Dickerson Update, May 22 – Anthem Announces Dental Plan Improvements, Aetna Allows More Time for Submissions

Anthem Shares News on its Dental Benefit Improvements

Anthem has exciting news to share about its Dental Metallic and Essential Choice PPO and Dental Net DHMO (3000 Series) plans. The details are as follows:

  • No employer contribution required
  • Relaxed participation—as low as 25%
  • Dual option for groups with as few as 5 eligible employees

For more information on Anthem’s new dental improvements, please click here.

Aetna Extends New Group Submission Cutoff Date

There’s now more time to Enroll in Aetna! Aetna has extended the enrollment cutoff from the 20th to the first of the month for the first of the month effective dates. For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Blue Shield Announces Groups Submitted through GAs Are Eligible for a Broker Bonus

Blue Shield has announced that business written through a GA is now eligible for a broker bonus!

This new broker bonus program includes a bonus of $50 per enrolled new member for small business Off-Exchange medical plans, and an additional $50 when a member enrolls in a Trio HMO or Tandem PPO plan as part of the initial sale or during renewal. This promotion is effective from June 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

For more information, please click here

Choice Builder Announces 3-Year Rate Guarantee and Rate Decrease

Choice Builder has announced a 3-year rate guarantee and rate decrease for Delta Dental, as well as a new Bronze DHMO Plan through DeltaCare. Here are the details:

Delta Dental PPO Rate Decrease – 3-Year Rate Guarantee 

  • PPO Plan Rate Decrease: Platinum – 2.7%; Gold – 10.6%; Silver – 14.2%.
  • New Groups and Renewing Groups between July 1, 2019 and December 1, 2019 will receive a 3-year rate guarantee.
  • Groups starting January 1, 2020 through December 1, 2020 will receive a 2-year rate guarantee.

New Bronze DHMO Plan Through DeltaCare  

  • Available May 1, 2019
  • Starting at $11.32 (Single Rate in Los Angeles County).
  • Basic and Preventative services still covered at 100%.
  • Provides a lower-cost option for employer contribution basis.

For additional information on these and other Choice Builder offerings, please click here or contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Civica Rx Unveils First Products

Civica Rx, a nonprofit drug company formed last year by a consortium of hospitals and foundations, announced that its first products will be vancomycin and daptomycin. These two antibiotics, which are often in short supply and critical to patient treatment, are the first of 14 drugs that Civica Rx plans to offer to its 800 member health systems at discounted rates.

Civica Rx won’t be making these drugs and has contracted Danish drug maker Xellia to make Civica Rx brand drugs. Click here to read more.


Contentious California Medical Bill Seeks to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions

Senator Richard Pan authored Senate Bill (SB) 276 to increase oversight of medical exemptions for vaccines required to attend school. State public health officials estimate that 4 in 10 children who apply would be denied waivers for these vaccinations under SB 276. Historically, California has some of the lowest rates of disease outbreaks due in large part to mandatory vaccination legislation. This past year, 750 people nationwide were diagnosed with the measles, which is the most cases nationally in more than 20 years. 44 of those cases were in California.

Opponents of the bill argue that legitimate medical exemptions would be denied, while proponents say that more stringent measures are required in order to deter fraudulent medical exemptions. Click here to learn more.