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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.

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KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Dec 13, 2021, 3 Minute Read

To more effectively recruit and retain talent in today’s tight labor market, many employers are updating and expanding their health benefits to better align with employees’ needs as illustrated in the recently released Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

Conducted from January through July 2021, the KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey, of 1,686 randomly selected private and non-federal public employers of three or more workers, reveals how the pandemic affected workplace health benefits, including mental and behavioral health services, telemedicine, health and wellness programs, biometric screenings, and more.

Key Findings

Among firms with at least 50 workers that offer health benefits:

Many Employers Changed Health Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Additional Findings

Biometric Screenings
Among firms offering health benefits, 26% of small firms and 38% of large firms provide workers the opportunity to complete a biometric screening. Among firms offering a biometric screening opportunity both this year and last year, 32% of smaller firms (50-199 employees) and 43% of larger firms report making some change in their biometric screening programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes include:

Read the KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey to ensure you and your clients are up to date with the latest employer-sponsored coverage data. Contact us today to develop tailored benefits solutions that address your clients’ needs.

KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey


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