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Pennsylvania to Expand Medicaid Eligibility Following Agreement with HHS

Here is the story from ABC 27 News, a local affiliate in Harrisburg, PA.  The expansion will make 500,000 more residents in PA eligible for Medicaid.

28 Aug 14
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Independence Blue Cross Recognized for Medicare Marketing Campaigns

Congratulations to Independence Blue Cross for being recognized with a multitude of awards for their broker website, videos and direct mail pieces related to their Medicare products.  Here is a link to Insurance News Net which reported the story.  Here are some links to their videos and direct mail pieces: http://www.dmwdirect.com/IBCSpring2014/

27 Aug 14
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Website for Sale or Lease

One of our agents reached out to me to see if there would be any agents interested in acquiring his website or partnering in some way.  You can get his contact info by going to www.turning65iseasy.com    

27 Aug 14
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Healthcare.gov Recruits Leader of CT Exchange

Here is the article from Kaiser Health News.  Connecticut’s state based exchange was considered a success in its first year.  Kevin Counihan will act as the CEO of Heathcare.gov in it’s critical second year of operation.

27 Aug 14
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Regence and Harrison Fail to Extend Contract

The provider contract between Regence Blue Shield and Harrison Memorial expired this past Thursday, having been extended past the July 31st expiration date.  Here is a link to the full story from Insurance News Net.

24 Aug 14
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Health System Reports 4.5 Million Patients Information Stolen

Here is the full story from USA Today.  The health system whose data was compromised was Community Health Systems based in Franklin, TN.  The information stolen included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and social security numbers.  The hackers were believed to be from China.  The breach apparently occurred in April and…

19 Aug 14
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Walmart Moves into Primary Care

Here is an interesting article on how Walmart is looking to move into the Primary Care space from the New York Times.  They currently have 6 locations in South Carolina and Texas and plan on opening up 6 more locations in 2015.  Walmart had opened some critical care clinics in the past, with…

19 Aug 14
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CMS Issues August 14, 2014 Memo on MMG and Agent/Broker Compensation

Here is a link to the memo:  MMG Corrected 8 14 14. Here is a summary of some of the important clarifications:

  • Section 70.6 Telephonic contact – I will probably need more clarification on this clarification.  MMG currently reads, “Agents may contact their own clients and Plans/Part D Sponsors may contact current enrollees at…
    18 Aug 14
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  • WellPoint to Change Name to Anthem

    Must admit that this one was confusing for me!  WellPoint is the parent company of Anthem.  Consumers, for the most part, are more familiar with the Anthem brand.  Pending shareholder approval, the company will be known as Anthem, Inc. to provide consumers with a single brand to recognize. Here is the story from…

    CMS Publishes Inaugural Newsletter for Agents and Brokers Regarding ACA

    NAHU had been asking for this for many months and here is the inaugural issue of CMS newsletter for Agents and Brokers who participate in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges of the ACA.

    17 Aug 14
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