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Archive for March 27th, 2009

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“.

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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 accept Medicare Advantage (except for out of network PPO options). 

This gives Aetna a strong advantage in the Medicare Advantage market in South West Florida.

If you are a licensed agent and registered with Ritter Insurance Marketing and would like to become contracted with Aetna, Click Here and select Aetna in the “Drop Down” box.

If you are a licensed agent and would like to register with Ritter Insurance Marketing, click here.

Certification requirements can be found here.

To compare Aetna against the competition, you can use our Medicare Quote Engine to compare products “side by side” and “line by line”.

Significant enrollment opportunities still exist!  To view a recorded Webex training on enrollment opportunities during lock in, click here.

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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 couple states, but not in Alabama.  If interested, talk to my good friend, Bill Durham at 866-617-4264.  Be sure to tell him “The Lawn Doctor” sent you!!

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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 the point.

3.  Remember the 48 hour rule.  That means the app must be received by the company NO LATER THAN April 2nd, 2009.  This is crucial.  Most carriers allow you to fax in apps, so don’t push the deadline.

4.  For apps we process, REMEMBER, we must get the app to the company by 4/2/09, so don’t hold your apps.  We do electronic uploads around 5pm Eastern time, so those on the West Coast, don’t wait to fax them to us until late your time on 4/2. . .PLEASE!!  We’ll VPN into our work computers at home to be safe, but no guarantees here.

5.  Be extra careful in the completion of these last minute apps!  Errors will delay enrollment. 

Finally, if you want a “head’s up” on when you can take enrollments during “Lock in”, view my recorded webex, or see my page on types of enrollments.

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