Don’t waste time: California Small Group Special Enrollment Period is here!

Don’t waste time: California Small Group Special Enrollment Period is here!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurance carriers hold an annual Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for employers with 1-100 employees that do not otherwise meet standard participation and contribution guidelines.

No participation, no contribution minimums!

This year, the SEP is from November 15 through December 15, 2020 for groups seeking a January 1, 2021 effective date.

Cutoff dates and times for this program vary by carrier. Click on this link to find out more.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Dickerson proudly partnering with Cigna and Magic Johnson on diversity initiative

Dickerson is excited for the opportunity to partner with Cigna and Earvin Magic Johnson on the Minority and Women-Owned Business Program servicing the city of Los Angeles and the state of California. Cigna announced that they’ve teamed up with legend Magic Johnson to fight health discrepancies and support minority and women-owned small and mid-size businesses in the Los Angeles area. The goal of this partnership is to develop and cultivate healthier workforces within minority and women-owned businesses. Additionally, Cigna plans to introduce customized health plans and to invest $3 million on local charity organizations that are focused on improving the quality of health in Los Angeles and in the state of California.

For more details on this exciting partnership, contact your Dickerson Account Executive today.

Optometrists and dentists push for authority to immunize patients

Several COVID-19 vaccines are headed toward approval, which is why optometrists and dentists want the authority to immunize patients during routine exams and dental cleanings. Medical professionals say that they already have the know-how and that their help will be needed to distribute vaccines to millions of Americans. At least half of states have already considered allowings dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines once they’re available. This list is likely to grow because the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommended that states consider expanding their list of vaccine providers.

This wouldn’t be the first time health professionals other than doctors administer vaccines during a pandemic. During the H1N1 pandemic of 2009 to 2010, nursing students, EMTs, and midwives in some states were granted temporary and limited authority to administer flu vaccines.

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United Kingdom becomes first country in the world to approve COVID-19 vaccine

The United Kingdom’s medicines regulator MHRA approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for mass roll out, making the UK the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine. 800,000 vaccines are on their way to the UK, with elderly people in care homes, care home staff, and health care staff at the top of the vaccination priority list. Although initial plans for distribution are now in place, UK leaders still worry that significant logistical challenges remain.

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