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Archive for November 30th, 2011

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 (roughly 20 sessions for the year).  Medicare beneficiaries must meet or exceed a body mass index of 30kg/m2.  Here is a link to a body mass calculator, but by example, if you are 5″ 9″ tall, you would meet the criteria for counseling if you weighed 205 pounds or more.

CMS estimates that roughly 30% of Medicare beneficiaries would be qualified as obese by the BMI measurement.

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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 licensed IBC agents. Florida NDP Broker CCP Product Training is being held in Hollywood, FL.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2011; Baltimore Life Tele-sales Training for Silver Guard Products Using INSpeed webinar is open to all Baltimore Life licensed agents. Aetna Senior Supplemental Product Training seminar is being held in Hattiesburg, MS. Coventry Medicare Basic Training seminar is being held in Stuart, FL.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2011; Aetna Senior Supplemental Product Training seminar is being held in Pearl, MS.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2011; Aetna Senior Supplemental Product Training seminar is being held in Tupelo, MS. Care Improvement Plus Understanding Your SEP Opportunity webinar is open to all agents.
  • Friday, December 9, 2011; No scheduled training at this time.
  • Monday, December 12, 2011; Florida NDP Broker CCP Product Training seminar is being held in Miami, FL.

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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 to give examples (email, telephone, door to door, etc.)  This appears to rather closely follow the CMS regulations with regard to unsolicited contact for Part D and Medicare advantage.  The prohibition appears to be specific to Medicare supplement and doesn’t appear to apply to other life and health products (long term care, life insurance and annuities).

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