California Watch Posts

Word & Brown Signs New Kaiser Permanente Small Group Contract

September 19, 2017

The Word & Brown General Agency has signed a new General Agent contract with Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, based in California. The new agreement enables Word & Brown’s vast network of health insurance brokers to write Kaiser Permanente group health coverage for small businesses (1 – 100 employees) across California effective January 1, 2018. Read More

Why One California County Went Surgery Shopping

September 5, 2017

Frustration with sky-high hospital bills and a lack of local competition is common to many employers and consumers across the country after years of industry consolidation. Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices. Santa Barbara County, with about 4,000 employees, is among a handful of public entities to join them. Read More