Dickerson Update, September 18 – Blue Shield Announces Broker Bonus Program

Blue Shield Announces Broker Bonus Program and Clarification over Expansion

Just in time for Q4, Blue Shield announced a new broker bonus program! This offer is valid for new groups or renewals with effective dates from 10/01/2019 through 01/01/2019.

Here’s how it works:

$100 per enrolled new member for small business Off-Exchange medical plans

Additional $100 when a member enrolls in a Trio HMO or Tandem PPO plan as part of the initial sale or during renewal.

Click here for all the details.

Blue Shield also clarified its prior announcement regarding Trio expansion in Kings and Fresno counties. In their initial communication, Blue Shield stated that enrollment in these areas would be effective immediately, which isn’t the case. Trio enrollment in Kings and Fresno counties opens Q1 2020.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Ease Broker Promotion Continues

Don’t forget that there is still time to take advantage of Ease’s promotion! See below for a reminder on the promotional details.

Pro Subscription – Now $259/mo (billed monthly)

Up to 1,000 employees and Includes 2 seats (user licenses) – Additional seats $119/seat

Renews at the regular subscription rate in year 2

Promotional Period Aug 5th – Sept 20th

Promotional offer available from 8/5/19 – 9/20/19 for newly activated subscriptions only.

Eligibility Requirements:

Offer only good when GA initiates the referral to Ease listing the broker and the referring GA representative.

Initial subscription dues must be paid no later than the promotion end date of Sept 20th together with an executed Service Agreement.

Broker account will be set-up listing their preferred GA and will be set-up with Benefits Access to assist with training and building new groups.

Promotion may not be combined with any other offer.

The last day to sign up for this discounted subscription is September 20, 2019. Starting October 1st, pricing for Pro Subscription for new customers will increase, so be sure to sign up today!

Health Net Announces Q1 2020 Small Group Updates

Health Net announced its Q1 2020 small group rates updates. As a reminder, Health Net also previously released Q4 2019 rates.

The Q1 2020 rates are +3.6% PPO & EnhancedCare PPO Plans and +2.7% for HMO & HSP plans.

The Q4 2019 rates are +.7% for PPO & EnhancedCare PPO Plans and +1% for HMO & HSP plans.

Rates PPO and EnhancedCare PPO HMO and HSP
Q4 2019 0.7% 1%
Q1 2020 3.6% 2.7%

Dental and Vision: See new rates for 2020 here

Life: No rate changes at this time

Optional Chiro: No rate changes at this time

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Get an Individualized Website with a Powerful Back Office

Dickerson and Voila Media are now offering agents in the individual market a dynamic and affordable agency system that consists of personalized websites and a powerful back office.

These custom designed dynamic websites include full quoting capabilities for individual. Because you’ll spend need less time running quotes, you’ll have more time to spend with clients! Click here for a short video and more information.

After Consistent Decreases, Rate of Uninsured Residents Plateauing in California

Since Covered California began offering insurance policies, California has seen its rate of uninsured residents decrease year after year. That was until 2018. Despite taxpayers still being subject to the individual mandate penalty on tax returns, the rate of uninsured residents stalled at 7.2 percent last year.

Peter V. Lee, the leader of California’s state-based insurance marketplace, hopes that state subsidies Governor Newsom signed into law earlier this year will incentivize uninsured residents to sign up for coverage in 2020. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, California saw a drop in uninsured residents from 17.2 percent to 7.2 percent today. However, because Washington rolled back the individual mandate, uninsured rates might be higher for 2019.

Click here to learn more.


House Panel Delays Vote on Surprise Medical Bills Legislation

This week, the House Education and Labor Committee called off plans to vote on legislation to protect patients from “surprise” medical bills due to divisions among lawmakers on the panel, according to House aides and lobbyists.

The panel was planning to hold a markup on legislation to protect patients from getting huge medical bills when they go to the emergency room and doctors treating them there turn out to be outside of their insurance network. The issue has become a top priority across both party lines.

But the push has hit fresh obstacles amid a fierce lobbying push from doctors and hospitals and disagreements about the best way to address the problem. The delay in the markup is another sign of those divisions.

Click here to read the article.