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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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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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Health Made Simple, an Under Age 65 Individual Health Product from New Era Life Insurance Company, is no longer accepting new business after June 15th, 2010.  The annual or lifetime limits, dependents to age 26, acceptance of children with pre-existing conditions and the Medical Loss Ratio seem to be the key mandates that are influencing the organization’s decision to no longer accept new business.  This will not affect current members of the plan, as they will be in grandfather status.  We expect New Era Life Insurance Company to administer the grandfathered plans with the same strong service commitment they have given their members since 1924.   A representative of the company has stated a new offering is in the works and will be released before the end of 2010.   Please contact Don Mazza or April Lippert, our under age 65 Health Division team, with further questions.

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The 9 States released are: Alabama (AL), Arizona (AZ), Louisiana (LA), Ohio (OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Texas (TX), Washington (WA) and West Virginia (WV)

To see your state, view our Resource Page (Password Protected) and Select:

  • Company: Gerber Life
  • Resource: Rates
  • Product: Medicare Supplement

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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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We have more approvals for June 1st Modernized Medicare Supplement plans in the states of  AL, ID, KS, MI, MO, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD and UT.

To access the rate sheets, visit our RESOURCES PAGE and follow these instructions:

  • Company Name:  Loyal American
  • State:  Select any of the approved states above
  • Product:  Medicare Supplement
  • Resource:  Rates

The rates are available to registered users of our website who are licensed agents.  If you are not registered, you can register here.

Agents looking to get appointed to sell this product for 6/1/2010 effectives can access the Appointment Paperwork here (select “Loyal American” from the dropdown).

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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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