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Governor Chris Christie agreed to accept Federal money to expand Medicaid enrollment for the state of New Jersey, although he maintained that he’s not in favor of the Affordable Care Act.  Here is the story from the New York Times.  Christie becomes the 8th Republican governor to agree to accept the Federal funds for the planned Medicaid expansion.

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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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Click to see the effected plans that are Non-Renewing.

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We’re pleased to announce a new carrier on the Medicare Quote engine is immediately available for quoting Medicare Supplement plans in New Jersey.  We now have 4 companies available for quoting, including 2 carriers with the new Plans M and N!  If you are an agent registered for our website, you can view the Medicare Quote Engine here.

If you are a licensed agent and would to register for free access to our Medicare Quote Engine, click here.

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The State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP) in New Jersey is called PAAD.  Due to budget concerns, New Jersey is proposing changes to this state program for New Jersey seniors.

The story is covered by Business Week.

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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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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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Editor’s Note:  Click here for an update on agent use plan data.

Filed Premium and Benefit information for Cigna Medicare Services are available to Licensed Insurance Agents.

If you are a registered user of our website and, therefore, have been verified as a Licensed Insurance Agent, please e-mail Dave in our office to receive benefit, premium and contracting information.

If you are not a registered user, you can register to use our website here.  We will verify your status as a licensed agent in 1 to 2 business days and once verified, we are able to send you this information.

Please note that it is a CMS Marketing Violation to share this information prior to October 1st, 2009.  In addition, keep in mind that this information is filed and not necessarily the final benefit and premium information.  Generally, benefits and premiums are finalized in late August.

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