Vivity by Anthem, Blue Shield Relaxed Participation, Q1 Rate Actions, Updates, News & More


Vivity by Anthem is Coming to Small Group

Anthem announced the launch of Vivity to small group starting January 1st, 2022. Vivity offers a world-class health plan for Southern California with high-quality, coordinated, and affordable care. Vivity has several of the top-ranked health systems, and members will have access to some of the best hospitals, doctors and specialists. 

What makes Vivity different from other health plans?

  • Employers pay premiums comparable to other HMOs
  • Includes plans with or without deductibles and predictable member costs
  • Members can choose from top-ranked doctors in their area
  • Former competitors share best practices to enhance population health and lower overall healthcare costs
  • Members receive an enhanced, more engaging experience

Click here for the Member Brochure
Click here for Broker Brochure
Click here for the Broker Placemat

Hoag Joins Anthem’s Priority Select HMO Network for Small and Large Group

Effective January 1st, 2022, Hoag will be part of Anthem’s Priority Select HMO Network for Small and Large Group! Hoag is one of the highest-ranked hospitals in Orange County for 5 years in a row. The Hoag network includes:

  • 3 Hospitals
  • 14 Hoag Urgent Care Centers
  • Over 425 Hoag Physician Offices
  • 9 Hoag Health Centers
  • 22 Hoag Medical Group Offices
  • 2 Hoag Concierge Medical Offices

In the past, members had access to Hoag providers, but now members can choose a Hoag provider if enrolled in the Priority Select Network.

Blue Shield Relaxed Participation Promotion Extended to December 31, 2022

Blue Shield announced they’re relaxing underwriting participation for groups with five or more enrolled employees to just 25% for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. New relaxed participation requirements for groups when at least one eligible employee enrolls in a Tri HMO or Tandem PPO plan. They’ve waived participation requirements for groups of 1 to 100 eligible employees that offer only Tri HMO or Tandem PPO medical plans.

Click here to read more about the relaxed participation requirements.

Q1 Rate Actions for 2022

Start quoting for Q1. We’ve organized the carrier rate actions for you below.

Carrier HMO PPO
Aetna 0.80% 2.00%
Anthem Blue Cross 0.50% 1.10%
Blue Shield 1.20% 1.20%
CaliforniaChoice Varies Varies
Cigna + Oscar N/A EPO 2.5%
PPO (N/A) – plans go live Jan 2022
Covered California Varies Varies
Health Net 1.30% 1.50%
Kaiser Permanente 0.40% 5.20%

Contact your Dickerson Sales Rep for help with quoting and rates!


Seniors Decry Age Bias, Say They Feel Devalued When Interacting With Health Care Providers 

Ageism in health care is a long-standing problem that’s getting new attention during the Covid-19 pandemic. To read the full story, click here.


Colin Powell’s Death Highlights the Need for More People to Get Vaccinated

Colin Powell was battling cancer when he died of Covid-19 complications. He was fully vaccinated against the virus but those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk. To read the full story, click here.