Medicare and the Election: Each Candidate’s Plans

Posted by Paul Rose on 5/29/20 8:42 AM

In November’s 2020 presidential election, we will most likely be choosing between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The candidate chosen to be our next president will have a big influence on the future of Medicare – so let’s see what each candidate has in mind.

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Topics: medicare and the election

Medicare COVID-19 SEP Announced

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 5/14/20 10:54 AM

Medicare beneficiaries who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency will have access to a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Not everyone will qualify for this enrollment period, but for those who do, this is an important election opportunity.

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Topics: Medicare Covid-19 SEP

New Medicare Advantage Benefits Now Available

Posted by Paul Rose on 4/22/20 3:37 PM

What should health insurance cover? There are some obvious answers – like doctor visits, hospital stays, essential lab tests and prescription drugs. Then there are some “nice to haves” – like grocery delivery, transportation to the doctor’s office and a gym membership. These extra services can certainly contribute to good health, but they aren’t normally covered by health insurance.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage Benefits

The AZDOI Waives PROCTOR Requirements

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 4/17/20 9:00 AM

COVID-19 is disrupting daily life, but a new executive order should make it easier for some Arizonans to continue work. On March 26, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-17, Continuity of Work. This order should provide relief for insurance agents and other licensed professionals in the state of Arizona.

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Topics: AZDOI, AZDOI Waives PROCTOR Requirements

Arizona’s Stay at Home Order – Insurance Agents Are Essential

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 4/15/20 10:00 AM

States around the country have issued shelter-in-place orders urging people to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These orders have led to some confusion over what is and what is not essential.

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Topics: insurance agents are essential

No Medicare SEP Established for COVID-19

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 4/13/20 1:55 PM

Western Asset Protection is dedicated to keeping the agent community and our senior community safe during this COVID-19 crisis, especially when it comes to compliance. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding COVID-19. We have been working closely with our compliance partners to stay up to date on any and all changes in our industry as information is released from Capitol Hill, CMS, FEMA and the Department of Insurance.

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Topics: COVID-19

Medicare Election Periods

Posted by Paul Rose on 3/27/20 8:15 AM

Two separate Medicare enrollment periods end on March 31. Both the General Enrollment Period and the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period last from January 1 to March 31. People who miss these periods might not get to make another change for several months.

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Topics: Medicare Election Periods

Medicare Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

Posted by Paul Rose on 3/26/20 4:19 PM

Are your clients worried that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus? Medicare provides coverage for COVID-19 testing. Here’s how it works.

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Topics: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Medicare coverage for COVID-19 testing

Tech Prep to Serve Medicare Clients Remotely

Posted by Paul Rose on 3/24/20 3:37 PM

Your Medicare clients need you now more than ever. They also need social distancing. Here’s how you can use tech to help your clients remotely.

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Topics: serve Medicare clients remotely, serve Medicare clients

Western Asset Protection (WAP) Current Operations Status - COVID-19

Posted by Paul Rose on 3/17/20 10:45 AM

During heightened awareness surrounding COVID-19, WAP remains committed to supporting your business. Our WAP preparedness plan, with the help of our technology team, has eased our office through a smooth transition into a telecommuting workplace.

We want to reassure our agents, agencies and partners that WAP is fully staffed and will continue to conduct business without disruption to customer support; including sales, licensing, and application and commission processing.

Materials, Flyers and Kit Requests

Regarding materials, please remember that you have 24/7 online access to PDFs of carrier materials that can be downloaded from the WAP website.

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