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eHealth Medicare Membership Grows 42% Year over Year

eHealth’s stock is poised to rise this morning as the company reported strong earnings last night. On the conference call, they shared that their strategy of investing heavily in Medicare, while managing Individual and Family plans for profitability is working quite well. Their overall Medicare membership jumped 42% from 155,000 to over 220,000,…

29 Apr 16
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Early Thoughts on 2017 Medicare Advantage Reimbursement Rates

CMS published their “rate book” for Medicare Advantage reimbursements for 2017. The top line story in the press focuses on one number which is the “average” increase for 2017. The way this works, CMS publishes an advance notice and then the final payment numbers 45 days later. In the advance notice, CMS put out an…

25 Apr 16
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Congress Considers Expanding Telehealth Accessibility for Medicare Clients

The United States Senate Committee on Finance is in the process of contemplating changes to Medicare that could make telehealth services more accessible for millions of beneficiaries in the program. In December 2015, the Senate Finance Committee published a Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Document. The document presents several possible policy changes aimed…

18 Feb 16
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State of the Senior Market: In Review

On Friday, I gave my annual State of the Senior Market address to 500 agents from across the country. You can watch a recording here, but if you’d like a quick summary, here are some of the highlights: Ritter Year in Review

  • We went from 102 employees to 140 employees, which means more people working…

    12 Feb 16
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UnitedHealth Releases Earnings, Tops Estimates

UnitedHealth Group is the first of the major insurers to post their 4th quarter earnings. Analysts will look closely at these earnings to determine the overall health of the insurance industry. As I’ve talked about before, UnitedHealth took a hit this year in the ACA business, but their earnings surprisingly topped estimates. UnitedHealth’s earnings…

22 Jan 16
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Clover Health Receives $35 More in Investment Funds

Bold upstart health insurer Clover Health has received another $35 million in capital funding to pair with $100 million received in September. Why are investors so keen on this small Medicare Advantage insurer out of New Jersey? Clover’s innovative approach is focused on connecting patient data with care. The company’s technology is programmed to…

17 Dec 15
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Highmark MA Members Retain Access to UPMC

More than 182,000 seniors in Western Pennsylvania can breathe a sigh of relief. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a ruling that Highmark Medicare Advantage members will have in-network access to all UPMC hospitals until 2019. With less than a week left in the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, the timing couldn’t be better for…

3 Dec 15
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Medicareful is Your Chance to be Bold

One of our major accomplishments in 2014 was building a multi-plan, CMS-accepted website for our agents. Problem was, the website was generic. Agents asked us to add plan-specific information, premiums, benefits, deductibles and WE LISTENED!! Now, after two years of development and compliance investments, we are VERY PLEASED to release the latest version of Medicareful.com,…

20 Nov 15
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2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums & Deductibles

On November 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2016 Medicare Parts A and B premiums and deductibles. You can view the all the details by clicking here. For your convenience, I’ve highlighted some of the most important information below. Part A Premiums & Deductibles Beneficiaries will pay an annual deductible…

20 Nov 15
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AHIP Releases Report on 2014 Medigap Enrollment

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has released their report on Medigap 2014 Enrollment. You can view the full report, by clicking here. For your quick reading, I’ve highlighted some of the report’s findings below and provided some of my thoughts and conclusions on the discoveries and the future of Medigap. Overview of Medigap Enrollment As…

9 Nov 15
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