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Medicare Advantage Plans and Market Trends/Disruptions

With Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) 2020 just around the corner, Senior Market Sales® (SMS) addresses which is the best MA policy for clients — one structured as an HMO, PPO, or PFFS? This article compares these three plan structures so that you can provide value to your clients by helping them make a more educated MA plan decision.

What is MACRA

Answers to your questions about MACRA.

How does MACRA affect clients enrolled in Medicare on or prior to Dec. 31, 2019?

The bigger question is, how does MACRA affect clients that become eligible for Medicare Jan. 1, 2020 and after? 

What does MACRA mean for the agent?

What does MACRA mean for Medicare carriers?

Confused About MACRA? We Break it Down For You

If you are a Medicare Supplement agent, then you’re probably already aware that Jan. 1, 2020 is the date designated for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to take effect. But what does that mean exactly, and how does it affect your clients and your business?

Why Every Advisor Needs to Know About NY Regulation 187

Because New York’s Regulation 187 is one of the first to be finalized in a tide of expected state “best interest” regulations, it could hint at what’s to come for producers elsewhere in the country. Learn more.

Understanding the SEC's New Best Interest Regulation and What's Ahead

Advisors and brokers making investment recommendations will soon face new federal disclosure and compliance requirements to act in their clients’ best interest, but insurance-only agents might also face new standards soon, too.

Renowned Economist Roger Ibbotson to Speak in Omaha, Nebraska, at Senior Market Sales Event

Official press release: Roger Ibbotson, an influential economist known for his groundbreaking work on the historical returns of the stock market, will speak on Tuesday, June 4, to insurance and financial planning professionals from across the country at the Senior Market Sales® (SMS) 2019 Sales Forum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Here's Your Motivation to Make a Move With MYGAs in 2019

Multi-year guaranteed annuities (MYGAs) are having a moment — up 63.3% in year-over-year third quarter sales, according to one report. See why consumers are attracted to MYGAs right now and how Senior Market Sales has beefed up its focus on MYGAs so you can meet this growing demand and grow your business.

 

Senior Market Sales Delivers Record-Breaking 2018 Results

Driven by service and technology, Senior Market Sales Inc. experienced record-breaking success in 2018, with significant increases in virtually all lines of business.

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.

Interview With Agent Raul Cardenas

Craig Taylor, Associate Director of Medicare Solutions, interviews agent Raul Cardenas to gather insights on marketing D-SNP plans. This installment focuses on how to sell D-SNP plans — specifically how to get started, what do to once you've started, and how to maximize your success in this market.

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.

Why Sell Dental, Vision and Hearing Plans

Selling Dental, Vision and Hearing (DVH) coverage is a natural extension of a growing Medicare business. Read more about this hot trend in the market, and learn how you can get started. 

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.  

Update Your Mutual of Omaha Contract

Mutual of Omaha will offer Part D and Medicare Advantage this Annual Enrollment Period. Now is the time to update your contract. 

What to Watch For During AEP 2019

The upcoming Annual Election Period (AEP) is about100 days away. Get a long view of the potential opportunities that could shape AEP 2019.