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CMS Issues Guidance on 2011 Certification Requirements

As you may be aware, CMS ran a pilot program for certification in 2010.  We had a large number of agents who participated in the pilot.  CMS recently issued guidance which reviewed the success of the program and indicates that the pilot certification will likely be expanded to cover ALL Medicare Advantage Carriers and ALL…

17 Mar 10
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Florida Department of Insurance Rate Filing Webpage

I found this website on the Insurance Forums Bulletin board.  When doing searches, I put in a date range of 1/1/2010 through current day, checked the rates only filing type and put accident and health as the line of business.  This covers individual health and group health in addition to Med Supp, but if…

17 Mar 10
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PA Department of Insurance Website lists Modernized Medicare Supplement Plans approved for June 2010 and later Effective Dates

Here is a link to the document from the PA Department of Insurance which was updated within the past week. I looked at some statistics on existing plans versus Modernized Plans.  Currently, there are 59 individual Medicare Supplement Carriers and 8 Group Medicare Supplement Carriers.  As of the date of the report (3/12/10), there…

17 Mar 10
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Could Health Care Reform Become Law without a Vote in the House of Representatives

I hadn’t heard this before, but this is being reported in the Washington Post and in other news outlets.  Seems that the House could vote on a “rule change” and not the actual Senate Bill and the Senate Bill could be “deemed” as passed.

17 Mar 10
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Virginia first state in nation to pass anti-mandate health reform bill

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-13th District) sponsored a bill which states that no resident of the commonwealth shall be required to obtain or maintain individual insurance coverage. The bill was passed by the Virginia House of Delegates by a vote of 80-17. All 17 “nay voters were cast by Democratic delegates. Click here

16 Mar 10
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Virginia passes budget cutting Medicaid, other health services

Millions in cuts have been made to health and human services programs in the state of Virginia. The cuts are a result of the $70 billion budget that was passed by Virginia lawmakers over the weekend. Gov. Bob McDonnell, who now has the budget documents, has 30 days to amend the approved legislation.  Click here to…

16 Mar 10
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Op/Ed From Tampa Bay Tribune

I found this Op/Ed on the “Finality” of Health Care Reform to be interesting.  The Opinion entitled, “It won’t be over when it’s over”, portends that the Healthcare Debate may well continue for many years even if reform passes this week.

14 Mar 10
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Jobs Bill; Bill Moves to the House

Business Week reported on the Jobs Bill Passed by the Senate Last week. Among other things, this bill would extend unemployment benefits, COBRA subsidies and fix the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule for an additional 7 months (April through October 2010). The $138 Billion bill would add $97 Billion to the Deficit.

14 Mar 10
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WH Press Secretary Gibbs: Health Care Reform Will Pass This Week

This comes from the Politico reporting on Sec. Gibbs appearance on Fox News Sunday. The CBO Scoring of HR3590 was also released late last week.  I could probably write pages and pages on this document.  It amazes me how the government can issue reports like this with a “straight face” and probably explains…

14 Mar 10
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CMS Terminates Part D Contract with Fox Insurance

Here is the link from the CMS website announcing the termination. In cases of Plan Terminations, the member gets a Special Election into a new plan.  This can be a PDP or an MAPD.  I have an explanation of this type of SEP here. Non-Renewals refer to when a MCO does not renew…

11 Mar 10
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