Dickerson Update June 18 – Rate Release, 2020 Marketplace Agent Bonuses, Payroll and HR Solutions, Updates and More!

Health Net shares initial rate release for Q4 2020

Health Net released Q4 2020 rate changes for Small Group!

Here’s a full summary on what to expect:

  • Medical: Q4 2020 small business rates will have a 0.7% increase for PPO and EnhancedCare PPO plans, and a 2.7% decrease for HMO and HSP plans
    • Plan designs are the same as Q1 2020
  • Vision, dental: No rate or plan changes at this time
  • Life: No rate or plan changes at this time
  • Optional chiro: No rate or plan changes at this time
Rates PPO and EnhancedCare PPO HMO and HSP
Q4 2020 +0.7% -2.7%

Rates quoted are pending completion of regulatory review. To read more from Health Net regarding this rate update, click here.

If you would like more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Heartland: a seamless payroll and HR solution

Did you know that Dickerson offers Heartland Payroll, which happens to seamlessly integrate with Ease? Heartland and Ease’s partnership allows clients to quickly and easily move data from their benefits administration system (Ease), into their payroll system (Heartland Payroll).

Here are just some of the benefits brokers and clients can expect from this integration:

  • 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 (Heartland is not a competitor and only focuses on payroll solutions for your client’s needs!)
  • The latest technology including Human Resources, Onboarding, WOTC, and ACA reporting!
  • Don’t forget: Dickerson can build your groups on EASE at no charge to our brokers

Want to learn more about how you can use Heartland to grow your book of business? Check out this webinar recording to learn more about how Heartland works and integrates with Ease.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

IRS Publication 5419: understanding tax credits available for small businesses due to coronavirus 

Adjusting to and understanding the changes brought on by coronavirus has been very challenging for small business owners nationally. This is why the IRS recently issued Publication 5419, which includes a flowchart to help employers understand tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The IRS states that “the one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.”

To see Publication 5419, click here. For an additional resource on how much paid leave employees can take during these times, click here.

Please reach out your Dickerson Account Executive for additional information.

This just in: Molina 2020 Marketplace Agent Bonuses are here!

Dickerson is happy to announce that it received Molina Bonuses! We will pay them out as soon as possible. The payment schedule is below.

Agent bonus for new 2020 members:

State Total # of New Members* One-time Bonus Amount per member
MI, MS, NM, OH, WA, WI 25+ $25
CA, FL, SC, TX 50+ $50

Agent bonus for renewing 2020 members:

# of Renewed Members Bonus Amount per Member

For more information on the specifics, please contact Sally Sarracay (sally@dickerson-group.com).

In the News

PG&E pleads guilty to killing 84 people in 2018 California fires

PG&E’s CEO Bill Johnson entered guilty pleas on behalf of the company for 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the 2018 California fires. Investigators determined that the company’s crumbling electrical grid caused these fires.

“Our equipment started that fire,” admitted Johnson as part of a plea deal. The Camp fire killed 85 people and destroyed 18,000 buildings, 14,000 of which were homes. 90% of Paradise’s population, a town affected by this fire, remains dispersed in nearby towns or cities across the US. The company has agreed to pay a maximum fine of $3.5 million for its crimes, $500,000 for the cost of the investigation, and $35.5 billion for losses from the 2018 fire.

To read the full story, click here.

LA City Council introduces motion to use social workers, not LAPD, for certain calls

A motion signed by six of LA City Council’s 15 members on Tuesday, June 16 proposes to use unarmed and trained city, county, and community-based professionals such as homeless outreach workers instead of police to handle certain emergency situations, including mental health crises and substance abuse calls.

This motion, which references a program in Eugene, Oregon, calls for city departments to work with LAPD, the Los Angeles Homeless Services authority, and county agencies to develop an unarmed model of crisis response for nonviolent calls currently handled by LAPD. This comes in the wake of San Francisco announcing that officers will stop responding to neighbor disputes, reports about homeless people, and school discipline interventions.

To read the full story, click here.