary jobs, many businesses haven’t been as proactive about encouraging ergonomic best practices for their remote workers.

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  • 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.

  • Guardian Awarded Life Insurance Brand of the Year by Harris Poll Survey

    Jun 15, 2017

    Guardian Awarded Life Insurance Brand of the Year by Harris Poll’s 2017 EquiTrend Survey​Business Wire​June 15, 2017NEW YORK - The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits, has been recognized as Brand of the Year in the Life Insurance category, according to The Harris Poll® EquiTrend Study, which reveals the strongest brands across industries based on consumer response.

  • Guardian Named a Winning "W" Company by 2020 Women on Boards

    Jun 06, 2017

    2020 Women on Boards RecognitionFor 2016, Guardian has been named a Winning “W” Company, ​2020 Women on Boards’ highest award. This honor is given to companies that champion diversity by having 20 percent or more of their board seats held by women. 2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign working to increase the percentage of women who serve on company boards to 20 percent or more by the year 2020.

  • What You Need to Know about Guardian

    May 02, 2017

    ​Plans & BenefitsGuardian plans are available for groups with 2-49 employees. Dental plans are available for quoting in bpQuote. Please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team for quotes with additional lines of coverage and discounts.DentalOne of the largest dental networks nationwide with ​360,800+ total locationsNo waiting period for groups with 5+ employeesImplants for groups with 2+ employees​Maximum Rollover on all plansVision​ Flexible copay and frequency optionsTwo provider networks VSP: 58,000 access pointsDavis Vision: 44,000 access points​Life & DisabilityOffer big company benefits to small business clients including the following Guaranteed Issue* amounts for groups under 10 employees:​2-4 Employees Life: $50,000 STD: $1,500 per week LTD: $2,500 per month 5-9 Employees Life: $100,000 STD: $1,500 per week LTD: $6,000 per month​Groups with 10-49 Employees can receive other generous Guaranteed Issue amounts.

  • Guardian Small Group Sales Highlights

    May 01, 2017

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

  • What is an Employee's Benefits IQ?

    Nov 30, 2016

    Workers Overestimate Their Employee Benefits IQ. How Big of a Problem is That? Working Americans don’t understand their employee benefits as well as they think. Guardian asked a variety of true/false questions about group insurance products and terminology. While IQ results varied, the average grade of C clearly indicates a need for more effective education and benefits enrollment support.

  • Guardian Joins Forces with Maxwell Health to Launch Guardian BenefitsCenter

    Jul 28, 2016

    The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), a leading provider of employee benefits, announced it is working with Maxwell Health (Maxwell) to launch Guardian BenefitsCenter, a multi-carrier, proprietary platform that provides brokers and their clients with a comprehensive end-to-end operating system for delivering employee health and financial security benefits.“The launch of Guardian BenefitsCenter is another example of how Guardian is at the forefront of the workplace benefits market,” said Dong Ahn, Executive Vice President, Group and Worksite Markets at Guardian.

  • Guardian Offers Path to Affordable Whole Life Policy Ownership

    Jul 28, 2016

    The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers, announced two new enhancements to its whole life insurance offerings. Guardian’s Lifetime Protection Builder and Enhanced Whole Life Policy Loan Options provide policyholders choice around how their protection is structured and how they may access policy cash value for any use.

  • Employers Increasingly Outsourcing Employee Benefits Administration

    Mar 29, 2016

    It’s time to re-evaluate. With employee benefits administration becoming increasingly complex, companies need to take stock of their in-house resources and capabilities to ensure they can achieve their benefits goals. An increasing number of outsourcing solutions with niche expertise can be leveraged. Guardian's Third Annual Guardian Workplace Benefits StudySM can provide insights on how to take a more strategic approach to employee benefits plans.

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  • Health Net Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 23, 2017

    ​Health Net announced plan and rate updates for January 1, 2018 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!RATESMedical: ​HMO: 0.2% average decreasePPO: 3.3% average increaseAncillary: rate changeDependents: Currently, children ages 0 to 20 are in one premium age band. Effective January 1, 2018 for new and renewing business, children ages 0 to 20 will follow the new Federal uniform age curve: ​One age band for children 0-14; and Separate single age bands for children 15-20 The rating for large families will not be impacted; the three oldest children under the age of 21 will continue to be used for rating.

  • Health Net offers assistance for California fire victims and evacuees

    Oct 13, 2017

    ​Health Net, Inc. is helping ensure that members of its subsidiaries who have lost their homes or been evacuated due to current wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange and Yuba counties have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information and other services to help them cope with grief, loss, stress or trauma.

  • Health Net Underwriting Promotions Through 1/15/18

    Oct 03, 2017

    Health Net announced the following underwriting promotions through January 15, 2018.​Available for new and renewing small business group contracts effective November 1, 2017 through November 15, 2017.Available for new and renewing small business group contracts effective December 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017.Available for new and renewing small business group contracts effective January 1, 2018 through January 15, 2018.

  • Health Net: 2016 MLR Results

    Sep 18, 2017

    2016 MLR ResultsHealth Net met or exceeded ​the MLR standards for individual, small group and large group plans in all regions in 2016. 2016 MLR results were filed with CMS on July 31, 2017. Additional Information The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health carriers to maintain an MLR of at least 80 percent for Individual and Small Group plans and 85 percent for Large Group plans.

  • 1-100: Health Net Plan & Rate Update Effective October 2017

    Jul 20, 2017

    Health Net announced rate adjustments for October 1, 2017 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!​RatesMedical:PPO/EPO: 0.0% quarterly increase (although not technically a rate pass, the majority of rates are identical to Q3)HMO/HSP: RATE PASSAncillary: RATE PASS​Plans & Benefits​New OfferingsEffective 12/1/17, Health Net will launch the EnhancedCare PPO in Los Angeles.

  • 1-100: Health Net CA Underwriting Promotions

    May 04, 2017

    ​California Small Group Underwriting Promotions For a limited time, you can now offer your clients the choice of selecting from all of our provider networks. HMO ​Full Network WholeCare Network SmartCare Network Salud y Más CommunityCare Network PPO/EPO/HSP ​HSP Network EPO Network EPO Network* If you have a group of 6+ eligible employees, their participation requirement is only 35% when choosing from any of our HMO, HSP, EPO plans and/or our PPO Bronze tier plans.

  • Online Set-Up for Electronic Funds Transfer

    May 01, 2017

    ​Health Net has made it easier to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for your commissions. Brokers can now set up and make changes to an online Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) account.This new online tool will allow you to:​Create an EFT account so your commissions will be directly deposited into your account.

  • 1-100: Health Net Rate Update Effective July 2017

    Apr 12, 2017

    Health Net announced rate adjustments for July 1, 2017 effective dates. There will be no changes to plan details or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!​RATESMedical: Rate change varies by plan and regionDental: RATE PASS Vision: RATE PASS Life: RATE PASS Chiro: RATE PASS JULY RATE GUIDE​Book Rates for July 2017 effective dates are not available yet but will be posted to the B&P websi​te as soon as they become available.

  • A Message from Chief Sales Officer Larry Tallman

    Apr 04, 2017

    March 30, 2017​When it comes to managing your accounts, Health Net knows what’s important. Our online tools set you up for success with time-saving solutions to better serve your clients, and make it simple to manage your business in ways that work for you. All at your fingertips! Let our business-powering tools help you gain a competitive edge.

  • Health Net's 2017 Wellness Programs

    Mar 03, 2017

    A Message from Chief Sales Officer, Larry TallmanKeeping our members healthy and fostering well-being are top priorities at Health Net. Our wellness benefit programs had proven success in 2016 and are growing in demand! These programs are continuing to make a positive difference. Join us by sharing our successful and new 2017 wellness benefit program offerings with your clients! Click on the following link, which provides all exciting details:​​2017 Wellness Programs We have a profound commitment to the health of our members – and to help your business grow! Sincerely, Larry Tallman ​Chief Sales Officer ​Western Region, Large Group and Major Accounts ​California, Small Business Group and Individual and Family PlansFor questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

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  • The Power of Legal Plans for Small Business Benefits Programs

    Nov 06, 2017

    ​At some point, virtually everyone will need to deal with a legal issue. With important legal implications associated with many common life events, an affordable legal services plan is a natural and valued fit for your clients – especially those small business clients looking to add more to their benefits program without added cost.

  • MetLife: Build Culture, Win With Talent

    Oct 03, 2017

    Driving small business success through benefits​For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

  • Help Small Business Clients See Beyond Medical Insurance

    Jul 05, 2017

    ​It's no joke or secret that for small business owners cost is a key driver in most decision making. When trying to balance many financial obligations adding insurance programs can be a tough sell. MetLife's insightful white paper can help you warm the door by sharing real life examples of small businesses that added benefits to their offerings and how they did it.

  • Q2 2017: American Small Business Owners Confident Yet Cautious

    Jun 06, 2017

    Accounting for two-thirds of new jobs and generating more than half the nation's economic output1, there's nothing small about small business.The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index takes the pulse of this critical segment within the workforce to gauge its outlook on economic and societal trends, resulting in a quarterly Index score.

  • MetLaw: The Power of Legal Plans

    May 01, 2017

    ​The Power of Legal Plans for Small Business Benefits Programs At some point, virtually everyone will need to deal with a legal issue. There are important legal implications associated with many common life events. An affordable legal services plan is a natural and valued fit for your clients – especially those small business clients looking to add more to their benefits program without added cost.

  • MetLife's Latest Employee Benefit Trends Study

    Apr 07, 2017

    ​Welcome to a new age of benefits Working doesn't look like it used to. Demographic shifts and changing employee expectations are creating new challenges – and opportunities – for today's employers. MetLife's 15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study focuses on the rapidly transforming workforce and ways employers can adapt their benefits strategies to address diverse needs and succeed in meeting top benefit objectives.

  • What You Need to Know about MetLife

    Apr 05, 2017

    ​Plans & Benefits Dental​Dental 2-99 employeesMost popular plans in bpQuoteCustom plans available through B&P SpecialistCalendar Year Maximums up to $2,500, $3,000 and $5,000Orthodontia down to 5 enrolled (with prior coverage)Broker Bonus for groups with 50-99 eligible​Vision​Life​Disability ​Simply Smart Bundles MetLife ​Simply Smart Bundles bring together Dental, Vision, Life and Disability options based on local market needs and pricing demands of businesses with 10-99 employees.

  • MetLife Simply Smart Bundles for Small Groups

    Mar 03, 2017

    Introducing Benefit Bundles Tailored to Compete in Your MarketSimple. MetLife Simply Smart Bundles bring together Dental, Vision, Life and Disability options based on local market needs and pricing demands of businesses with 10-99 employees. MetLife's plan options provide flexibility to recommend the right plan for each client.Smart. Exclusive value-adds provide differentiators that can help close sales and strengthen client relationships.

  • MetLife and b&p: Vision Solutions

    Nov 11, 2016

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

  • MetLife and b&p: Life Solutions

    Nov 11, 2016

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

  • The Millennial Benefits Perspective

    Nov 08, 2016

    View the full report ​here.​​For questions, please contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373.​

  • MetLife and b&p: Disability benefits and absence management

    Nov 08, 2016

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

  • MetLife and b&p: Dental Solutions

    Nov 04, 2016

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

  • MetLife and b&p: The Power of a Strong Relationship

    Nov 04, 2016

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

  • New MetLife Dental Program: MetLife TakeAlong Dental

    Oct 12, 2016

    ​insurancenewsnet.comDorothy LainczSeptember 15, 2016The traditional workforce of the past has been replaced by a new norm—a mix of full-time employees, part-timers and consultants. While this new norm combines unique generations, different aspirations, and a new way of thinking about the workplace and employee benefits, dental remains a must-have benefit. A new program from MetLife—MetLife TakeAlong DentalSM—is designed to complement employers’ traditional MetLife group dental benefits, offering an individual coverage option for the segment of the workforce not eligible to participate in a traditional employer-sponsored dental plan.

  • New MetLife Mobile App

    Oct 11, 2016

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

  • MetLife's PDP Plus Network for Small Group

    Oct 11, 2016

    Numbers count. So do discounts, utilization, and savings when it comes to evaluating dental provider networks. MetLife's PDP Plus network1 checks every box on the must-have list when recommending dental plans to small business clients. ACCESS 361,000+ participating dental access points2 In-network utilization that outpaces the industry average by 18%3 DISCOUNTS Negotiated fees that are typically 15%-45% less than average charges in the same community4 REAL SAVINGS More than $2.

  • 1-200: Rate Updates Effective October 2016 - March 2017

    Oct 07, 2016

    MetLife announced rates adjustments effective October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Rates are available for quoting! RATES Dental: moderate rate DECREASE Vision: 5.0%DECREASE For questions, please contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373.​

  • MetLife's Legal Services - MetLaw

    Sep 27, 2016

    MetLife's Legal Services - MetLaw ​ For questions, please contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373​

  • Life Insurance Infographic

    Sep 20, 2016

    For questions, please contact a member of your b&p Sales Team - 888.722.3373​

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  • Introducing Principal

    Oct 14, 2017

    ​We are excited to announce the addition of Principal to the Beere&Purves portfolio effective immediately. 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 Principal does exactly that.Principal offers:Dental standalone for groups of 3+ livesVision, Life, STD and LTD standalone for groups of 5+ lives Voluntary Accident and Critical Illness for groups with 5 enrolled or 10% participation, whichever is greater5% discount on dental, life, STD and LTD if 3 or more lines are selectedDental highlights:Point of Service Plan (POS) for California Contracts Strong national network with 113,000+ dentists, California alone has:8,356 EPO dentists19,108 PPO dentistsChild orthodontia down to 3 lives, adult orthodontia available for 25+ livesRefreshed annual maximum at takeoverVision highlights:VSP Choice provider networkProvide ID cardsConsolidated billing with other Principal productsLife/AD&D highlights:Flat or multiples of salaryAbility to class outExpanded definition of owner compensation; salary plus net income averaged over 2 yearsSTD highlights:70% benefit availableOptional benefit of 20% up to $1,000 not coordinated with SDI availableOwn job descriptionLTD highlights:Expanded definition of owner compensation; salary plus net income averaged over 2 yearsNo mandatory rehabilitationSpecialty contract for attorneys and physiciansRates are available for dental, vision and life in bpQuote.

  • Five Components of TriNet Full-Service HR

    Jan 26, 2017

    TriNet has long been recognized as a leading provider of full-service HR solutions and a trusted advisor to thousands of small and midsize companies in a wide range of industries. TriNet's HR services are built with five distinct components: 1. HR Team: industry specialization, employee onboarding, and benefits enrollment 2. Payroll: tax remittance and filing, real-time entry, and direct deposit 3.

  • Introducing Broker-Friendly TriNet

    Feb 05, 2016

    We are excited to announce our new partnership with TriNet! We recognize you may compete against a PEO for new clients or existing clients may view PEOs as a viable option for their business, so we want to make sure you are prepared to protect your business. TriNet is the only broker-friendly PEO, so when consulting with your existing clients and prospects, you can confidently recommend TriNet's HR bundled solutions without the threat of losing the business and revenue.

  • UHC: Real Appeal Information Sessions Available October through December

    Oct 17, 2017

    Real Appeal® will offer broker information sessions throughout October, November, and December 2017. During these half-hour sessions, participants will learn more about UnitedHealthcare’s Real Appeal weight loss program and the benefits it offers Fully Insured Small Business customers. The sessions will showcase how the program has helped members lose more than 1 million pounds* through one-on-one personalized coaching and engaging digital tools that lead to behavior change, scalable disease prevention and medical savings for employers.

  • UHC: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 02, 2017

    ​UHC announced rate and plan updates for January 1, 2018 effective dates with no underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting! RATES Medical: ​HMO: 2.5% increase PPO: 0.6% decrease Dependents: Currently, children ages 0 to 20 are in one premium age band. Effective January 1, 2018 for new and renewing business, children ages 0 to 20 will follow the new Federal uniform age curve: ​One age band for children 0-14; and Separate single age bands for children 15-20 The rating for large families will not be impacted; the three oldest children under the age of 21 will continue to be used for rating.

  • UHC SignatureValue Advantage Plan Participants Now Have Access to Canopy Health

    Sep 21, 2017

    ​SAN FRANCISCO​Aug. 31, 2017People in Northern California will have access through their primary care physician to more than 3,000 specialists throughout Canopy Health's network of hospitals and doctors.People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s SignatureValue Advantage health plans now have access to Canopy Health’s network of hospitals and physicians throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • UHC and Warby Parker Collaboration to Feature Affordable, Designer Prescription Eyewear

    Sep 20, 2017

    ​MINNETONKA, Minn. ​Sept. 19, 2017People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans can access Warby Parker’s designer prescription eyewear at affordable prices, online or at any of the more than 50 stores nationwide, beginning in 2018. This marks the first time Warby Parker is accepting vision insurance, and will enable millions of people to purchase prescription eyewear for only their copay.

  • UHC: No MLR Rebates for California Small Group

    Sep 15, 2017

    For benefit plan year 2016, the sixth Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) reporting year, UnitedHealthcare’s results show there no premium rebates for the California Small Group market. For a summary of which states, legal entities and size of business (aggregation set) will be receiving a rebate, refer to the ​Final Rebate Summary Report.

  • UHC Simplifies Drug Prescribing Experience

    Sep 05, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare Simplifies Drug Prescribing Experience for Care Providers and Patients with PreCheck MyScriptBusinessWire​​September 5, 2017​Minnetonka, MN​New online tool streamlines authorizations and makes it easy to compare drug pricesPhysicians and patients will know out-of-pocket costs and lower-cost alternatives while in the doctor’s officeUnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, is making it easier and quicker for care providers to prescribe medications for their patients through a new online solution called PreCheck MyScript.

  • UHC 2017-2018 Flu Vaccination Program

    Aug 10, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare has assembled a broad-based approach to providing flu shot access for its members for the 2017-2018 flu season. Benefit Coverage Members should review their benefit plan to determine coverage for flu immunizations. Preventive services, including immunizations, are provided under the standard, fully insured UnitedHealthcare Certificate of Coverage (COC). Many self-funded customer plans also include coverage for approved flu immunizations, but are dependent upon benefit plan and may include member copayments or deductibles.

  • 1-100: UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2017

    Jun 30, 2017

    Rates​UnitedHealthcare announced rate updates for October 1, 2017 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!Medical PPO: RATE PASS!​HMO: 4% average, varies by HMO network SignatureValue: 3.0%Advantage: 3.4%Alliance: 5.4%Focus: 7.5%Zip Code AdditionAlliance network will include zip code 93451 (San Luis Obispo).Plans & UnderwritingNo changes made to existing portfolios, plans, benefits or underwriting.Book RatesBook rates for October 2017 effective dates are not available yet but will be posted to the ​B&P website as soon as they become available.

  • 25+: UHC Q4 New Sales Bonus

    Jun 16, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to agents in California who sell new medical groups and grow their book of business with up to 100 eligible employees from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Agents must sell a total of at least 25 enrolled employees and have a net change percentage of at least 100% during the bonus period in order to be eligible for the bonus.

  • 25+: UHC Q3 New Sales Bonus

    Jun 16, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to agents in California who sell new medical groups and grow their book of business with up to 100 eligible employees from July 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. Agents must sell a total of at least 25 enrolled employees and have a net change percentage of at least 100% during the bonus period in order to be eligible for the bonus.

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  • VSP: Get an Extra $40 to Spend on Select Frame Brands

    Oct 20, 2017

    Be the hero! Let your employees know that now through December 31, eligible VSP® members get an extra $40 to spend on bebe®, Calvin Klein, Columbia, Dragon®, and Flexon® frames. No extra paperwork, no hassle, just incredible frames. Maximize your employees’ benefits by sharing the news.Share the ​coupon.For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

  • VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2018

    Oct 05, 2017

    VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31, 2018, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!RATESChoice Plans: ​Non-voluntary: RATE PASSVoluntary: RATE PASSSignature Plans: ​Non-voluntary: RATE PASSVoluntary:​ RATE PASSBOOK RATESThe January 1, 2018 book rates for VSP are provided below and available on the B&P website. ​5-99 Choice Rate Guide (3-tier)​5-99 Choice Rate Guide (4-tier)​5-99 Signature Rate Guide (3-tier)​5-99 Signature Rate Guide (4-tier)For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

  • VSP: Renewal of Exclusive Longterm Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

    Oct 03, 2017

    ​MARCHON EYEWEAR, INC. AND CALVIN KLEIN, INC. ANNOUNCE RENEWAL OF EXCLUSIVE LONGTERM GLOBAL EYEWEAR LICENSING AGREEMENT​MELVILLE, NY + NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 – Marchon Eyewear, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear, and Calvin Klein, Inc., the global lifestyle brand and wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp.

  • Most Popular Questions from VSP Members

    Jul 31, 2017

    As a VSP Vision Care member, you have access to great eye doctors, eyewear, and the affordable care you deserve. VSP wants to be sure you get the most out of your vision benefit! We know vision care naturally comes with some questions; here are five popular questions asked by VSP members: ​Where’s all of my benefit information? Your personalized benefit information and eligible services is just clicks away on vsp.

  • VSP Summer Frames Promotion

    Jun 13, 2017

    ​Exciting savings for your clients and their employees: through July 31, eligible employees get an Extra $40 to spend on Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, and Salvatore Ferragamo frames.No extra paperwork, no hassle, just fabulous frames. The extra $40 is automatically added to the current frame allowance by their VSP® doctor when they select an eligible frame brand.

  • Award-Winning Vision Care You Can Count On

    Jun 06, 2017

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

  • Reduce the Impacts of Blue Light Exposure

    May 02, 2017

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

  • What You Need to Know about VSP

    Feb 14, 2017

    Rates January 2017 Rate Updates Signature Plans ​Non-Voluntary: 2.0% increase Voluntary: 3.0% increase ​Signature 4-Tier Rate GuideChoice Plans ​Non-Voluntary: 1.5% increase Voluntary: 3.0% increase​Choice 4-Tier Rate GuidePlans & Benefits ​Direct contract for 5-99; no monthly administration fees. Choose between Signature and Choice plans, Non-Voluntary and Voluntary. Choice plans can offer a 25% savings over Signature plans with a minor difference in network providers.

  • VSP Calvin Klein & Cole Haan Frames Promotion

    Nov 04, 2016

    Exciting savings for your clients and their employees: from November 1 through March 31, eligible employees get an Extra $40 to spend on Calvin Klein and Cole Haan frames. No extra paperwork, no hassle, just fabulous frames. The extra $40 is automatically added to the current frame allowance by their VSP® doctor when they select an eligible frame brand.

  • Eyeconic

    Aug 18, 2016

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

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