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2018 Scope of Appointment Changes!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have updated the Scope of Appointment regulations for 2018. What changed? Effective October 1st, 2017,  agents are no longer required to obtain a signed Scope of Appointment 48 hours prior to 1-on-1

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

CMS lifts sanction on Cigna HealthSprings Medicare Advantage

On Friday, June 16, 2017, The CMS has lifted sanctions it levied on Cigna Corp. in January 2016 after finding major problems with the health insurer’s Medicare Advantage plans.  Cigna-HealthSpring announced that they will be resuming marketing and enrollment of new

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

Plan F Offers Sales Opportunity for Years to Come

We’ve all heard the news about Plan F and Plan C being eliminated in 2020, but have you heard the rest of the story?  Plans F and C are actually not being eliminated for everyone, just those aging in to

Posted in Helpful Tips, Industry News, Medicare Supplements, Sales Tips

Did you miss our Post AEP Webinar Series? Download a copy here!

Our Post AEP Webinar Series is an agent favorite!  If you missed it, enter your information here to receive your copy.  We address sales strategies, ancillary products, dual and chronic SNP plans and much more!

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

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Detecting glaucoma early and seeking proper treatment can reduce vision loss.  Medicare covers one glaucoma screening every twelve months for those who are considered high risk.  If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you are considered high

Posted in Helpful Tips, Industry News, Medicare Information

Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger

The $37 billion merger between Aetna and Humana insurance companies was blocked by a federal judge Monday, January 23rd, 2017.  Judge John D. Bates stated that there were “serious concerns” that the merger “would be likely to substantially lessen competition

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

New Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Coming in 2019!

Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act that was recently signed into law, a new enrollment period for Medicare Advantage will open in 2019. Under the current structure, AEP running October 15th – December 7th, Medicare Advantage plan members are

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

Antitrust Trial for Aetna-Humana Merger Underway

On December 5th, the trial for the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) attempting to block the merger of Medicare insurance companies Aetna and Humana began with opening arguments. The Department of Justice filed the suit against

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

It’s the Last Day of AEP!

Let’s end AEP on a high note!  We are celebrating and hope you are too.  Thank you for all of your hard work!

Posted in Industry News, Medicare Advantage/Part D Prescription

Are You Wearing Your Red Ribbon Today?

Every year on December 1st, World Aids Day is recognized across the globe by wearing red ribbons to raise HIV and AIDS awareness.  This year marks the 35th year since reports were first published about what we now know as

Posted in Industry News, Medicare Information