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CMS releases final version of “Call Letter” for Medicare Advantage providers

CQ HealthBeat (3/31, Reichard) reports, CMS has released its final version of its “Call Letter ” advising private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans “how to prepare bids for 2010.” The letter instructs insurers to “prune their offerings next year so beneficiaries can clearly see the differences in plans.” In a

A Note from Janet Trautwein, NAHU Executive Vice President and CEO

Recent events reported in Washington Update, that there is a flurry of activity surrounding health care reform, with a strong emphasis on health insurance reform.  I want to assure you again that we are at the table and a part of the important discussions going on.  We are committed to finding a solution that will…

30 Mar 09
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Learn What’s Ahead for Medicare Advantage Plans

Gary Jacobs, Universal American’s SVP, Corporate Development is scheduled as a special guest on the final “Ask Today’s Options conference call of this Open Enrollment season. The call will be held at 11am ET on Monday, March 30th. For details, visit our “Events Calendar“.

27 Mar 09
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Aetna Medicare Adds Lee Memorial Health System to Medicare Advantage Network in South Florida

Here is a link to the press release. Lee Memorial Health System is a huge hospital and doctor provider in Lee County, Florida.  In fact, Lee Memorial is the 5th largest public hospital system in the United States. What makes this even more significant is that Lee Memorial Health System, generally, does not…

27 Mar 09
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Alabama (AL) Senior (Medigap) Agents

Don’t know if any Alabama agents follow me. . .but for what it’s worth. The big dog in the Alabama Medigap market (UCT) is taking a significant rate bump on May 1st, 2009.  There’s a new product with Family Life which might be worth looking at.  I have Family Life in a…

27 Mar 09
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Only 5 Days left in Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period

Couple quick things on the close of Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period! 1.  Enrollment forms must be received, signed and dated by 3/31/09.  When the clock strikes midnight, OEP 2009 turns into a pumpkin.  2.  Sign and date apps IMMEDIATELY when you receive them (if coming through the mail).  Personally, I wouldn’t trust the USPS at…

27 Mar 09
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Ritter Insurance Marketing Announces Enhancement to Medicare Quote Engine to allow Line by Line Comparisons of up to 3 Medicare Advantage Plans for any County in the United States

This enhancement will be rolled out on Thursday, March 25th. To view our 3 minute demo of this new functionality, click here.

25 Mar 09
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A Health Plan for All and the Concerns it raises

This is from the New York Times and discusses a “Medicare for All” or similar Government run health insurance program running alongside private insurance and the implications. Here is the article.

25 Mar 09
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CMS Orders End to “Referral Fees” to Sales Agents for Medicare Advantage Plans

I never really saw this practice, other than a few plans in Florida, in any case, this practice has been ended. Here is the article from the Florida Health News.

25 Mar 09
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Craig Ritter to Appear as Co-Panelist at the 2009 National Summit for The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance

Recently, I was invited to appear as a co-panelist at the 2009 National Summit for the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.  This is the 3rd annual National Summit and this year will prove to be most interesting in light of the significant changes in the rates which are paid to Medicare Advantage…

25 Mar 09
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