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Just because we are nearing the start of the lock-in period does not mean agents are safe from secret shoppers. CMS and plans conduct secret shops throughout the course of the year to ensure agents are conducting compliant sales events. We took a look back on the secret shop results received over the past several […]
Most agents that work in the Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription Drug space are aware of the dreaded sales allegation. Hopefully you have never experienced one but if you work in this market long enough, you most likely will at some point. While some allegations are found to be due to some sort of […]
Carrier Verification of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace and/or State-Based Exchange Certifications
Many carriers are requesting verification that the required training has been completed before letting agents assist clients with enrollment on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace and/or State-Based Exchanges. Each carrier has a different process so make sure you pay close attention to the steps below and confirm that each carrier you are appointed with has everything […]
CMS recently released updated guidelines regarding what agents may and may not do between October 1st and October 14th. It is important to understand that the pre-enrollment period is an opportunity for agents to reach out to beneficiaries and review their options prior to October 15th. It is not an opportunity to collect enrollment applications. […]
Carilion Clinic Medicare Health Plan announced today they will not be renewing their current Medicare Advantage plan offerings in Virginia for 2014. Current members will have the option to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan available in their area or return to Original Medicare. They will also be able to move to a Medicare Supplement […]
According to a recent CMS press release, more beneficiaries are choosing higher quality Medicare Advantage plans. Over half of Medicare Advantage enrollees are currently enrolled in plans with four or more stars. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the average number of plan choices will remain about the same in […]
CMS is publishing a new plan’s regulations – Basic Health Program “Some moderate, purple states have been trying to insure the working poor by using federal Medicaid expansion money to help residents buy private exchange coverage.” On the link is the attached PDF document from CMS http://www.benefitspro.com/2013/09/23/working-poor-could-get-a-new-type-of-plan?t=core-group Update on individual mandate delay “Pushing back the […]
California Commissioner Jones Approves Covered California’s License Allowing Agents to Assist Consumers through New Health Insurance Exchange
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved Covered California’s request for license allowing agents to affiliate with Covered California and sell health insurance offered on California’s new health insurance Exchange. According to a Press Release on the California Department of Insurance website, “The license approval for Covered California also provides a more efficient way for licensed agents […]