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Archive for December, 2010

Here is a link to the actual final regulation.

This regulation applies to Insurance Producers in New York State and requires producers to make disclosures to consumers in regards to compensation which may be received as a result of the issuance of an insurance contract.

The regulation was instigated due to former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s 2004 investigations of Aon, Willis and Marsh.  In these cases, there was compensation paid by both the client and the insurer.  Additionally, these transactions involved primarily very large commerical accounts.

However, the New York Insurance Department wanted the clarification of producer compensation to apply to transactions involving $100 or more in annual compensation.

The disclosure is a two step process.  The first step is required in all cases.  The more detailed disclosure is required when a consumer requests more detailed information.

Additionally, the producer is required to retain the disclosure for a period of 3 years.

Since this regulation is targeted to insurance producers and not to insurance companies themselves, producers should consult their legal advisers or associations for more details on how to ensure compliance with this regulation.

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Outlined below are the dates for Year End Application Submissions as provided by CMS. 

Paper enrollment forms and disenrollment requests received via U.S. Mail delivery on Monday, January 3, 2011, regardless of U.S. Postal Service postmark, may be considered “received” on Friday, December 31, 2010, and thus accepted as AEP elections.

Paper enrollment forms and disenrollment requests received Tuesday, January 4, 2011, through Friday, January 7, 2011, with a U.S. Postal Service postmark on or before December 31, 2010, may be accepted and considered received on the postmarked date.

AEP requests received in the mail after January 7, 2011, regardless of postmark, must be denied.

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Last Thursday, I recorded a training for new agents.  Some of the topics I covered were:

  • Our new feature on running Part D Estimated Drug Costs
  • Using the RitterCRM
  • Medicare Quote Engine
  • Pre-Filling Contracting Paperwork
  • Resources for How to Certify, How to Submit business, etc.

Here is a link to the recording!

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If you still need last minute training, look no further. Here is a list of the upcoming Insurance Trainings.  Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Event’s Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, December 20th;  No scheduled trainings.
  • Tuesday, December 21st;   Baltimore Life Tele-sales Training for Silver Guard Products Using INSpeed and Baltimore Life Wealth Transfer Program Using the Single Premium Whole Life (SPWL) Product webinar training is open to all Baltimore Life licensed agents. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training webinar is open to agents in CA and FL.
  • Wednesday, December 22nd;  Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar is open to agents in the San Antonio, TX area.
  • Thursday, December 23rd;  No scheduled trainings.
  • Friday, December 24th;  No scheduled trainings.

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New Agent Orientation

Ritter Insurance Marketing is hosting a ‘New Agent Orientation’ webinar.

New Agent Orientation – What Ritter has to offer?
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)
Craig Ritter will discuss the different features of www.RitterIM.com and show you the tools available by Ritter Insurance Marketing to help streamline your sales process.

Click on one of the following dates to register:

December 16

December 30

January 4

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If you still need last minute training, look no further. Here is a list of the upcoming Insurance Trainings.  Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Event’s Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, December 13th;  No scheduled trainings.
  • Tuesday, December 14th;  Coventry GHP-CCP New Agent Training webinar is open to all agents. Baltimore Life Tele-sales Training for Silver Guard Products Using INSpeed webinar and Baltimore Life Generation Legacy Secure Solutions Single Premium Whole Life ( SPWL) webinar is open to all licensed agents. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar is open to WA agents in the Spokane area and the webinar is open to agents in MI.
  • Wednesday, December 15th;  Western PA & Eastern OH; Coventry HealthAmerica Benefits Check Up Training webinar is open to PA agents.
  • Thursday, December 16th;  Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar is open to WA agents and the webinar is open to agents in UT. 
  • Friday, December 17th;  No scheduled trainings.

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Here is the story from the New York Times. President Obama said he would sign the bill.  The bill will avert a 25% cut in Physician’s fees which was scheduled to take effect on January 1st.

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Here is our most recent press release on the integration of our Part D cost calculator into RitterCRM.

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If you still need last minute training, look no further. Here is a list of the upcoming Insurance Trainings.  Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Event’s Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, December 6th;  No scheduled trainings.
  • Tuesday, December 7th;  Coventry GHP-CCP Product Training  seminar is open to agents in the St. Louis, MO area. Baltimore Life Tele-sales Training for Silver Guard Products Using INSpeed and Baltimore Life Wealth Transfer Program Using the Single Premium Whole Life (SPWL) Product webinars are open to all Baltimore life licensed agents. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar is open to agents in the Colton, CA area. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training webinars are open to agents in NM and TX.
  • Wednesday, December 8th;  Coventry 2011 Product Training webinars are open to agents in PA and OH. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar is open to agents in Cruces, NM. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training webinar is open to FL agents.
  • Thursday, December 9th;   Ritter Insurance Marketing and Aetna will be hosting a webinar. The webinar is open to all agents. Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training seminar will be hosted in Midvale, UT.
  • Friday, December 10th;  No scheduled trainings.

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Health Spring announced today that they have closed on their acquisition of Medicare Advantage and Part D operator, Bravo Health.

Here is a press release on the story.

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