Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

AM Best Assigns “A” Rating to SilverScript Insurance Company

SilverScript Insurance Company, a CVS Health company, earned an initial rating of “A” (Excellent) with AM Best.  Here is a link to the announcement. While an A.M. Best rating is not required for Medicare Part D plan sponsors, the rating provides the consumer another tool in which to make educated insurance based decisions. …

23 Oct 14
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Highmark Request to Block Hearing Denied

Basically, this means that today’s scheduled court date will stand.  Here is the story from the Post Gazette. Highmark was looking for the Federal Judge to dismiss the Commonwealth of PA’s case against Highmark, but that court case will go on. Hopefully, we’ll know pretty soon if this product can be legally sold…

22 Oct 14
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Holy Spirit Joins Geisinger Health System

This affiliation has been approved and Holy Spirit Hospital in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania is now a part of the Geisinger Health System.  Here is the report.

16 Oct 14
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Happy Medicare AEP from Craig Ritter!

Every year is an adventure getting prepared for AEP.  This year is no different and every year I’m shocked that, before you know it, AEP is upon us.  We’re still working hard here on a number of issues for agents. . .supplies, contracting issues, etc., and we’ll keep working until we get everything resolved.  This…

15 Oct 14
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PA Department of Insurance Warns Insurance Agents Not to Sell Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO

I don’t think I’ve seen this one yet.  The state Department of Insurance put out a “Notice” this past Friday (see notice below), warning insurance agents that, “. . .producers offering this product [Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO], which may be inconsistent with the Consent Decree, may run the risk of violating Pennsylvania’s Unfair…

14 Oct 14
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What’s Going on With eHealth?

eHealth has been a company that’s always fascinated me.  It’s a large competitor to the Independent Agent space (which I am a strong supporter of), but regardless, it’s been a extremely successful in selling health insurance (and, more recently, Medicare policies like Med Supp, Med Advantage and Part D).  Given their success, I always found…

13 Oct 14
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CarePoint Expands Zero Premium PPO to 6 Northern New Jersey Counties

CarePoint has expanded it’s foot print beyond Hudson county, NJ to include Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Somerset and Union.  Here is a link to a press release from CarePoint. In cooperation with many of the prominent General Agencies in Northern New Jersey, Ritter is offering both Agency and Agent contracts for independent insurance agents…

11 Oct 14
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Highmark’s New Community Blue Medicare Advantage Product Embroiled in Dispute

Highmark’s new Medicare advantage product in Western PA, Community Blue Medicare HMO, has resulted in the Commonwealth of PA threatening a court injunction amid claims that the plan violates a consent decree that was agreed to in July of 2014.  The consent decree requires Highmark members have access to UPMC hospitals.  The Community Blue product…

11 Oct 14
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Ritter Releases New Data for Medicare Advantage on Medicare Quote Engine

Great News!  Earlier this week, we incorporated ALL summary of benefit data for all Medicare advantage plans in the United States on Medicare Quote Engine.  CMS released a slightly different format which is a little easier to read, but different than 2014’s Summary data.  Now you can compare benefits for any 2015 plans…

10 Oct 14
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CMS Announces 5 Star Plans for 2015

Here is the list!! Contract Number Organization Type Organization Marketing Name Contract Name Parent Organization Rated As Highest Rating Rating H0524 Local CCP Kaiser Permanente KAISER FOUNDATION HP, INC. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. MA-PD Overall 5 H0630 Local CCP Kaiser Permanente KAISER FOUNDATION HP OF CO Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. MA-PD Overall 5…

10 Oct 14
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