Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

CMS Announces Part B premium for 2009 and Original Medicare Deductibles and Copays

Here is the announcement from CMS.

19 Sep 08
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CMS Releases New Rules Regarding Agent’s 2009 Commissions for Medicare Advantage (Levelizing Commissions)

6/29/09 Editor’s Update:  Agents looking for Information on the Payment of Initial versus Renewal Commissions on Medicare Advantage Plans should click here!   I apoligize for the delay in posting this update!  CMS issued it’s “Interim Final Rule” which address changes to “Marketing” Medicare Advantage plans.  Here is a link to the entire…

House Discusses Overhaul of Medicare Physician Payment System

If you recall, the most recent Medicare Legislation passed by Congress which overrode President Bush’s Veto dealt with a mandated 10.6% cut in Physician’s fee schedule for Medicare. The House began discussing ways to avert the next cut (scheduled for 1/1/2010) of TWENTY PERCENT, which is only 16 months away. Here is the Article…

2009 Medicare Advantage Plans

We’re pleased to have added a site for Insurance Agent Use only to get an advance view of 2009 Medicare Advantage product filings.  This is for purposes of comparing products, training and education.  It is a CMS Marketing Violation to share this information with any Medicare Beneficiary prior to October 1st, 2008. This information is…

11 Sep 08
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Coming Soon: CMS Announcement on Levelizing Commissions for Medicare Advantage for 2009

Word on the street is that CMS will have an announcement out by midnight on Monday, September 15th, 2008.  From what I hear, there is a virtual concensus that we will have levelized commission for 2009 for Medicare Advantage. I’m checking the website every day, as soon as I hear more, I will post! Craig…

11 Sep 08
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Protected: United World (a Subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha) announces a Medicare Supplement Rate Increase for the State of Pennsylvania (PA)

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10 Sep 08
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Humana pays state to settle Medicare-related allegations

See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article The $750,000 settlement involved some unlicensed agents selling Humana plans in the state of Wisconsin and complaints from Seniors who were enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans and didn’t understand the product.  The complaints date back to 2006.

10 Sep 08
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Humana to Lose Some Medicare Enrollees

See Wall Street Journal Article Humana’s Part D premiums are coming in about the Benchmark premium, so that it’s allocation of dually-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) clients will be taken and transferred to other companies who are below the benchmark.  The will affect over 300,000 Humana Part D policyholders.

10 Sep 08
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2009 Medicare Certification Instructions Available for Aetna, Coventry, Humana, United Healthcare and Universal American (Pyramid and American Progressive)

Visit our 2009 Certification page for Details on each company!

5 Sep 08
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Update on Cigna 2009 Medicare Advantage Certification

CIGNA has just announced that their 2009 MA and PDP certification will be available online Monday September 8, 2008. And, for those who don’t procrastinate, the first 1,000 Agents who complete their 2009 Medicare Certification will receive a $200 credit usable to obtain customizable CIGNA Medicare consumer marketing materials! Click here to visit our…


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