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Medicare Options for Clients with Chronic Conditions

Medicare Options for Clients with Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions are common among seniors. More than one in four seniors has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, while more than one in five seniors has coronary heart disease, according to the CDC. The prevalence of many other chronic...

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Medicare Developments to Tell Your Clients About

Medicare Developments to Tell Your Clients About

Do your clients have questions about recent Medicare developments? Here’s a look at what’s been happening and what you should tell your clients. COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here COVID-19 vaccines are here, and they are covered by Medicare. CMS says that Original Medicare...

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Help Your Clients Understand Medicare

Help Your Clients Understand Medicare

Don’t assume your clients know much about Medicare. While it’s true that nearly everyone has heard of Medicare, and most people have a least a vague idea of what it is, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the federal health insurance system. Misinformation...

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D-SNP Eligibility and Enrollment

D-SNP Eligibility and Enrollment

Medicare’s annual election period is over, but for some people, enrollment opportunities continue year-round. Individuals who qualify for Medicare’s Special Needs Plans (SNPs) may be able to use Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) to make plan changes. For people who...

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How to Help Medicare Enrollees Who Move

How to Help Medicare Enrollees Who Move

Moving is always a hassle. You never realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years until you have to put it all in boxes. On top of that, you have to give everyone your new address, have your mail forwarded, switch over your utilities—the list goes on and...

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Medicare News Roundup

Medicare News Roundup

The end of the year is a busy time for Medicare news, and 2020 has been an especially eventful year. There have been updates on the pandemic, as well as important announcements for 2021. Here’s what’s happening now. 2021 Low Income Subsidy Resource Limits CMS has...

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Help Your Clients Participate in the Senior Savings Program

Help Your Clients Participate in the Senior Savings Program

For the millions of Americans with diabetes, paying for insulin can be an ongoing struggle. According to the CDC, approximately 25% of people aged 65 or older have diabetes. Now, a new Medicare program can help these individuals save on insulin – but only if they...

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Your Medicare Marketing Guide

Your Medicare Marketing Guide

More than 26 million people are expected to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan for 2021, according to CMS estimates. And with more than 4,800 Medicare Advantage plans to choose from, or about 47 plan choices per county on average, many of these beneficiaries will...

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Medicare & You: Highlights for 2021

Medicare & You: Highlights for 2021

Medicare’s annual enrollment period is right around the corner, and the new Medicare & You handbook has been released just in time. This is the official U.S. government Medicare handbook, and it contains important updates for 2021. New Comparison Tools Comparing...

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Get Ready for AEP

Get Ready for AEP

Medicare Annual Election Period starts on October 15. It’s the busiest time of the year for insurance agents who sell Medicare, so there’s a lot to do to get ready before AEP starts. Mail Your Retention Letters If you have already sent off your retention letters, it’s...

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Seven Ways to Ace Your AHIP Certification

Seven Ways to Ace Your AHIP Certification

Before you’re ready to sell Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans during this year’s AEP, most carriers will require you to obtain AHIP certification. This means you have to pass the AHIP test with a score of 90 percent or better. Don’t worry. You...

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Nursing Homes, Medicare and COVID-19 Safety

Nursing Homes, Medicare and COVID-19 Safety

Nursing homes have been especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many nursing homes have had to take careful measures to protect their residents, including closing to visitors or even relocating residents. CMS has recently announced new guidance to help nursing...

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New Non-Medical Benefits for Medicare Advantage Enrollees

New Non-Medical Benefits for Medicare Advantage Enrollees

Good health is a complicated puzzle. It contains many pieces: genetics, environmental factors, habits and so on. While traditional health insurance benefits only address part of this puzzle, new rules let Medicare Advantage plans look at the whole picture to help...

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What the Texas Stay at Home Order Means for Insurance Agents

What the Texas Stay at Home Order Means for Insurance Agents

Texans are being told to limit non-essential activities in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. This means that people are only supposed to go out for essential work and activities, and they may face additional requirements regarding social distancing and the use...

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Helping Clients Protect their Mortgages with Life Insurance

Helping Clients Protect their Mortgages with Life Insurance

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, your clients are more financially vulnerable than ever. Some may have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced. Others may be dealing with added health care costs. Now is a great time to be there for your clients. Let them know...

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How to Serve Medicare Clients Remotely

How to Serve Medicare Clients Remotely

The CDC has warned that older adults and people with heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are at an increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. This means that all of your Medicare clients may have an increased risk, and some are especially vulnerable. You...

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