Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Anthem to discontinue two Medicare alternative insurance plans in Wisconsin

This is an article which basically describes some of the fallout of Wellpoint discontinuing Unicare/Anthem/Empire Enhanced and Enhanced Plus PFFS.  About 20,000 Medicare Beneficiaries will lose their coverage and can either enroll in another MA plan or get Guaranteed Issue Med Sup. Article:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=800495

30 Sep 08
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Tampa Medicare insurer shut down

The company is called MD Medicare Choice.  They had about 16,000 members in 23 counties in Florida. Humana will be taking over the benefits for these members, however, the members will get a special election period where they can pick any plan they choose. Here are some of the articles on this: http://www.bradenton.com/news/breaking_news/story/921186.html

30 Sep 08
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Coming Soon for Agent Use Only: View Availability and Premiums for ALL 2009 Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO, PFFS, MSA and SNP) and ALL 2009 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) in the United States (50 states plus Washington DC)

We are EXTREMELY PLEASED to announce that Medicare Quote Engine (www.MedicareQuoteEngine.com) has been updated with ALL 2009 Medicare Advantage Plan data.  We are in the testing phase at this point, so please be patient! This means, that for 2009, we will have:

  • 113,005 Medicare Advantage County/Plan combinations,
  • 12,581 Special Needs Plan County/Plan combinations and
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Coventry 2009 Medicare Advantage Plans Available for Agent Use including “Advantra Freedom” Private Fee for Service (PFFS) and Advantra Savings Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA); Advantra RX (PDP_ is coming soon.

Here is the link to our products page:  https://ritterim.pbwiki.com/Ritter+2009+Medicare+Advantage+Products Click on Coventry to View the PFFS (Advantra Freedom) and MSA (Advantra Savings) plans.  The benefits and availability are Password protected.  If you are a licensed agent and registered with our website and you don’t have the password, call our office.  If you are a…

30 Sep 08
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Urgent: All Agents Selling Unicare, Anthem BCBS and/or Empire BCBS Medicare Advantage for 2009

We got word TODAY, September 29th, that Unicare, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be requiring brokers to complete a supplemental agreement in order to continue selling their plans.  THIS CONTRACT NEEDS TO BE RETURNED (VIA FAX) BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd.  No, that’s not a typo, this Friday is…

30 Sep 08
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Humana to Waive $100 AHIP Certification Fee

Good News! The $100 fee for taking the Humana AHIP recertification has been eliminated! We value your partnership with Humana and have removed the $100 AHIP recertification fee to alleviate some financial burden. There will no longer be a fee charged in order to take the recertification training and testing for any of the Humana…

29 Sep 08
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Bravo Releases 2009 Medicare Advantage Plan Designs (Private Fee for Service, HMO, PPO and Special Needs) in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware

This is for Agent Use Only.  You must be a licensed Insurance Agent and Registered with our Website to view plan details.  If you are an Insurance Agent, you can Register Here. Here is the products page for Bravo.  I apologize, it is quite lengthy.  Private fee for Service plans are listed first,…

28 Sep 08
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More MIPPA 2009 Medicare Advantage Marketing Guidelines

This came in 3 parts. . .I’m linking all three together.  This is a lot!

27 Sep 08
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Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) announces Medicare Supplement/Medigap Insurance Rate Increase for the state of Oklahoma (OK)

Big increase effective 11/10/08.  25% across all plans. Here is the announcement:  rna_ok_rateincrease_2008

27 Sep 08
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Avalere Study finds 30%+ Premium Increase on 10 most Popular PDP Plan Sponsors

Here is the whole article.  This was done on a “weighted average” based on enrollment.  Also assumes that members stay in their existing plans.  Also, according to CMS, 97% of Medicare beneficiaries will be able to find the same or lower premiums in 2009 versus 2008 (but that would mean switching plans). CMS came…

27 Sep 08
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