Bishop Marketing Agency Blog

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

Veterans and Medicare Plan Enrollment

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

We often get questions relating to the enrollment of Medicare eligible veterans outside of the Annual Election Period.  In short, veterans are treated just as any other Medicare eligible person.  There are a few things to note, however, when working with a veteran who is Medicare eligible.  Here's a short list of things to consider when helping veterans make an informed decision about Medicare Advantage enrollment:

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Tags: Humana Medicare Plans, Humana Medicare Agents, Humana, Medicare choices, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, CMS marketing guidelines, PDP, HMO, Veterans and Medicare, Medicare Health Plans, Marketing Humana Medicare Plans, Medicare Advantage, Humana’s Medicare health plans, PDP enrollment, Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare options, Humana MAPD plan, Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS guidelines

What, me worry? Medicare Advantage is going to be fine.

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 02:33 PM

Over the last several months I had heard it all. Medicare Advantage is going away. The days of the Balanced Budget Act are back. Time to call in the dogs and put out the fires. But wait, a 3.3% increase to reimbursement rates? What happened to the 8% reduction? Looks like all the anxiety over Medicare Health Plans was for not.

Time and time again we have seen this play out in similar fashion. Government programs are introduced or adjusted, and instead of detracting from the potential of the market, it creates more opportunity than ever before. This phenomenon goes all the way back to the inception of the Medicare trust fund, to the standardization of Medicare supplements, to the MMA, and now Health Reform known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Contrary to initial reactions, history shows us that these laws have created enormous opportunities for agents and agencies who are prepared.

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Tags: Medicare choices, Health Reform Bill, Medicare legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, Medicare options, Medicare Advantage growth, marketing Medicare Advantage, Medicare Modernization Act

How might the Affordable Care Act affect Medicare Advantage?

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:30 AM
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Tags: Humana Medicare Plans, Bishop Marketing Agency, selling Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare choices, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, Health Reform Bill, Medicare legislation, PDP, Affordable Care Act, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, PDP enrollment, Medicare options, seniors choose Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage growth, Medicare Modernization Act, CMS, Lance Hoeltke

Healthcare Costs Down. Medicare Advantage Enrollments Up. Correlation?

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 08:32 AM

Earlier this week I read that our country’s spending on health care has been at historic lows for a third straight year. The conclusion was formed by comparing health spending growth rates to the overall growth of the economy, reasoning that it’s easier to keep up with the costs if the two are aligned, than if health spending surges ahead.

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Tags: Agent Testimonial, Bishop Marketing Agency, selling Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare choices, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, medicare, Health Reform Bill, Medicare legislation, MAPD, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, Humana’s Medicare health plans, Medicare options, seniors choose Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage growth, Medicare Modernization Act, Medicare Beneficiaries, Get to know Bishop Marketing Agency, selling Medicare products, CMS

Officially a Humana MAPD Member

Posted by Larry Bishop on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 08:34 AM

You have been kind enough to receive emails from me for the last seven years about Humana's Medicare Advantage plans. Today I would like to share my personal experience from yesterday with enrolling into a Humana plan.

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Tags: Humana Medicare Plans, Bishop Marketing Agency, Humana, ICEP, Medicare choices, Humana Insurance, MAPD, Larry Bishop, electronic signature, Medicare Health Plans, Marketing Humana Medicare Plans, Medicare Advantage, Humana’s Medicare health plans, Medicare options, Humana MAPD plan, Medicare Beneficiaries, Get to know Bishop Marketing Agency, ICEP election period, digital signature, electronic enrollment, testimonial

After 33 Years in the Business, it's My Turn!

Posted by Larry Bishop on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 @ 07:57 AM

Many of you may know that this year will be a milestone birthday for me. I turn 65 in May! In the past I never associated Medicare benefits with my own personal circumstances, but now it’s become something I think about frequently. I’d like to share some of the experiences I’ve had recently, and hope you find it insightful as you grow your business and interact with folks like me for years to come.

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Tags: Humana Medicare Agents, Bishop Marketing Agency, ICEP, Medicare choices, Humana Insurance, MAPD and PDP membership, PDP, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, Medicare options, Medicare Beneficiaries, Get to know Bishop Marketing Agency, digital signature

Seniors are still choosing Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted by Lance Hoeltke on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

 

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Tags: Medicare choices, MAPD enrollment, MAPD and PDP membership, Health Reform Bill, MAPD, Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare options, seniors choose Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage growth, marketing Medicare Advantage, Medicare Beneficiaries, AEP, Medicare AEP