By Bruce Jugan September 29, 2021 Last night I attended a broker dinner with executives from Anthem Blue Cross where they announced that Vivity health plans, a collaboration with major Southern California hospitals, doctor groups and the insurance company, will be available to small employers (1-100 employees) in Los [...]
Employee Medical Clinic As a sign of change in medical care delivery, Amazon has opened its first health care clinic for its employees in Dallas, Texas. According to the Amazon announcement, “Amazon expects to establish 20 health centers in five cities across the U.S., improving access and care [...]
California law requires employers with five or more staff members to train employees and supervisors to prevent sexual harassment and abusive behavior in the workplace. California Senate Bill 778 set January 1, 2021 as the deadline for compliance with this law. According to SB 778, the penalty for non-compliance [...]
Medical Insurance Premiums after COVID-19: Will rates go up or down for California small businesses in 2021?
Although COVID-19 is a crisis on both a human and economic level, one small silver lining is it may cause medical insurance rates to fall in 2021. The reason: A massive reduction in elective medical care. The Best-Case Scenario—A Reduction in Medical Expense Spending Two recently [...]
Fireworks Will Hit California’s Small Group Health Insurance Market with UHC’s New Association Plans
UnitedHealth Care (UHC) kicked-off Summer 2019 with a bang. During a webinar to their top brokers on July 1st, they made the game-changing announcement that they will introduce 9 new Association Health Plans (AHP) into the California small group marketplace (1-100 employees.) By screening enrollees for pre-existing medical [...]
Many employers want to know why medical insurance rates continue to rise and whether they're paying too much compared to other businesses. Two recently released reports address these questions: Medical Cost Trend: Behind the numbers 2019, is prepared by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)'s Health Research Institute and it projects [...]