California Small Group Special Open Enrollment Deadlines

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurance carriers hold an annual special open enrollment period for employers with 1-100 employees that do not otherwise meet standard participation and contribution guidelines. This year, the special open enrollment is from November 15 through December 15, 2021 for groups seeking a January 1, 2022 effective date. Cutoff dates and times for this program vary by carrier, and are listed below. Please note that these are firm deadlines; no exceptions will be granted. The details below are accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the date at the bottom of this form.

Recommended Due Date to Dickerson

During the busiest time of the year, the recommended submission date to Dickerson Insurance services will be Monday December 13, 2021. This will allow ample time for our New Case Advocates to review the cases and collect any missing items before the cases are submitted to the carrier.

Please try to submit the cases as clean and complete as possible to avoid any delays in approval and implementation.

Carrier

Coverage Type(s) Available

Carrier Deadline

Medical Only

Case must be received by Aetna
no later than December 15, 2021.

Medical
Dental Employer-Sponsored: will align with medical participation, minimum of 2 enrolled.
Vision Employer-Sponsored: minimum of 2 enrolled.
Dental & Vision Voluntary: minimum of 5 enrolled.

Case must be received by Anthem no later than December 15, 2021 (5 P.M.)

Medical
Dental
Vision
Life (2-50 employees only)

Case must be received by Blue Shield
no later than 5:00 pm on December 15, 2021

Medical Only

Case must be received by CaliforniaChoice®
no later than 5:00 pm on December 15, 2021.

Medical and Dental

Case must be received by Covered California
no later than December 15, 2021.

Medical
Dental + Vision: minimum of 2 enrolled.

Case must be received by Health Net
no later than 5:00 pm on December 15, 2021.

Medical

Case must be received by Kaiser Permanente
no later than December 15, 2021.

Medical

Case must be received by Cigna + Oscar no later than December 15, 2021.

Pending response from carrier

Pending response from carrier

Medical

Case must be received by MediExcel no later than December 15, 2021.

Medical

Case must be received by Sharp Health Plan no later than December 15, 2021 (5 P.M.)

Please allow 48 hours for carrier-required data entry of enrollee information prior to the submission deadline.