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CMS Blackout Period: Nov 9-17

CMS STOPS PROCESSING ENROLLMENTS DURING THIS PERIOD. They are updating their systems and unfortunately it happens during AEP because it has to be done before the new year begins. Agents still turn in applications as usual, they will just show as pending until they

Posted in Industry News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information

CMS Releases 2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles, Pinching High-Income Enrollees

On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need

Posted in Industry News, Medicare Information

Notice of Immediate Imposition of Intermediate Sanction to Omaha Health Insurance Company

On October 12, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) informed Omaha Health Insurance Company (OHIC) of its determination to immediately impose an intermediate sanction (Suspension of Enrollment and Marketing) on the following Prescription Drug Plan Contract: S7126 (Service areas

Posted in Industry News, Legislative News

The Best Advice For A Successful Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

AEP IS HERE! It’s the early hours of AEP, we thought now is a good time give some advice for a successful AEP. –Applications–  If your handwriting is hard to read, this can cause typos when they are entering information and make your

Posted in Company Information, Helpful Tips, Industry News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information, Sales Tips

New Medicare Card – Update

The newly-designed Medicare cards continues to successfully mail out from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We are excited to share with you important progress updates with you. CMS is constantly focusing on fraud and protecting identities of

Posted in Industry News, Medicare Information

CMS announces plans to strength Medicaid program

Earlier this week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to improve the integrity of CMS’s Medicaid Program. While most of the responsibility for proper medicaid payment is left to the state, CMS has put in place a

Posted in Industry News, Legislative News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information

WellCare expanding Medicaid membership by purchasing Meridian for $2.5 billion

WellCare Health Plans announced Tuesday they have agreed to acquire Medicaid insurer, Meridian Health Plan, for $2.5 billion. Along with the large volume of Medicaid recipients and benefits, WellCare will also benefit from adding MeridianRx to its portfolio. On Tuesday,

Posted in Company Information, Helpful Tips, Industry News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information

Attention All Humana Agents:

Often a client is scared to pull the trigger or may want to shop around before selecting a Medicare plan. Humana has made life easier on their agents. They just released is a consumer-driven enrollment process that allows prospects to complete an

Posted in Company Information, Helpful Tips, Industry News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information, Medicare Supplements, Sales Tips

Medicaid Recipients up for discount for Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime membership is something frequent Amazon shoppers love. It includes free, fast shipping- usually within 2 days, and video streaming all for an annual fee of $99. This is a pretty penny if your on a fixed income. Amazon

Posted in Company Information, Industry News, Legislative News, Medicare Information

CMS is planning to allow Medicare beneficiaries to contract directly with physicians

On Monday, CMS announced they are seeking to release a direct provider contract model that would allow providers to take further accountability for the cost and quality of a designated population to drive better beneficiary outcomes. This new model would

Posted in Company Information, Industry News, Legislative News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription, Medicare Information, Medicare Supplements