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Covered California for Small Business –
New Blue Shield Plans

Starting July 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering new Blue Shield plans, providing more options for enrollees. These plans include the Access+ HMO Network with Platinum, Gold, and Silver metal tier options, as well as the Bronze Trio HMO 7000/70. The two most popular Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), Silver Full PPO Savings 2300/25% and Bronze Full PPO Savings 7000 plans, are also now available.

All of these plans offer benefits such as Wellvolution, Teladoc Mental Health, Nurse Help 24/7, LifeReferrals 24/7, and the Blue Card program for when members are outside of California.

For assistance, please contact our Quotes team at or 800.696.4543.

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Relief for Employer Groups

If an employee is laid off and then re-hired, how long is the waiting period before they can join the medical plan?

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Blue Shield standard provision allows for waiving of waiting period if rehired within 6 months of cancellation of coverage. Employers should check their contract for further details.

What is the “Premium Payment Plan” Program?

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Blue Shield has introduced a flexible payment program for the month of April, May and June for Individual and Family Plan and Medicare Supplemental plan members, and Small Business groups.

Learn more.

Are there any extensions to new group application deadlines?

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Yes. Check the Carrier Responses section of our COVID-19 resource page for the latest information.

Are there any extensions to new business submission deadlines?

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Yes. Blue Shield will allow new groups to be submitted up to the last business day of each month for effective dates through January 2021. Once approved, the effective date cannot be changed. Please note on the submission cover sheet that the group agrees to the requested effective date and understands the effective date cannot be changed.

Is Blue Shield waiving Recertification for renewing groups?

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Yes. Blue Shield has announced that the recertification process is being waived in response to the Coronavirus. All groups with an April through July 2020 renewal date will have recertification waived.

Contact Claremont for more information.

For groups in industries affected by COVID-19 closures, will Blue Shield of California provide a grace period other than the usual 30 days for premium billing?

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Blue Shield is evaluating every decision or request from the State and Federal Government and their senior sales leaders are meeting daily to make proposals and decide on next steps. For now, they’re referring all clients back to their existing contracts and highlighting provisions that help in a time like this. 

Learn more.