News & Updates

  • 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.

  • Important January Reminders

    Dec 17, 2018

    January 1st is almost upon us, here are some important reminders to help you provide the best possible service to your clients this enrollment season.

  • EaseCentral-Anthem Blue Cross API Integration Added to BrokerPicks!

    Nov 05, 2018

    Beere&Purves is excited to add the new EaseCentral-Anthem Blue Cross API Integration to BrokerPicks! When you sell a new medical group with Anthem Blue Cross and want to process changes through EaseCentral, elect our EaseCentral-Anthem API BrokerPick and B&P will pay for the integration.

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  • 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.

  • 2019 HCSO & FCO Reporting Cancelled due to COVID-19

    Mar 27, 2020

    Pursuant to the San Francisco Mayor's March 23, 2020 proclamation, San Francisco is cancelling the employer requirement to submit the 2019 Annual Reporting Form for the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) and the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO).

  • CA DOI Update on Health Care Sharing Ministries

    Mar 12, 2020

    The California Department of Insurance issued a cease and desist order to protect California consumers from misleading health plans known as "Health Care Sharing Ministries."

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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 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 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.

  • 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.

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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!

  • Kaiser Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

    Sep 22, 2020

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

  • Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Return to Work Playbook

    Jul 29, 2020

    As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, Kaiser Permanente's playbook is meant to offer useful tools for you and your leadership teams to make workplaces as safe as possible and to support your groups and their employees.

  • Kaiser Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2020

    Jul 01, 2020

    Kaiser announced rate updates for October 1, 2020 effective dates with no changes to plans or benefits. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Kaiser Extends Grace Period and $0 Treatment for COVID-19

    Jun 11, 2020

    Kaiser Permanente provided the following updates on their extensions to payment grace period and COVID-19 treatment.

  • Kaiser Permanente Link for Enrolling in Individual Plans

    May 02, 2020

    We know this is a challenging time for everyone in the country and that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect some employer-sponsored coverage. Although we hope we can help you and your clients maintain their current group coverage, we understand that some employees may need to find individual plans. If you do not sell individual insurance, Kaiser Permanente shared the following link that can help employees that lose their employer-sponsored coverage learn more about their options.

  • Kaiser to Cover COVID-19 Treatment

    Apr 06, 2020

    Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will waive all member out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient services related to the treatment of COVID-19, as of April 1, 2020.

  • Kaiser Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2020

    Apr 02, 2020

    Kaiser announced rate updates for July 1, 2020 effective dates with no changes to plans or benefits. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Kaiser Introduces Digital Self-care Portfolio

    Mar 23, 2020

    Kaiser Permanente has introduced a digital self-care portfolio as part of their commitment to bring their members innovative ways to receive mental health care and service.

  • Large Group Renewal Notice Timeframe Changes from 60 Days to 120 Days

    Feb 06, 2020

    Effective January 1, 2020, a new California law (AB 731) requires that all large groups must receive notice of changes to rates and benefits 120 days prior to their renewal date.

  • Kaiser: Help Small Groups Employees Avoid Tax Penalties

    Dec 05, 2019

    A new California law requires all state residents to have qualifying health coverage beginning January 1, 2020 — or face state tax penalties. To help your clients' employees avoid these penalties, Kaiser Permanente is offering a special open enrollment period from October 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.

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  • 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.

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

    Jul 23, 2020

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

  • MetLife Crediting 25% of April & May Premiums on Fully-Insured Dental PPO Plans

    Jun 09, 2020

    Recognizing that many services will be deferred or cancelled altogether, customers with fully insured dental PPO plans will receive a premium credit on a future bill in the amount of 25% for the months of April and May, 2020.

  • MetLife: Reimagining the Role for Small Business Benefits

    Apr 09, 2020

    As work and life continue to blend and unemployment remains low, the competition for employee talent is intense. Small businesses are seeking solutions to help their companies stand out as they tackle the challenge of attracting, engaging, and retaining employees.

  • MetLife: 3 Reasons Why Vision Benefits Deserve a Moment

    Mar 06, 2020

    Those high-profile benefits often grab all the attention during client meetings. (Yes, we're talking about you, medical insurance.) But, carve out a little time as part of your next proposal to focus in on your Vision insurance recommendation.

  • MetLife: The Power of Bundles

    Feb 03, 2020

    With continued low unemployment rates, businesses of all sizes are refining their recruiting and retention strategies to ensure they're attracting – and keeping – the best employees.

  • MetLife: How Brokers Can Use Benefit Trends in Their Strategy

    Dec 17, 2019

    At a glance, what employers expect from their benefits brokers and consultants hasn't changed dramatically in recent years. The expectations that top the list are largely the same from year to year. However, MetLife's latest employee benefit trends report takes a deeper dive into the responses of employers and employees to uncover insights into how expectations are evolving – and how brokers can deliver for their clients.

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