Articles For Agents

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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Texas SNPs – How to Help Clients Get Extra Help

Texas SNPs – How to Help Clients Get Extra Help

Do your Medicare clients have special needs? Special Needs Plans (SNPs) are available for Medicare enrollees who have chronic health conditions, qualify for Medicaid or need institutional care. If any of your clients fit into any of these common categories, learn how...

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Goal Setting Strategies for Insurance Agents

Goal Setting Strategies for Insurance Agents

Many people like to kick off the new year with a resolution or two. Unfortunately, these resolutions are usually abandoned by summer – if they even last that long. According to Business Insider, 22 percent of people think it’s OK to give up on their New Year’s...

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Everything Agents Need to Know About OEP

Everything Agents Need to Know About OEP

AEP is ending, but the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is right around the corner. To help you prepare, here’s a reminder of what you as an agent can do during OEP, as well as what your clients can do. For Clients – Enrollment Options The Medicare Advantage...

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Just in Time for AEP: Medicare Plan Finder Update

Just in Time for AEP: Medicare Plan Finder Update

Whenever new technology is released, bugs are a common problem. The redesigned Medicare Plan Finder has been no exception. Problems and missing features have led to widespread complaints about the new system and concerns about the annual election period. Problems and...

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New Medicare Plan Finder

New Medicare Plan Finder

This annual election period, Medicare beneficiaries will have many Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans to choose from. To help enrollees compare options, Medicare provides the online Medicare Plan Finder tool. This year, the tool will be a little different...

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