Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

URGENT: All Agents Selling Medicare Advantage for 2009 PLEASE READ!

UPDATE (10/9/2008) – CMS has proposed their own model form.  SEE THIS NEWER POST I’m not a lawyer and I’m in the process of having this reviewed by a compliance officer at a Medicare Advantage Plan, but in the meantime, I’m recommending that you use this form for EACH AND EVERY medicare advantage presentation…

27 Sep 08
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Clarification of 2009 Medicare Advantage MIPPA and CMS Marketing Guidelines for Outbound Telemarketing to Clients

I’ve been getting a number of calls from Insurance Agents who are concerned that they cannot call their clients to review their Medicare Coverages for 2009 due to the new regulations from CMS. HERE IS A LINK TO THE MARKETING REGS.  mippa_marketing_regs_2009 If you refer to page 17 of the regs (Organizations CAN do…

27 Sep 08
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AmeriHealth65 Announces Non-renewal of AmeriHealth 65 Basic Plan in Some Pennsylvania Counties

This will affect approximately 4,400 members in the AmeriHealth 65 Basic plan (a Dually-Eligible Special Needs Plan) in the following counties:  Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton and York.  These members will have options for other Special Needs Plans in these counties for 2009, including Geisinger Health Plan, Health America and Aetna (not all plans are available…

27 Sep 08
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Unicare (a Subsidiary of Wellpoint) Announces Changes for 2009 Medicare Advantage Private Fee for Service (PFFS) and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Portfolio

Unicare has made the difficult decision not to renew the following plans for 2009:

  • Medicare Advantage Enhanced Private Fee for Service
  • Medicare Advantage Enhanced Plus Private Fee for Service
  • Save Well Medical Savings Account

Unicare will be focusing on other products in it’s Medicare Suite (see our Unicare Products page, we will…

27 Sep 08
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CMS Warns Medicare Beneficiaries to Review 2009 Stand Alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP)

I’ve been looking at 2008 versus 2009 Stand Alone Prescription Drug prices.  I’m only looking at one region (region 6, PA and WV), so I don’t know if this would apply nationally.  I divided the PDP plans into 3 groups:  those that have Generic Gap coverage, those that have $0 deductible and those with a…

26 Sep 08
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St. Mary’s/Deluth Clinic (Deluth, MN) Announces they will not accept PFFS plans in 2009; Will accept Medicare Advantage HMO’s and PPO’s; Affects about 5,000 Patients in NE Minnesota

Here is a link to the article. Here is a link to the SMDC Health System Website. I’m keeping an eye to see if there is a trend toward Hospital/Clinical Medical systems not accepting PFFS plans in light the coming Network requirements on PFFS in 2011.  In this case, there were about 14 PFFS plan providers…

25 Sep 08
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Insurance Agent Arrested for Allegedly Forging Signatures on Medicare Advantage Enrollment form

If allegations are true, one less bad agent on the streets. Here is the video: Here’s the story in print:  http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp?s=8761700 http://savannahnow.com/node/542479

24 Sep 08
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Limited Access to Ritter Staff on September 22nd and 23rd

Most of our staff will be assisting agents attending our Medicare Advantage Summit on Monday and Tuesday, September 22nd and 23rd.  We will have a very limited number of staff on hand to handle phone calls during that time.  We will return to full staffing on Wednesday, September 24th.  Thank you for your patience during…

21 Sep 08
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AHIP Medicare Advantage Fee Reimbursement Program (How to get your 2009 AHIP Training for “Free”!)

We have heard from many of the Insurance Agents who work with Ritter Insurance Marketing that they are not happy with the $100 fee being charged to do the AHIP certification. Based on this, we are offering the following expense reimbursement program:

  • You must Certify with AHIP by 10/31/08 and fax your completed certification to…
    19 Sep 08
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  • Unicare (a Subsidiary of Wellpoint) releases 2009 PFFS plan Benefit Designs for Agent use Only

    Insurance agents may visit our Products page for Unicare by clicking here (Select Unicare). The benefits are password protected, you must be a licensed insurance agent and registered with our website to view this file.  New Users can register here.

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