Enrollment in the High Deductible PPO with the Health Savings Account (HSA) is now available to all Freelancers, regardless of your income tier.


Download the 2020 California Freelance Enrollment Benefit Guide for New and Renewing Enrollees.



Watch the 2020 PHBP Overview Videos



Newly Eligible and Renewing Freelancers will receive a notice to enroll directly through Synergy's licensed benefits counselors or with Employee Navigator, an online enrollment portal new to the PHBP for 2020.



Sign in to check your current Tier level based on your last qualification period, as well as your reported work for your current qualification period.



The health-care marketplace is complicated. Skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles and increased out of pocket costs are the new normal.

But at the PHBP we have you covered.

When we launched this plan in 2007 we made a commitment to offer free, high quality insurance for our freelance workforce. Over a decade later, despite rising healthcare costs, we are still keeping that promise.

Read below to learn more.


All eligible Freelance employees will continue to receive benefits at no cost on an annual basis. These benefits include:

  • Medical (based on tier eligibility): PHBP HDHP w HSA, PHBP Classic Premier PPO, PHBP CA Classic HMO
  • Vision & Dental
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • $25,000 Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Employee Assistance Program

Voluntary Benefits are individually available to all Freelancers and may be purchased separately. These voluntary benefits include:

  • Accident
  • Critical Illness
  • Hospital Indemnity
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (Up to $1M in coverage)


  • Work 100 days per year (“day” defined as a minimum of 8 hours, “year” as 12 consecutive months), OR
  • Earn $35,000 per year (as defined above).
  • Only non-union commercial work in a covered job category for PHBP Participating Employers counts towards eligibility.
  • Working for a non-participating production company? Encourage them to join - share this link.
  • Music videos, TV, Features, webisodes, etc. are NOT included.
  • You must re-qualify each year for continued coverage.
  • Click here to check your work history.


  • Your income Tier will be determined by your reported earnings in the last qualifying period in

    which you earned eligibility for your current coverage period.

  • For example: If your current coverage period is June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, the qualifying period that made you eligible for that coverage was March 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.
  • Eligibility for renewed coverage will continue as is, with the next year’s coverage determined by the annual income tier at the end of the current qualifying period.
  • “Reported Income” continues to mean the gross income paid on covered jobs, in covered job categories, for work performed for Participating employers.
  • All plans utilize the most extensive networks offered by Anthem Blue Cross and its affiliated Blue Shield networks where available.

Annual reported Income: Up to $74,999

Available Medical Coverage: PHBP CA Classic HMO-OR- HDHP w HSA (available for coverage effective Jan 1, 2020)

  • Participants will be automatically enrolled in the PHBP CA Classic HMO if no election is made.

TIER 2 – Annual reported Income: $75,000 - $109,999

Available Medical Coverage:

PHBP CA Classic HMO -OR- HDHP w HSA (available for coverage effective Jan 1, 2020)


‘Buy up’ to the PHBP Classic Premier PPO

  • Participants will be automatically enrolled in the PHBP CA Classic HMO
  • Participants can find a doctor or check to see if your existing doctor is in the network by clicking here.

TIER 3 – Annual reported Income:
$110,000 and above

Available Medical Coverage:

PHBP CA Classic HMO -OR- HDHP w HSA (available for coverage effective Jan 1, 2020)


PHBP Classic Premier PPO

  • Participants will be automatically enrolled in your current PHBP Classic Premier PPO unless an enrollment form electing the PHBP CA Classic HMO or HDHP w HSA is received by November 11, 2019 for coverage effective January 1, 2020.
  • You can find a doctor or check to see if your existing doctor is in the PPO network by clicking here. Please note, both PPO’s use the same network.

“Salary figures are stated for convenient reference only and eligibility is based on 9% contributions actually received derived from such salary amounts.”


  • Only work in a Covered Job Category for a Participating Employer counts towards eligibility.
  • Click here for a current list of Participating Employers.


  • Work in the following job categories counts towards PHBP eligibility, and includes all modifiers, adjectives, prefixes, suffixes or descriptive terms that may be added to the job title except “Post” or other modifiers which indicate work done in a Post Production capacity.
  • Producer, Line Producer, Bidder
  • Production Manager, Production Supervisor
  • Production Coordinator, Asst. Production Supervisor, Compliance Assistant
  • Production Assistant, PA


  • Once you qualify, you will be automatically enrolled. Automatic enrollment will be based on Tier (described above). Tier 1 and Tier 2 will automatically be enrolled in the California Classic HMO and Tier 3 in the Premier PPO. If you are eligible for Tier 2 or Tier 3 medical coverage and would like to select a different option, you must complete a 2020 Benefits Election Form and submit it no later than 30 days after becoming eligible.
  • Upon becoming qualified, PHBP will send you information by regular mail about, including an option to opt out of the Plan.
  • Coverage will begin the First of the month following a 60-day processing period after the qualifying event (the 100th day worked or the 35th thousandth dollar earned). Example: If you earn $35,000 or work the 100th day on April 17, the 60-day processing period is from April 17 – June 17, and coverage starts the 1st of the following month, in this case, July 1.
  • Anthem Blue Cross will mail you a welcome packet and and information about their network of approved doctors and providers. Your ID cards will come separately.
  • It may take the carrier up to 30 days from your coverage start date to send you your ID cards. California residents can log onto https://www.anthem.com/ca/registerto print a temporary ID card. You will need your Member ID from the initial mail correspondence received from Anthem Blue Cross.
  • Anthem Blue Cross can also be reached at 800-759-3030.


  • Your insurance is free. However you must pay a $300 annual administrative fee upon enrollment and with each annual policy renewal. The cost of dependent coverage is shown below.
  • If you are eligible for Tier 3 medical coverage and elect the California Classic HMO, the Plan will waive your next annual fee.


Covered Freelancers can add their dependents:

  • Dependents (spouse/domestic partner or children, children of spouse/domestic partner, children placed with you for adoption, all under age 26 ) can be added for $250 per month for the 1st Dependent, plus $100 per month for each additional dependent. See Cost to the Freelancer for more information.
  • Dependents can be added upon initial enrollment or annual renewals only.
  • Exceptions are made for special “life events”, i.e. birth, marriage, adoption, involuntary cessation of a dependents’ prior coverage, example, if a spouse/domestic partner’s current employer provided insurance ceases to exist. In this case, the soon-to-be formerly covered dependent can join PHBP without interruption.
  • See the 2019 Summary Plan Description and 2020 Summary of Material Modifications for more information regarding domestic partner policy.
  • If you have a potential “life event” that could impact the enrollment period of your dependents, click here to notify the Plan Administrator.
  • Proof of termination of prior coverage, marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc. required upon special enrollment.


  • To help you reach the 100-day requirement, you can bank your worked days in excess of 100 per year for use in the upcoming qualifying year.
  • Only qualifying work days for Participating Employers can be banked.
  • Any banked days from your immediately preceding 12 month qualification period will be automatically added to your current day count.
  • If the sum of your current qualifying days and your banked days is 100 days worked or more, you qualify for policy renewal.
  • Click here to review your work history and Banked Days.


  • You can “bridge” the gap between your actual days worked and the 100 days of work needed to re-qualify by making monthly payments equal to $8.50 per each day needed to bridge the gap.
  • Example: You have 20 days banked from your previous qualifying year and worked 48 days in the current qualifying year, for a total of 68 days. That’s 32 days short of the 100 needed to re-qualify. The Bridge Payment would be 32 days x $8.50 per day, for a total of $272 per month.
  • You may combine your actual work days with any banked days from last year’s qualifying period. The total of banked and worked days must be at least 50 days.
  • Effective January 1, 2020: Monthly bridge payments will increase to $8.50 per each day needed to bridge the gap.
  • While participating in the Bridge program, the Participant will pay the full cost of dependent coverage each month.
  • Bridge payments can be made for up to 12 months, or until you re-qualify by earning $35,000 or working 100 days in a consecutive year.
  • Click here to contact the Plan Administrator to set up bridge payments. Bridge payments must be set-up PRIOR to the termination of your current coverage.


  • If your PHBP coverage is terminated for failure to re-qualify, you will be offered COBRA continuation coverage.
  • You may pay the cost of your insurance premium plus a small administration fee in order to continue your PHBP coverage for up to 18 months. Generally, the PHBP premiums are likely to be much less than a similar policy would cost on the individual market.
  • Click here to contact the Plan Administrator to get 2020 costs for COBRA continuation coverage and elect your coverage plan.
  • Click here to get more information about COBRA continuation coverage.