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CMS Announces Special Election Period in California and Minnesota

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an extension for Medicare beneficiaries in California and Minnesota.

Your Pre-AEP Preparation Check List

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is coming soon. Are you prepared and equipped? Your SMS Marketing Consultant can help you hit the ground running. Here’s an AEP prep checklist to help you be ready.

Understanding the New Medicare Marketing Guidelines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has renamed the Medicare Marketing guidelines and made significant changes for this year. Here is a summary of the changes, and how they affect your business.  

What Continued Industry Consolidation Means for Agents

Consolidation has been a trend in the health care industry this year. The health insurance and pharmaceutical industries are drawing closer to each other. What does this mean for Medicare agents? Get some answers.

Interview With Agent Blake McCoy

Craig Taylor, associate director of Medicare Solutions, interviews agent Blake McCoy to provide additional insight on marketing D-SNP plans.

Trends From a Record-Breaking 2017 AEP

Another Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is complete. This year's record-breaking activity revealed insights about the direction of senior health marketplace, with lessons that can help your business grow.

Case Study: Addressing Tough Rx Questions

Clients are sometimes faced with prescription drug questions and challenges that go beyond just considering a generic instead of a brand name. SMS has an in-house pharmacist that can help with challenging cases.

Six Tips for More AEP Success

Here are six tips to help you maximize your time, remain compliant and enjoy success during the Annual Election Period.

Understanding the 48-Hour Rule

The 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines have been published by CMS. We can help you understand changes made to the 48-hour rule, and how they apply to you. 

Get Social With SMS

Discuss issues that are important in the senior market, ask questions, and get immediate access to SMS content and insights by following SMS on social media.

Discover Dual Special Need Plans (DSNPs) from UnitedHealthcare

Dual Special Need Plans (DSNPs) from UnitedHealthcare offer comprehensive benefits at reasonable rates.

21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law

The 21st Century Cures Act was passed by the House in November and by the Senate in December, and now has been signed into law by President Obama.

SMS Service and Technology Help Make 2016 AEP Season a Success

The 2016 Annual Enrollment Period was record-breaking at Senior Market Sales, Inc. There are record-breaking statistics that help demonstrate how our service and technology helped you during the busiest time of the year.

Why SMS & SilverScript for this year's AEP?

Each year as AEP approaches, you face the decision of what PDP plan to offer your clients. This year, why not go with the No. 1 PDP plan sponsor* that has offered $0 deductible plans across all tiers two years in a row?

Humana Announces Certification Guidance for 2017 Plan Year

Humana has announced important certification information for 2017 plan year.