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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Up, Premiums Down

According to an article by Bloomberg Businessweek, Medicare Advantage enrollments were up a record 10% this year as lower premiums enticed people to sign up.

Have You Talked To Your Clients About Filial Responsibility?

Several states have what is sometimes known as a filial responsibility law, which obliges adult children to pay for their parents’ medical & nursing-home care.

Financial Planners and Medicare ... Yes, That's Part of Your Job Now Too

Your customers now want you to add one more responsibility, one more layer of expertise, to your practice: Medicare advisor.

GAO Report Criticizes Star Ratings Reimbursements

According to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Medicare is wasting $8.35 billion on its quality bonus demonstration project.

Aetna Leads the Way on Provider Collaboration and ACO Development

A hot topic in Medicare is Provider Collaboration—basically, insurance companies & health care providers working together to improve care while lowering costs.

Record-Breaking Year for Indexed Products

Both indexed annuity and indexed life set record sales in 2011.

Florida Power of Attorney Changes

The state of Florida recently enacted legislation that affects one of the basic estate planning documents — the power of attorney.

New Qualified Money Rules Proposed

The Treasury Department proposed several new regulations to make it easier for middle-class retirees to convert money in their 401(k) into an annuity.

Five Tips to Help Your Clients Maximize Their Medicare Advantage Plan in the New Year

Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, gives tips to help MA enrollees improve their health and maximize coverage.

MA and PDP Consolidations Prove It Pays to Run With the Best

Carriers are consolidating for several reasons, but many smaller carriers simply don’t have the resources to compete in today’s environment. 

How to Use HSA to Help Clients Pay For Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums

Using an HSA to pay for LTCI premiums may be an attractive option for your clients who are not eligible to deduct their premiums on their federal tax return.

SMS Agents Make Historic First Sales Using iPad App

The Medicare Advantage industry made a historic technology leap this AEP when SMS agents in Rockford, IL, completed the first MA enrollments using an iPad app.

HHS Awards Grants $220 Million in Grants for Health Insurance Exchanges

Thirteen additional states were awarded federal grants to help them create private health insurance marketplaces.

Are Annuities Really Only Sold and Not Bought?

In a recent study, two-thirds of advisors reported that clients are taking the lead and asking about annuities, rather than the advisor bringing up the idea.

Medicare's Star Quality Ratings Not Reaching Target Audience

A recent survey by Kaiser Permanente shows that less than 30% of respondents know where to find information about Medicare Star Quality Ratings.