Anthem Opportunities, Blue Shield Promotion, Covered CA Bonuses, Health Net, Compliance Updates and More!

Time is running out: take advantage of these opportunities to earn more with Anthem

We want to remind you of these great opportunities to earn more with Anthem. Both the Medical Agent Commission program and the Speciality Broker Bonus program are effective through January 15, 2021. This means you have just a couple of weeks to earn more through these programs before they expire.

Business sold through a General Agent partner is eligible for all these programs!

Medical Agent Commission Program

  • A 6% commission for new small group (1-100 eligible employees) medical cases with 10+ enrolled
  • This enhanced commission opportunity is in addition to any other award brokers receive under Anthem Blue Cross bonus programs
  • Appointed agents must be in good standing with a current, signed Anthem agent contract and valid license on file
  • For full details on how this commission program works, check out this flyer

Speciality Broker Bonus Program

  • Groups of 2-500
  • Cases on which Anthem is paying commission are eligible for the bonus
  • For full details on the specialty bonus program, check out this flyer
  • 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 more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Blue Shield extending relaxed participation promotion

Blue Shield announced plans to extend their relaxed participation promotion through 2021! This relaxed participation promotion will now run through December 31, 2021.

Here are the details:

  • Relaxed participation promotion through December 31, 2021
    • Effective dates of October 1, 2020 or later
  • Off-exchange plans (Tandem PPO or Trio HMO plans)
  • Minimum 1 employee enrolling
  • 1-4 enrolling: 65% participation
  • 5+ enrolling: 25% participation
  • Only one carrier may be written alongside Blue Shield

Click here to see a flyer with all pertinent details.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Ending soon: Covered California’s bonus program, A Partnership that Pays

Don’t forget that Covered California’s bonus program, A Partnership that Pays is ending soon! Earn up to $8,000 for enrolling a new small group with Covered California for Small Business with coverage effective through January 1, 2021.
Here is how the program works:
Group Size (enrolled employees)
Incentive
6-15
$1000
16-25
$2000
26-50
$4000
51-100
$8000
Click here for the specifics.
For more information, contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Health Net’s new broker bonus program for 2021

Health Net is now offering a new broker bonus program for 2021! Groups with effective dates of January 1, 2021 through December 1, 2021 are eligible for this bonus.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Additional 1% supplemental compensation award for each new eligible Small Group sold
  • Payable for the first 12 months of a new eligible Health Net group contract

Click here to check out this flyer with all the details.

For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Ending soon: Kaiser Permanente’s Small Group bonus program

 

End the year on a high note and take advantage of Kaiser Permanente’s end-of-year bonus opportunity! Kaiser Permanente is offering a bonus of $100 per enrolled subscriber for Small Groups with effective dates of December 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021.

Business sold through a General Agency is eligible for this bonus!

This new bonus is on top of regular commission and standard broker reward programs, including the Total Replacement and Group Production rewards.

For full details on this bonus program, click here.

Please contact your Dickerson Account Executive for more information.

Molina extends 2021 binder payment due date

We’re excited to share that Molina extended the binder payment due date for Marketplace members whose coverage begins on January 1, 2021 to January 15, 2021!

Molina wants to make sure members can receive the coverage they need and expect. When agents help members make binder payments, effectuation rates are better. Molina also provided step-by-step instructions on how to identify the status of clients’ binder payments.

Click here to view this guide.

For more information, contact Sally Saracy (email: sally@dickerson-group.com).

Dickerson News Updates

Second COVID-19 stimulus package includes amendments to Flexible Spending Accounts for Employers and Employees. 

Congress has finally passed the second COVID-19 stimulus package titled the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR). Furthermore, Donald Trump signed the bill into law on December 27, 2021. The newly approved stimulus package includes multiple provisions, including ones for employer benefits. In addition to direct stimulus payments to Americans who qualify for relief, it also includes more aid for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. Including but not limited to new additions to the PPP Loan, businesses are now allowed to deduct expenses associated with their forgiven PPP loans.

Regarding employer benefits directly, the bill also addresses Flexible Spending accounts and allows for more flexibility for the unused amounts that employees weren’t able to utilize. The stimulus bill allows employers to adjust the plan no later than the last day of the first calendar year beginning after the end of the plan year. This means that any changes made to the 2020 plan year must be adopted on or before December 31, 2021. Employers who choose to change the rules for their employees’ FSA Accounts must make the change by the applicable deadline and effectively communicate the changes to their employees.

For more details on the stimulus package, click here.

Businesses and Employers may require employees to get the COVID-19 Vaccine 

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought on another topic of debate: Can employers mandate their employees to get the vaccine? Legal experts are advising that they can. With a few exceptions, including but not limited to religious and disability grounds, employers can mandate their employees to be vaccinated to continue employment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) goes into detail about the stipulations released in the article titled What You Should Know about Covid-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other EEO Laws. The article also advises that if businesses don’t require their employees to be vaccinated may be subjected to lawsuits, especially if an employee with COVID-19 infects other employees.

To read the full story, click here.

The Community Fridge program in Southern California has provided local relief to struggling neighbors

Since the pandemic started, the Community Fridge program has gotten more attention and contribution from communities around Southern California. As COVID-19 has impacted millions of Americans, local volunteers have provided some relief by taking part in this program. The fridges are stocked with food from local stores, food pantries, restaurants, and produce from residents’ homes and gardens.

The community fridge is a unique source of relief in multiple ways, including that it doesn’t require any paperwork and there is no limit on what people can take. Most fridges are hosted by local businesses and marked and decorated, notifying patrons so they are free to partake. These fridges are conveniently placed in multiple Southern California neighborhoods and cities, including but not limited to Long Beach, Hollywood, and Corona. The mutual aid network started in July but is gaining traction and garnering attention from residents, interested volunteers, and of course grateful patrons.

For more details on this story, click here.