Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act – Impact for Insurance Agents

On July 15, 2008, Congress passed into law H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. The following is an explanation of the key components of the Act and its impact on how we market our products. 

26 Aug 08
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Ritter Insurance Marketing’s Proprietary Quoting Technology NOW allows Insurance Agents to Compare 2008 and 2009 Medicare Advantage Plans in any Zip Code in the United States

Great news! Effective immediately, insurance agents can begin to compare Medicare Advantage plans in every zip code in the United States.  Compare 2008 and 2009 plans SIDE BY SIDE!  The Medicare Advantage plans for 2009 are FILED and NOT APPROVED by CMS, but this is useful for Insurance Agents to begin to determine which Insurance Companies…

26 Aug 08
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ADDITIONAL KEY MARKETING REMINDERS FROM CMS FOR 2009

  • No offering of gifts, cash, rebates or promotional items at activities/events exceeding $15 
  • No meals “of any sort” at promotional or sales activities regardless of value
  • No unsolicited means of direct contact of prospective enrollees
  • No door-to-door marketing
  • No outbound telemarketing without the prospective enrollee initiating contact
  • No cross-selling of non-health related products during marketing…
    26 Aug 08
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  • Protected: Coventry announces Agent Services enhancements, new Website for application tracking and other Broker support initiatives

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    26 Aug 08
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    Webinars on Selling Aetna’s Individual Major Medical on September 8th and September 22nd (times are Central)

      Join Us To See How Producer World Can Increase Your Sales with Aetna Health Plans for Individuals! Instructional Webinar AvailableGet up-to-speed fast with Aetna Plans for Individuals by attending our easy to access webinar. Get what you need to sell. FAST! Attend and Learn about…

    • Locating and accessing PDF’s of Aetna Plan designs,…
      26 Aug 08
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    Protected: Bravo monthly Newsletter for August 2008

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    26 Aug 08
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    New CMS document to aid states in integrating Medicare, Medicaid for dual eligibles – McKnights Long Term Care News

    This will help the states coordinate, especially with respect to Special Needs Plans. See full article, below: New CMS document to aid states in integrating Medicare, Medicaid for dual eligibles – McKnights Long Term Care News.

    26 Aug 08
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    Aetna Announces Website modifications protect the privacy, security of your information

    One of Aetna’s top priorities is protecting the privacy and security of our customers’ sensitive information. As part of that effort, we will mask Social Security Numbers on Producer World® (our secure website for brokers and consultants) and give producers the option to use their National Producer Number (NPN) whenever possible.   These changes are…

    26 Aug 08
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    Enrollment Guidance: Consumers Turning Age 65

    During the CMS “lock-in” period, agents have an opportunity to enroll consumers who are turning age 65 into Medicare Advantage plans. We are providing guidance to ensure that your enrollments are processed timely, and that you get paid quickly. Enrollment: The seven-month Initial Coverage Enrollment Period (ICEP) begins three months prior to an individual’s 65th…

    26 Aug 08
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    As economy turns downward, national health care cost go skyward

    Medicare Supplement plans are projected to increase by 7.3% in the next 12 months, down from 11.2% in the year prior. Medicare Advantage plans are projected to increase by 7.7% in the next 12 months, down from 9.2% in the year prior. Also includes projections on under 65 health care and prescription drugs. See the…

    26 Aug 08
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