Selling Anthem Just Got Easier! Blue Shield Announces Q2 2021 Updates! Individual News and More!

Breaking news from Anthem: 2021 Rate Pass for 2nd Quarter and No DE9C for 3+ enrolling, effective immediately!

We’re bringing in the new year with exciting updates from Anthem: it will be easier to sell Anthem in 2021. Highlights from Anthem’s 2021 update effective immediately (1/1/21 effective date onward) include a rate pass, a DE9C promotion, and an extension of their Statewide Network Flexibility Promotion.
Q2 2021 Rate Pass
Quarterly Rate Change Average:
  • PPO: PASS
  • HMO: PASS
  • Combined: PASS
Annual/Renewal Rate Change Average:
  • PPO: -1.8%
  • HMO: -8.6%
  • Combined: -2.6%
DE9C Promotion (effective immediately)
  • No DE9C required with 3+ enrolling!
  • DE9C is not required for Specialty
  • Virgin groups are excluded from this promotion. Prior carrier bill required if DE9C is not provided
  • Anthem reserves the right to request more information
Statewide Network Flexibility Promotion
  • Extended through Q2 2021 effective dates (6/15/2021)
  • Employers can choose one of the following:
    • 2 PPO Networks alongside 1 HMO Network
    • 2 HMO Networks alongside 1 PPO Network
As you get ready to sell Anthem in Q2 2021, don’t forget to take advantage of Anthem’s Medical Agent Commission Program and Specialty Broker Bonus Program. Both of these programs end on January 15, 2021. Time is running out for you to earn more money with Anthem through these programs. Click here for all the details.
We’re excited to help you put together your Anthem cases!
For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Q2 2021 Updates from Blue Shield: rate changes and relaxed participation promotion

Blue Shield also recently shared Q2 2021 updates, which include rate changes and an extension of their relaxed participation promotion.
Here are the details:
Q2 2021 Rate Changes
Average HMO Rate Actions
  • Quarterly: 1.0%
  • Annual: .7%
Average PPO Rate Actions
  • Quarterly: 1.0%
  • Annual: .7%
Average Rate Actions (All Plans)
  • Quarterly: 1.%
  • Annual: .7%
Relaxed Participation Promotion
Blue Shield extended their relaxed participation requirements through December 31, 2021!
Here’s how the promotion works:
Relaxed Participation Promotion through 12/31/21
  • Off-exchange plans
  • 1-4 enrolling: 65% participation
  • 5+ enrolling: 25% participation
  • New small business sales as of October 1, 2020
  • Includes Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life
  • Promotion also waives participation requirements for groups that offer only Trio HMO or Tandem PPO (minimum 1 enrolling)
To see all all promotion details, click here.
Please reach out to your Dickerson Account Executive for additional information.

L.A. Care’s new autopay vendor and a reminder to submit banking information

L.A. Care wants to remind agents and members that they now have a new autopay vendor, which means members need to ensure they update their banking information to avoid interruptions to coverage. Due to privacy reasons, the bank information of members who had autopay set up was not updated in the new system.
This means that some members might think their premiums are being deducted, but are now considered delinquent. They need to update their bank information to avoid being cancelled for non-payment. Grace periods are in effect for members who might have been impacted by these changes.
Members can pay and re-enter the recurring payment information via the Member portal or over the phone with a Member Services Representative (phone number: 855-270-2327).

We also want to remind agents to submit binder payments to activate their L.A. Care coverage. Binder payments for members with coverage starting on February 1, 2021, are due January 31, 2021. Please also remind your clients to pay outstanding binder payments for coverage starting January 1, 2021, before they lose coverage. When binder payments are missing, this means agents see lower commissions.

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

Molina 2021 binder payments due soon, get full commission!

The binder payment deadline for Molina Marketplace members is just around the corner. Be sure to submit binder payments for members with coverage starting January 1, 2021 by January 15, 2021. If you don’t submit binder payments on time, you’ll see a decrease in commission.

Molina 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 Saracay (email: sally@dickerson-group.com).

Oscar’s binder payment deadline is approaching!

The deadline to submit binder payments for Oscar is approaching, fast. Clients who plan to effectuate their January 1 and February 1 2021 coverage have until January 31, 2021 to submit payment.
When clients don’t pay to activate their coverage, this impacts agent commissions. Be sure your clients submit a binder payment on time for you to see full commissions.
Clients can submit binder payments to Oscar by clicking here.
For more information, contact Sally Saracay (email: sally@dickerson-group.com).

Dickerson News Updates

Dickerson News Update

Covered California enrollment nears 1.6 million in the face of COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly 1.6 million people have now purchased health insurance through Covered California. This number reflects California’s high unemployment rate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, millions of people have lost their jobs and their employer-sponsored health coverage as a result of this. Covered California enrollment declined three years in a row until 2020, which is when a new state law that taxed people who don’t have health insurance took effect.
However, enrollment surged again last summer after 289,000 people purchased coverage during a special enrollment period created as a response to COVID-19. Altogether, almost 200,000 more people have purchased health insurance this year compared with the same period last year, which is a 14% increase. Despite this increase, Covered California reports that about 2.7 million people in California don’t have health insurance. 1.2 million of those people are either eligible for subsidies or could get coverage through Medicaid.
To read the full story, click here.

Large-scale COVID-19 vaccination sites opening at Disneyland and Dodger Stadium

With the anticipation of COVID-19 vaccine development and approvals now comes the question of distributing vaccines. Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Disneyland in Anaheim, and Petco Park in San Diego are on a short list of mass vaccination centers opening this week.
Governor Newsom stated that vaccination efforts will prioritize those who will be vaccinators, followed by vulnerable populations. The list of those approved to administer the vaccine now also includes dentists and pharmacy technicians.
Click here to read the full story.