Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Optum and DaVita Medical Group Announce Merger

With an all-cash offer on the table, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum and DaVita Medical Group have a proposed deal to join forces. Optum, which is set to buy DaVita Medical Group (DMG) for $4.9 billion, is the health care services division of UnitedHealth Group. DMG is part of the kidney dialysis firm DaVita Inc. It runs…

8 Dec 17
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CVS to Merge with Aetna in $69 Billion Deal

On Sunday, CVS Health announced its plans to buy health insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal. Each company’s board of directors fully supported the move. CVS Health (CVS) is a leading pharmacy benefits manager that serves approximately 90 million plan members. Aetna, a health care benefits company, serves roughly 44.6 million individuals as…

4 Dec 17
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Ritter Ranked 11th Best Place to Work in 2017

This marks the fourth straight year Ritter landed on the list.

1 Dec 17
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Medicare Announces 2018 Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On Friday, CMS released the costs for Original Medicare coverage for 2018. Medicare Part B premiums will rise for many, but not for all. Part B About 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees will see an increase from the average $109 premium they paid in 2017. In the coming year, Social Security benefits…

21 Nov 17
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Scheduled Partial CMS Blackout Begins 11/10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will undergo a secheduled partial system blackout period beginning at 8 pm tonight until 8 pm Thursday, November 16, to update their systems. During this time Medicare Advantage and PDP enrollments may pend longer than normal. It’s important that you continue to submit your applications within 24…

10 Nov 17
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Evolent to Acquire Premier's Ohio MA Business

Earlier this week, Evolent Health announced that they will be taking over the insurance business portion of long-time customer, Premier Health, in early 2018. Evolent has been helping Premier offer value-based care since early 2013. They assisted Premier with the launch of their Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans in 2015, which did quite well…

8 Nov 17
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Humana MA Receives High Star Ratings

In October, Humana, a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization, announced that several of its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received 4.5 stars on the 5-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While all of the carrier’s MA plans received 3.5 stars or more on CMS’ 5-star rating system,…

26 Oct 17
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How 2018 Social Security COLA Affects Part B enrollees

On Friday, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 will see a 2 percent increase in benefits from 2017, resulting in the largest adjustment since 2012. The increase will affect more than 69 million people, including more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients. They’ll receive roughly $27…


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