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New Medicare Part B Legislation

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 11/14/17 3:24 PM

When people turn 65, they qualify for Medicare – and if they miss the initial enrollment period, they can face lifetime penalties as a result. The punishment can seem harsh, especially given that some people may miss the deadline simply due to a lack of awareness regarding the rules. The BENES Act aims to rectify the situation. 

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Topics: Medicare legislation, Medicare Part B

The 2018 COLA Update and its Medicare Connection

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 10/24/17 9:05 AM

Social Security beneficiaries will be getting a little more money in 2018. The Social Security Administration has released its Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018. It’s based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) between the third quarter and 2016 and the third quarter of 2017.

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Topics: COLA, COLA update

Tell Your Medicare Insurance Clients about the Telemedicine Trend

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 10/10/17 11:25 AM

These days, everything is done online, from shopping and banking to dating and working. People are even getting medical care online. Telemedicine offers many benefits, and you should make sure your Medicare clients know about it.

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Topics: telemedicine

Tell Your Clients: New Medicare ID Cards Are Coming

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 9/26/17 9:32 AM

Identity theft is a serious problem in the modern world. To minimize the risk, people are warned to keep sensitive information private – but that’s difficult to do when your Social Security Number is written on your Medicare card. This is why CMS will start issuing new Medicare cards that do not include Social Security Numbers.

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Topics: Medicare ID cards

WAPCon2017 – Day One Highlight Reel

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 9/13/17 1:42 PM

A big thanks to all of you who are joining us this week for #WAPCon2017. We got off to a great start on Tuesday. Below are some snapshots from our Day 1 Highlight Reel …

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Topics: WAPCon2017

Agents: Share This with Clients - Making Sense of Your Medicare Notices

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 8/28/17 4:51 PM

Medicare beneficiaries receive multiple notices. Some of these require a response; others do not.  Some are standard notices that are sent out regularly; others are unique to your situation. To help you make sense of the letters you get, here’s some information on a few of the most common forms.

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Topics: medicare notices

White Listing 101: What to do if You’re Not Getting WAP Emails

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 8/17/17 3:13 PM

You’re waiting for an important email, but no matter how many times you refresh your account, the email doesn’t materialize. It could be that the sender has forgotten to send it, but if you know that’s not the case, it’s time to look for issues in your own account. Luckily, fixing the problem might be simple once you learn a technique sometimes called white listing.

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Topics: white listing

New Brochure for 2017 - Choosing A Medigap Policy

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 7/25/17 12:14 PM

Good news! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have just released their all-new official government guide. It includes important information about:

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Topics: how to choose a Medigap policy, Medigap policy

Swing for the Fences with Cigna-HealthSpring and WAP

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 7/19/17 4:35 PM

Cigna-HealthSpring is ready to play ball. Their plan has received a 4.5-star rating, a strong indicator that the insurer is a heavy hitter in terms of member service and customer satisfaction. It’s a whole new ballgame, so let’s get ready to knock it out of the park.

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Topics: medicare benefits, cigna healthspring

Making Sense of Medicare Enrollment Timelines – Share This with Clients

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 7/10/17 11:59 AM

Health care is complicated, and Medicare is no exception. Knowing when to enroll in Medicare is important because a missed deadline can lead to expensive penalties.

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Topics: medicare enrollment

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