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CVS to Merge with Aetna in $69 Billion Deal

On Sunday, CVS Health announced its plans to buy health insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal. Each company’s board of directors fully supported the move. CVS Health (CVS) is a leading pharmacy benefits manager that serves approximately 90 million plan members. Aetna, a health care benefits company, serves roughly 44.6 million individuals as…

4 Dec 17
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Scheduled Partial CMS Blackout Begins 11/10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will undergo a secheduled partial system blackout period beginning at 8 pm tonight until 8 pm Thursday, November 16, to update their systems. During this time Medicare Advantage and PDP enrollments may pend longer than normal. It’s important that you continue to submit your applications within 24…

10 Nov 17
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Find All 2018 MAPD Plan Data on our Medicare Quote Engine

We’ve added ALL summary of benefit data for ALL 2018 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans on our Medicare Quote Engine! Using a brand-new feature, you can now you can compare your clients’ 2017 plan with the upcoming 2018 benefits side by side. The Medicare Quote Engine (MQE) includes rates and star…

5 Oct 17
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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned his post Friday afternoon amid controversy over racking up hundreds of thousands in travel bills. Price’s department of the executive branch oversees the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and is the administrative body for the federal health insurance exchange. The New York Times reports

2 Oct 17
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Special Enrollment Periods Available for Hurricane Victims

All Medicare beneficiaries and qualifying individuals seeking coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria are eligible for special enrollment periods this fall. Medicare According to CMS, the Medicare special enrollment period “will allow individuals affected by these hurricanes to enroll, disenroll or switch Medicare health…

2 Oct 17
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Highmark and UPMC in Disagreement Once Again

If you thought Highmark and UPMC’s embattled relationship was finally set straight by a state-brokered consent decree, you may have been too optimistic. The five-year decree permitting Highmark members in-network access to UPMC physicians expires June 30, 2019. As usual, the two sides are in disagreement once again – this time over interpretation of what…

26 Sep 17
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Changes to 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines: What Agents Need to Know

CMS published their 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines a couple weeks back.  The document is 124 pages long, so there’s a lot to digest and not 100% of the material is totally relevant to agents, so I like to talk about what’s DIFFERENT from one year to the last and focus on what’s most important…

4 Aug 17
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CMS Releases 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines (MMG)

After a longer wait than normal, CMS finally released the 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines late last week. Carriers must adhere to these guidelines when developing marketing materials for consumers. The marketing efforts of contracted agents must also fall in compliance with these rules. When we’ve had a chance to review the 2018 guidelines, we’ll…

25 Jul 17
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UnitedHealth Group and AARP Extend Partnership

UnitedHealth Group and AARP have agreed to extend their partnership from 2020 to 2025. Under the deal, AARP allows UnitedHealthcare to use the organization’s brand on its Medicare plans. The contract includes the option to further the relationship until 2030 if it continues to be mutually beneficial. The two companies teamed up in 1997…

20 Jul 17
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PinnacleHealth Buys 4 Central Pennsylvania Hospitals

Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth System completed its purchase of four mid-state hospitals over the weekend. The non-profit acquired Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster County, Memorial Hospital in York County, and Carlisle Regional Medical Center in Cumberland County. The sale expands the system’s presence beyond its three current hospitals in…

3 Jul 17
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