Dickerson Update, November 13 – Joining Forces, Expansions, Broker Bonuses and More!

CaliforniaChoice Provides Corrections on Deductibles

CaliforniaChoice received information from Western Health Advantage that the deductible on the Gold HMO D for January 1, 2020 was incorrectly reported. The deductible is $2,800 instead of $2,700. They’ve updated their Summary of Changes and the quote to reflect this correction. Once more health plans receive their regulatory approval, CaliforniaChoice will update Benefit Summaries and other materials with retro changes.

Lastly, DMHC approved both Sutter Health Plus and Oscar for January 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

CCSB to Include Oscar Health 2020, Announces Extension of Group SEP Deadline.

Covered California for Small Business announced earlier this week that Oscar Health will be joining the exchange, effective January 1, 2020. With expanded choice options, CCSB will offer five carriers in 2020: Blue Shield of California PPO/HMOs, Health Net PPOs, Kaiser HMOs, Sharp HMOs and Oscar EPOs.

CCSB extended its Group SEP deadline till the end of 2019. New small groups have until December 31, 2019 to join. Click here for more details on SEP deadlines.

For more information on CCSB health plans, contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Health Net Special Enrollment and 2020 Broker Bonus Program

As a response to California Senate Bill 78, Health Net will consider special enrollment requests on a case-by-case basis for employees who previously waived coverage. Individuals requesting special enrollment must submit all documents listed below directly to Health Net Account Management:

  • Enrollment Form
  • Proof of Prior Declination of Coverage
  • Proof of Employment

For more information on Health Net special enrollment, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Health Net also announced an extension of its bonus program into 2020. Brokers can earn $100 per member for every new Small Group sale with effective dates from January 1, 2020 through March 1, 2020.

For all the details, click here.

Kaiser Permanente CEO and Chairman, Bernard Tyson, Passes Away

The CEO and Chairman of health insurer Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson, passed away this past Sunday. According to the company, Tyson died unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 60. A strong proponent for affordable and accessible healthcare, he held his job title with Kaiser since 2013 and was the company’s first black chief executive.

 A cause of death was not provided by the company. Tyson was described by colleagues in a company statement as “an outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

In response to Tyson’s death, the National Union of Healthcare Workers postponed a five-day strike by 4,000 mental health professionals that had been set to begin on Monday at more than 100 Kaiser clinics across California.

“Our members dedicate their lives to helping people through tragedy and trauma, and they understood that a strike would not be appropriate during this period of mourning and reflection,” union president Sal Rosselli said in a statement.

To read the full article, click here.

Federal Officials Probing into Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights is investigating Google’s partnership with Ascension health system, Project Nightingale. Google collected detailed, non-redacted information from about 50 million patients. The agency is looking into whether or not Project Nightingale complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under HIPAA, providers may shar health information with one another if doing so helps them carry out health care functions. Google defended Project Nightingale by stating that their intent is to improve patient outcomes and save lives. 

Click here for the full story.

HR Services Offers Assistance on FLSA Ruling

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Final Rule on the annual salary minimum for exemption from overtime has been is set to take effect on January 1, 2020. This revision to the FLSA is estimated to extend overtime protections to more than one million workers who are not currently eligible and would require them to be reclassified as nonexempt. Employers are encouraged to get to know the new salary limits, make changes to ensure compliance and communicate the changes to those who will be impacted, among other HR business practices.

HR Services can help employers with all compliance matters with the new ruling to take effect next year. Dickerson offers the basic compliance packages at no charge for qualified groups. Contact your Dickerson Account Executive for more details.