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Five Ways to Show Your Clients You Care This Valentine’s Day

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 2/9/18 2:30 PM

This Valentine’s Day, show your clients how much you care about them. If you’re not sure what to say, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Use any of these five fun and sweet ways to reach out!

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Topics: Valentine's Day

New Medicare Timelines Handout

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 2/1/18 11:22 AM

Do you ever feel like you’re forgetting something? With so many key Medicare dates, it’s easy to miss an important deadline. CMS sends out important notices year-round, and your clients want to know when to expect them. Our new handout makes this easy. The convenient timeline shows you exactly when to watch for various notices – like the Social Security Notice to Review Eligibility for Extra Help in September or the Minimum Essential Coverage Notice in December. It also includes information about ongoing notices that are mailed daily and about the open enrollment period. Agents can use this as a reference sheet, and it makes a great client handout.

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Topics: Medicare timelines

Share with Clients: New Medicare ID Cards Are Coming

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 1/25/18 4:00 PM

New Medicare ID Cards will be arriving this year. Currently, Medicare cards include the beneficiary’s Social Security number. To reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft, CMS is issuing new cards that replace the Social Security number with a randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. This is good news for anyone concerned with security, but the transition may lead to confusion. Here’s what you need to know to make the process go as smoothly as possible.      

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Topics: Medicare ID cards

Share with Clients: How Reading Keeps Senior Minds Sharp

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 1/22/18 11:00 AM

Seniors, do you want to have fun, learn new things and keep your brain active? Then keep on reading – and I don’t just mean this article. Reading books, magazines and other materials is a great way to stay mentally sharp.

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Five Resources for Success in 2018

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 1/9/18 1:35 PM

2018 has arrived. If you’re like many people you probably have a few goals in mind for the New Year.  However, according to US News, 80% of New Year resolutions fail by February! Don’t become part of that statistic. Take steps now to bolster your self-discipline and focus. The resources below will help.

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12 Gift Ideas: How to Spend Your Next Medicare Commission

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 12/13/17 11:08 AM

AEP may be over, but the selling continues! If you’re having trouble keeping your mind focused on work, you might need a little extra motivation, and we’ve got just the thing. Let’s say you earn an average commission of $327. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or you’re buying gifts for all your family and friends, here’s what you can buy with $327 or less … in these last 12 days of Christmas!    

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Topics: medicare commsision

How Technology Levels the Insurance Sales Playing Field

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 12/11/17 3:01 PM

This week we’re sharing a blog that first ran in the AgencyBloc blog on 11/28. Erica Kiefer, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at AgencyBloc interviewed me about why technology is so important to our sales process. Enjoy!

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Topics: technology, insurance sales

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

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