Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Medicare Will Begin Covering Obesity Counseling as a Preventative Benefit

Yesterday, CMS announced that there will be coverage under Medicare’s preventative benefits for obesity counseling.  Here is a link to their press release with detailed information. The therapy sessions can last for up to one year with more frequent sessions early in the year and sessions become less frequent as the year progresses…

30 Nov 11
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Insurance Product Training – Dec. 5th – Dec. 12th

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

  • Monday, December 5, 2011; IBC Sales Training webinar is open to all…
    30 Nov 11
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Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Ruling Prohibiting Unsolicited Contact for Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Sales

Here is a copy of the draft ruling.  While this document clearly states “DRAFT”, I’ve now seen this from several insurance companies as final rule making (here is one example).  Looking at section D2 on page 2, Ohio DOI now prohibits “any unsolicited contact with a medicare-eligible person” and goes on…

30 Nov 11
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Donald Berwick to Resign as Head of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Here is the story for the Washington Post.  President Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick using a recess appointment in July of 2010.  His recess appointment was set to expire on December 31st, 2011.  In the face of heavy Republican opposition to confirm his appointment, Dr. Berwick announced his resignation effective December 2nd. The…

29 Nov 11
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Is There a Consensus Building for a Fundamental Change to the Medicare System?

Robert Pear of the New York Times published an interesting article on the future of Medicare cuts in his Thanksgiving day article, “Support Builds for a Plan to Rein in Medicare Costs.”  Looking at the projected future cost of funding health benefits for our most vulnerable populations (both seniors and the disabled rely…

27 Nov 11
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Insurance Product Training – Nov. 28th – Dec. 5th

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

  • Monday, November 28th; Washington National New Group Process & Procedures Training webinar…
    23 Nov 11
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Thanksgiving Poem

Here is a poem about Thanksgiving written by my 9 year old daughter, Callie.  I hope you enjoy it! THANKSGIVING by Callie Ritter November 2011 T is together, differences aren’t bad, H is for hope, one thing they had. A is America, isn’t it grand?             They traveled the ocean to “N”, the New land….

23 Nov 11
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Medicare Advantage Health Plan in Florida to be Liquidated

Quality Health Plan of FL has been ordered to be liquidated as of 12/1/2012.  Here is the story from TheLedger.com.  The plan had 10,242 members as of September of 2011 who will be automatically enrolled in a Humana drug plan and Original Medicare as of 12/1/2012.  All of the members will also get…

23 Nov 11
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Pennsylvania DOI Recommends Creation of an Insurance Exchange

The PA DOI studied the issue of whether the state should create an insurance exchange for Pennsylvania and determined that an exchange should be created.  Now, they have to work with the Congress and Governor of PA to create enabling legislation to build the exchange.  Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

23 Nov 11
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Cigna gets Anti-Trust Approval for Acquisition of HealthSpring

Cigna has cleared the first hurdle in it’s acquisition of Medicare advantage provider, HealthSpring.  Here is a link to the story from CBS News. The Cigna/HealthSpring deal was valued at $3.8 billion and was the largest in a series of acquisitions in the Medicare advantage market which…

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