News & Updates

    • Health Net Relaxed Underwriting Promotions

      Feb 13, 2019

      You still have time to take advantage of Health Net's most recent underwriting deals!

    • Aetna Benefit Corrections

      Feb 13, 2019

      Certain Aetna plans with 1/1/19 – 6/30/19 effective dates listed incorrect benefits for Outpatient Surgery & Non-Preferred Rx. These errors effected benefit summaries, SBCs, and any quotes in bpQuote prior to 2/6/19.

    • CCSB Announces ACH is Now Available for Small Businesses

      Feb 13, 2019

      CCSB is excited to announce their new PayNow function available through the Employer Portal.

    • Health Net Sending Form 1095-B This Week

      Feb 12, 2019

      Health Net is mailing Form 1095-B between February 11, 2019 and February 15, 2019, for the 2018 tax year.

    • CalChoice & CCSB Bonuses via Kaiser Enrolled Extended!

      Feb 06, 2019

      Kaiser is extending their bonus for Kaiser membership on new groups written through CaliforniaChoice and Covered CA for Small Business that meet certain requirements.

    • Principal 2019 Production & Persistency Bonus Programs!

      Feb 04, 2019

      Increase your earning potential by working with Principal. Place new business and retain business with Principal, and you may be eligible for their group benefit bonus programs.

    • CCSB Agent Incentive Program Effective 2/1/19 - 6/1/19!

      Feb 04, 2019

      Earn even more for offering your clients California’s most comprehensive access to doctors and hospitals offering!

    • UHC New Sales Bonus! Effective 2/1/19 - 1/1/20!

      Feb 04, 2019

      UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to agents in California who sell new medical plans with effective dates from February 1, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Eligible cases are new fully insured Small Group and Key Account groups located in California that have at least 10 enrolled employees and effective dates from February 1, 2019 through January 1, 2020.

    • Anthem Announces Early Launch of IngenioRx

      Feb 04, 2019

      Anthem, Inc. has announced that IngenioRx, its new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), will enter the market ahead of schedule. IngenioRx was conceived with the mission to restore trust and confidence in pharmacy care by focusing on total health, demystifying the way pharmacy works, and delivering a seamless experience across the continuum of care.

    • MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index

      Feb 04, 2019

      As 2018 drew to a close, the quarterly Small Business Index published by MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dipped slightly, indicating that small business owners may be tempering their optimism a bit heading into the new year.

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  • 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.

  • Q1 2019 Resource Library

    Nov 05, 2018

    Visit our NEW, comprehensive Q1 2019 Resource Library for access to all the Q1 2019 materials you'll need in a single convenient location.

  • Anthem: B&P Field Underwrites on Every Group, Regardless of Size!

    Oct 05, 2018

    We underwrite every Anthem Blue Cross group in house, regardless of size! This means your groups get approved quicker and members can access benefits sooner!

  • B&P Website Enhancements

    Jul 24, 2018

    We've added new documents and features to the Beere&Purves website. Below is a quick summary of what you will see on our medical carrier partner pages.

  • EaseCentral Ongoing Maintenance

    Jul 23, 2018

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

  • EaseCentral: Save 50% on HRIS until May 14, 2018

    Apr 27, 2018

    For a limited time, EaseCentral is offering HRIS, their powerful suite of HR tools, for only $2 PEPM. When brokers buy today, they lock in this price and feature set of HRIS forever.

  • Important January Reminders

    Dec 14, 2017

    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. 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.

  • 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.

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  • Aetna Benefit Corrections

    Feb 13, 2019

    Certain Aetna plans with 1/1/19 – 6/30/19 effective dates listed incorrect benefits for Outpatient Surgery & Non-Preferred Rx. These errors effected benefit summaries, SBCs, and any quotes in bpQuote prior to 2/6/19.

  • bpQuote Quarterly Maintenance on Friday, 2/8, at 6 PM PST

    Feb 04, 2019

    HealthConnect will be performing quarterly maintenance on the quote engine on Friday, February 8th, from 6 PM to 9 PM.

  • New Vision Worksheets Now Available!

    Jan 23, 2019

    bpQuote has added Vision Worksheets to the Proposal Options sections of the quote engine.

  • Full Benefits Report Enhancement

    Dec 06, 2018

    The Full Benefits Report has been enhanced in bpQuote to allow the user to "Sort by Current/Renewal" which shows Current and Renewal benefits on the same page.

  • 2019 CalChoice Oscar & Oscar Direct Benefit Updates

    Dec 05, 2018

    As announced on 12/4/18, CalChoice was required to make changes to their 2019 Oscar benefits per the DMHC. Today, Oscar announced they also were required to make an adjustment.

  • CalChoice: Benefits Changes to 2019 Oscar Plans

    Dec 04, 2018

    Due to recent changed required by the CA DMHC, Oscar plans available within CaliforniaChoice for 1/1/19-3/31/19 effective dates had to be altered.

  • bpQuote Maintenance on 11/9/18 from 6:00-9:00 PM

    Nov 08, 2018

    HealthConnect will be preforming routine maintenance on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 PM PST. During this time period, access to bpQuote may be unavailable. For questions, please contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

  • HealthConnect: Anthem Blue Cross Benefit Correction

    Sep 19, 2018

    An Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan (available in the Full & Select PPO networks) had an error in HealthConnect on the Emergency Room benefit stating that the plan deductible did not apply. The plans affected are: Anthem Blue Cross Gold PPO 750/20%/6500 and Anthem Blue Cross Gold Select PPO 750/20%/6500.

  • Carrier Benefit Summaries

    Aug 02, 2018

    The Medical Plan Selection page now includes links to the Carrier’s Summary of Benefits for each plan. Just click on the “SoB” link next to each plan’s quoted premium for all of the benefit details you need.

  • bpQuote Benefit and Employee Rate Comparison (Excel) Error Fixed

    Aug 02, 2018

    On Monday, HealthConnect fixed an issue with the Benefit and Employee Rate Comparison Excel File that switched the generated rates at the bottom of the page. The correct rates for a plan were being listed under the wrong set of benefits.

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  • Aetna Benefit Corrections

    Feb 13, 2019

    Certain Aetna plans with 1/1/19 – 6/30/19 effective dates listed incorrect benefits for Outpatient Surgery & Non-Preferred Rx. These errors effected benefit summaries, SBCs, and any quotes in bpQuote prior to 2/6/19.

  • Aetna Rate Updates Effective April 2019

    Jan 15, 2019

    ​Aetna announced rate updates for April 1, 2019 effective dates with no changes to plan benefits. Rates are available for quoting!

  • CVS's Acquisition of Aetna is Official

    Nov 29, 2018

    CVS's acquisition of Aetna is now official. See Aetna's FAQ for more information on what this acquisition means for brokers and clients.

  • Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2019

    Oct 31, 2018

    Aetna announced ​plan and rate updates for January 1, 2019 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • CVS-Aetna Deal Approved

    Oct 10, 2018

    CVS Health and Aetna can go ahead with their about $68 billion deal, the Justice Department said, clearing the way for a merger that will create a healthcare giant with a hand in insurance, prescription-drug benefits and drugstores across the U.S.

  • Aetna Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2018

    Jul 12, 2018

    Aetna announced a RATE PASS for October 1, 2018 effective dates, with no changes to plan benefits. All rates are available for quoting!

  • Aetna: Plan & Rate Updates Effective July 2018

    Apr 17, 2018

    Aetna announced rate updates for July 1, 2018 effective dates with no changes to plan benefits. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Aetna: New Case Submission Deadlines

    Mar 19, 2018

    Aetna updated their Small Group Affordable Care Act (ACA) submission deadlines. Starting with May effective dates, new business submission deadlines for Small Group ACA plans in California are the 20th of the month prior to the effective date for 1st of the month effective dates and the 5th of the month for 15th of the month effective dates.

  • Aetna Small Group No Longer Selling Life Insurance

    Mar 09, 2018

    Effective April 1, 2018, Aetna Small Group will no longer sell life products to new business.

  • Aetna: Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2018

    Jan 16, 2018

    ​Aetna announced rate updates for April 1, 2018 effective dates with no changes to plan benefits. Rates are available for quoting!RATESMedical: Rate changeDental: Two rate changes Rate change effective 4/1/18-4/30/18Rate change effective 5/1/18-6/30/18Vision: RATE PASSLife: Pending​​BOOK RATESAetna 2018 book rates are provided below and available on the B​&P website. ​​HMO Rate Guide​MC Rate GuideFor questions, please conta​ct a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

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  • 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.

  • Choice Builder Plan & Rate Update Effective April 2019

    Jan 15, 2019

    Choice Builder announced rate updates for April 1, 2019 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • Choice Builder Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2019

    Oct 22, 2018

    Choice Builder announced rate adjustments and minor benefit changes for January 1, 2019 effective dates. All rates are available for quoting!

  • Choice Builder: Plan & Rate Update Effective July 2018

    Apr 17, 2018

    Choice Builder announced a Rate Pass for July 1, 2018 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. Rates are effective through December 1, 2018. All rates are available for quoting!

  • Choice Builder Plan & Rate Update Effective April 2018

    Jan 08, 2018

    Choice Builder announced a Rate Pass for April 1, 2018 effective dates with no changes to benefits or underwriting. All rates are available for quoting! RATES ​Dental: RATE PASS Vision: RATE PASS Life: RATE PASS Chiro: RATE PASSAPRIL RATE GUIDEThe Rate Guide will be posted to the ​B&P website as soon as it becomes available.

  • 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.​​

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  • 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.

  • Delta Dental Rate Adjustments Effective January 2016

    Jul 29, 2015

    Fourth quarter rates will hold for Delta Dental plans through 2015 and a RATE PASS has been announced for January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 effective dates.BOOK RATESBook rates for 2015 effective dates are provided below and are also available on the b&p website. 2016 book rates are pending.2-99 Delta Care Rate Guide2-99 PPO Rate GuidePlease contact any member of your b&p Sales Team for assistance with quote requests and questions regarding the details above - 888.

  • Delta Dental Small Business 2016 Program Update

    Jul 23, 2015

    Delta Dental of California is very pleased to announce that they are continuing the current Small Business Program rates through 2016. This is the third straight year with no change in rates! You can begin quoting the current benefit designs to any new groups requesting a 2016 effective date. Delta Dental is also considering some additional benefits for 2016 and will inform you when decisions are final.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index

    Feb 04, 2019

    As 2018 drew to a close, the quarterly Small Business Index published by MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dipped slightly, indicating that small business owners may be tempering their optimism a bit heading into the new year.

  • MetLife: Why Broker Expertise Matters Now More Than Ever

    Jan 16, 2019

    In the continued war for talent, employers increasingly rely on benefits to help differentiate their organization and attract and retain better employees. Brokers have long played a critical role in this battle, helping employers build better benefits package.

  • MetLife Lowers Rates for Q4 Dental Plans in CA by 4-8%

    Aug 14, 2018

    MetLife lowers rate for Q4 dental plans in CA by 4-8%. The new lowered rates are available in bpQuote as of today.

  • MetLife: 5 Smart Moves for a Dental Plan that Delivers

    Aug 14, 2018

    When considering a new dental plan, the first thing clients often ask about is network size. While the number of dentists is an important consideration, take the opportunity to dig into and evaluate other factors that can make a big difference in driving satisfaction and savings1 for your clients and their employees. It's a combination of network size, discounts, quality, and cost protections that provides real value.

  • MetLife: 2018 Employee Benefit Trends Study

    Apr 30, 2018

    MetLife's 16th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends examines what matters to employees and helps identify the strategies and investments employers can make to attract and retain the best talent and help improve job satisfaction and productivity, so both employees and businesses thrive.

  • MetLife: Simply Smart Bundles for Small Business

    Mar 28, 2018

    Recommending the right combination of voluntary benefits can offer your clients an appealing option to build benefits programs that stand out without adding to the budget or administrative burden.

  • MetLife: Tap into the Value of Voluntary

    Feb 28, 2018

    The competition for talent is fierce for small businesses. One in four say the talent pool for their open positions is poor, and the Society for Human Resource Management lists retaining employees as one of the top three issues facing companies with 3-99 employees (along with employee productivity and controlling health insurance costs).

  • MetLife: Why Small Business Owners Offer Added Benefits

    Jan 05, 2018

    Help small business clients expand beyond medicalIt's no secret that cost is a key driver in most decision making for small business owners. When trying to balance many financial obligations, adding additional benefits can be a tough sell. MetLife’s latest white paper can help you warm the door by sharing real life examples of small businesses that strategically added benefits and how they did it.

  • MetLife: Go Beyond by Looking Ahead

    Nov 30, 2017

    ​The broker role in an evolving benefits landscapeMetLife's latest U.S. Employee Benefit Trends research report shares findings and insights to help brokers tap into client needs and identify opportunities for growth with both existing and new customers.The stakes have changedNew opportunities are opening up in the benefits environment driven by workforce change and digital disruption.

  • 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.

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  • Principal 2019 Production & Persistency Bonus Programs!

    Feb 04, 2019

    Increase your earning potential by working with Principal. Place new business and retain business with Principal, and you may be eligible for their group benefit bonus programs.

  • Principal: Enhanced Short-Term Disability

    Mar 21, 2018

    Help your clients keep their employees happy by offering a benefit of an additional 20% of their earnings through Principal's enhanced short-term disability insurance.

  • Principal Quoting Through Beere&Purves

    Jan 08, 2018

    Principal quotes can be obtained through your B&P Sales Team for the most competitive rates for Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, Accident, and Critical Illness.Principal’s rates are no longer available in bpQuote as of January 8, 2018.For questions, or to request a quote, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.

  • 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.

  • UHC New Sales Bonus! Effective 2/1/19 - 1/1/20!

    Feb 04, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to agents in California who sell new medical plans with effective dates from February 1, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Eligible cases are new fully insured Small Group and Key Account groups located in California that have at least 10 enrolled employees and effective dates from February 1, 2019 through January 1, 2020.

  • UHC Plan & Rate Updates Effective April 2019

    Jan 08, 2019

    UHC announced plan and rate updates for April 1, 2019 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • UHC 5% Dental Rate Cap through 6/1/19!

    Dec 04, 2018

    Groups adding new dental coverage are eligible for a 5% second year rate cap when they add a plan by June 1, 2019!

  • UHC: Support for Members Affected by California Wildfires

    Nov 14, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare is deeply concerned for the health, safety and wellbeing of its members who may be affected by the wildfires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The company has taken the following action:

  • UHC Dental Simplified Updates

    Oct 24, 2018

    UHC is making it even easier to sell dental with their updated and improved Dental Simplified 2.0!

  • UHC Announced 1/1/19 Benefit Corrections to Three Plans

    Oct 19, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare announced that three of their 1/1/19 Medical plans (available across multiple networks) had some benefit errors. Shown below is a summary of the corrections made.

  • UHC: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 1, 2019

    Sep 27, 2018

    UHC announced rate and plan updates for January 1, 2019 effective dates. Rates are available for quoting!

  • UHC: New Sales Bonus for 10/1/18-1/31/19 Effective Dates

    Sep 20, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to agents in California who sell new fully insured small group medical plans with effective dates from October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Eligible new cases are fully insured medical groups with up to 100 eligible employees located in California that have effective dates from October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

  • UHC: New Dental Guidelines for Groups with 5-9 Lives

    Aug 31, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare has updated their dental guidelines and are no offering a richer set of plan designs for groups of 5+.

  • UHC: Plan & Rate Updates Effective October 2018

    Jul 02, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare announced rate updates for October 1, 2018 effective dates, with no changes to existing plan benefits. All rates are available for quoting.

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  • VSP: Plan & Rate Updates Effective January 2019

    Oct 09, 2018

    VSP has announced a Rate Pass through December 31, 2019, with no changes to plan benefits or underwriting.

  • VSP: $5,000 Sweepstakes

    Oct 03, 2018

    When your employees create an account on vsp.com, they'll get the most out of their VSP benefit and be eligible to win a $5,000 shopping spree.

  • VSP: Extra $40 To Spend on Select Frames

    Sep 14, 2018

    Now through January 31, eligible VSP® Vision Care members get an extra $40 to spend on bebe, Cole Haan, Flexon®, and Salvatore Ferragamo frames.

  • VSP EasyOptions for Groups Enrolling 50 or More Employees

    Aug 16, 2018

    VSP has a new EasyOptions package for groups enrolling 50 or more employees that allows each employee to select a covered upgrade after they receive their prescription from their VSP network doctor.

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

    Jul 26, 2018

    Now through August 31, eligible VSP® Vision Care members get an extra $40 to spend on Anne Klein, CALVIN KLEIN and Dragon® frames.

  • VSP Offering Fully Covered Standard Progressives Beginning July 1, 2018

    May 31, 2018

    Once again, VSP Vision Care is raising the bar as the only vision care company to offer fully-covered standard progressive lenses—included as part of the VSP Choice, Signature, or VSP Individual Vision Plans.

  • 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.

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