Earn CE Credits with Dickerson, Covered CA Extends Open Enrollment & More!

Don’t miss out on opportunities to learn and earn CE credits with Dickerson

As we look onto 2021, Dickerson is happy to roll out a series of webinars to keep you informed and also credentialed. Be sure to look at our calendar of upcoming events, which includes CE courses hosted by our very own Dave Fear.

Click here to see all upcoming events and register!

Missed out on one of our webinars? Be sure to check out our webinar library or podcast page.
For more information, please contact your Dickerson Account Executive.

Following President Biden’s executive order, Covered California to offer special enrollment period

If your clients missed out on open enrollment, it’s not too late for them to get coverage!

President Biden signed an executive order aimed at strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This executive order includes a provision to create a COVID-19 special enrollment period (SEP). On the heels of this announcement, Covered California established a SEP from February 1, 2021 to May 15, 2021 to give California residents another window to sign up for health care coverage.

This new SEP will allow uninsured individuals to sign up for coverage without having a qualifying life event such as recent loss of coverage or moving. Anyone who otherwise meets Covered California’s eligibility requirements, which are very similar to those in place during the annual open enrollment period, can sign up for coverage during this window. Coverage would begin on the first of the following month.

This executive order will grant people access to life-saving care should they need it, which is why we urge your clients who missed out on open enrollment to sign up for coverage during this SEP. You can view the administration’s fact sheet on strengthening the ACA here.

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

DICKERSON’S INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE

AstraZeneca vaccine drastically reduces transmission of COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca has been shown to not only protect people from COVID-19, but also drastically reduce the transmission of the virus. Although the study has not been peer reviewed, researchers from Oxford and AstraZeneca found that the vaccine cut transmission by nearly 67%. Though more studies need to confirm this finding, it provides a sense of optimism that vaccinations are leading us closer to the normalcy we once knew.

Click here for the full story.

Study finds that line cooks and agriculture workers are at the highest risk of COVID-19 death

A new study from the University of California, San Francisco found that essential workers in kitchens and agricultural settings are at the highest risk of dying from COVID-19. Line cooks experienced the most excess death in 2020, followed by agriculture workers, bakers, and construction workers. Delivery workers also experienced higher rates of death last year. The risk of death for these groups was 30% to 60% higher for these groups than a typical year. Rates were especially high for Black and Latino workers serving in these jobs.

To read the full story, click here.