Category: Medicare Advantage

Need to Know – The LIS Program

Along with the launch of Medicare Part D in 2006 came a program for individuals whose income and resources were limited, providing assistance with the cost of their medications. This program is called Low Income Subsidy (LIS), or Extra Help, and covers 12.5 million individuals as of March, 2019. LIS individuals qualify to receive assistance […]

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Medicare Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, “Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam” – Updated August 13, 2019. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Genetic testing fraud occurs when medicare is billed for […]

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Medicare.gov Plan Finder Changes are Coming

Many agents utilize Medicare.gov’s Plan Finder to run their clients’ drug lists each year in the search for the “best” coverage available. In doing so, agents have saved thousands of drug list ID’s and passwords so they can go back into the system the following year, retrieve the list and re-check the results. Starting October […]

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Clients losing Medicare Cost or MA coverage? Enrollment opportunity doesn’t end today!

Agents in Minnesota have had a particularly busy AEP this year with over 300,000 Medicare Cost plan members in that state losing their coverage at the end of this month. In other areas of the county, smaller pockets of Medicare beneficiaries are also losing coverage as some Medicare Advantage and Cost plans are not renewing […]

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Pre-Warming Activities

With the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) right around the corner, it’s a good time for a review of the CMS rules regarding the marketing of the upcoming year’s plans. CMS does not allow the marketing of 2018 products prior to October 1st, when AEP marketing officially begins. Even with those restrictions, there are things you […]

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

“In a few years, I’m going to be obsolete.” That statement was made to me recently by a dear friend and a long-time insurance agent who was quite put out that a client had enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan directly over the internet. “My clients can look at plans on Medicare’s website, and can […]

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