Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Be Cautious When taking AHIP Medicare Advantage and Part D Certification for 2010/2011

Many agents are not aware of this, so I thought I’d highlight the fact that if you do not pass the AHIP training on the first 3 attempts many companies will not allow you to sell their products for the 2010/11 annual enrollment period.  This is in spite of the fact that you can retake…

6 Aug 10
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Craig will Host 2011 Broker Training for Universal Health Care for Pennsylvania Medicare Advantage Products

I will be hosting a webinar for brokers to review the 2011 Universal Health Care Medicare Advantage products. The calls will be on Thursday, August 12th at 2pm (Southeastern PA) and 3pm (Western PA). To register for the webinar, please click here and select the appropriate meeting (you must be logged in to register).

6 Aug 10
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Government Report Says Medicare to Remain Solvent Longer

Here is the story from USA Today. Notice the paragraph which begins, “But the 12-year Medicare Trust Fund extension. . .”.  That’s really all you need to know.  The money which is “saved” in the Medicare Trust Fund and “added” to the Medicare Trust Fund via higher taxes is spent on other benefits to…

5 Aug 10
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Preview of Agent Data Now Displaying at Medicareful.com

We’ve published a “pre-release” version of Medicareful.com for agents to view their profile information and photographs.  To view your information, go to Medicareful.com and enter your primary zip code.  If you have completed the digital photo upload process using Gravitar.com, you should see the image you uploaded.  If you see a Gravitar logo,…

5 Aug 10
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Commission Statements Now Available on Ritterim.com

We are pleased to announce that agent’s commission statements are available for you to view and download (24/7) when you are logged into our website at www.ritterim.com.  In our initial launch, we have archived copies of your commission statements for all of 2010, year to date. You will find the “Commission Statements” tab…

5 Aug 10
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Medicareful.com Update and First Month Results

Medicareful.com turned one month old on August 1st, so I have some updates and traffic data to share! Update on revised lead portal, Health Management System (HMS):  We’re making excellent progress on this new feature and we’re still on track for a preview on August 23rd with a go live date of October 4th. …

5 Aug 10
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Agents Looking for Medicare Part D Solutions for their clients will find a Fourth Option in 2011 as the Part D Referral takes shape

Historically, I’ve advised agents that there are 3 approaches to the Part D business and I’ve been somewhat agnostic to the approach as this is a personal business decision. Option 1:  Refer to Medicare.gov or 800-MEDICARE.  This is a pretty simple approach.  From a business perspective (and even client perspective) it’s not a bad move. …

5 Aug 10
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Impact of CMS Meaningful Difference Language Becomes More Clear

About 3 months ago, I blogged about CMS guidance on “meaningful differences” between plans.  See my post here for more details.  Based on this bit of obscure guidance, I thought might result in the reduction of PDP plans in the 34 regions from approximately 1,500 plans to around 1,050 in 2011. As we move…

5 Aug 10
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