10 4 / 2013
Insurance for your Business Plan
When starting a new business and punching out your first business plan, make sure that you are adding your fixed insurance costs to the equation.
Depending on the business, you will have to acquire adequate coverage for the type of risk your business has to all elements. Whether it be for unforeseen natural losses; a fire at your building. Or even those that are more specific to your type of service or product. Make sure that you are getting the correct advice from an experienced and licensed insurance agent that understands the risks in your business to insure none of those risks are left hovering over you without proper protection.
Hopefully you never have to make a claim on your insurance policy, but that is uncertainty that needs to be addressed.
Give us a call or even email us so that we can get you an accurate quote that will help you figure out the costs of going into a new business.
We offer the following business insurance products:
- General Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability
- Workers Compensation
- Cyber Liability
- Media Liability
- Group Health
- and more
Express Service Insurance…your one stop shop for all insurance needs.
02 4 / 2013
We are now proud to offer insurance with CIBA
29 3 / 2013
Technology Companies need a solid Insurance package.
As a technology startup or even a well established company it is imperative to have the right insurance to protect your growing company.
Business Owners policies are important, but this may not be the only insurance you need. A business owners policy will cover your general liability and property coverage. If you are in a Technology consulting business or a company that can cause financial harm to your clients based on your services; you should consider getting a professional liability policy.
Technology E&O or professional liability protects your business from claims if your client holds you responsible for programming errors, software, or breach of contract. These are typical claims that can happen and you need to be prepared and protected if it ever does come about.
Another imperative insurance to have is Cyber Liability insurance. Cyber Liability addresses the 1st and 3rd party risks associated with e-business, the Internet, networks and informational assets. Cyberspace Internet Liability Insurance coverage offers cutting edge protection for exposures arising out of Internet communications. A common example is if your website handles money transactions either between you and your website visitor or if you are in the service of handeling money for your clients.
There are other types of endorsements you can make to your Technology insurance including: media liability, Directors and Officers insurance, Fiduciary Liability and Intellectual property insurance.
Stay tuned to our future posts that will start to go into more depth on the different types of insurance for technology companies in California.
12 3 / 2013
15 2 / 2013
Anthem Blue Cross re-adjusting 2/1/13 rate increase after Department of Insurance review
Media Coverage and California Individual Rate Adjustments
Many of you may have seen news coverage about our agreement with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) to reduce our Individual premium increase that was implemented beginning on Feb. 1, 2013 and impacted approximately 636,000 Individual members.
Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company (Anthem) originally filed for an average 17.9 percent increase, and after negotiations with the Department of Insurance, agreed to change the increase to an average 13.9 percent increase. As a result of the revised rates, the majority of your Individual clients will receive a lower rate than previously communicated.
Anthem will lower the premium for these Individual market products and will allow policyholders who switched to a lower cost product to switch back to their former product. The members who dropped coverage because of the rate increase can reinstate in the product they recently dropped without going through medical underwriting.
13 2 / 2013
CEO of Travelers on Charlie Rose
We are proud representatives of Travelers Insurance Co. We continue to insure all types of small businesses with the top business insurance carrier in the US. See Jay Fishman, CEO of Travelers, on Charlie Rose earlier this week.
30 11 / 2012
2013 Medicare premiums, deductibles, etc.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 2013 Medicare premium, deductible and coinsurance amounts to be paid by Medicare beneficiaries in the Original Medicare program, effective January 1, 2013, as follows:
Cost Sharing Change
Monthly Part B Premium*
Part B Deductible per year
Part A Deductible per benefit period
Daily cost to beneficiary for hospital days 61 to 90 in a benefit period
Daily cost to beneficiary for hospital days 91 to 150 in a benefit period (lifetime reserve days)
Skilled Nursing Facility daily coinsurance amount for days 21 to 100 in a benefit period
Monthly Part A premium (paid by Medicare beneficiaries who have fewer than 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment, and certain disabled beneficiaries)
Monthly Part A premium (paid by Medicare beneficiaries with 30 to 39 quarters of Medicare-covered employment, and certain disabled beneficiaries)
06 11 / 2012
YES on Prop 33
29 10 / 2012
Blue Shield of California Announces 2% pledge giveback in December
Early tomorrow, October 30, 2012, Blue Shield will issue a news release announcing that we are fulfilling our 2% Pledge commitment for 2012 and returning $50 million to our customers as dues/premium credits, a tangible illustration of how we are working to make coverage more affordable. This is the third year of givebacks from our 2% Pledge program to limit net income to 2% of revenue, and return any income earned in excess of 2% to our customers.*
For those that are eligible for a credit from the 2% Pledge for 2012, the credits will be reflected in their bill for December dues/premium. The credits are applied for customers with medical, dental, vision and life insurance** coverage, and are based on the customer’s August 2012 dues/premium amount. Customers will be sent a letter starting on November 5 notifying them of their credit amount. For employer group customers, the letter will be addressed to the Group Administrator listed in our records.
The 2012 customer credits will be distributed as follows:
- Fully insured individual plan (including Medicare Supplement) and group customers will receive a 9% credit on one month’s dues/premium
- Customers with whom we share risk with will receive a 3% credit on one month’s dues/premium
- Self-funded groups are not eligible for the credit, nor are persons covered under certain federal and state government contracts that don’t provide a way to give credits
24 10 / 2012
Get answers to your health questions 24/7 with Anthem Blue Cross
It’s 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning and you’re asking yourself: is it just a cold or is it a sinus infection? Instead of calling a family member or a friend, we’ve got a better option - 24/7NurseLine.
The 24/7 NurseLine lets you talk to trained registered nurses any time of the day or night to answer your health questions. They can help you understand your symptoms and decide the right care for you. The best part is your health plan includes free access to the 24/7 NurseLine.
What kinds of questions can the 24/7 NurseLine handle? A nurse can talk with you about these and other conditions:
- Preventive care
And if you need medical care, our nurses can help you decide where to go if your doctor isn’t available. Do you need to head straight to the ER? Is urgent care best? Or do you need to see your doctor? Choosing the right place for care can save you time and money - and give you access to the best possible care.
See the 24/7 NurseLine in action by watching this video:
10 10 / 2012
Drive Safely in Rural Areas to avoid Deer accidents.
Hundreds of thousands of deer-car collisions occur every year throughout the United States, with the majority of these accidents happening in October and November. Nationally, deer-car accidents cause more than $1 billion in vehicle damages and claim 150 lives every year, and the number of fatalities has been rising since 2000.