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Quick Intro to the California Group Health Insurance Market

Below, you'll have key points and break-out links to lots of research on every aspect of California group health insurance process and options.


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Small Group health insurance is currently available from 1 life up to 100 in California.


This is the market place for employers who want to offer health benefits to their employees, owners, and officers as a qualified tax write off.


Group health is also affected by the ACA law significantly since Jan 1st 2014 which we'll discuss.


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Key Points for California Group Health Insurance: 

Group health is guaranteed issue regardless of health and the carriers can not increase premium based on health or size of group.


To qualify, groups generally need to:


  • enroll 75% of eligible people
  • pay 50% of employee premium
  • have at least 1 person (not owner or spouse) on payroll for 1/2 of prior calendar quarter

Some carriers have special offers for participation requirements during the year (check with us).

Employers have the choice to offer to part timer (below 30 hours weekly) or not.


Most carriers offer the ability to offer many plan options to each employee and allow employer to fix contribution amount to dollar amount or % of plan.



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Group health plans tend to be richer in benefits but more expensive although this cost difference has gone away unless a person qualifies for a tax credit based on income. There's a wide range of HMO's (still competitive), PPO's, HSA's, and EPO's.


The network is really the big difference between employer and individual/family health plans these days.


BlueCard (access to providers in other States) is still available with employer plans but dissapearing from individual/family networks.


Individual/family networks are about 1/3rd the size of employer plans now with many premier hospitals/doctors no longer available.


  • The dominant carriers in the California group health market are Kaiser, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, United, Aetna, and Health Net
  • The rates are standardized so the rates you see in our instant quote are best available.
  • Most changes can be made at anniversary date (original sign up month)
  • The contract is month to month with no long term requirement


Cobra is a set of laws which offer continuation of coverage options to employees that leave the health plan in certain situations (termination, loss of hours, etc).


To really strategize on the group market around getting the best value:



ACA Health Law Changes on Group Market

  • Plans are now standardized along 4 levels:  Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum
  • Small Group has increased to 100 lives

    There are Group Tax Credits available.  Contact us to see if you are eligible

  • There are penalties for paying for individual/family plans on behalf of your employees
  • There are penalties for not offering health insurance to employees based on size of company



Critical Pages for California Group Health

Additional Resources for California Group Health Insurance

Picking the best HR Benefits Online Platform Save time and money on day-to-day HR process


Review of Rippling HR Benefit System The clear winner for online HR/benefits


Minimum Value Notifications for California companies Key ACA reporting requirement (above HR system manages!)


Group health penalty Will companies drop group health and take the penalty under reform?


Out of State Employees How do Group health plans handle Out of State Employees


Part Time Employees How are part time employees handled


Dual Coverage Dual coverage under two company insurance plans


Group Dental Introduction to Group dental insurance in California


Kaiser Small Group Group health insurance options from Kaiser of California


Vision Insurance Vision coverage for your California group benefits


California company size How company size affects your Group health insurance options


Group insurance eligibility Three main requirements for groups to qualify


How to Choose Group Plan Important tips to consider when choosing group coverage


New Company enrollment What issues arise when new Companies need health benefits


Part Time Employees Group health insurance eligibility for


Anthem Blue Cross Group Underwriting What are the rules for Blue Cross group eligibility?


Premium Only Plan or POP  Let employees pay premium with pre-tax money


1099 Contract workers How Group health plans work with 1099 contract workers


Guaranteed Issue What does Guaranteed Issue mean for your Small Group health plan?


Annual Renewal How does the annual renewal affect your group health plan


Blue Cross EmployeeElect  large group flexibility for your Small Group health benefits


Family Business health insurance What plan works best for the "Mom and Pop" business


Shopping for group health  What to consider when shopping for group health plans


Value of Dental and Vision plans  Why employees like their dental and vision benefits


Benefits Small Group health plan from Blue Cross  Low cost plan suite from Blue Cross


California group health insurance  General introduction to Small Group


Why offer Small Group California health benefits  Benefits are an important step for your company


Group health insurance  Guide to how Small Group works


California Small Group  RAF or Risk Adjustment Factor  How it affects your rates


Guide to Understanding group health coverage


Why purchase a health plan for your California company  Important considerations


California Employer Application  A quick walk-through the employer app


Shopping Group health market  Tips for narrowing the options


You can run your California Group Health Plan Quote to view rates and plans side by side from the major carriers...Free services.


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