News & Updates

  • PPE Deemed Reimbursable Under Certain Tax Favored Accounts

    Apr 13, 2021

    The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code).

  • ChoiceBuilder Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

    Apr 13, 2021

    ChoiceBuilder announced plan and rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

  • DOL Issues New Model Notices Regarding ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

    Apr 13, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides 100% COBRA subsidies to Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs) from April 1 to September 30, 2021. In response to ARPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) was required to produce new Model Notices that need to be distributed to AEIs that notify them of this premium assistance and of the premium assistance expiration when applicable.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

    Apr 13, 2021

    It’s important for people to understand their COVID-19 testing options should they need to get tested. To help you and your clients understand your options, check out Anthem's latest article on the COVID-19 Resource Center called, The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests.

  • Principal Now Available Down to 2 Lives Effective 5/1/21!

    Apr 13, 2021

    Principal has exciting news to share. Beginning with May 1, 2021 effective dates, Principal will be able to quote down to 2 lives! Their updated guidelines are:

  • Anthem: Your Broker News Is Now Available Wherever You Are

    Apr 12, 2021

    News doesn’t just happen on Thursdays. Starting on April 12, 2021, news updates* will go out in real time on multiple channels — Anthem's Broker Plus mobile app, the Producer Toolbox, and anthem.com/ca. Anthem will post news as it's available instead of waiting for Thursday.

  • Kaiser: Information on the American Rescue Plan Act

    Apr 12, 2021

    On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the most recent COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This COVID-19 relief package covers a wide range of issues and includes new COBRA continuation coverage election, notice, and premium assistance requirements.

  • MetLife: The Pandemic has Changed the Workforce Forever

    Apr 12, 2021

    Over the last year, the world and the workforce have changed in unprecedented ways. Now, MetLife is sharing the workforce trends that are impacting brokers, their clients and other employers.

  • Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

    Apr 10, 2021

    Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Kaiser Rolls Out A New, Upgraded Online Experience For Employers & Brokers

    Apr 02, 2021

    Kaiser is excited to announce the launch of their new site. The updated employer/broker site at account.kp.org includes a fresh design and an intuitive site navigation so visitors could get where they needed to go.

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  • Need a Business Associate Agreement? TotalHIPAA has you Covered!

    Feb 16, 2021

    TotalHIPAA is offering a free Business Associate Agreement on their new, redesigned website! When you are on their home page, click the bar at the top of the screen to download a copy of their BAA template.

  • Q2 2021 Rates Available for Quoting

    Feb 01, 2021

    Almost all Q2 2021 rates are available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

  • Get Your 2021 B&P Calendar Card!

    Dec 10, 2020

    Complete our Calendar Card Request Form to get a 2021 B&P Calendar Card sent to your address! Our 2021 calendar is a 5x7 card with rounded corners and is printed on Shutterfly's thickest available cardstock.

  • Q1 2021 Rate Availability Update

    Oct 05, 2020

    Some Q1 2021 rates are available in bpQuote, with more expected to be released in the next couple of weeks! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

  • Introducing Kaiser Permanente Large Group!

    Aug 13, 2020

    We are excited to announce that Beere&Purves has signed a large group General Agency contract with Kaiser Permanente. You can sell Kaiser Permanente large group business with 101 to 300 eligible employees through Beere&Purves beginning with an October 1, 2020 effective date.

  • Virtual Small Group Insurance Boot Camp!

    Jun 23, 2020

    We revamped our Small Group Insurance Boot Camp to give you access to training materials from wherever, whenever!

  • Update from B&P Regarding COVID-19

    Mar 17, 2020

    Like all of the country, Beere&Purves continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the impact around us. We take the health of our employees, broker partners and groups seriously.

  • Planning for a Possible PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Event at B&P

    Oct 08, 2019

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

  • Introducing Kaiser Permanente!

    Oct 01, 2019

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

  • Introducing Human Interest

    May 07, 2019

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

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  • bpQuote Maintenance from 3 AM - 8 AM PST on Saturday, 2/6

    Feb 05, 2021

    HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 3 AM to 8 AM PST on Saturday, February 6th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

  • bpQuote Adding Lab & X-Ray to Employee Rate Side by Side Report

    Feb 02, 2021

    bpQuote is adding Lab & X-Ray benefits to the Employee Rate Side by Side report. Users will see the Lab & X-Ray benefit included in this report beginning on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

  • Q2 2021 Rates Available for Quoting

    Feb 01, 2021

    Almost all Q2 2021 rates are available in bpQuote! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

  • Aetna Benefit Corrections Retroactive to 1/1/21

    Jan 25, 2021

    The Department of Insurance asked Aetna to make the following benefit changes to their 2021 plans, retroactive to January 1, 2021. These changes have been made to bpQuote.

  • bpQuote Enhances Set Button on Proposal Options Page

    Jan 25, 2021

    bpQuote has enhanced the "Set" button in the Select Medical Plan Information section at the top of the Proposal Options page. The Set button will now save the plan order for any future requotes for the group. This should be helpful for proposals that do not utilize one of the default sort orders.

  • bpQuote Enhances Table Rates to Include Per Pay Period Options

    Jan 15, 2021

    bpQuote has enhanced the Table Rates report so that you now have the option to select a Contribution period of Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Semi-Monthly, or Monthly. This enhancement has been added to the Benefits & Table Rates page at the front of bpQuote and to the Proposal Options page at the end of the quote engine while working on a specific group.

  • CaliforniaChoice 1/1/21 Benefit Corrections

    Dec 15, 2020

    CaliforniaChoice was recently notified by Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Oscar and Western Healthy Advantage of benefit changes effective January 1, 2021.

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

    Nov 11, 2020

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

  • bpQuote Maintenance from 6 PM - 11 PM PST on Friday,11/6

    Nov 06, 2020

    HealthConnect will be performing maintenance on the quote engine from 6 PM to 11 PM PST on Friday, November 6th. bpQuote may have intermittent outages during this time.

  • Q1 2021 Rate Availability Update

    Oct 05, 2020

    Some Q1 2021 rates are available in bpQuote, with more expected to be released in the next couple of weeks! Click the links below to read more about carrier-specific changes.

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  • PPE Deemed Reimbursable Under Certain Tax Favored Accounts

    Apr 13, 2021

    The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code).

  • DOL Issues New Model Notices Regarding ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

    Apr 13, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides 100% COBRA subsidies to Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs) from April 1 to September 30, 2021. In response to ARPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) was required to produce new Model Notices that need to be distributed to AEIs that notify them of this premium assistance and of the premium assistance expiration when applicable.

  • New Website Makes Finding Small-Business Resources Easier

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Resilience Compass streamlines the search for funding, training, workforce management, and strategy resources to help organizations recover from the pandemic.

  • Ease’s 2021 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report

    Mar 16, 2021

    Ease’s 2021 SMB Benefits & Employee Insights Report is a study of SMBs across the country, such as doctor’s offices, manufacturers, restaurant groups, and more. With this report, you’ll be able to benchmark against premium costs, contribution data, shifting plans makeup, and more to unlock insights that will empower you to better serve your clients and set you apart from your competition.

  • Legislation Update: American Rescue Plan Act and Health Insurance

    Mar 16, 2021

    President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) on March 11th of this year. While this legislation covers a wide array of topics, below are some updates regarding our world of health insurance.

  • Anthem: Health Plan Due Dates Scheduled to be Reinstated March 1, 2021

    Feb 26, 2021

    Starting March 1, 2020, Anthem suspended key health plan timeframes to give your clients more time to take advantage of HIPAA special enrollment periods, file and appeal claims, elect COBRA continuation coverage, and pay COBRA premiums.

  • Need a Business Associate Agreement? TotalHIPAA has you Covered!

    Feb 16, 2021

    TotalHIPAA is offering a free Business Associate Agreement on their new, redesigned website! When you are on their home page, click the bar at the top of the screen to download a copy of their BAA template.

  • 2021 ACA Affordability Threshold Reminder

    Jan 06, 2021

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

  • PCORI Fee Adjusted to $2.66 for 2021

    Jan 05, 2021

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

  • Ease's 2020 Fourth Quarter Preparedness Report

    Sep 23, 2020

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

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  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

    Apr 13, 2021

    It’s important for people to understand their COVID-19 testing options should they need to get tested. To help you and your clients understand your options, check out Anthem's latest article on the COVID-19 Resource Center called, The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests.

  • Anthem: Your Broker News Is Now Available Wherever You Are

    Apr 12, 2021

    News doesn’t just happen on Thursdays. Starting on April 12, 2021, news updates* will go out in real time on multiple channels — Anthem's Broker Plus mobile app, the Producer Toolbox, and anthem.com/ca. Anthem will post news as it's available instead of waiting for Thursday.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Does It Mean To Be Fully Vaccinated?

    Mar 31, 2021

    As the number of fully vaccinated people grows, Anthem wants to keep you informed. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than one-fifth of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and more than one-tenth are fully vaccinated.

  • Anthem: Update to Health Plan Due Dates That Were Reinstated Starting March 1, 2021

    Mar 30, 2021

    Recently, Anthem let you know that they planned to reinstate certain health plan timeframes they suspended effective March 1, 2020, under federal guidance. Anthem will begin reinstating these timeframes on March 1, 2021. On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided additional guidance on continuation of relief for employee benefit plans, including the duration of the "outbreak period."

  • Anthem's New Electronic Enrollment Tool in EmployerAccess Saves Time

    Mar 23, 2021

    Group administrators can now view an electronic enrollment file through Anthem's new Electronic Enrollment Tool (EET) in EmployerAccess. Available in late March, this new process delivers faster results than emailed PDF forms that needed to be filled out and returned.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Coverage Options for the Unemployed

    Mar 21, 2021

    Unemployment is an additional challenge many Americans are facing as organizations adjust to changes caused by COVID-19. Making health benefit decisions can be difficult for those who are without coverage because of unforeseen work circumstances.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: New COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Brokers

    Mar 12, 2021

    Anthem's COVID-19 Resource Center now includes a COVID-19 Response Toolkit to help you and your clients respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Important Anthem Small Group Updates

    Mar 05, 2021

    Anthem Blue Cross provided important updates on some changes, promotions and COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. Please see below for more information.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Experts Say About the Vaccine

    Mar 04, 2021

    Anthem knows your clients have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and Anthem is available to help. Their latest blog article, What Do Experts Say About the Vaccine?, provides information, advice and recommendations from trusted health and medical professionals on a variety of vaccine topics. Experts from the American Medical Association (AMA), Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic weigh in on concerns about the quick development of the vaccine, post-vaccination activity, and more.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Easy-to-Share Vaccine Safety Flyer

    Mar 04, 2021

    Do you know how COVID-19 vaccines were developed so fast? Learn more about the FDA’s clinical trial and approval process in Anthem's new vaccine safety flyer. Be sure to share it with your clients to help them understand the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines, how they were made so quickly, and what steps were taken to ensure that they are safe.

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  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

    Apr 13, 2021

    It’s important for people to understand their COVID-19 testing options should they need to get tested. To help you and your clients understand your options, check out Anthem's latest article on the COVID-19 Resource Center called, The Different Types of COVID-19 Tests.

  • Anthem Large Group: A Personalized Website Makes It Easy for Large Groups to Manage Benefits

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Employer Resource Center (ERC) is a personalized website created exclusively for each of your Large Group clients that makes it easy for them to find materials and resources about the products they’ve purchased from Anthem. Plan information and resources your clients need to help employees stay healthy and obtain the most from their benefits are all gathered in one place.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Does It Mean To Be Fully Vaccinated?

    Mar 31, 2021

    As the number of fully vaccinated people grows, Anthem wants to keep you informed. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than one-fifth of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and more than one-tenth are fully vaccinated.

  • Anthem's New Electronic Enrollment Tool in EmployerAccess Saves Time

    Mar 23, 2021

    Group administrators can now view an electronic enrollment file through Anthem's new Electronic Enrollment Tool (EET) in EmployerAccess. Available in late March, this new process delivers faster results than emailed PDF forms that needed to be filled out and returned.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Coverage Options for the Unemployed

    Mar 21, 2021

    Unemployment is an additional challenge many Americans are facing as organizations adjust to changes caused by COVID-19. Making health benefit decisions can be difficult for those who are without coverage because of unforeseen work circumstances.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: New COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Brokers

    Mar 12, 2021

    Anthem's COVID-19 Resource Center now includes a COVID-19 Response Toolkit to help you and your clients respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: What Experts Say About the Vaccine

    Mar 04, 2021

    Anthem knows your clients have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and Anthem is available to help. Their latest blog article, What Do Experts Say About the Vaccine?, provides information, advice and recommendations from trusted health and medical professionals on a variety of vaccine topics. Experts from the American Medical Association (AMA), Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic weigh in on concerns about the quick development of the vaccine, post-vaccination activity, and more.

  • Anthem: Dental Cost Estimator Added to Find Care Tool

    Mar 04, 2021

    Anthem's Find Care member tool can now estimate dental costs for all Prime and Complete network dental plans. Members can find it through the Sydney Health app and anthem.com/ca. It’s one tool for finding a network dentist and comparing costs, locations, and office hours.

  • Anthem COVID-19 Conversations: Easy-to-Share Vaccine Safety Flyer

    Mar 04, 2021

    Do you know how COVID-19 vaccines were developed so fast? Learn more about the FDA’s clinical trial and approval process in Anthem's new vaccine safety flyer. Be sure to share it with your clients to help them understand the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines, how they were made so quickly, and what steps were taken to ensure that they are safe.

  • Anthem: Health Plan Due Dates Scheduled to be Reinstated March 1, 2021

    Feb 26, 2021

    Starting March 1, 2020, Anthem suspended key health plan timeframes to give your clients more time to take advantage of HIPAA special enrollment periods, file and appeal claims, elect COBRA continuation coverage, and pay COBRA premiums.

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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.

  • CalChoice Introduces New Plan Comparison Tool

    Mar 24, 2021

    The new Plan Comparison Tool helps answer the question, “which option is best for me?” By telling CaliforniaChoice is a little bit about themselves, your clients can compare plans to find the one that best fits their needs.

  • The New CalChoice.com is Here!

    Feb 16, 2021

    You’re going to love the new calchoice.com! Log in, take a look around, and see firsthand how CalChoice has customized your experience to make managing your benefits easier than ever.

  • CaliforniaChoice: Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Pediatric Dental Premium Credit

    Feb 03, 2021

    CaliforniaChoice announced that Delta Dental of California has elected to credit a portion of a group's September 2020 Kaiser Permanente premium for their pediatric dental coverage. This one-time credit for all eligible members enrolled on Kaiser Permanente plans during the month of September 2020 will be applied to an eligible group's March 2021 invoice.

  • CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

    Jan 13, 2021

    CaliforniaChoice announced rate and benefit changes for April 1, 2021 effective dates with no underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting!

  • CaliforniaChoice 1/1/21 Benefit Corrections

    Dec 15, 2020

    CaliforniaChoice was recently notified by Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Oscar and Western Healthy Advantage of benefit changes effective January 1, 2021.

  • Big Bonuses on CalChoice Business: Up to $100 Per Subscriber

    Nov 30, 2020

    Great news! You can start the new year with some extra cash, thanks to bonuses offered by three CaliforniaChoice partners. You’ll earn bonus dollars on CaliforniaChoice members who enroll with Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, and Kaiser Permanente only, based on the effective dates below.

  • Kaiser Permanente Announces December 2020 & January 2021 Broker Bonus

    Nov 02, 2020

    Kaiser Permanente announced a new broker bonus program for December 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021 effective dates! Earn a $100 bonus per enrolled subscriber for all new small groups sold.

  • CaliforniaChoice Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2021

    Oct 20, 2020

    CaliforniaChoice announced rate and benefit changes for January 1, 2021 effective dates with no underwriting changes. Rates are available for quoting!

  • CalChoice's New Total Choice Allows Groups to Offer All Metal Tiers!

    Aug 25, 2020

    Starting with the December 1, 2020, effective date, your new and renewing groups have even more choices for health insurance coverage with CaliforniaChoice.

  • CalChoice: COVID-19 Anthem Blue Cross Premium Credit

    Aug 03, 2020

    The global coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented situation affecting everyone. CaliforniaChoice, on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross, wants to help and support their customers during this challenging time which is why Anthem Blue Cross has elected to forgive a percentage of groups' Anthem April 2020 premium.

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  • Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2021

    Apr 10, 2021

    Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for July 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Cigna + Oscar Offers New 2021 Bonus Program & Attactive Q2 Rates

    Mar 25, 2021

    Great news: Cigna + Oscar has a new bonus program to share with you. Beginning April 1, 2021 in Northern California AND Southern California you can earn $350 for every Cigna + Oscar group with four or more enrolled employees with effective dates from April 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021.

  • Cigna + Oscar LocalPlus Network Expansion in Northern CA

    Mar 19, 2021

    Great news: Cigna + Oscar has expanded their Cigna LocalPlus® network in Northern California! With 63 hospitals and more than 23,000 primary care providers and specialists, Cigna + Oscar plans offer members easy access to even more quality providers like UCSF, Stanford, John Muir and Dignity.

  • Cigna + Oscar Is Expanding! 9 More Rating Regions Eff 4/1/21

    Feb 24, 2021

    Cigna + Oscar is expanding to 9 additional rating regions effective April 1, 2021.

  • Cigna + Oscar Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2021

    Feb 02, 2021

    Cigna + Oscar announced rate updates for April 1, 2021 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Cigna + Oscar Receives DOI Approval!

    Jan 04, 2021

    Cigna + Oscar received approval for their 2021 plans and rates from the California Department of Insurance!

  • Cigna + Oscar Targeting December 1st Release Date

    Sep 08, 2020

    Cigna + Oscar is working with the California Department of Insurance to approve their rates and plans. Cigna + Oscar was originally targeting an October 1, 2020 release but they are now looking to begin quoting effective December 1, 2020.

  • Introducing Cigna + Oscar!

    Aug 03, 2020

    We are excited to announce the addition of Cigna + Oscar to the Beere&Purves small group portfolio beginning with October 1, 2020 effective dates. As your business partner, we continue to make sure you have access to carriers that will help you meet the needs of your clients and their employees, and Cigna + Oscar does exactly that!

  • EMPLOYERS's Coronavirus Response and Updates

    Mar 20, 2020

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

  • EMPLOYERS: The Small Business Resource Center Now Available

    Nov 27, 2019

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Now Offering Online Premium Audits

    May 30, 2019

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

  • EMPLOYERS: $100 Spring into Action Incentive

    Apr 01, 2019

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

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

    Jun 04, 2018

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Now Doing Business in Louisiana

    Dec 08, 2017

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Pick Your Prize Promo

    Dec 04, 2017

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

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

    Dec 04, 2017

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

  • EMPLOYERS: Named Insureds on Workers' Compensation Policies

    Nov 09, 2017

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

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

    Oct 03, 2017

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

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  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2021

    Oct 01, 2020

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

  • Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder Election Update

    Sep 17, 2020

    As a reminder, Guardian introduced the Guardian Pandemic Support Program* to help your clients with fully-insured Guardian dental and vision plans be able to manage costs by choosing either a premium credit or extended rate guarantee.**

  • Guardian Pandemic Support Reminder

    Jul 27, 2020

    Guardian recently introduced the Guardian Pandemic Support Program* to help your clients manage costs and provide employees with affordable, uninterrupted access to dental care as practices reopen for elective treatments.

  • Guardian Financial Support and Benefit Enhancements for Dental and Vision Customers

    May 20, 2020

    Guardian has heard directly from many of you about how significantly the pandemic has impacted employers and their members’ ability to receive dental care.

  • Guardian WorkLifeMatters EAP Small Business COVID-19 Action Center Now Available

    Apr 22, 2020

    Currently, 92% of small business owners are reporting a moderate to very high level of stress at this time, yet over 70% are still optimistic about the future. Guardian is committed to providing their small businesses customers with the support they need to help navigate the challenges of this unprecedented time.

  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective 2020

    Nov 18, 2019

    Guardian announced rate updates for January 1, 2020 effective dates with some changes to underwriting. Rates are available for quoting!

  • EaseCentral Partners with Guardian

    Mar 01, 2019

    EaseCentral, the leading HR and benefits SaaS platform powered by insurance brokers, has announced an integration with insurance provider The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®, (Guardian).

  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2019

    Oct 31, 2018

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

  • Guardian Rate Adjustments Effective January 2018

    Sep 05, 2017

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

  • Guardian: Quoting Available up to 99 Lives Effective Immediately

    Sep 05, 2017

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

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    • What is CalSavers?

      Apr 20, 2020

      With upcoming registration deadlines approaching for CalSavers, you are probably hearing a lot about California’s retirement savings program.

    • California State-Mandated Retirement Plans

      Sep 23, 2019

      Employers in California with 5 or more employees will be required to offer a qualified retirement savings plan starting as early as 2020, or face financial penalties.

    • Introducing Human Interest

      May 07, 2019

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

  • MetLife: The Pandemic has Changed the Workforce Forever

    Apr 12, 2021

    Over the last year, the world and the workforce have changed in unprecedented ways. Now, MetLife is sharing the workforce trends that are impacting brokers, their clients and other employers.

  • MetLife: 4 Reasons Pet Insurance Makes Sense for Employees

    Mar 21, 2021

    For many people, pets are more than a furry distraction—they’re important members of the family. And keeping them healthy and happy is a top priority for maintaining the pet’s quality of life. But even one unexpected trip to the vet can wreak havoc on an employee’s personal finances.

  • MetLife: Small Business Employees Deserve a Range of Benefits Choices

    Feb 02, 2021

    2020 was a roller coaster of challenges for small business owners. Navigating the impact of the pandemic meant most had to pivot and, in many cases, make hard choices to survive and succeed. Through all the ups and downs, small business employees were right there with their employers. The close-knit employer-to-employee relationships are the foundation of American small businesses. According to MetLife’s 18th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study research in 2020, seven in ten small business employers believe they have a responsibility for their employees’ well-being.¹ And, despite budget concerns, they’re looking for options to enhance their benefits programs.

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

    Jan 08, 2021

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

  • MetLife Completes Acquisition of Versant Health

    Jan 06, 2021

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

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

    Jan 05, 2021

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

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

    Dec 17, 2020

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

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

    Oct 20, 2020

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

  • The Growing Relevance of Disability Coverage

    Sep 29, 2020

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

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

    Sep 17, 2020

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

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