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Marilyn Tavenner Resigns Post as Head of Center for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)

Marilyn Tavenner announced her resignation from CMS today.  She served as the Head of CMS since 2010 and oversaw much of the implementation challenges around the Affordable Care Act.  She was involved with the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website in 2013 and more recently accused of over inflating healthcare enrollment numbers by 400,000 due…

16 Jan 15
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CMS Issues Special Election for Medicare Products for Western New York

Here is a copy of the release.  WesternNYEnrollment-20141201-1 The SEP will allow Medicare beneficiaries impacted by the snow in WNY to enroll in plans between December 7th and December 31st by calling 800-MEDICARE.

2 Dec 14
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AM Best Assigns "A" Rating to SilverScript Insurance Company

SilverScript Insurance Company, a CVS Health company, earned an initial rating of “A” (Excellent) with AM Best.  Here is a link to the announcement. While an A.M. Best rating is not required for Medicare Part D plan sponsors, the rating provides the consumer another tool in which to make educated insurance based decisions. …

23 Oct 14
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Highmark Request to Block Hearing Denied

Basically, this means that today’s scheduled court date will stand.  Here is the story from the Post Gazette. Highmark was looking for the Federal Judge to dismiss the Commonwealth of PA’s case against Highmark, but that court case will go on. Hopefully, we’ll know pretty soon if this product can be legally sold…

22 Oct 14
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Holy Spirit Joins Geisinger Health System

This affiliation has been approved and Holy Spirit Hospital in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania is now a part of the Geisinger Health System.  Here is the report.

16 Oct 14
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Happy Medicare AEP from Craig Ritter!

Every year is an adventure getting prepared for AEP.  This year is no different and every year I’m shocked that, before you know it, AEP is upon us.  We’re still working hard here on a number of issues for agents. . .supplies, contracting issues, etc., and we’ll keep working until we get everything resolved.  This…

15 Oct 14
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PA Department of Insurance Warns Insurance Agents Not to Sell Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO

I don’t think I’ve seen this one yet.  The state Department of Insurance put out a “Notice” this past Friday (see notice below), warning insurance agents that, “. . .producers offering this product [Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO], which may be inconsistent with the Consent Decree, may run the risk of violating Pennsylvania’s Unfair…

14 Oct 14
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What's Going on With eHealth?

eHealth has been a company that’s always fascinated me.  It’s a large competitor to the Independent Agent space (which I am a strong supporter of), but regardless, it’s been a extremely successful in selling health insurance (and, more recently, Medicare policies like Med Supp, Med Advantage and Part D).  Given their success, I always found…

13 Oct 14
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