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CMS Releases 2018 Advance Notice & Draft Call Letter

We’ve got the 159-page 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter from CMS calling for a modest 0.25% payment increase to Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. But take note: If there’s an increase in risk scores, that figure could rise to as much as 2.75%. Currently, CMS determines risk scores based on a blend…

21 Feb 17
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Medicareful Expands Opportunities for Insurance Agents

We’ve done a lot in the last year to strengthen Medicareful’s standing in the online Medicare marketplace, and I truly believe now’s the time to join in! Our consumer-facing product comparison is available for FREE to any agent with a preferred contract through Ritter, and you can contact Courtney Knapp (800-769-1847 ext. 257) for details…

8 Feb 17
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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

Federal Judge John Bates handed down his decision to block the Aetna-Humana merger Monday. He addressed the $37 billion-dollar merger in a 156-page ruling. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of Aetna and Humana would be likely to substantially lessen competition in markets for individual Medicare Advantage plans and health insurance…

23 Jan 17
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Consumer Group Scrutinizes Trump Medicare Promises

As the annual rate-notice announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services nears, beneficiaries are preparing to fight for their coverage. In February, CMS will inform consumers about changes to Medicare Advantage costs and coverage, as well as overall funding. President Trump made promises during his campaign to protect the Medicare Advantage program, and…

23 Jan 17
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Ruling in Aetna-Humana Merger Expected Soon

A ruling from U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in the case of Aetna-Humana vs. Department of Justice should be coming soon. The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to block the merger, fearing monopolies in the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets — though Aetna has left the ACA market in most states….

20 Jan 17
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WellCare Acquires Care1st Arizona

Today, WellCare Health Plans completed their acquisition of Care1st Arizona, the Phoenix-based company comprised of subsidiaries Health Plan Arizona, Inc. and One Care by Care1st Health Plan of Arizona, Inc. The deal brings 115,000 Medicaid and Medicare members in Maricopa and Pima counties over to WellCare. “We are pleased to announce the completion of this…

4 Jan 17
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Divestiture to Molina Could Sway Aetna-Humana Merger

Aetna and Humana responded to antitrust concerns over their merger with a plan to sell off $117 million of their Medicare Advantage (MA) assets. Molina Healthcare has agreed to purchase the holdings, pending successful completion of the merger. Molina would gain nearly 300,000 members from the 21 states included in the divestiture plan. A…

15 Dec 16
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Mutual of Omaha Reaffirms Commitment to LTC Insurance

Mutual of Omaha will continue to issue long-term care (LTC) insurance, remaining hopeful about the future of the industry, even as others leave the market. Adam Walling, director of producer performance at Mutual of Omaha, committed to LTC insurance in a recent memo to agents, brokers, and distribution partners. “We believe that LTCI provides value through…

8 Dec 16
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