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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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Evolent to Acquire Premier's Ohio MA Business

Earlier this week, Evolent Health announced that they will be taking over the insurance business portion of long-time customer, Premier Health, in early 2018. Evolent has been helping Premier offer value-based care since early 2013. They assisted Premier with the launch of their Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans in 2015, which did quite well…

8 Nov 17
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Humana MA Receives High Star Ratings

In October, Humana, a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization, announced that several of its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received 4.5 stars on the 5-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While all of the carrier’s MA plans received 3.5 stars or more on CMS’ 5-star rating system,…

26 Oct 17
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How 2018 Social Security COLA Affects Part B enrollees

On Friday, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 will see a 2 percent increase in benefits from 2017, resulting in the largest adjustment since 2012. The increase will affect more than 69 million people, including more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients. They’ll receive roughly $27…

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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