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MetLife – The Value of Disability Benefits, Carrier News,

MetLife – The Value of Disability Benefits

Let’s face it, nobody wants to think about becoming disabled and unable to work. But it happens. In fact, one in … read more

Blue Shield Specialty Underwriting Will Align with Medical, Carrier News,

Blue Shield Specialty Underwriting Will Align with Medical

To align more closely with medical underwriting, specialty coverage underwriting requires small businesses to employ an eligible common law employee to be … read more

UnitedHealthcare Extends 5% Dental Renewal Rate Cap, Carrier News,

UnitedHealthcare Extends 5% Dental Renewal Rate Cap

The UnitedHealthcare 5% dental renewal rate cap program has been extended through January 1, 2020 effective dates. It applies to both … read more

Support Services for Those Impacted by The California Wildfires, Carrier News,

Support Services for Those Impacted by The California Wildfires

The numerous wildfires that raged through California have created catastrophic damage and loss of life, in addition to taking a toll … read more

Blue Shield Extends Special Enrollment Period Through The End of The Year, Carrier News,

Blue Shield Extends Special Enrollment Period Through The End of The Year

New small groups requesting a January 1, 2020, effective date are eligible for coverage without meeting the minimum participation and contribution … read more

MetLife Report: How Small Businesses Can Compete and Thrive, Carrier News,

MetLife Report: How Small Businesses Can Compete and Thrive

MetLife’s new report, The Evolving Work-Life World: How Small Businesses Can Compete and Thrive, dives into what small businesses and their … read more

UnitedHealthcare Special Open Enrollment for Employees to Take Advantage of SB 78, Carrier News,

UnitedHealthcare Special Open Enrollment for Employees to Take Advantage of SB 78

While the federal government eliminated the minimum health care coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act, the California Legislature passed SB … read more

Blue Shield Q1-2020 Plan Updates, Carrier News,

Blue Shield Q1-2020 Plan Updates

Below are the 2020 plan updates for medical and specialty options, dates and updates for January renewals, and resources for enrolling … read more

Announcing The Allied Benefit Suite, Carrier News,

Announcing The Allied Benefit Suite

Offer your small group (2-99) clients a suite of high-quality carriers and employee benefits under one convenient program through Allied Benefit … read more

Humana 2020 Broker Bonuses, Carrier News,

Humana 2020 Broker Bonuses

Sell more and earn more with Humana’s new broker bonuses:

January Bundling Bonus Place new specialty lines of coverage with the same employer … read more

Optimize Sales with UnitedHealthcare, Carrier News,

Optimize Sales with UnitedHealthcare

Several popular carriers are drastically increasing prices, changing plan designs, reducing benefits, and re-certifying groups who do not meet eligibility. The … read more

Blue Shield’s Trio HMO Adds Riverside Physician Network, Carrier News,

Blue Shield’s Trio HMO Adds Riverside Physician Network

Riverside Physician Network (RPN) was added to Blue Shield’s growing list of Trio providers in the Inland Empire, effective October 1, … read more

Principal Open Enrollment Updates, Carrier News,

Principal Open Enrollment Updates

Enrollments are underway or just around the corner for many of your clients, and the process for employers who … read more

UnitedHealthcare Offers New Medicare Advantage Plan Featuring Canopy Health Care Providers, Carrier News,

UnitedHealthcare Offers New Medicare Advantage Plan Featuring Canopy Health Care Providers

Effective January 1, 2020 (pending regulatory approval), the new UnitedHealthcare® Canopy Health Medicare Advantage plan will be available to more than … read more

MetLife Report: Benefit Trends and Opportunities for the Healthcare Industry, Carrier News,

MetLife Report: Benefit Trends and Opportunities for the Healthcare Industry

Unique challenges facing healthcare employers.

As the U.S. population ages and healthcare needs continue to grow, the healthcare industry is striving to … read more

Principal – Combine Group and Individual Disability Income Insurance, Carrier News,

Principal – Combine Group and Individual Disability Income Insurance

With Principal’s comprehensive disability solutions, you can help your clients attract and retain key employees by combining group disability (short- and … read more

Principal – Q4 Promotion Programs, Carrier News,

Principal – Q4 Promotion Programs

Boost sales and finish the year strong by leveraging Principal’s promotions for new and existing clients (cases under 200 lives) with … read more

Principal’s Tools for Designing Top-Notch Benefit Programs, Carrier News,

Principal’s Tools for Designing Top-Notch Benefit Programs

Get Principal’s power tools to create top-notch small business benefit programs that are designed to:

  • Identify The Opportunity Use the Small Business Marketing Guide … read more
  • HSA Explainer Videos for Employers and Employees, Carrier News,

    HSA Explainer Videos for Employers and Employees

    Are your clients and their employees confused about Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA)?

    Sterling … read more

    Covered California Q4 Broker Bonus, Carrier News,

    Covered California Q4 Broker Bonus

    Broker Bonus Relaunched for Q4: October 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

    With the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) “A Partnership … read more

    Covered California for Small Business Enhances MyCCSB Portal, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business Enhances MyCCSB Portal

    To further simplify managing your small group benefits and expedite essential functions, the Covered California for Small Business MyCCSB portal now … read more

    UnitedHealthcare 2019 Broker Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare 2019 Broker Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Medical Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to California agents* who sell … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Announces Relaxed Participation Guidelines for Dental, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Announces Relaxed Participation Guidelines for Dental

    Providing even more flexibility on dental participation, UnitedHealthcare now allows groups down to 5 eligible to enroll in:

    Missed The Blue Shield 2020 Broker Roadshow Webinars?, Carrier News,

    Missed The Blue Shield 2020 Broker Roadshow Webinars?

    If you were unable to attend the Blue Shield Broker Roadshow webinars, you can download the slideshow and Q&A digest. If … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business Medical Incentive Program Accelerator, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Medical Incentive Program Accelerator

    Now it’s easier to earn more when you sell Blue Shield of California Small Business medical plans to groups with October … read more

    Blue Shield 2019 Small Business Specialty Incentive Program, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield 2019 Small Business Specialty Incentive Program

    Sell more, earn more with the Blue Shield of California Small Business Specialty Bonus Program. Go for a triple play and … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Webinar: 2020 California Small Business Product Portfolio

    Register to attend one of two UnitedHealthcare webinars to learn about their 2020 product updates, prescription drug list, and preferred lab … read more

    MetLife Report: The Gig Economy – Opportunities, Challenges, and Employer Strategies, Carrier News,

    MetLife Report: The Gig Economy – Opportunities, Challenges, and Employer Strategies

    With nearly one-fifth of the total American workforce now earning their primary income from gig or part-time work, the gig economy is here to … read more

    MetLife Webinar: Benefits for Globally-Mobile Employees, Carrier News,

    MetLife Webinar: Benefits for Globally-Mobile Employees

    Globally-mobile employees are often considered the top talent for an organization, especially in California’s key industries and professions such as engineering, … read more

    Blue Shield Employer Connection Plus – Training Sessions and Tutorial Videos, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Employer Connection Plus – Training Sessions and Tutorial Videos

    As renewal season approaches, stay informed and ahead of the competition with Blue Shield’s Employer Connection Plus and resources for brokers … read more

    Did You Know? HSAs and Medicare, Carrier News,

    Did You Know? HSAs and Medicare

    HSAs Keep Working After Retirement Retirees cannot contribute to HSAs after enrolling in Medicare – but they can still retain and use … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Roadshow, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Roadshow

    Be in the know by attending Blue Shield’s annual online roadshow. Get detailed information firsthand so you’ll be ready to answer … read more

    Did You Know? HSAs Compared to Other Retirement Savings Vehicles, Carrier News,

    Did You Know? HSAs Compared to Other Retirement Savings Vehicles

    Retirement Savings Vehicles

    There are many retirement savings vehicles, each with distinct features and benefits. Below is a comparison to help you advise … read more

    Did You Know? HSAs and COBRA, Carrier News,

    Did You Know? HSAs and COBRA

    A COBRA Qualified Beneficiary may still contribute to an HSA account, as long as he or she is covered by a … read more

    MetLife Webinar: The Evolving Workforce – What You Need to Know to Stay Ahead of The Trends, Carrier News,

    MetLife Webinar: The Evolving Workforce – What You Need to Know to Stay Ahead of The Trends

    Attend MetLife’s webinar “The Evolving Workforce: What You Need to Know to Stay Ahead of The Trends” on September 19, 2019, … read more

    Blue Shield Q4 Relaxed Participation Requirements, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q4 Relaxed Participation Requirements

    Blue Shield participation requirements remain relaxed for Q4. Small business groups with 5 or more enrolled employees only require 25% participation … read more

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation: 25% or One Employee, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation: 25% or One Employee

    Underwriting participation requirements remain relaxed for small business groups with five or more enrolled employees with just 25% participation required for … read more

    Principal Promotions on New Dental and Package Plans, Carrier News,

    Principal Promotions on New Dental and Package Plans

    Principal announced the following promotions on new small group (less than 200 lives) dental plans and package plans with effective dates … read more

    Blue Shield Expands Trio HMO Service Area, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Expands Trio HMO Service Area

    Blue Shield’s Trio HMO service area has expanded to Kings and Fresno counties, in addition to extended coverage in Riverside, San … read more

    Covered California for Small Business – Sales Kick-Off Meetings, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business – Sales Kick-Off Meetings

    Register to attend one of the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) sales kick-off meetings. At the event you’ll:

    TASC Integrated Administration and Compliance Services, Carrier News,

    TASC Integrated Administration and Compliance Services

    As the nation’s largest and one of the industry’s most trusted and reliable third-party administration (TPA) and compliance services company for … read more

    Delta Dental Rate Pass and Two-Year Rate Guarantee, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental Rate Pass and Two-Year Rate Guarantee

    Delta Dental of California’s Small Business Program announces the following updates:

    2020 Rate Pass There will be no increase in rates for all … read more

    Covered California for Small Business – Easy Renewals with The Employer Portal, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business – Easy Renewals with The Employer Portal

    Submitting renewals this year will be easier with the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) Employer Portal.

    Agents, employers, and their employees … read more

    Delta Dental 2020 Rate Pass and 2-Year Rate Guarantee, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental 2020 Rate Pass and 2-Year Rate Guarantee

    Delta Dental of California’s Small Business Program has announced the following updates:

    2020 Rate Pass There will be no increase in rates for … read more

    MetLife Simply Smart Bundles, Carrier News,

    MetLife Simply Smart Bundles

    Easily design and offer multi-product Simply Smart℠ Bundles based on your clients’ needs and local market demands.

    Groups with 10-99 employees that … read more

    Blue Shield Adds New Trio Provider in Los Angeles County, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Adds New Trio Provider in Los Angeles County

    MemorialCare Medical Foundation has been added to Blue Shield’s list of Trio providers in Los Angeles County (Covered California Rating Region … read more

    Reliance Standard – Fastest-Growing Worksite Carrier, Carrier News,

    Reliance Standard – Fastest-Growing Worksite Carrier

    According to the LIMRA U.S. Workplace Supplemental Health Insurance Sales Survey conducted in the first quarter of 2019, Reliance Standard achieved … read more

    Blue Shield Q4-2019 Renewal Kits, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q4-2019 Renewal Kits

    Fourth-Quarter Renewal Kits Will Include a New “More Options” Section for Dental and Vision Plans, Plus:
    • New census section that presents different … read more
    Choice Builder – Webinar, Carrier News,

    Choice Builder – Webinar

    Webinar: The ONLY One Size Fits All Ancillary Product

    Attend the Choice Builder webinar on July 30 or July 31 at 10:00 … read more

    Blue Shield Q4-2019 Small Business Rates and Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q4-2019 Small Business Rates and Updates

    Blue Shield has announced the Q4-2019 statewide average rate action is 1.8% for both PPO and HMO plans. Rate actions vary … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Q4-2019 Small Group Rates and Updates, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Q4-2019 Small Group Rates and Updates

    UnitedHealthcare’s Q4 PPO rates for small groups (1-100) will increase an average of 1.5%. Plan benefits, packages, and networks will remain … read more

    Blue Shield of CA Terminates Hospital Contracts, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield of CA Terminates Hospital Contracts

    Following months of negotiations, Blue Shield of California has terminated contracts (HMO/PPO/POS and Medicare Advantage) with Healthy Hospitals (PHH) and KPC … read more

    Humana 2019 Bonus Updates, Carrier News,

    Humana 2019 Bonus Updates

    Sell a bundle, earn a bundle with Humana’s updated Small Group Bundling Bonus. To earn the bonus, simply place new specialty lines … read more

    Principal – Employee Benefits for Attorneys and Staff, Carrier News,

    Principal – Employee Benefits for Attorneys and Staff

    Principal offers employee benefits programs exclusively for the more than 8,300 members of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA). Affordable and … read more

    MetLife Q2-2019 Small Business Index, Carrier News,

    MetLife Q2-2019 Small Business Index

    MetLife recently released their Q2-2019 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index.

    Highlights Include:

    • Small business confidence in the economy continues … read more
    Blue Shield Trio Plans Reduce Costs and Simplify Healthcare, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Trio Plans Reduce Costs and Simplify Healthcare

    Help your employers reduce costs and simplify healthcare for employees and their families with Blue Shield’s Trio HMO plans.

    Trio HMO Plans … read more
    Beam Dental Raises $55 Million in Series D Funding Round, Carrier News,

    Beam Dental Raises $55 Million in Series D Funding Round

    In its latest round of investment funding, Beam Dental, the country’s fastest growing dental benefits provider, secured $55 million in venture … read more

    Principal Disability Insurance — Definitions Matter, Carrier News,

    Principal Disability Insurance — Definitions Matter

    Definitions matter in Disability Insurance. The language in a carrier’s coverage contract can make a big difference in the determination of … read more

    UnitedHealthcare – Sacramento Broker Meeting, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare – Sacramento Broker Meeting

    Register to attend UnitedHealthcare’s broker meeting to hear about exciting new plans and programs, gain insights for success, and experience first-hand … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Bonus Program, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Bonus Program

    Now it’s easier to earn more when you sell Blue Shield of California Small Business medical products for groups with June … read more

    Beam – A Unique Approach to Dental Benefits, Carrier News,

    Beam – A Unique Approach to Dental Benefits

    Valued by both employers and employees, Beam Dental offers:

    • All members a complimentary smart toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and the Beam app … read more
    Covered California for Small Business Introduces MyCCSB Portal, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business Introduces MyCCSB Portal

    Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) has launched the MyCCSB portal for easy access to your clients’ enrollment and account information.

    Agents can … read more

    Choice Builder – Quality Ancillary Coverage From Premier Carriers in One Exchange, Carrier News,

    Choice Builder – Quality Ancillary Coverage From Premier Carriers in One Exchange

    Available to employers with 2-199 employees, Choice Builder offers dental, vision, life, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage from premier carriers in one … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Partners with SmileDirectClub, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Partners with SmileDirectClub

    SmileDirectClub* is now covered by select UnitedHealthcare (PPO and In-Network Only) dental plans with orthodontic benefits. So your clients’ employees can … read more

    DeltaCare USA: Budget-Friendly Quality Dental Care, Carrier News,

    DeltaCare USA: Budget-Friendly Quality Dental Care

    With DeltaCare, your small business clients get budget-friendly dental plans that combine:

    • No deductibles or calendar year maximums.
    • Low copayments.
    • A large network of … read more
    Blue Shield – Scripps Memorial Hospital Broker Facility Tour and Lunch, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield – Scripps Memorial Hospital Broker Facility Tour and Lunch

    Join Blue Shield of California for an exclusive lunch and tour of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. Find out what’s in … read more

    What to Do When a Child Loses a Tooth? Delta Dental Member Support, Carrier News,

    What to Do When a Child Loses a Tooth? Delta Dental Member Support

    To help navigate this important life event, Delta Dental has some helpful and fun resources:

    • Lost tooth certificate from the Tooth Fairy.
    • First … read more
    MetLife Partners with Online Vision Provider Eyeconic, Carrier News,

    MetLife Partners with Online Vision Provider Eyeconic

    To provide even more fashionable prescription eyewear options and savings for employees and their families, MetLife has partnered with online vision … read more

    Humana Webinar: Affordable Group Dental and Vision Plans, Carrier News,

    Humana Webinar: Affordable Group Dental and Vision Plans

    Register to attend the April 29th in-depth discussion and live Q&A to learn how affordable Humana’s Group Dental and Vision plans … read more

    UnitedHealthcare – COBRA, FSA and POP Plan Administration, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare – COBRA, FSA and POP Plan Administration

    Offer your small business clients easy money-saving benefits administration solutions that help reduce payroll taxes and mitigate the compliance burden.

    Groups with UnitedHealthcare … read more

    MetLaw from MetLife, Carrier News,

    MetLaw from MetLife

    Your clients’ employees can face many legal issues throughout the different stages of their lives. Even straightforward issues without legal … read more

    MetLife Annual US Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019, Carrier News,

    MetLife Annual US Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019

    MetLife just released its Annual US Employee Benefit Trends Study. This year’s study, like previous years, is a great source for market … read more

    UnitedHealthcare – Northern California Broker Roadshows, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare – Northern California Broker Roadshows

    Register to attend one of UnitedHealthcare’s Broker Roadshows to hear about exciting new plans and programs, and gain insights for success.

    Topics … read more

    Delta Dental Adds Amplifon Hearing and QualSight Healthcare & Savings, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental Adds Amplifon Hearing and QualSight Healthcare & Savings

    Delta Dental of California’s Small Business Program has announced the following new value-added features and savings:

    Amplifon Hearing Health Care Hearing Aids

    Delta … read more

    CCSB Certification in 1-Hour, Carrier News,

    CCSB Certification in 1-Hour

    Great news! With the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) simple 1-hour online course, it’s now quicker and easier to become a … read more

    CCSB & Group Service Agreements, Carrier News,

    CCSB & Group Service Agreements

    As you know, when a carrier group health plan is installed, the group enters into a contract for coverage with the … read more

    MetLife — Life Insurance Benefits That Don’t Reduce with Age, Carrier News,

    MetLife — Life Insurance Benefits That Don’t Reduce with Age

    Group Term Life Insurance policies typically include an Age Reduction Schedule which can significantly reduce the policy face value as policyholders … read more

    MetLife Multi-Product Advantage, Carrier News,

    MetLife Multi-Product Advantage

    Maximize your clients’ benefits and earn additional compensation with MetLife’s Multi-Product Advantage.

    Help your clients (10-99 employees) balance cost concerns … read more

    Principal – 2019 Broker Bonus Programs, Carrier News,

    Principal – 2019 Broker Bonus Programs

    Earn more with Principal’s two bonus programs: the Production Bonus and the Persistency Bonus. Both programs apply to voluntary and non-voluntary … read more

    Principal – Business Owner Income Protection, Carrier News,

    Principal – Business Owner Income Protection

    Principal’s more liberal definition of insured income for group life and disability policies is far superior to other carriers’ and helps … read more

    Covered California for Small Business Launches PayNow, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business Launches PayNow

    Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) has launched PayNow on their Employer Portal. Existing CCSB groups now have a more convenient way … read more

    Blue Shield: Two Off-Exchange Plans Temporarily Close to New Sales, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield: Two Off-Exchange Plans Temporarily Close to New Sales

    New sales have been temporarily suspended for two Blue Shield Off-Exchange Bronze PPO plans pending modifications and benefit changes required by … read more

    Humana – Dental Benefits That Don’t End at the Annual Maximum, Carrier News,

    Humana – Dental Benefits That Don’t End at the Annual Maximum

    Example of Humana’s Extended Annual Maximum Benefit: Kevin goes to the dentist regularly, but rather unexpectedly his dentist tells him there’s an … read more

    Blue Shield 2019 Small Business Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield 2019 Small Business Updates

    Dental Plan Updates

    Offer your clients more options and lower costs with Blue Shield’s high-quality dental benefits and earn a broker bonus. What’s … read more

    Humana – Never Ending Dental Benefits, Carrier News,

    Humana – Never Ending Dental Benefits

    Deliver a dental insurance solution to your client that’s easy to understand. With Humana’s Unlimited Annual Maximum plans, there’s no … read more

    Covered California Broker Bonus – EXTENDED, Carrier News,

    Covered California Broker Bonus – EXTENDED

    BONUS EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 1, 2019

    With the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) “A Partnership That Pays” bonus, agents who place … read more

    Limited-Time Carrier Bonuses

    Many carriers are offering a limited-time bonus for new group submissions. Earn extra income by placing your new groups before these … read more

    Humana 2019 Updates, Carrier News,

    Humana 2019 Updates

    In addition to the current broker bonuses and 2018 dental enhancements, all 2019 Humana Dental PPO plans* will include upgraded preventive services benefits … read more

    Covered California for Small Business Renewal Portal, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business Renewal Portal

    On December 13, 2018, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) launched their Employer Renewal Portal for groups with January 1, 2019, … read more

    Effectively Present Telemedicine Benefits to Small Business Clients

    As one of the hottest trends in health plans, telemedicine offers plan members both cost savings and increased convenience — a … read more

    Beam Summer Bonus and New Broker Bonus Programs, Carrier News,

    Beam Summer Bonus and New Broker Bonus Programs

    Earn more as you head into the final two quarters of 2018 with Beam’s two bonus programs.

    Summer Bonus

    Earn a one-time 3% bonus, … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Offers New Broker Sales Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Offers New Broker Sales Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Medical Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to California agents* who sell … read more

    Humana Welcome Back Bonus and Bundling Bonus Programs, Carrier News,

    Humana Welcome Back Bonus and Bundling Bonus Programs

    Welcome Back Bonus

    Agents who haven’t written a Humana case in 12 months can earn a one-time $500 bonus by selling a … read more

    Delta Dental Small Business Broker Bonus Program, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental Small Business Broker Bonus Program

    Delta Dental of California has announced a new, limited-time broker bonus program for small group sales with effective dates from November … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Enhances Ancillary Coverage, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Enhances Ancillary Coverage

    Ancillary benefits are even easier to sell with UnitedHealthcare’s Dental Simplified 2.0 relaxed underwriting, and the addition of an EAP with Life/AD&D benefits … read more

    Principal – New Billing Notification for Employers, Carrier News,

    Principal – New Billing Notification for Employers

    To make it easier for your clients to stay on top of billing, Principal has announced they will send an email … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Webinar: Exciting Developments to Grow Your Business, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Webinar: Exciting Developments to Grow Your Business

    Get Ready for 2019!

    Attend UnitedHealthcare’s webinar and hear from their Northern California sales and renewal staff about the latest news and … read more

    Blue Shield’s Easier New Sales Submissions, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield’s Easier New Sales Submissions

    To make sales submissions easier for you and your small group clients, Blue Shield is implementing the following changes:

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Online Roadshow, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Online Roadshow

    Start charting your course for success by viewing Blue Shield’s Online Roadshow on demand. Prepare for a big fourth quarter and … read more

    Blue Shield Changes Renewal Content, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Changes Renewal Content

    Blue Shield no longer includes plan comparisons or summaries in their small group renewals. Instead, Blue Shield developed a tool to help … read more

    Delta Dental 2019 Rate Pass and New Maximum, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental 2019 Rate Pass and New Maximum

    Delta Dental of California’s Small Business Program has announced the following updates:

    2019 Rate Pass There will be no increase in rates for … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Q4-2018 Small Group Rates and Updates, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Q4-2018 Small Group Rates and Updates

    UnitedHealthcare’s Q4 PPO rates for small groups (1-100) will remain unchanged through December 31, 2018. Rates, benefits, and underwriting updates are … read more

    Delta Dental Changes EyeMed Vision Benefits, Carrier News,

    Delta Dental Changes EyeMed Vision Benefits

    Delta Dental of California’s Small Business Program had changed their vision benefits offered through EyeMed effective August 1, 2018. With only one EyeMed plan … read more

    TASC FlexSystem Healthcare FSA Endless Summer Sale, Carrier News,

    TASC FlexSystem Healthcare FSA Endless Summer Sale

    Get a jump start on renewals and new business by offering your clients TASC’s exciting FlexSystem Healthcare FSA. When … read more

    TASC Administration and Compliance Services, Carrier News,

    TASC Administration and Compliance Services

    TASC is a family-owned business providing TPA (Third Party Administrator) services for more than 40 years nationwide. Brokers referred … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Dental Simplified, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Dental Simplified

    Your small groups can now choose from the top dental plans or build custom dental plans with UnitedHealthcare’s new flexible Dental … read more

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation Guidelines Extended to September 30, 2018, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation Guidelines Extended to September 30, 2018

    Blue Shield has extended their relaxed underwriting participation requirements through September 30, 2018, for groups with five or more enrolled employees … read more

    Principal Dental – Flexible Options That Cost Less, Carrier News,

    Principal Dental – Flexible Options That Cost Less

    Offer your clients the benefits of a dental PPO plus the premium savings of an EPO at a price that’s lower … read more

    Blue Shield Q3-2018 Small Business Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q3-2018 Small Business Updates

    Blue Shield announced updates for the Small Business market (1-100 employees). Below you’ll find the highlights and resources you’ll need to … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Step Up for Better Health Sweepstakes, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Step Up for Better Health Sweepstakes

    To get people up and moving, commit to being more active on a regular basis, and show support for April’s “Move … read more

    Humana Bundling Bonus, Carrier News,

    Humana Bundling Bonus

    Sell a bundle, earn a bundle!

    Humana’s agent bonus will have you seeing green when you sell new specialty lines of coverage … read more

    Principal Selects Claremont as General Agency Partner, Carrier News,

    Principal Selects Claremont as General Agency Partner

    We are thrilled to add Principal to our carrier portfolio, offering employer-paid and voluntary coverage for dental, disability, life, vision, critical … read more

    Covered California for Small Business’ Unique Advantages, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business’ Unique Advantages

    Balancing employers’ cost concerns with benefits options can be challenging and time-consuming. With multiple carriers, two statewide full-network PPO plans, valuable savings, … read more

    Blue Shield – 2018 Product and Rate Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield – 2018 Product and Rate Updates

    Product Updates

    Give your small group clients more product and network choices with Blue Shield’s Trio ACO HMO Network, new Tandem PPO … read more

    Warby Parker Added as In-Network Provider, Carrier News,

    Warby Parker Added as In-Network Provider

    The new exclusive collaboration with Warby Parker will enable employer-sponsored and individual UnitedHealthcare Vision plan participants to purchase custom designer prescription … read more

    CCHP Broker Events and Webinars, Carrier News,

    CCHP Broker Events and Webinars

    To help you prepare for the open enrollment season, Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP) is hosting a series of broker events and … read more

    Defined Employer Contribution + Multi-Carrier Employee Choice, Carrier News,

    Defined Employer Contribution + Multi-Carrier Employee Choice

    With Covered California for Small Business (CCSB), employers can control their health plan budgets, maintain quality coverage, and offer employees a … read more

    Choice Builder Q4-2017 Rate Pass Plus a Richer VSP Benefit, Carrier News,

    Choice Builder Q4-2017 Rate Pass Plus a Richer VSP Benefit

    Choice Builder announced a Q4-2017 rate pass and improved VSP vision coverage options for October 1, 2017 effective dates.

    Easily help your … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Roadshow, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Broker Roadshow

    Find out how Blue Shield’s plans for growing membership will help you grow your book of business. Attend the Northern or … read more

    Blue Shield Waives Participation Requirements for Trio Plans, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Waives Participation Requirements for Trio Plans

    Learn more about the innovative Trio plan and Blue Shield’s liberal participation promotion.

    Blue Shield is waiving the participation requirements for groups … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q3 and Q4 Sales Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q3 and Q4 Sales Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    In addition to market-leading PPO rates in Northern California, UnitedHealthcare is … read more

    Blue Shield – Trio Incentive Program (TIP), Carrier News,

    Blue Shield – Trio Incentive Program (TIP)

    Earn a $250 TIP reward when you close a small group sale that includes a Trio plan or when you add … read more

    Blue Shield Specialty Coverage Discount & Quick Match Program, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Specialty Coverage Discount & Quick Match Program

    The specialty coverage discount and life insurance Quick Match Program make Blue Shield even more affordable for your Blue Shield medical … read more

    Blue Shield – More Value and More Benefits in 2017, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield – More Value and More Benefits in 2017

    With the addition of Teladoc virtual doctor visits and Heal™ on-demand care, exciting new benefits and dental PPO network enhancements, Blue … read more

    Reliance Standard Premier Producer Program & RSL SmartChoice®, Carrier News,

    Reliance Standard Premier Producer Program & RSL SmartChoice®

    Increase your revenue with Reliance Standard’s Premier Producer Program when you sell RSL SmartChoice® small group insurance products.

    All licensed producers (appointed … read more

    Earn Up to $5,000 for Each New CCSB Sale!, Carrier News,

    Earn Up to $5,000 for Each New CCSB Sale!

    With the Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) “A Partnership That Pays” bonus, agents who place new small group business with … read more

    UnitedHealthcare = Exceptional Value, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare = Exceptional Value

    UnitedHealthcare helps employers contain costs and provides exceptional value in their small group products. Rates are competitive in almost every region … read more

    Anthem Blue Cross Dental Added to Choice Builder, Carrier News,

    Anthem Blue Cross Dental Added to Choice Builder

    If you have clients looking for both Voluntary and Employer-sponsored options, flexibility, and rich benefit plans, offer them the perfect solution … read more

    Exciting Network Enhancement for Q1-2017, Carrier News,

    Exciting Network Enhancement for Q1-2017

    This January, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) will expand coverage choices by offering two full-network PPOs in all regions. In … read more

    Covered California Agent Incentive Program and New Agency Roll-Up Benefit, Carrier News,

    Covered California Agent Incentive Program and New Agency Roll-Up Benefit

    For the first time, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering an Agent Incentive Program for Certified Insurance Agents that … read more

    Covered California for Small Business Marketing Q4-2016 and 2017, Carrier News,

    Covered California for Small Business Marketing Q4-2016 and 2017

    To boost awareness, educate and inform employers, and generate leads for agents, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is launching a … read more

    Blue Shield Prior Carrier Deductible Policy, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Prior Carrier Deductible Policy

    Confused about prior carrier medical deductible credits for a new Small Group that has recently moved to Blue Shield of California? … read more

    Blue Shield 2016 Small Business Online Roadshow News, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield 2016 Small Business Online Roadshow News

    Were you unable to attend the Blue Shield Small Business Online Roadshow last month? No worries. Access the recording, Broker Q … read more

    Webinar: Q4 and More with UHC, Carrier News,

    Webinar: Q4 and More with UHC

    Learn What’s in Store for New and Returning Clients for Q4-2016 and 2017

    Attend UnitedHealthcare’s webinar with Northern California VP of Sales … read more

    Claremont Chosen by Covered California for Small Business as General Agency Partner, Carrier News,

    Claremont Chosen by Covered California for Small Business as General Agency Partner

    Claremont Insurance Services is proud to announce that after an extensive review process, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) has selected … read more

    Delta Extends Rate Pass for December Effective Dates, Carrier News,

    Delta Extends Rate Pass for December Effective Dates

    Did you know, new groups placed in December 2016 instead of January 2017 will receive 11 more months of Delta Dental’s … read more

    UnitedHealthcare: No-Cost COBRA, FSA and POP Plans, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare: No-Cost COBRA, FSA and POP Plans

    Did you know that groups with 2+ members can get free COBRA, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and POP plans when they … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business News for Q4 and 2017, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business News for Q4 and 2017

    To ensure success through the end of the year and get a head start on 2017, below are important updates and … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q4-2016 Sales Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q4-2016 Sales Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    In addition to market-leading PPO rates in Northern California, UnitedHealthcare is … read more

    Q4-2016 Renewal Tips, Carrier News,

    Q4-2016 Renewal Tips

    Renewal season is quickly approaching. Managing time and efficiently servicing employers’ needs can be challenging. To make enrollment season more successful … read more

    Covered California Agent Agreement Amendment, Carrier News,

    Covered California Agent Agreement Amendment

    Covered California Certified Agents are required to sign an amendment to the Agent Agreement by November 1, 2016. Agents will receive … read more

    Blue Shield 2016 Small Business Online Roadshow, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield 2016 Small Business Online Roadshow

    Position yourself for success by attending Blue Shield’s Southern or Northern California online roadshow. Learn about small business renewals (1-50 and … read more

    Early Renewal Savings Extended to August 15, Carrier News,

    Early Renewal Savings Extended to August 15

    Did you miss the early renewal deadline to lock in lower rates? If you didn’t submit your form yet, you’re in … read more

    New Commission Requirements, Carrier News,

    New Commission Requirements

    Beginning September 1, 2016, Blue Shield of California will pay broker commissions by electronic funds transfer only. Paper checks will no … read more

    Q4-2016 Small Business Options, Carrier News,

    Q4-2016 Small Business Options

    Starting October 1, 2016, your small business clients (1-100 employees) will have more Blue Shield options in Q4, including the ability … read more

    Early Renewal Savings Extended to August 15, Carrier News,

    Early Renewal Savings Extended to August 15

    Did you miss the early renewal deadline to lock in lower rates? If you didn’t submit your form yet, you’re in … read more

    MetLife – New Multi-Product Advantage Program, Carrier News,

    MetLife – New Multi-Product Advantage Program

    Are your clients struggling with benefit decisions and rising premiums?

    Help them compete and grow with MetLife’s Multi-Product Advantage program. With Dental, … read more

    Blue Shield – Simplify Business with “No More DE9C’s”, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield – Simplify Business with “No More DE9C’s”

    To help you easily onboard new groups and manage renewals, Blue Shield has launched their “No More DE9C’s” promotion and announced … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q3 Sales Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q3 Sales Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to California agents* who sell new … read more

    Blue Shield Q3-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q3-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates

    The Blue Shield of California small business medical and specialty benefits plan rates will remain unchanged through September 2016. There will … read more

    Premium Payment Policy Updates, Carrier News,

    Premium Payment Policy Updates

    Don’t get caught off-guard by recent carrier premium payment policy changes. Ensure your clients avoid late payments, costly coverage disruptions, and … read more

    Blue Shield Dental, Vision and Life Advantages, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Dental, Vision and Life Advantages

    It’s a great time to present specialty products to your small business clients (1-100 employees) who don’t already offer Blue Shield … read more

    Blue Shield Small Business Market Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Small Business Market Updates

    Blue Shield announced changes that impact the Small Business market (1-100 employees). Below are the key updates and resources you’ll need to … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Q3-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Q3-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates

    UnitedHealthcare’s Q3 rates for small groups (1-100), some of the lowest in the market, will remain unchanged through September 30, 2016. … read more

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation Extended Through March 31, 2016, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Relaxed Participation Extended Through March 31, 2016

    For small groups with 1-100 eligible employees, Blue Shield is relaxing the participation requirement to 25% on medical plans through March … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Webinar: 2016 Small Business Updates, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Webinar: 2016 Small Business Updates

    What should you and your clients look for in 2016?

    If you missed the UnitedHealthcare 2016 Small Business Updates sessions in April, … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q2 Sales Bonus, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Offers Q2 Sales Bonus

    For New Fully Insured Cases with Up to 100 Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to California agents* who sell new … read more

    Blue Shield Renewal Month Change Option, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Renewal Month Change Option

    Blue Shield is offering small groups the option to change their renewal month in 2016. This is a good opportunity for … read more

    Choice Builder Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates, Carrier News,

    Choice Builder Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates

    Choice Builder announced a rate pass for April 1, 2016 effective dates. There will be no plan or benefit changes from … read more

    The Multi-Carrier Employee-Only Coverage Solution, Carrier News,

    The Multi-Carrier Employee-Only Coverage Solution

    Group medical plans with an employee-only coverage option are often advantageous for employers that have employees with lower family incomes. Employees … read more

    SmartChoice® Critical Illness and Accident Insurance Added, Carrier News,

    SmartChoice® Critical Illness and Accident Insurance Added

    Delivering affordable benefits and value to employers can be challenging in this ever-changing market and regulatory environment. Thankfully, Reliance Standard recently … read more

    Health Net Plans Discontinue Out-of-State Coverage, Carrier News,

    Health Net Plans Discontinue Out-of-State Coverage

    Starting in April 2016, Out-of-State (OOS) coverage will no longer be available for Health Net plans through Covered California for Small … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates, Carrier News,

    UnitedHealthcare Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates

    UnitedHealthcare’s rates will remain unchanged through June 2016. There will be no plan or benefit changes for Q2 from the plans … read more

    Blue Shield Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Q2-2016 Small Group Rate Pass and Updates

    The Blue Shield of California small business medical and specialty benefits plan rates will remain unchanged through June 2016. There will … read more

    Tax Penalties Are Going Up For Uninsured, Carrier News,

    Tax Penalties Are Going Up For Uninsured

    Most people are required by law to have health insurance through an employer, a government health program or an individual plan … read more

    Two RSL SmartChoice® Small Business Solutions Released, Carrier News,

    Two RSL SmartChoice® Small Business Solutions Released

    Critical Illness and Accident Insurance solutions are now available for groups with 2-19 employees. What’s more, the Reliance Standard suite of … read more

    New Small Group (1-100) Medical Plans for Q1-2016, Carrier News,

    New Small Group (1-100) Medical Plans for Q1-2016

    Blue Shield of California has approved four new small group (1-100) medical plans effective January 1, 2016; one PPO and three … read more

    Grow Your Small Group Business, Carrier News,

    Grow Your Small Group Business

    Individuals count on you for Covered California insurance guidance. As a Certified Insurance Agent with a storefront location, you may also … read more

    Capitalize on Choice Builder’s 2016 Ancillary Benefits, Carrier News,

    Capitalize on Choice Builder’s 2016 Ancillary Benefits

    Offer employers with 2-199 employees the premier dental, vision, chiropractic and life carriers – all in one program. Best of all, … read more

    Small Group (1-100) Plan and Rate Changes – Effective January 2016, Carrier News,

    Small Group (1-100) Plan and Rate Changes – Effective January 2016

    UnitedHealthcare has announced their plan and underwriting changes, and rate adjustments by product, for small groups effective January 1, 2016. All … read more

    Blue Shield Cancels OneSpot Launch, Carrier News,

    Blue Shield Cancels OneSpot Launch

    The launch of OneSpot, Blue Shield’s new online enrollment and maintenance system, has been canceled. Brokers and employers should continue to … read more

    Q4 Sales Bonus – Up to $100 Per Enrolled Employee, Carrier News,

    Q4 Sales Bonus – Up to $100 Per Enrolled Employee

    For New Fully Insured and All Savers® Alternate Funding Cases with Up to 99 Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a bonus to … read more

    Wage and Tax Reports Are Not Required with Applications for 10+ Eligible Employees, Carrier News,

    Wage and Tax Reports Are Not Required with Applications for 10+ Eligible Employees

    UnitedHealthcare announced they are no longer requiring employer groups with 10+ eligible employees to submit quarterly wage and tax reports (DE9C). … read more

    Small Groups Transition to OneSpot from Employer Connection Plus, Carrier News,

    Small Groups Transition to OneSpot from Employer Connection Plus

    In August, Blue Shield of California will begin transitioning Small Business groups to OneSpot from Employer Connection Plus (EC+) to help … read more

    Pediatric Dental Flexibility and Savings, Carrier News,

    Pediatric Dental Flexibility and Savings

    Many employers are looking for flexible affordable health care solutions that provide the opportunity to choose whether or not to offer … read more

    Large Group Benefits and Pricing for Your Small Groups, Carrier News,

    Large Group Benefits and Pricing for Your Small Groups

    Your small engineering groups (2+ lives) can access the same benefits and pricing as large employers with UnitedHealthcare’s ACEC Life/Health Trust. … read more

    Save Time Quoting Your Blue Shield Small Group Renewals, Carrier News,

    Save Time Quoting Your Blue Shield Small Group Renewals

    Use the Blue Shield Member-Level Census to save time quoting during your upcoming Blue Shield small group renewals. You’ll find all … read more

    Offer Online Care Benefits with NowClinic from UnitedHealthcare, Carrier News,

    Offer Online Care Benefits with NowClinic from UnitedHealthcare

    When your prospects and clients ask for plans with online care benefits, offer them NowClinic® online care from UnitedHealthcare. All HMO … read more

    Broker Services Rep II

    Summary:

    The Broker Service Representative II (BSR) is a member of a team responsible for cultivating and maintaining quality relationships with both, … read more

    New Covered California for Small Business Branding and Advertising Campaigns

    To promote awareness among small business owners and generate more business for Certified Insurance Agents, Covered California for Small Business, SHOP’s … read more

    Covered California Launches New Learning Management System (LMS), Carrier News,

    Covered California Launches New Learning Management System (LMS)

    The Covered California agent certification process just got easier with the new and improved Learning Management System (LMS). Licensed agents simply … read more

    How to Administer Group Enrollment Changes

    Looking for help on how to administer group enrollment changes in Covered California for Small Business? Check out our two recent … read more

    Blue Shield Cal-COBRA Small Group Guidelines

    Are your Blue Shield small group clients subject to Cal-COBRA*? And if so, are they following the Blue Shield Cal-COBRA process … read more

    SHOPWorks FREE* Customizable Postcard Promotions, Carrier News,

    SHOPWorks FREE* Customizable Postcard Promotions

    Attract new clients with customizable postcards from SHOPWorks. Available to all Certified Insurance Agents (CIA’s), this FREE* lead generation program offers … read more

    Covered California Price Protection

    When identical plans are offered on and off the exchange, the plan and premium are required to be the same. Your … read more

    New Mobile Website and Mobile Apps Launched

    Your small business members can now get their health plan information easier and faster anytime, anywhere, and from any device, with … read more

    The Anthem Cyber Attack – How it May Impact Your Clients

    We want to inform you that records of some Blue Shield of California members may have been compromised.

    If Blue Shield of … read more

    The Anthem Cyber Attack – How it May Impact Your Clients

    We want to inform you that records of some Blue Shield of California members may have been compromised.

    If Blue Shield of … read more

    Possible Service Disruption for Health Net Members

    A network change, that affects Health Net Individual and Family Plan (IFP) members with EPO coverage (which has a limited or … read more

    Specialty Plans Score Highest for Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power Reports

    Vision and dental plans from UnitedHealthcare rank highest in customer satisfaction nationwide, according to J.D. Power’s 2014 Vision Plan and 2014 … read more

    Available starting January 1, 2015 to current Choice Builder customers. Not available to new groups.

    Choice Builder E-Check allows your clients to view … read more

    UnitedHealthcare Partners with Claremont

    UnitedHealthcare partners with Claremont to help brokers meet the unique healthcare needs of California businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

    Now you … read more

    Online Certification Training Available

    Covered California’s entire certification and training is available online in the Learning Management System (LMS). The Computer Based Training (CBT) Courses … read more

    Guides to Help Navigate Blue Shield Online Portals

    • Producer Connection “Quick Start Guide”
    • Employer Connection “Quick Start Guide” for Groups
    • Employer Connection Plus “Quick Start Guide” for Brokers (contains renewal information and … read more

     

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