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Broker Updates

Stay informed with our exclusive Broker Updates that consolidate and synthesize the latest industry news and resources to help you:

  • Provide small group compliance guidance
  • Stay on top of trends and best practices
  • Support your local employer groups
  • Identify revenue and service opportunities
  • Successfully grow and retain your book of business

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Past Issues

September 15, 2020

  • Claremont Welcomes Heather Chandler
  • Blue Shield of California:
    • Earn Up to $100 Per Enrolled Member (New and Renewing Business)
    • Premium Payment Program Extended to September
  • Question of The Week: What are California’s revamped rules for business reopening?

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September 1, 2020

  • Claremont Welcomes Karlee Navarro
  • Blue Shield of California:
    • Tandem PPO Advantages and Bonus
    • Return to Work Resources
  • Wildfire Response
  • 2021 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey

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August 25, 2020

  • Ease Webinar – The Key to Enrollment in 2020: Direct Submissions to Carriers
  • Wildfire Response
  • Blue Shield of CA:
    • Trio HMO and Tandem PPO Cost-Reducing Options and Bonus
    • New Employer Enrollment Tool
  • 2020 Principal Financial Well-Being Index Finds Businesses Growing

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August 18, 2020

  • Survey Results: High Satisfaction with Employers’ Return-to-Work Plans
  • Choice Builder Late Fee Policy Change
  • Webinar – Claremont Introduces Cigna + Oscar
  • Heartland’s “Guide to No-Contact Commerce”

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August 11, 2020

  • Blue Shield Extends Participation Requirements to January 31, 2021
  • MetLife Legal Plans – Enhanced Member Experience
  • Identify The Least Expensive Medical Plans in Each Region

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August 4th, 2020

  • Claremont Introduces Cigna + Oscar – Broker Webinar August 10, 2020
    Blue Shield:

    • Extends Premium Payment Program to August
    • Extends COVID-19 Cost-Sharing Waivers through December 31, 2020
    • New Broker Medical Incentive Program
  • UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 Policy Extensions through October 22, 2020
  • IFP COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period Extended through August 31, 2020

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July 28, 2020

  • New Cigna + Oscar
  • Identify The Least Expensive Medical Plans in Each Region
  • MetLife Extends Dental & Vision Renewal Rate Pass to March 31, 2021
  • Blue Shield Tandem PPO and Trio HMO Members Can Reduce Drug Costs
  • AICPA Advice for PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications

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July 21, 2020

  • Beam Dental Offers Group Term Life Coverage
  • Blue Shield of CA Wellvolution First Year Results and Outcomes
  • Reliance Standard Announces RSL Complete Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Paylocity COVID-19 On-Demand Webinars

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July 14, 2020

  • Delta Dental Rate Pass and Premium Holiday
  • Principal’s Promotions and Updates
  • Reliance Standard: Dental Deductibles and Exams/Cleaning Limits Waived
  • Question of The Week: What is the California state government’s “COVID-19 County Monitoring List”?

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July 7, 2020

  • Blue Shield of California
    – Premium Payment Program Extended to July
    – Small Group Special Enrollment Period Extended Through September 30
  • Beam Dental – 3 Tips for Choosing a Dental Benefits Plan
  • Sterling Administration – CARES Act HSA, FSA and HRA Changes
  • Question of The Week: Has the deadline been extended for Paycheck Protection Program loan applications?

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June 23, 2020

  • UnitedHealthcare:
    – Northern California Producer Webcasts
    – Specialty Benefits Premium Relief for Employers
  • Mammoth HR Employer Return to Work Resources
  • Question of The Week: Has the deadline been extended for tax year 2019 HSA contributions?

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June 16, 2020

  • Covered California for Small Business: July New Business Submission Deadline Extended
  • MetLife Disability Benefits
  • Heartland’s Employer Situation Room
  • Question of The Week: What additional lines of coverage should small businesses consider as they reopen and return employees to work?

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June 9, 2020

  • Humana Webinar: COVID-19 Safe and Effective Return-to-Work Planning – Part 2
  • MetLife Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll
  • TASC Benefits for Remote Teams
  • Paylocity Return-to-Work Resources
  • Question of The Week: Is there any relief for small businesses from the loan forgiveness requirements in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

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June 2, 2020

  • Blue Shield of California:
    – Premium Payment Program Extended to June
    – Cost Sharing Waivers Extended Through September
  • Covered California for Small Business Grace Period and Premium Deferral Program
  • Working Remotely – Broker and Employer Resources
  • Selling Virtually – Broker Resources
  • Reopening and Returning to Work FAQs
  • Question of The Week: What industry-specific guidance is available for businesses reopening and returning employees to work?

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May 26, 2020

  • Returning to Work –  Broker and Employer Resources
  • Covered California for Small Business Agent Bonus Program Extended Through January 2021
  • UnitedHealthcare:
    – Employer Considerations to Return to Worksite
    – Underwriting Updates
  • Question of The Week: Which California counties are permitted to reopen at a faster pace than others?

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May 19, 2020

  • Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer Resources
  • New Business Formation During Downturns: Insights from Silicon Valley Bank
  • UnitedHealthcare Special Dental and Vision Enrollment Opportunity
  • Principal:
    – Response to Dental Office Closures
    – Promotion Programs Extended Through August 2020
  • Question of The Week: Did the CARES Act expand the list of HSA qualified medical expenses?

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May 12, 2020

  • UnitedHealth Group Will Provide Over $1.5 Billion to Customers in Response to COVID-19
  • UnitedHealthcare Renewal Rate Pass for Specialty Lines of Coverage
  • MetLife Report: Navigating Together – Supporting Employee Well-Being in Uncertain Times
  • COVID-19: Section 139 Employer-Provided Tax-Free Disaster Relief Benefits
  • Question of The Week: Are COBRA rules changing in response to COVID-19?

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May 5, 2020

  • UnitedHealthcare Webinar: Selling Virtually – Adapting to Our New Environment
  • MetLife Premium Credits for Employer Groups
  • Employee Assistance Programs – Advantages and Options for Small Businesses
  • Question of The Week:
    Is there any relief for employers and employees from the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance?

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April 28, 2020

  • Identify The Least Expensive Plans in Each Region
  • TASC Emergency Response Benefits
  • Independent Contractors and Sole Proprietors Can Qualify for Low-Cost, Forgivable PPP Loans
  • COVID-19 Carrier Response Guides

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April 22, 2020

  • Blue Shield of CA Q3-2020 Updates
  • EIC20: Ease Innovation (Virtual) Conference
  • Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Resources for Employees and Their Families
  • COVID-19 Carrier Response Guides

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April 14, 2020

  • Keeping Employees Covered: Latest Carrier Actions
  • Providing Relief to Employers: Latest Carrier Actions
  • Question of The Week:
    Are there $10,000 grants available to small businesses through the CARES Act?

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April 8, 2020

  • COVID-19 Legislation & Regulations FAQs
  • Help Your Clients Fund Their Benefits with The New Federal Paycheck Protection Program
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Latest Carrier Actions in Response to The Coronavirus

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March 30, 2020

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Carrier FAQs
  • Latest Carrier Actions in Response to The Coronavirus
  • Other Coronavirus News Impacting Brokers and Employers
  • HR Resources from Claremont’s Trusted Partners

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March 24, 2020

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Brokers
  • In Other News: Non-Coronavirus Updates

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March 18, 2020

  • Continuing to Serve You
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News
  • Member Options for Accessing Care
  • 10 Answers for Employers Navigating the Coronavirus

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March 11, 2020

  • Zero Cost-Sharing Coronavirus Screening and Testing
  • Heal: Physician Home Visits Through Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare
  • Carrier Travel Assistance Programs
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Brokers

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March 3, 2020

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
  • Increase Sales with Our Just Released Q2-2020 Top 20 Lowest Cost Medical Plans Reports
  • Carrier Spotlight: UnitedHealthcare COBRA, FSA, and POP Plan Administration
  • Reliance Standard Voluntary Benefits Insights and Opportunities

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February 25, 2020

  • Carrier Spotlight: Principal Business Owner Income Protection
  • Covered California Enrollment Grows to 1.5 Million
  • Ease 2020 SMB Benefits and Employee Insights Report

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February 19, 2020

  • Carrier Spotlight:
    Beam Dental – A Unique Approach to Dental Benefits
  • UnitedHealthcare 2020 Broker Bonus
  • Principal 2020 Broker Bonus Programs
  • Covered California for Small Business Educational Forum on Mental Health

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February 11, 2020

  • Carrier Spotlight: Allied Benefit Suite
  • Delta Dental: Allied Administrators Launches New Producer Portal
  • Principal’s Promotion Programs Extended Through July 1, 2020
  • UnitedHealthcare Small Group Underwriting Update on 1099 Coverage

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February 4, 2020

  • Covered California for Small Business: Are You Capitalizing on The Health Care Tax Credit?
  • Blue Shield’s Trio Network Adds St. Johns
  • Blue Shield Partners with Non-Profit Civica Rx to Lower Generic Drug Costs
  • Humana 2020 Broker Bonuses and Multiline Discounts

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January 28, 2020

  • Covered California: Many Californians Unaware of New California Individual Mandate
  • Covered California for Small Business Extends Agent Bonus Program
  • Work Perks Job Seekers Really Want

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January 21, 2020

  • MetLaw from MetLife: Legal Group Plans
  • Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs
  • FINAL CALL — Carriers Extend January Submission Deadlines

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January 14, 2020

  • Claremont Elf Challenge Giveaway Winners
  • Carriers Extend January Submission Deadlines
  • MetLife Q4-2019 Small Business Index
  • Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: No Improvement in Health Outcomes

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January 7, 2020

  • Healthcare Reform:
    Major Healthcare Reform Decisions: Taxes Eliminated, Individual Mandate Deemed Unconstitutional
  • Carriers Extend January Submission Deadlines
  • MetLife Report: What Employers and Employees Expect – and How Brokers Can Deliver
  • Commonwealth Fund Report: Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018

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