Addressing Disparities in Communities of Color, 2021 Q3 Carrier Rate Actions, Covered CA Special Enrollment Period and More!

A Look at Anthem’s Q3 2021 Rate Action

Quarterly Rate Change Average:

  • PPO: 0.8%
  • HMO: 1.0%
  • Combined: 0.8%
Annual/Renewal Rate Change Average:

  • PPO: -3.4%
  • HMO: -8.4%
  • Combined: -3.9%

Areas including San Diego and San Francisco are receiving rate reductions. Call your Dickerson sales rep today! 

Addressing Disparities in Communities of Color

Many will look at the verdict in the trial of former police office Derek Chauvin as a step in the right direction addressing the violence against black people and communities of color. We must remember that this step is just the beginning of addressing disparities in the justice system. As we move forward, our hope is that these disparities are addressed not only in the justice system, but also healthcare, the job market, and business opportunities in communities of color. Click here for more insight from The California Health Care Foundation.
–Tony Lee, Managing Partner, Dickerson Insurance Services

Dickerson Summary of 2021 Q3 Rate Actions


Covered CA Launches New Special Enrollment Period, April – December, Making Health Plans More Affordable Than Ever

Covered California has officially launched a new special-enrollment period to allow Californians to benefit from lower health insurance premiums available through the American Rescue Plan — no matter what their income levels are. Click here for the details.

Tools To Help Ensure Your Clients a Smooth Transition:
American Rescue Plan FAQ for Certified Enrollers

Program Eligibility by Federal Poverty Level for 2021


How Telehealth Can Narrow Racial Disparities 

Racial disparities have been a constant problem in maternal health care, from rising death rates to the threat of severe COVID-19 among pregnant women. Some experts are optimistic that telehealth can help reduce those barriers by offering flexibility in appointments and better access to diverse providers. Click here for the whole story:

Trump Tried To Shrink Medicaid. Here’s How Biden Will Try To Expand It.

The Trump administration spent four years trying to reshape Medicaid to make it fit conservative priorities. But now the Biden administration is trying to pull it in a different direction. President Biden – and, if confirmed, his nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chiquita Brooks-LaSure — are expected to push to get more people on the Medicaid rolls. Click here for the whole story.

Drugmakers Accused Of Causing Opioid Addiction In Trial

A lawyer for several large California communities accused four drugmakers of causing a deadly wave of opioid addiction with their aggressive marketing of pain pills, while defense attorneys said the firms followed the law, on the opening day of a trial closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry. Click here for the whole story.