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Will Medicare Benefits be Cut if Health Care Reform Passes?

This is a pretty critical question for those considering health care reform.  I found a pretty good article on this questions from politifactcheck which examined President Obama’s statement:  “I just want to assure [you] we’re not talking about cutting Medicare benefits.”  (Read the full analysis here.) Politifactcheck gives the President a “Half True” grade…

31 Aug 09
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Exclusively United Of Omaha – Arizona (AZ) and Idaho (ID) Agents

Effective September 1,2009, in Arizona and Idaho – only Medicare Supplement underwritten by United of Omaha, will be available for new business and conversions through individual agents.  Only United of Omaha Medicare supplement applications dated on or after the effective date will be accepted for business.  United World applications will no longer be accepted.

27 Aug 09
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The HealthAmerica Medicare Advantra Team invites you to attend a special broker seminar

The seminar will address HealthAmerica Medicare Advantra Products sales initiatives, Medicare compliance and 2010 Advantra Benefits. 9-23-2009 Wilkes-Barre PA, 9-24-2009  State College PA, 9-29-2009  Breinigsville PA, 9-30-2009 Grantville PA, and 9-30-2009 Lancaster PA View our Events Calendar, click date and location to register.

26 Aug 09
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NAHU Updates on Health Care Reform: August 21st, 2009

Here is a link to NAHU’s update page on Health Care Reform. Highlights:

  • It appeared the Obama Administration was back-pedeling on the Government Run Health Insurance Option over the past weekend.  They took a bit of a beating from the “Single-Payor” advocates in their Party and have since re-affirmed their support of the…
    21 Aug 09
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California Agents: CDI will require On-Line Notification of Address Changes effective September 1st, 2009

Click for their free online address change service.

21 Aug 09
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Obama Administration Faces New Dispute over Subsidy for Medicare Advantage

Here is an article from the Baltimore Sun which talks about why the 11 million Medicare Advantage members may have an issue with the magnitude of cuts in Medicare Advantage funding.

20 Aug 09
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Michigan (MI) Agents: Join George Pelekanos, Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest, and learn more about their Senior Supplement products offered in Michigan

Please visit our Events Calendar to register for one of the following seminars:

  • Wednesday September 2, 2009
  • Spring Hill Suites Marriott Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids, MI
  • or
  • Thursday September 3, 2009
  • Spring Hill Suites Lansing, Lansing, MI


20 Aug 09
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Mark Farrah Issues Report on Statistics in the Medicare Advantage Market; Includes the Top Health Plan’s Market Share as of July 2009

Here is a link to the key findings in the Mark Farrah report. Key Findings:

  • Medicare Advantage enrollment surpassed 11 million (24% of Medicare Eligibles)
  • Top 10 Players control 60% of the Medicare Advantage market
  • Jan – July growth in 2009 was 6.7%, down slightly from the 9.9% growth over the same period…
    19 Aug 09
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New Poll Reveals that Medicare Beneficiaries are Unaware of Major Rate and Plan Changes Coming to Medicare Advantage in 2010

Here is a link to the Medicare HealthPulse Poll. The results aren’t as terribly shocking as the researchers suggest.  Generally, I’ve found that Medicare Beneficiaries are extremely loyal to their plans and not apt to shop or change unless the changes are massive.  I believe the changes will be pretty severe in 2010.  Starting October…

19 Aug 09
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Blue Cross of Northeastern PA Files for Rate Increases; Including Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Product

The filed rate increase for the BlueCare Security Medigap Package C is 20%.  There are 26,230 subscribers on the BlueCare Security Medigap with BlueCross of Northeastern PA.  There will be a 45 day period for public comment.  The rate increase on the Medigap plan is expected to raise an additional $5.5 million/year. Here is…

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