Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Advocates for the Agent/Broker Role in any Health Care Reform

The National Association of Health Underwriters has launched a new website www.brokersmakingadifference.org  and a  print publication entitled “Brokers Making a Difference,” answering questions and sharing first hand accounts of the value of insurance professionals.  Janet Trautwein, NAHU’s CEO, told Insurance & Financial Advisor that when the organization reviews legislation, the agent/broker is often overlooked…

29 Jun 09
Posted By:

Upcoming July 4th Holiday

Ritter Insurance Marketing will be closed Friday, July 3rd 2009, in observance of Independence Day.  The office will re-open Monday, July 6th at 8AM.

29 Jun 09
Posted By:

CMS Suspends Implementation of June 5th, 2009 Memo on Agent/Broker Compensation

Agents and Brokers should be getting this message from the Insurance Companies they are appointed with for Medicare Advantage very soon (perhaps Monday?).  My Comments on this Memo (reading the tea leaves!)

  • I would have preferred to see them reversing their initial guidance with respect to 2009, but the fact that they are suspending the…
    28 Jun 09
    Posted By:
  • BREAKING NEWS regarding Initial versus Renewal Broker Commissions on Medicare Advantage Sales Replacing Original Medicare With a Stand Alone Part D Plan

    July 2nd, 2009 UPDATE:  Final Guidance is IN!!! For the history on this, see my e-mail to CMS and the reply from CMS I don’t want to get too excited yet, but it appears that CMS will be reversing it’s guidance on broker commissions on Medicare Advantage sales which replace Original Medicare with…

    26 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    NAHU Update on Health Care Reform – June 26th, 2009

    Here is a link to the most recent releases coming out of the National Association of Health Underwriters.  The CEO of NAHU, Janet Trautwein, is testifying before Congress (today, I believe).  Make sure your voice is heard on this debate and call, write, e-mail, etc., your member of Congress.  I will be heading to…

    26 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    CMS Announces Pilot of Broker Medicare Advantage and PDP Certification Portal to be Released in July of 2009

    Here is a link to the CMS Press Release.   cms_agent_testing In 2009 for the 2010 selling season, the CMS training/testing portal will be available on a limited basis (about 8,000 – 10,000 agents).  Beginning in 2010 for the 2011 selling season, the portal will be open to all brokers. CMS will require all MAO’s…

    26 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    Attend a Webex to Learn about Aetna’s Medicare Special Needs Plan for Dually Eligible Individuals in Pennsylvania

    Aetna will be hosting a Web-Based Training on their Pennsylvania Dually Eligible Special Needs plan at 10am Eastern Time on Thursday, July 9th. To register, please visit our Events Calendar, page down to July 9th and click on the registration link for that event!

    26 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    John Hancock to Ease Qualification Requirements on Two Group (Employer and Association) Long Term Care (LTCi) Product Offerings: Corporate Choice and CareChoice

    John Hancock is making these changes to make qualification for Employer Group and Association Discounts easier for their two flagship group Long Term Care Insurance (LTCi) products, Corporate Choice and CareChoice. Here is a link to the brief announcement. If you would like more information on these products, please e-mail…

    Detailed Information on 2010 Medigap Modernization

    For those who like to “read the fine print”, here is the NAIC/CMS model legislation from the Federal Register. Thanks to Joe in Philly for the source! 2010 Medigap Modernization (the file is large)

    22 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    CMS Replies to My E-mail

    July 2nd, 2009 UPDATE:  Final Guidance is IN!!! 6/26/09  EDITOR’S NOTE:  SEE BREAKING NEWS!! I’m happy to report that I got a reply from CMS.  I’m not going to post the reply or who I’m communicating with at CMS, but I will give some details on how I interpret the response. The good…

    22 Jun 09
    Posted By:

    © Ritter Insurance Marketing