Bishop Marketing Agency Blog

Did You Hear About CamScanner?

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Thu, Oct 03, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Did you hear? CamScanner, a mobile app designed specifically for creating PDFs and PDFs with OCR (Optical Character Recognition), was recently discovered to have malware!

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Tags: marketing materials

We Go a Step Further for You

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Thu, Oct 03, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

If you’re headed into open enrollment and anxious about how you’ll find the time for everything, we’ve got you covered.

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Tags: marketing materials

Most common compliance allegations and ways to avoid them

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 04:11 PM

As agents, we are sometimes faced with the challenge of protecting our good name. If you receive an allegation, it is required that you respond back to the appropriate carrier in writing within 5 business days. This can easily put you on the defensive, but try to keep the emotion out and focus on the facts when preparing your response. Also, get your agency leadership involved to help you best represent and protect yourself. We use attorneys and tax professionals when we need help in certain areas, think of your agency leadership in the same manner vs keeping it from them. We’re here to help.

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How do I determine the correct enrollment period or SEP, if any, after enrolling in Part B?

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

As agents we must always stay on top of all the changes in our industry. We are the experts; we never want to make guesses or assumptions that can destroy our own credibility. Making a simple mistake regarding selecting the wrong enrollment period or SEP creates pending applications and even worse jeopardizes the enrollment of the prospect.

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Tags: selling Medicare Advantage Plans, medicare, IEP election period, insurance, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, IEP vs ICEP, IEP, ICEP election period, Dual Eligibles, health plan

Don't Fear Health Care Stocks Volatility

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

You’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea and watching the market open. Then the health sector falls 4%, the lowest reading since December 2018. Why is this happening? Earnings weren’t released, nor have there been any changes to the current system.

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Tags: selling Medicare Advantage Plans, medicare, insurance, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, Medicare options

New Medicare ID Cards

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

CMS has announced a change in Medicare ID cards that will begin to take effect in April 2018. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions, such as, billing eligibility status and claim status. The MBI will be confidential and should be protected as Personally Identifiable Information. The biggest reason CMS is implementing this change is to fight medical identity theft for people with Medicare.  It will better protect private health care and financial information as well as federal health care benefit and service payments. 

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Tags: medicare, insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS

Help Your Humana Clients Change their Bill Payment Method

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Every now and then, agents run into clients that have a desire to change the way they pay their monthly Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription Drug Plan premium. The typical way to have someone take care of this is to call Humana's customer service department. However, in this age of websites and do-it-yourself seniors, the mission can be accomplished quite easily online. Here's a quick rundown of what your more computer and internet savvy clients can do:

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Tags: Humana Medicare Plans, Humana Medicare Agents, Bishop Marketing Agency, Humana, Humana Insurance, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, Changing Payment Methods, Humana’s Medicare health plans, PDP enrollment, Medicare options, Humana MAPD plan, Medicare Beneficiaries, Humana Account Advisor, Humana Guidance centers

Your client is in the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap...Now What?

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Helping your clients with Medicare Part D coverage understand the mechanics of the Medicare Part D coverage gap can be a daunting task.  We are going to cover a couple of the more difficult questions raised regarding the coverage gap in this segment.

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Tags: Humana Medicare Plans, Humana Medicare Agents, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, Health Reform Bill, MAPD, PDP enrollments, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Prescription Drug Plans, Affordable Care Act, Coverage Gap, Part D Coverage Gap, Humana MAPD plan, Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS, CMS guidelines, health plan

Calculating the Medicare Part D Late Enrollment Penalty

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

One of the more common questions agents get asked from their Medicare clients is "what is the Medicare Part D late enrollment penalty?"  It is fairly easy to explain that if a Medicare member spends more than 63 consecutive days without having Part D or creditable drug coverage, they will be required to pay a late enrollment penalty should they choose to enroll in a Part D plan in the future.  The typical follow-up question is "will I have a late enrollment penalty?"  This is also usually pretty easy to answer, assuming the agent asks the proper questions of the client and the client responds with accurate answers about prior coverage.

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Tags: ICEP, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, MAPD, IEP election period, PDP enrollments, Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Humana MAPD plan, Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS, AEP, Medicare election periods, Medicare AEP, IEP, ICEP election period, CMS guidelines, Medicare Part D late enrollment penalty

Why it's important to maintain your Medicare Advantage certifications

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 07:37 PM

As agents we are pulled in many different directions, life and business events occur, and things occassionally slip through the cracks. Certifications can easily be one of those things that slips through the cracks. Here are two major reasons why it's a good idea to make sure your certifications are current:

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Tags: Humana Medicare Agents, Bishop Marketing Agency, selling Medicare Advantage Plans, Humana Insurance, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, Marketing Humana Medicare Plans, PDP enrollment, certifications, Humana MAPD plan, marketing Medicare Advantage