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Ritter Insurance Marketing is committed to providing our agents with information about the insurance industry. Below are links to the lasted news in your state. (Must be logged into ritterim.zendesk.com/ to view forums)

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Ritter Insurance Marketing is committed to providing our agents with information about the insurance industry. Below are links to the lasted news in your state. (Must be logged into ritterim.zendesk.com/ to view forums)
 

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Product rollout begins tomorrow, April 19th, 2010.  For a list of states and release dates, view our Resources Page (Password Protected) and select:

  • Company = American Continental (or Continental Life)
  • Resource = Product Availability
  • Product = Medicare Supplement

We will begin downloading “rates”, “outlines of coverage” and “applications” for 4/19/2010 release states tomorrow as they come available (American Continental – AL, AR, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC and SD;  Continental Life – DE, IA and WV).  You can search on any of these resources for your state.

Rates should be loaded into Medicare Quote Engine within a week to 10 days.  I will advise on this blog when they are ready for quoting.

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Next week is a busy training week with national learning opportunities on the web and live training sessions in several states covering products from Medicare Advantage to Individual Insurance products.  Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Event’s Calendar”!  (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday, 2010 Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans will be discussed during a seminar to CA agents.
  • Tuesday, PA Coventry agents will have the opportunity to participate in a webinar that will discuss HealthAmerica Advantra CCP products. 2010 Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans will be discussed during a seminar to CA agents. CA agents will also have the opportunity via the web to learn about Advantage Plans for Individuals, Families, and the Self-Employed.
  • Wednesday, Aetna Advantage Plans for Individuals, Families and the Self-Employed will be discussed during a seminar to MI agents. 2010 Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans will be discussed during a seminar to CA agents. Aetna Individual Medicare Selling Opportunities will be discussed during a seminar to NY agents.
  • Thursday, PA Coventry agents will have the opportunity to participate in a webinar that will discuss HealthAmerica Advantra CCP products. United Healthcare 2010 Modernized AARP Medicare Supplement Sales Launch will be discussed via the web to NC agents. CA Intro to Aetna Producer World website & Consumer Portal system will be discussed during a webinar to CA agents. Molina Options Plus Special Needs Plan, and Molina Options MAPD will be discussed during a seminar to MI agents.
  • Friday, United Healthcare 2010 Modernized AARP Medicare Supplement Sales Launch webinar will be held for a number of states. (AK, AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, WI, WV, and WY.)

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Aetna is offering seminars to help producers get acquainted with individual Medicare plans. The seminars are being offered in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware through March. We hope you can attend!

Attend and learn about:

  • Your clients are aging each day – learn about the Medicare options they’ll have
  • Learn about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements & Part D
  • Aetna will discuss who you can enroll and when!

Please RSVP for a seminar date/time below by clicking on the session you’d like to attend at least 2 days prior to the session.

Feb. 18th
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna, Building 2
1425 Union Meeting Rd, Blue Bell, PA

Feb. 23rd
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna (Newark, DE)
252 Chapman Road
Newark, DE

Feb 25th
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna (Newark, DE)
252 Chapman Road
Newark, DE

March 4th
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna (Mt. Laurel, NJ)
8000 Midlantic Dr.
Ste. 100N
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

March 16th
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna, Building 2
1425 Union Meeting Rd
Blue Bell, PA

March 18th
10:00AM-12:00PM

Aetna (Mt. Laurel, NJ)
8000 Midlantic Dr.
Mt. Laurel,  NJ

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Ritter Insurance Marketing is pleased to announce the introduction of new, competitive Medicare Supplement plans for the states of Delaware and Utah.  If you are an agent selling Medicare Supplement in these states and would like more information on the plans, you can have an information kit emailed to you by clicking here.

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The states impacted are as follows:  AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, WI, WV and WY.

To find the rate adjustments, go to our Resource Center (Log in Required):

  • Company = AARP
  • State = (Pick your State)
  • Product = Medicare Supplement
  • Resource = Rates

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I saw 2 stories which covered Aetna’s announcement today.  One from the Pennsylvania Business Journal and one from Trading Markets.

The coverage will take effect on 1/1/10.  Previously, the state retirees were covered by Coventry Healthcare on a PFFS product.  The Aetna plan is a combination HMO/PPO Medicare Advantage model.

If you are an agent in Pennsylvania or any of the 19 states where Aetna offers Individual Medicare Advantage (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Washington DC) and you have Small Group Retiree Clients/Relationships (active employees under 51 lives) or Middle Market Medicare Retiree Group Clients/Relationships (active employees from 51 to 3000 lives), contact Don Mazza in our office to get a quote for your 1/1/2010 Medicare Retiree Groups.

Many Small and Middle Market Retiree groups are facing large rate increases due to changes in MA funding.  As a result, they may be very receptive to getting a competitive quote on their Medicare Retiree Group coverage.  This is especially true for Medicare Retiree Groups which were written in 2009 on a Private Fee for Service Platform (800 Series Medicare Advantage or True Group MA PFFS Plans).  Converting now to a PPO/HMO Platform has significant advantages!

Having recently secured the PA State Retiree account, Aetna may look more attractive to Governmental Entities (like City or County retiree groups).  In some states outside of Pennsylvania, School Districts may be shopping as well for their retired teachers (in PA Teachers are covered under State Retiree benefits and would not be prospects).

The window is closing on quoting these groups for a 1/1/2010 effective, so don’t delay!  Contact Don to find out what you need to get started!

Finally, keep in mind that the CMS marketing regulations on Group Medicare are very different than Individual Medicare Advantage, so you DO NOT NEED to be pass AHIP to sell Small or Middle Market Group Medicare to Retiree Groups!  You will need to review study materials and, of course, be appointed to sell with Aetna.

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You can access the current product availability chart here.

The following company/states will be discontinued on 1/15/09:  North Dakota for CRL and Provident American

The following Company/states will be discontinued on 2/1/09:  Indiana for CRL and CGI and Kansas for CRL

The following Company/States will be discontinued on 2/15/09:  Illinois for CGI and Provident and Mississippi for Provident.

Net affect is the following states will be available for agent sold Medicare Supplement business after 2/15/09:

CRL:  Virginia only

Continental General:  Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconcin

Provident American:  Colorado, Kentucky, Louisana, Montana and Nevada

There are still many states available under United Teacher Associates (UTA) and Loyal American.

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We are EXTREMELY PLEASED to announce that Medicare Quote Engine (www.MedicareQuoteEngine.com) has been updated with ALL 2009 Medicare Advantage Plan data.  We are in the testing phase at this point, so please be patient!

This means, that for 2009, we will have:

  • 113,005 Medicare Advantage County/Plan combinations,
  • 12,581 Special Needs Plan County/Plan combinations and
  • 2,565 Stand Alone Part D Plan State/Plan combinations.

Essentially, you will be able to see every Medicare Advantage product that exists for 2009.  Additionally, we are adding new query capabilities to allow you to retrieve the plan types you are looking for.

Due to this massive expansion, we had to change some of the displayed information.  For those companies which we are contracted with, we will provide a link to the product page (https://ritterim.pbwiki.com/Ritter+2009+Medicare+Advantage+Products) for you to drill down and see very detailed product features.  For those companies where we do not have contracts to market, we will not link or will simply link to their homepage.

We are hopeful that we will be able to provide additional details on plan design features for these 125,000+ combinations before the November 15th AEP season begins, however, we cannot be certain.  In the meantime, you will have the resources to research your primary counties.

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