Dickerson Update March 5 – Anthem Updates, Covered California News, and More!

Anthem Offers Special Enrollment Period and Extends Dual PPO Pilot Program

Anthem announced that they are offering a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for January through April 15th new and renewing groups affected by benefit changes to the 2020 Bronze Plans. Please take the below into consideration prior to submitting a request:

  • This SEP only applies to impacted January through April 15th new and renewing groups that have enrollment in 2020 Bronze plans. The SEP will not apply to Specialty plans.
  • The time to submit changes during this SEP will be March 1st through May 31st for a May 1st effective date.
  • When making plan changes, the new rate will include any birthday changes.
  • Send changes directly to Enrollment and Billing, and mark correspondence as “Bronze Special Enrollment.” These changes cannot be processed on Employer Access.

Additionally, Anthem extended the dual network PPO pilot program in Regions 1 and 9. Originally slated to run for effective dates of October 1st, 2019 through March 15th, 2020, the program will now run until June 15th, 2020 effective dates.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Small Group (1-100 lives)
  • New Small Group effective date October 1st, 2019 through June 15th, 2020
  • Employer’s principal business address in either region 1 or 9

Anthem would also like to share information on the Coronavirus and recommendations on how to prevent it from spreading. Click here to learn more.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Covered California Offering Exclusive Tax Credit

Covered California now offers an exclusive tax credit for Small Businesses! For-profit employers could be eligible for up to 50% of premium expenses, while tax-exempt employers could be eligible for up to 35% of premium expenses. Qualifying groups can apply this tax credit on their Federal Tax Return.

Be sure to check out Covered California’s Tax Credit Flyer and Tax Credit How-To Guide for all pertinent details.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Supreme court will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, after the 2020 Election

The Supreme Court announced that they will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act next term, most likely after the election.  In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act will remain in effect. A group of Republican States are challenging the Affordable Care Act in court via a law that requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

The Supreme Court will most likely begin to hear arguments in the fall of 2020, which means they will likely render  judgment in the spring or summer of 2021.  The Trump administration agrees with the Supreme Court’s decision to not rush the ruling of the appeal on the Affordable Care Act ahead of the 2020 election.

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