Dickerson Update May 28 – Anthem Offers Broker Bonus Program, New Tech Webinar, and More!

Anthem offering new specialty broker bonus program

Anthem is now offering a new specialty broker bonus program for groups of 2-500 with effective dates of July 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. In order to receive this bonus, the groups must be active at the end of the bonus period, at which point Anthem will pay out the bonus. Cases on which Anthem is paying commission are eligible for the bonus. Additionally, this bonus will not apply to groups that embed dental and/or vision with medical. 

Here’s how the program will work:

When groups add: Per enrolled employee:
Dental $6
Vision $2
Life $1
Long-term Disability $1
Short-term Disability $1
Accident $1
Critical Illness $1
Hospital Indemnity $1

For all the details, click here.

CCSB extends bonus program through next year

CCSB announced that they’re extending their broker bonus program, A Partnership that Pays, to run through the end of the year. New groups with effective dates between July 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021 are eligible.

Here’s how it works:

Group Size 

(enrolled employees)

Incentive
6-15 $1000
16-25 $2000
26-50 $4000
51-100 $8000

To see all the details, click here

MetLife announces new EPO offering and rate decrease

Metlife announced dental pricing enhancements alongside a new EPO network offering. After completing an area factor pricing review, Metlife decreased Dental manual rates by an average of 9% across Southern California, effective immediately for all new business pricing. 

Metlife’s new EPO offering will be available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties. To complement this new network, Metlife is offering EPO with Point of Service (POS) flexibility.

To learn more about this new offering, check out this flyer, or contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Tech webinar – Get back to work without leaving your desk

This FREE course will have you up and running minutes after our presentation. Dickerson’s virtual selling pros, Nathan Lacroix and Steve Crane will help you:

  • Understand the importance of going digital
  • Set up a Zoom account and master Zoom’s nuances
  • Create a virtual health proposal that will grab your prospect’s attention
  • Host an Open Enrollment complete with a PowerPoint presentation
  • How Dickerson can help with quoting and online enrollment

Click here to enroll.

Dickerson’s new Medicare webinar series

Judy Daniels of Berwick Insurance Group, Dickerson’s Medicare partner, will be co-hosting a series of six webinars with Dickerson in the coming months. Judy is the Medicare Chair for LAAHU, and trains and mentors agents on Medicare throughout California. She’s an expert on Medicare and Medi-Cal, as well as a wide array of issues that come up for seniors in our community. Click here to have a look at upcoming sessions you won’t want to miss!
1st in the Series –  Medicare Deep Dive Webinar – Wed. June 3, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this session, you’ll get an in-depth perspective on how Medicare works. You’ll also find out when and how to enroll. This webinar is the first in this six-part series. Click here to register!

Dickerson managing partner Michael Wolff provides insights on navigating health insurance during COVID-19 crisis webinar 

GABA (German American Business Association) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM on navigating health insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. Many people have lost health insurance coverage as a result of job loss, which is why Dickerson’s managing partner Michal Wolff wants to provide insights on the following areas:

  • Actions health insurance carriers have taken during the COVID-19 crisis
  • How individuals who’ve lost their jobs can find new health insurance through COBRA coverage, a spouse’s health plan, Covered California, private insurance alternatives, or Medi-Cal
  • Ways retirees can prepare to obtain health insurance in retirement
  • The risks of relying on foreign traveler insurance

To learn more about this event and to register, click here.

In the News

Los Angeles allowing retail stores, churches, drive-ins, and more to reopen

Although Los Angeles leads the state in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Mayor Garcetti announced on Tuesday, May 26 that in-store shopping and religious services could resume in the City of Los Angeles on Wednesday so long as stores and religious institutions followed the county’s guidelines. Per state regulations, in order for counties to reopen, there must be no more than 20 COVID-19 hospitalizations on any single day in the and fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days. A closed LA County Board Supervisors meeting determined that the county met those standards.

Retail stores can operate at 50% capacity, while places of religious worship may operate at 50% capacity.  Community pools, drive-in theaters, and flea markets can also reopen. The City of LA published safety protocols and best practices for businesses to follow when they reopen.

To read the full story, click here.

As nations scale back restrictions, WHO warns of second surge of COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned nations that scaling back COVID-19 restrictions could lead to a surge in new cases. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO, warned that cases going down doesn’t mean that this will continue to be the trend. Countries might be susceptible to another peak of COVID-19 cases even ahead of presumed second wave months from now. 

In spite of these warnings, countries are forging ahead with reopening economies. In the United States, where the death toll nears 100,000, and confirmed cases are about 1.7 million (more than quadruple any other nation), Memorial Day saw clubs, beaches, and social gatherings with hundreds of people gathered. 

Because basic questions about COVID-19 remain unanswered, such as how deadly it is, how many strains exist, and why it’s so deadly in some cases, while not at all in others, it’s hard to gauge its impact.

To read the full story, click here.