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Mari Tautimes

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Three Ways to Prep for AEP Now

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 7/20/18 12:40 PM

Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? We’re already more than halfway through the year. Soon, it will be time for another Annual Election Period (AEP). Don’t let the next AEP sneak up on you. The time to prepare is now.

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Topics: aep

New Drug Spending Dashboards

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 7/9/18 10:55 AM

Americans spend a lot on prescription drugs. It’s not just because Americans take a lot of medications, either. Prescriptions cost more in the U.S. than they do in other countries. In order to address this problem, many have called for greater price transparency. In an effort to provide this, CMS has recently unveiled its new Drug Spending Dashboards.

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Topics: drug spending dashboards

Making Good Agents Great: Responsiveness Matters

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 6/27/18 9:28 AM

Today, I’m sharing a guest post written by Erica Kiefer, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at AgencyBloc. She creates strategic direction for revenue growth and brand building, while removing obstacles for sales and marketing team success. Her favorite quote: "For the ocean is big and my boat is small. Find the courage." - Alanis Morissette

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Topics: AgencyBloc, agent responsiveness

WAPCon2018

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 5/29/18 10:00 AM

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Topics: WAPCon2018

6 Ways to Supercharge Your Medicare Marketing Now

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 5/8/18 3:23 PM

It's time to refresh your Medicare marketing efforts. As usual, we have a lot of ideas to help you get started. In fact here are six ways to supercharge your Medicare marketing now!

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Topics: Medicare marketing

Beware: New Medicare Scams Are on the Rise – Share with Clients

Posted by Mari Tautimes on 4/16/18 2:14 PM

Medicare beneficiaries need to be extra alert these days. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that new scams are popping up around the United States. The con artists are taking advantage of confusion caused by the new Medicare cards. Here’s what Medicare recipients need to know to stay safe.

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Topics: Medicare scams, New Medicare cards

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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