Dickerson News, January 23 – IRS Announces Extension of ACA Reporting Deadline

Reminder: The IRS extended the ACA reporting deadline from the end of January 2020 to March 2, 2020. 

Anthem Announces Changes to Blue View Vision Provider Network

Anthem announced that Sears Optical, JCPenney Optical, and Stanton Optical will no longer be in-network providers for Blue View Vision effective February 1, 2020. These providers account for less than 2% the Blue View Vision national provider network. Anthem plans to send a mailer to all impacted members who have visited one of these retailers within the past two years that will include information of alternative, in-network providers in their area.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Health Net Expands WholeCare Network

Health Net announced that Riverside Physician’s Network (RPN) is now a part of their small business WholeCare Network as of January 1, 2020. RPN physician’s contracted under PrimeCare Riverside preferred provider group may be found in Health Net’s ProviderSearch tool.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Dickerson now Offers Heartland Payroll & HR Services

Fully integrated to help you and your clients with:

  • A full integration with Ease.
  • Seamless communications between Heartland Payroll and the insurance carrier.
  • Elimination of duplicate entries and manual keying errors.
  • Flexibility to have Heartland Payroll or Ease as the system of record.
  • Protecting your book of business (they’re not a competitor and only focus on payroll solutions for your client’s needs!).
  • The latest technology including Human Resources, Onboarding, WOTC, and ACA reporting!

Open Enrollment Deadline Fast-Approaching: Enroll for Coverage Today!

Research from Covered California shows that 56 percent of uninsured Californians are unaware that under new legislation passed last year, California requires residents to have health insurance or face a penalty. Additionally, 62 percent of uninsured Californians are also unaware that they can get financial help to pay for health insurance in 2020. A family of four could face at least $2000 if they fail to comply with the new Individual Shared Responsibility penalty.

Open Enrollment is still underway with a lot of help available for those who need it. More than 500,000 Californians have already qualified for subsidies available to help lower the cost of their health coverage. To learn more about how this newly-passed legislation might impact you and how to enroll, click here.

California’s Open Enrollment period runs through January 31. Act now to avoid paying a penalty!

Are you a broker who’s interested in learning more about selling in the Individual Market? Click here to learn more about our services in the space and to connect with our team.

2020 slated to be a big year for health care in California

Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled his $222.2 billion budget proposal to the California State Legislature, with about one third of that budget allocated for health and human services programs.

The budget for health and human services aims to tackle drug pricing, the homeless crisis, surprise billing, vaping regulations, and a proposed expansion of Medi-Cal for illegal immigrants.

To read the full story, click here.

Supreme Court revisiting Obamacare birth control mandate

Last week, the Supreme Court said it will revisit if employers must provide free birth control for employees. This is the third time the Supreme Court will review this provision, which is a part of Obamacare. The legal issue in question is whether the birth control mandate violates freedom of religion.

To read the story in its entirety, click here.