Dickerson Update August 23, 2018

Dickerson Update August 23, 2018

Take a breather and enjoy this week’s quick read on what’s going on with our medical and ancillary carrier partners. Then, check out our Upcoming Events and get in some last-minute learning and networking this quarter.

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Group Updates


Anthem will accept Q4 new small business early and hold the electronic debit form for future processing according to the schedule listed below:

• 10/1 new business cases: Anthem will process the electronic debit form on 9/14
• 11/1 new business cases: Anthem will process the electronic debit form on 10/12
• 12/1 new business cases: Anthem will process the electronic debit form on 11/12.

Please note: Groups MUST write on the transmittal ** please delay the electronic debit form ** with a date no later than the dates noted above based on the group’s requested effective date.

Anthem also announced an immediate update to its New Business Employer Application for Small Group. The new employer application can be found on our Forms Finder page by clicking here.

Please note that the updated application includes the new form number SG_OHIX_CA_ER_R1 (1/18). Applications with form number SG_OHIX_CA_ER_R (1/18) will not be accepted after 09/21/2018.

For further questions, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.
Health Net

Health Net Large Group recently modified its underwriting guideline for qualified Kaiser Wrap groups. For Kaiser wrap groups located in a Salud network area, Health Net is lowering its minimum enrollment requirements, effective immediately.

Salud HMO y Mas may be offered on a stand-alone basis alongside Kaiser for groups with a significant percentage of enrollment in the plan’s service area. The number of enrolled subscribers must be equal to or greater than 15% of the eligible enrolled population in all plans or 20 subscribers, whichever is greater. Tier structure, renewal effective date, employer contribution formula and benefit plans must have plan/carrier parity.

The modification is not intended to be used as a solution for employer groups with low participation. However, the modification can be used as a possible solution for those groups with high Kaiser penetration, where Health Net’s niche product allows the employer group to offer employees additional choices.

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser announced that due to a system issue, December renewals will roll out in two phases. The first phase will be posted for brokers on account.kp.org on August 24 and 31 with the second phase being mailed to employers on September 7 and 14.

Renewal notices will still be available prior to the 75-day and 60-day requirements.Updates can be found on the Small Business Renewal Information page on account.kp.org under renewal release dates.


Landmark Healthplan is implementing a rate increase, effective 1/1/19.  Rates will be increased 2% across all tiers for both new business and renewals.

As a reminder, this is on top of the 3% Employee-Only rate increase that took effect on 7/1/18.

New business and renewing groups will experience the following increases:

Effective Date Realized Annual Increase
7-1-2018 to 12-1-2018 3% Employee Only
1-1-2019 to 6-1-2019 5% Employee Only, 2% all other tiers
7-1-2019 to 12-1-2019 2% all tiers
Voluntary Benefits
If you’re like most agents, you’re looking for a new way to manage your valuable time during the next few months.
Did you know that Dickerson is partnered with voluntary benefit carriers that can assist you with enrollments – both online and in-person, in multiple languages and at locations throughout California?
Did you also know that by offering voluntary benefits during your client’s open enrollment, you can increase your client’s medical plan participation and your commissions?
Contact your Dickerson Account Executive for more information about our voluntary solutions that combine EaseCentral online enrollment with in-person coverage at your upcoming Q4 meetings.

Industry Events/Professional Development

SPDs & Compliance Notice Solutions Webinar/Demo
Tuesday, August 28, 2017 @ 9 – 10 am
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Medicare 2018 Mini-Bootcamp
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 1 – 2 pm
University of Phoenix Ontario Campus
3110 E. Guasti Rd.
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to register
Oscar Health Product Seminars

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 9:30 – 11 am
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to register
Friday, September 7, 2018, @ 9:30 – 11 am
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to register
Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 9:30 – 11 am
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to register
Visit Dickerson at the following upcoming events:

LAAHU/VCAHU Medicare Summit

September 20 – 21, 2018
Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
1001 W Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
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to register