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March 26, 2018

Medicare Advantage

The Medicare Advantage (MA) plan offers several designed "advantages" for enrollees over individuals with traditional Medicare. Notably, beneficiaries enjoy more flexibility to make changes to their coverage.

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The 2018 TRS Care Enrollment Debacle: Your Pathway to New Clients

December 29, 2017

Medicare Advantage, PDP, TRS

The new TRS Care Plan for Medicare Advantage plans scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018 may have a huge impact on your clients. Be sure to keep up with all the new information, dates, and challenges presented to your clients and applicants during the first few weeks of this transition. If you have assisted a TRS Care member or a dependent in disenrolling from the 2018 TRS Care Plan, please read this message carefully. Our office has been inundated with calls from concerned brokers like you alerting us to the fact that PDP or MAPD applications that were submitted have been cancelled. This email is to define the problem and offer a solution the problem.

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As AEP's Deadline Nears, Here Is How You Can Finish Strong!

November 28, 2017

Medicare, Medicare Advantage, AEP

As the clock ticks down towards the end of this year’s Annual Election Period, we wanted to share a few more helpful hints and tips that we have received from our agents. By taking these into consideration, you can make sure to finish off AEP strongly!

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Streamline Your Medicare Sales with Connecture

October 12, 2017

Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Sales

Imagine a world where you could complete a sale with a client who lives in a different city – all from the comfort of your home or office. Imagine a world where you could compare Medicare plans from carriers you are appointed with in one convenient location. Imagine a world where the enrollment process – from start to finish – is 100% online (with no need to use a fax machine). That world is now a reality with Connecture. Connecture is one our latest resources available to our agents to make their lives easier – and their business more successful.

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2018 Medicare Certification: What You Need to Know!

Tis the season, agents!  No, not the holiday season - it's Medicare Certification time! Most carriers have their certifications available on their portals already. Now's the perfect time to get your certifications done so that you are ready to sell during AEP. Here are a few tips when it comes to certifications:

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The Forgotten SEP Code That Every Agent Should Know

January 20, 2017

CMS, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, SEP, star ratings

Another open enrollment has come and gone.  So selling Medicare plans are over correct?  What if we told you that there is another SEP out there that allows a client to join or switch to a plan that has been awarded the coveted 5 stars by CMS?

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18 Months Later...Will Aetna Acquire Humana?

It has been a year and a half since Aetna's battle to acquire Humana began. With that amount of time and over 200 people working on integration plans, you'd think the deal would be done, right? Wrong. The major hold-up is The U.S. Justice Department, who sued in an attempt to block the merger, claiming the deal violates anti-trust laws. Several states have also filed antitrust lawsuits to block the merger, based on the following reasons:

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The Gift That Keeps Giving – Special Election Periods

October 21, 2016

Medicare, Medicare Advantage, SEP

While we are now into the Annual Election period for Medicare beneficiaries (AEP runs October 15th through December 7th), and there are still weeks to help beneficiaries with the choices they have in front of them, opportunity does not end with Pearl Harbor Day.  We spoke of planning for other sales opportunities in Planting and Harvesting, but a full range of opportunity awaits us in the Medicare arena as well.

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Highlights of Our September 7 Medicare Kickoff Event

For those of you who may have missed it or who would like a recap, we conducted our Annual Medicare AEP Kickoff event Sept. 7. If you missed out on this event, be sure to check out our calendar on our website by clicking here so you can stay up to date on all of our beneficial meetings and presentations! To hear a short summary from a few of our carrier reps at the event click the links below:

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6 Surprising Medicare Facts for Agents Who Know Everything

Several of the employees here at The Brokerage, Inc. have specialized in Medicare for the last decade or so, and during that time have picked up plenty of tidbits. Although we have many agents who are Medicare experts themselves, every once in a while we will get a question that we didn't have the answer to.  This blog is for those agents who already know almost everything there is to know about Medicare and the ones just getting started, to learn a little more about those tough questions that sometimes come up. If you know every single one of these, then pat yourself on the back, you are a true Medicare Guru! If not, then you are like so many of us Medicare experts, who never stop learning something new.

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