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Your Four-Step Plan for AEP Readiness

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 7/5/22 9:14 AM

Set yourself up for AEP success. The steps you take now – or the steps that you fail to take – will have a direct impact on your ability to help Medicare enrollees this fall. With this four-step plan, you can be ready to go.

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Topics: AEP Readiness

AHIP Certification: How Annual Education Helps You Serve Your Clients

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 6/13/22 9:22 AM

School may be out for most people, but for Medicare insurance sales agents, the arrival of summer means it’s time to start studying for the annual AHIP certification. You might not be eager to hit the books when you’d rather be hitting the beaches, but here’s the thing – AHIP certification isn’t just some red tape to get through. It’s a chance for you to brush up on your Medicare knowledge so you can better serve your clients.

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Topics: AHIP, AHIP Certification

Medicare Advantage Network Misunderstandings

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 6/10/22 8:00 AM

Medicare Advantage enrollees can save nearly $2,000 a year, according to a study from the Better Medicare Alliance. Compared to people enrolled in Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage enrollees have a 35% lower cost burden. This should come as great news to financially strapped seniors, but some enrollees may not see these savings, especially if confusion over networks lead to higher out of pocket costs. To help enrollees get the most value from their plan, it’s important to clear up common Medicare Advantage network misunderstandings.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage Network

New Medigap Birthday Rules Let Enrollees Switch Plans

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 5/23/22 2:38 PM

Are your clients unhappy with their Medigap selection? Depending on where they live, they may be able to switch Medicare Supplement Plans without going through medical underwriting. Although the federal rules are strict, states often give enrollees additional rights, and three states have recently changed their rules.

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Topics: Medigap Birthday Rules

Business Toolkit: Using a Facebook Business Page to Drive Business

Posted by WAP Team on 5/19/22 1:03 PM

A Facebook Business Page can be a cost-effective way to reach a wider audience, generate leads and drive business. However, to reap the full benefits of a Facebook Page, you need to make sure you’re using it effectively. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your Facebook account.

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Topics: Facebook Business Page

New LIS Limits for 2022 & How to Qualify for Extra Help

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 4/14/22 12:51 PM

Medicare has announced eligibility guidance for the Extra Help program, which helps individuals with their prescription drug costs. Medicare’s Low Income Subsidy (LIS) limits determine what level of support seniors can receive. Budgets are getting tighter with increased prices and inflation, and the Extra Help program can be a difference-maker for some of your clients. Understanding these limits is an important first step in the process.

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Topics: Medicare Extra Help

New Medicare Appeal Option

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 4/12/22 2:41 PM

Most Medicare beneficiaries understand that they may face out-of-pocket costs if they have to stay in a hospital. What they might not know is that their hospital status can impact their coverage. Over the years, some beneficiaries have been hit by greater costs and ineligibility for nursing care coverage due to their “observation status,” but a recent court ruling gives these beneficiaries a new Medicare appeal option.

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Topics: Medicare Appeal

Medicare Retention and Utilization Review: Your Game Plan

Posted by Jean A. Lentsch on 3/23/22 2:05 PM

Are your clients making the most of their Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans? It’s a good idea to check in with your clients to make sure they’re happy with their coverage and using the benefits they’re entitled to. These tips and reminders will help you stay compliant while conducting a utilization review to boost Medicare retention.

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Topics: Medicare Client Retention

Is It Time to Update Your Medicare Insurance Agent Business Cards?

Posted by WAP Team on 3/3/22 12:12 PM

When is the last time you updated your Medicare insurance agent business cards? If it’s been a while—or if you’ve never ordered any—now is a great time to get a new batch made. There are many options for creating personalized business cards. Here are seven print and digital business card providers to consider.

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Know Your CMS Notices

Posted by WAP Team on 2/22/22 10:00 AM

Throughout the year, Medicare enrollees receive a number of important notices. You can help your clients by alerting them to notices that will be coming soon. You can also help them understand what these notices mean and how they should respond. Here’s a look at some of the CMS notices to watch for.

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Topics: CMC Notices

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