Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

RitterCares: I'm Joining the Peace Corps

Zach Bailey is trading in his desk to join the Peace Corps.   A part of Ritter’s Broker Support unit, Bailey holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. This May, he’ll fly to Africa to serve as a teacher’s aide in The Gambia. Bailey will be teaching English, in…

26 Apr 17
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HHS Cuts ACA Open Enrollment Period in Half

The Department of Health and Human Services amended a few Affordable Care Act rules in an effort to stabilize the current marketplace. Among the major changes is a shrinking of the annual open enrollment period and more strict requirements surrounding special enrollment periods. Open Enrollment The annual open enrollment period for 2018 will begin earlier, opening…

19 Apr 17
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CMS Increases 2018 Payments to Insurers

In a press release issued April 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an average 0.45% payment increase for 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D plan insurers. After factoring in plan coding for member diagnoses, the average increase will be about 2.95 percent. The 2018 rate hike is higher than the…

5 Apr 17
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2017 State of the Senior Market: In Review

Last Tuesday, I gave my annual State of the Senior Market address to 370 agents from across the country. You can watch a recording, but if you’d like a quick summary, read on for some of the highlights!

8 Mar 17
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CMS Releases 2018 Advance Notice & Draft Call Letter

We’ve got the 159-page 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter from CMS calling for a modest 0.25% payment increase to Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. But take note: If there’s an increase in risk scores, that figure could rise to as much as 2.75%. Currently, CMS determines risk scores based on a blend…

21 Feb 17
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Medicareful Expands Opportunities for Insurance Agents

We’ve done a lot in the last year to strengthen Medicareful’s standing in the online Medicare marketplace, and I truly believe now’s the time to join in! Our consumer-facing product comparison is available for FREE to any agent with a preferred contract through Ritter, and you can contact Linda Kennedy (800-769-1847 ext. 373) for details…

8 Feb 17
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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

Federal Judge John Bates handed down his decision to block the Aetna-Humana merger Monday. He addressed the $37 billion-dollar merger in a 156-page ruling. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of Aetna and Humana would be likely to substantially lessen competition in markets for individual Medicare Advantage plans and health insurance…

23 Jan 17
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Consumer Group Scrutinizes Trump Medicare Promises

As the annual rate-notice announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services nears, beneficiaries are preparing to fight for their coverage. In February, CMS will inform consumers about changes to Medicare Advantage costs and coverage, as well as overall funding. President Trump made promises during his campaign to protect the Medicare Advantage program, and…

23 Jan 17
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