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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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This story is covered by the Chatanoogan. Gale Arden’s role as Vice President and General Manage of the Senior Care division at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee will be to oversee their Medicare products, including Medicare Advantage, Stand Alone Medicare Part D products and Medicare Supplement products.
BCBS of TN is in a transition year, moving it’s PFFS business to network based business (PPO).  The company had about 44,000 Medicare Advantage members as of 11/10 with enrollment approximately evenly split between PFFS and PPO.  In 2011, BCBS of TN is reducing it’s PFFS footprint from 95 Tennessee counties to only 5 counties and expanding it’s PPO footprint from 65 counties to 95 counties.

Their 22,800 PFFS members actually ranked them 11th nationally in terms of PFFS enrollment (as of 11/1/2010) which is significant since they only sell PFFS in one state.  There are only 2 other PFFS players who operate in 1 state or limited states that ranked higher (BCBS of Michigan and Harvard Pilgrim who both happen to be eliminating PFFS plans in 2011).

This creates an interesting dymanic in TN with all of the PFFS business falling off the books and a challenge for Ms. Arden to try and retain their membership.

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Look for New Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans on the Medicare Quote Engine in the coming week and look for lower premiums.  I just heard that some plans in Pennsylvania (PA), Tennessee (TN) and Texas (TX) are taking rate REDUCTIONS and some new options are being added.  Look for the new rates around August 16th!

For more details, CONTACT US.

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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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Tennessee state hospitals could lose a half billion dollars under the cumulative effect of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposed TennCare cuts.

Last year legislators approved cuts and when combined with the governor’s proposed 2010-2011 budget,  hospitals stand to lose as much as $526 million in state and federal funding. The cuts could be devastating.

Click here for full story.

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Facing budget issues, Tennessee’s Medicaid program is seeking approval from CMS to cut services to it’s Medicaid members.  Cuts would limit benefits for inpatient hospitalizations to $10,000 per year, limit the number of non-emergency hospital and primary care doctor visits to 8, eliminate physical, occupational and speech therapy and eliminate hospice care.

If approved, the cuts would take effect on June 1st, 2010.

You can find the complete article from the Chattanooga Times Free Press here.

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