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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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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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Wisconsin senator pushes to regulate long-term care insurance. Sen. Herb Kohl and Sen. Ron Wyden co-wrote the Confidence in Long-Term Care Insurance Act of 2009 June 3.

Click here to read full story.

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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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If you are an insurance agent and you would like to learn about Universal American (including Pyramid, American Progressive, Today’s Options and TexanPlus) plans for the upcoming plan year (2010), please join one of the three Online Webinars we will be hosting with Elizabeth Benz, Assistant Vice President of Universal American as our guest speaker.

Universal American has filed Network Based products (PPO/HMO) in 43 Markets in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.  Additionally, Universal American will have Private Fee for Service options in ALL counties in 46 States for 2010 (including 625 “zero premium” counties).

The webinars will be held at 10 AM Eastern Time on Thursday July 16th, at 2 PM Eastern Time on Thursday July 16th and at 10AM Eastern Time on Friday, July 17th.

Registration is limited to only 100 agents/session, so register early to save your spot!  To register, simply visit our “Events Calendar” and page down to July 16th/17th and click on the Registration Link.

For more information on getting appointed with Universal American Companies, please e-mail Dave.

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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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See Company Press Release on UCare.

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This is an article which basically describes some of the fallout of Wellpoint discontinuing Unicare/Anthem/Empire Enhanced and Enhanced Plus PFFS.  About 20,000 Medicare Beneficiaries will lose their coverage and can either enroll in another MA plan or get Guaranteed Issue Med Sup.

Article:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=800495

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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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