Memorial Day Weekend Schedule, Aetna Producer Bonus, Covid Healthcare Strategies, Operation Shout, Updates, News & More

DICKERSON WEEKLY NEWS

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, our office will close at 3:00 on Friday, May 27th and will be closed on Monday, May 30th.  We want to memorialize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and are grateful for those who have served.

Aetna Small Group Producer Reward Program

New business sold with effective dates now through December 31, 2022, can qualify for Aetna’s producer reward program. This is for groups with 1-100 eligible employees in California and fully insured Medical new business only.

Total enrolled employees Credit per enrolled employee Additional Credit Per enrolled employee in an Aetna Whole Health or Sutter Health Aetna network plan
1 – 74 $50 $25
75 + $100 $50

In addition, producers will earn $8 per new Dental subscriber and $2 per new Vision subscriber when sold alongside a new Medical case.

Groups submitted through Dickerson are eligible!
Contact your Dickerson sales rep for more information!

Click here to learn more about the rewards program.

Covid Healthcare Utilization, Spending and Strategies

The pandemic has created many new challenges and changed our healthcare utilization, including the types of health services we receive and the frequency of these services. It’s important that we stay on top of these changes so we can help our clients anticipate the ways these shifts will affect their healthcare spending.

Read our Covid-19 Healthcare Utilization, Spending and Strategy Whitepaper here.

Operation Shout – Ease the ACA’s Employer Reporting Requirements

H.R. 7774 is a new bill to replace H.R. 5318 (Commonsense Reporting Act of 2021). H.R. 7774 and S. 3673 will provide much-needed relief for employers seeking to comply with the reporting requirements under Sections 6055 and 6056 for enforcement of the ACA’s individual and employer mandates. NAHU has long sought these reforms, and we look forward to advancing this as a bipartisan solution to address the challenges faced under the health-reform law.

Both bipartisan bills will ease the compliance reporting requirements for employers offering health insurance coverage to their employees.

Here are some highlights of this legislation:

  • Establish a new voluntary reporting system for employers to report to the IRS.
  • Require that employers report to the IRS only those employees who are not receiving healthcare from their employer.
  • Allow employers to deliver reports to employees electronically without another consent form.
  • Require HHS to review the most recent tax filing for individuals automatically reenrolled in exchange-based coverage and adjust their tax credits accordingly.

Take action today! You and your clients can also send a direct message about why their legislators should provide much-needed reforms to the employer reporting requirements.

Take action here!

DICKERSON INDUSTRY NEWS

New Covered California Leader Urges Renewal of Enhanced Federal Aid for Health Premiums

Jessica Altman took over in March as executive director of California’s health insurance marketplace, which serves 1.8 million people. She warns that if Congress does not renew the tax credit enhancements that have made health plans more affordable, consumers will face significantly higher premiums, which could cause many to forgo coverage. Click here to read the full story.

 

Pfizer Covid Shot 80 Percent Effective in Young Kids, Early Data Shows

Pfizer said Monday that an early analysis showed their three-dose vaccine regimen triggered a strong immune response in young children, proving 80 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in children 6 months to 4 years old. The long and frustrating wait for a vaccine for the youngest children, the last group to lack access, could be over within weeks. Click here to read the full story.