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States Believe Judge Vinson’s Intent Was to Stop Implementation of Health Care Reform

The states are in a bit of a bind regarding the implementation of the Health Care Reform law.  The states will have a lot of work to do between now and 2014 regarding implementation.  If they choose not to proceed with implementation, HHS will step in to do the implementation work for them (and the…

25 Feb 11
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HHS Offers Grant Funds to States to Fight Health Insurance Premium Increases

HHS announced an additional $200 million available to the states to implement effective Rate Review processes for Health Insurance premium increases.  Currently, if there is an excessive increase (defined as 10% or greater), if the state does not have a review process, the increase will go to the HHS.  However, HHS does not have the…

25 Feb 11
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Survey Finds Many Believe Health Care Reform was Repealed

The Wall Street Journal blog comments on a survey by Kaiser in regards to the current status of the Health Care Reform bill.  About 22% thought the Bill was repealed.  Another 26% didn’t know. Here is the blog post from WSJ!

25 Feb 11
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Insurance Product Training – Feb 28th – Mar. 4th

Do you need insurance product training? RitterIm.com has an up-to-today posting of all the top carriers trainings on the events calendar. Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Events’ Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, Feb. 28th;  Molina Medicare 2011 Broker Training webinar is open to agents in…
    25 Feb 11
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CMS Announces Preliminary 2012 Benefit Structures for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans

Here is a link to the announcement from CMS.  As has been the case in the past couple years, the Standard Benefit for the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit (whether PDP or the Prescription Drug part of an MAPD) is little changed from the current year. Also contained is some information on the preliminary…

22 Feb 11
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Medicare Advantage Reimbursements to Rise 1.6% in 2012

This is a pretty good result for 2012 Medicare Advantage plan designs.  Most analysts had been expecting reimbursements to fall or be flat in 2012. Here is the story from the Courier Journal. Also, from the National Underwriter with some detail on the Star Quality Bonus program.

22 Feb 11
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Insurance Product Training – Feb 21st – Feb 24th

Do you need insurance product training? RitterIm.com has an up-to-today posting of all the top carriers trainings on the events calendar. Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Events’ Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, Feb. 21st;  Health Option One is hosting a webinar to view their products….
    18 Feb 11
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Protected: Coventry Florida Training Follow-Up

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18 Feb 11
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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 111 Individuals for Medicare Fraud

Here is the story from HHS.

18 Feb 11
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Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Paper on Medicare Advantage Plans Quality Star Ratings and CMS’ New Demonstration Project for 2012

CMS has proposed a Demonstration project for 2012 which would expand on the importance of Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage carriers.  MA Carriers would be receiving reimbursement increases based on the star ratings and would be able to qualify for bonuses at the 3 star and above levels. The issue paper looks at the existing…

18 Feb 11
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