Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

CMS Releases 2016 Medicare Marketing Guidelines

CMS released the 2016 MMG early this evening. We will be reviewing the changes over the next week or so and providing an overview of significant changes that impact insurance agents. Here is a link to the MMG.

2 Jul 15
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Health Net Acquired by Centene

This could be the first shoe to drop in a series of anticipated consolidation that includes the largest health insurers in the nation. Here is the link to the LA Times story.  

2 Jul 15
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Justice Department Charges 243 with Medicare Fraud

On June 18, the U.S. Justice Department charged 243 people with $712 million in false billings to Medicare. It was the single-biggest crackdown in an 8-year campaign against health-care fraud.

22 Jun 15
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The Rise of Private Exchanges

Private health care exchanges are growing fast.

1 Jun 15
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Get Familiar with Your State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP)

Getting familiar with your State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program is a great way, not only to help your Medicare beneficiary clients, but also to unlock special elections to enroll in Medicare PDP or Medicare advantage plans with Part D.  Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in an SPAP get one Special Election Period per year to change…

6 Jan 14
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AHIP 2014 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D (PDP) Opens June 24th, 2013

The AHIP certification will become available for 2014 on June 24th, 2013.  The 2013 certification will be closing on Friday, June 21st, 2013.  The certification website can be found at www.medicareonlinetraining.com We are recommending that agents wait to begin their 2014 AHIP coursework until AFTER their top Medicare advantage carriers open their certification…

6 Jun 13
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CMS Gives Advance Notice of 2014 Medicare Part D Cost Sharing and Deductibles

On Friday, February 15th, 2013, CMS released the 2014 Medicare Part D deductibles and co-insurance limits for 2014.  This was a part of their “2014 Advance Call Letter” which gives Medicare advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans advance notice of funding for calendar year 2014 so that they can start formulating their bids for…

25 Feb 13
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Senator Kerry Seeks to Expand Medicare Guarantee Issue Rights and Protections

Here is a link to information about the bill from Senator Kerry’s webpage.  Current Federal Medigap protections only cover those 65 or older.  Individual states can expand these protections to those under 65 and some do and some do not.  This bill would expand the Federal Medigap protections to all Medicare beneficiaries so…

8 Jun 12
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Insurance Product Training – April 30, 2012 – May 7, 2012

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, April 30 – There are no scheduled trainings at this time
  • Tuesday, May 1…
    26 Apr 12
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Medicare Changes for 2012, Interview with Joe Baker of Medicare Rights Center

Here is a link to an interview by Fox Business of Joe Baker of the Medicare Rights Center, a non-profit counseling and advocacy organization in New York. I think he may be understating the impact of the cuts to Medicare Advantage somewhat.  He talks about the reduction from 110% to 113% of original…

20 Jan 12
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