Anthem Update, Aetna Prescription Data Collection, CaliforniaChoice, New Kaiser Flyers, Updates, News & More


Anthem Prime Healthcare System Update

Good News! Anthem is pleased to announce they reached an agreement with Desert Valley Hospital, located in San Bernardino County. 

As you recall, Desert Valley Hospital terminated its commercial Contracting Hospital Agreement with Anthem Blue Cross effective July 23, 2021. With this new contract agreement, Desert Valley Hospital returned to Anthem’s Network effective March 1, 2023.

Aetna Small Group Prescription Drug Data Collection Requirement

Aetna Small Group prescription drug data reporting submission is due 4/1.

This is in response to requirements in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and implementing regulations. Aetna is committed to complying with all legal and regulatory requirements affecting business operations and customers’ health benefits. Plan administrators must click on the link emailed to provide the information required. Aetna will use the data collected to submit the report on behalf of the plan sponsor

For more information, have your Aetna Small Group Administrators complete the RxDC Plan Sponsor Data Collection Form by 4/1/2023.

CaliforniaChoice Overview

CaliforniaChoice celebrates that everyone has unique needs, and employers want to give their employees the freedom to choose the health plan they want. CaliforniaChoice partnered with eight top health plans with a variety of HMO, PPO, EPO, and other benefit options to choose from – all at different price points. CaliforniaChoice is proud to offer access to the following health plans:

Contact your Dickerson Sales Rep for help quoting with CaliforniaChoice!

New Kaiser Permanente Flyers

Kaiser Permanente has new flyers to help you sell more in 2023!

  1. Care away from home – Kaiser Permanente members have access to Minute Clinics, Concentra Urgent Care Centers, The Little Clinics, and (NEW) CIGNA PPO network (for urgent care or emergency needs) for HMO members traveling
  2. Discount Programs – American Specialty Health Plans (chiro, acupuncture, massage therapy) and gym membership discounts
  3. Kaiser Permanente Health Education Classes
  4. Telehealth – $0 copay (unless the member is enrolled on HSA Plan)
  5. Mental Health Out-patient Visits – NOT all but several plans have a $0 copay
  6. Digital support for emotional wellness – Free to Kaiser members
  7. Kaiser Permanente Urgent Care clinics in Southern California
  8. Kaiser Permanente mobile app
  9. (NEW) Network change for PPO Members in non-Kaiser Permanente States – utilize CIGNA PPO network. 

Click here to view the new Kaiser flyers


COVID-19 States of Emergency Are Ending. Here’s What’s Changing.

California’s state of emergency declaration, a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ends on February 28, and the federal state of emergency ends on May 11. Check out this list of resources for what’s next after the state of emergency ends. Click here to read the full article.


A Promising MRNA Vaccine-In-The-Works Could Finally Knock Out TB

Tuberculosis may seem like a relic of the past in wealthy countries, yet it still kills more people worldwide than any other infectious disease besides COVID – with about 1.6 million people dying from TB annually. Now, scientists have taken a major step toward creating an mRNA vaccine against TB that could work for people of all ages. Click here to read the full article.