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More (and better) Medicare Advantage plans available in 2015

Healthcare overhaul could impact agents' earnings if left unaddressed.
October 24th, 2014

According to recent data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), beneficiaries will have more–and better—Medicare Advantage options in 2015. Availability will also be stronger than ever. Roughly 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will have at least one plan offered in their area. As Medicare Advantage becomes more widely available, plan quality improves. A [...]

5 Tips to Help You Serve Medicare Clients This AEP

Tap into the senior demographic through smart marketing techniques that speak to them.
October 23rd, 2014

Enrolling in a Medicare plan can be a frustrating process for both seniors and agents. With all the changes in recent years, beneficiaries are overwhelmed with options and information. Many seniors resist switching plans to avoid the headache of re-evaluating their coverage. However, your job as an agent is to help them determine which plan [...]

Medicare Advantage enrollment to reach all-time high

October 22nd, 2014

Good news for agents: the 2014-2015 AEP will be your best year ever for Medicare leads. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expect Medicare Advantage enrollment to reach a new all-time high for the fifth straight year in a row. Between 2010 and 2015, enrollment is estimated to increase by 42 percent. Premiums [...]

New CMS Risk-Management Program May Receive 9 Billion Claims

Consumers saved $1 billion in premiums last year, thanks to rates being more affordable than first predicted.
October 21st, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling out a new health record collection and analysis effort: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act risk-adjustment program, LifeHealthPro reports. Designed to shift cash from health insurers with low-risk individual and small-group enrollees to insurers with high-risk individual and small-group enrollees, the program is one [...]

Why You Should Ask About Retirement Income this Medicare AEP

Rising Cost of Healthcare
October 17th, 2014

Your Medicare conversations need to include retirement planning when it comes to enrolling seniors this AEP. Why? Because newly retired Boomers may be shocked by the Medicare costs they incur. A new white paper from HeathView Services, a firm that collects retirement health care data, reveals how Medicare premiums and surcharges are tied to retirees’ [...]

Medicare Part D Plans to Cover Fewer Drugs in 2015

Medicare Rx drug coverage
October 16th, 2014

If you sell Medicare Part D plans, you may experience a spike in quote requests this open enrollment period. Why? Because despite the stability in prices, the number of drugs the average plan covers is falling, LifeHealthPro reports. Kevin Coleman, an analyst at HealthPocket, found that the average Medicare Part D plan will cover 1,418 [...]

Are Medicare Advantage Plans Overspending Tax Payer Dollars?

Rising Cost of Healthcare
October 15th, 2014

The 2014-2015 Medicare Annual Election Period is here, and it’s not without controversy. Medicare Advantage plans are under fire for potentially overspending tax payer dollars. A senior HHS researcher claims that Federal officials must do a better job of catching billing errors and overpayments for Medicare Advantage plans because these mistakes cost tax payers billions [...]

California Prop 45 Would Let Consumers Sue Over Health Rates

California Health Insurance
October 13th, 2014

The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) wants to bring voters’ attention to a consumer intervention provision in Proposition 45, a health insurance rate review authority ballot measure, LifeHealthPro reports. Supporters say the referendum would give the California state insurance commissioner the authority to deny or modify health insurers’ applications for rate increases. This would [...]

HHS: Consumers saved $1 billion in premiums last year

Consumers saved $1 billion in premiums last year, thanks to rates being more affordable than first predicted.
October 7th, 2014

In 2013 alone, consumers saved a combined $1 billion, thanks to health insurance rates costing less than what they had originally been projected to total, HHS recently reported.

Report: costing billions has cost about $2.1 billion to maintain, according to new analysis.
October 7th, 2014 and the overall enrollment system has cost more than $2 billion thus far, based on recent calculations of government numbers performed by Bloomberg.