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CMS Releases 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Compare Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to help people with Medicare compare plans ahead of Medicare Open Enrollment, which kicks off on October 15. Read more.

Medicare Patients Don't Compare Plans

More than seven in 10 Medicare beneficiaries didn't check or compare their health plans in 2018 for changes in drug plan pricing, Medicare Advantage plan costs, or provider networks for 2019 -- leaving them vulnerable to surprising price increases and reductions in the array of doctors their plans will cover. Read more.

Payers Share Benefits Before Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

As the 2022 Medicare Advantage open enrollment period approaches, payers are revealing their 2022 Medicare Advantage benefits. Five major payers shared the updates to their benefit offerings for the new year, including social determinants of health, supplemental benefits, dual special needs plan benefits, and more. They also disclosed their expansion plans. Read more.

Social Security Announces 5.9% Benefit Increase for 2022

Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income payments for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9% in 2022, Social Security announced today. Read more.

The Lake Wobegon effect in Medicare Advantage

Nine out of 10 Medicare Advantage members are enrolled in plans that earned the government's highest quality marks for 2022, according to new federal data. Read more.

Aetna | Get tips for retaining your clients this AEP and beyond

Building trust with your clients earns their business. Now there’s a new tool available that can help you keep your clients happy and help generate new business too. The Aetna Medicare member retention playbook for agents gives you useful, hands-on actions you can use now and reference later, as you create a self-sustaining business model. Read more.

Aetna Medicare Achieves 5 STAR Rating

Aetna is pleased to announce they have achieved the highest STAR rating by CMS, FIVE STARS! Read more.

Aetna | Let's talk Formularies and Prescriptions!

A hot topic is formularies and prescription drugs, so we want to be sure you have what you need to help your selling efforts with Aetna Medicare. Read more

Aetna | Welcome to AEP! Here's what you need to know

Welcome to the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)! We know how hectic this season can be, so we're here to support you every step of the way.​ Read more.

Capital Blue Cross | 2022 LIS Amounts, Broker Support, and PPO Travel Benefit

Eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Extra Help program get assistance in paying for their Part D monthly premium. The amount of the subsidy depends on the individual’s income compared to the Federal Poverty Level. Attached are the reduced premium amounts for each subsidy level for the 2022 plan year. Read more.

Cigna Medicare's Stars Ratings are Out of This World

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 2022 Medicare Stars Quality Ratings (Stars) for Medicare Advantage plans. We're excited to share that we expect 89% of our Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) customers will be in a 4-Star rated plan or higher nationally for the 2022 calendar year – up from 88% for 2021 and 87% for 2020. This is the fifth year in a row we have improved our Stars performance. Read more.

Geisinger Health Plan | Broker Bulletin

See topics including: Get to know our Classic Advantage No Rx plan; Classic Advantage No Rx benefits at-a-glance; Classic Advantage benefits at-a-glance; and more. Read more.

Keystone 65 HMO earns CMS 5-star rating!

Independence  is pleased to share some exciting news! Two Independence Medicare Advantage plans have been rated among the nation’s best by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2022 Star Ratings. Independence’s Keystone 65 HMO plan earned a prestigious 5 out of 5 stars — making it the largest plan in the Philadelphia five-county region to earn 5 stars. The organization’s Personal Choice 65SM PPO plan received 4.5 stars, CMS’s second-highest rating. Read more.

UPMC for Life Earns 5-Star Rating from CMS and NCQA Accreditation

UPMC is proud to announce that UPMC for Life earned an excellent 5 out of a possible 5 overall star rating for its HMO and PPO plans for 2022 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). UPMC for Life is the largest HMO plan in PA with a 5-star rating. This ranking also places UPMC for Life among the highest-rated Medicare plans in the nation! Read more.

Guarantee Trust Life | Earn up to $60 more per app with GTL's Bonus Program!

For qualified Hospital Indemnity, Precision Care Cancer, Recover Cash, Home Care Secure and Short-Term Home Health Care applications submitted between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Read more

Health Plan Partners | New Incentive for Completing HRAs

Health Partners Medicare is now offering a $60 incentive payment to all brokers for completing an Health Risk Assessment (HRA) during a new enrollment in our Special (SNP HMO) plan. To earn the incentive, you must complete an electronic HRA (fillable PDF) during the enrollment process and submit the completed HRA within 48 hours of the enrollment. The incentive is only available for writing new applications for our Special plan; Prime and Complete enrollments are not eligible for this incentive payment. Read more.

Lumico | AEP is Almost Here – Want More CASH in Your Pocket?

This AEP, Lumico offering a lucrative cash bonus incentive opportunity just for you! For every Med Supp app submitted during Q4, you’ll earn cash. The more you sell, the more cash you’ll earn! Simple as that. Lumico even be rewarding the Top 25 Med Supp producers with some extra special Lumico swag, too. Read more.

United Health Care - AARP | Keep Flying Higher and Earn More for AARP Medicare Supplement Plans!

Keep reaching for the sky! Earn $100 to $300 per eligible application for AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, insured by UnitedHealthCare Insurance Company! Read more.

URL's PartnerPoints Picture Challenge

Earn Partner Points for spending Partner Points: All URL agents who submit a photo for The Partner Points Picture Challenge by the submission deadline listed below will earn 1,000 Partner Points. There will be a Facebook contest to vote on the best photo, the winner will receive an additional 5,000 Partner Points. Read more

URL’s 2023 President’s Club

We are pleased to announce the destination for our next exclusive President’s Club trip to The Henderson in Destin, FL! Our President's Club destination getaways are truly once-in-a-lifetime, but they're about more than visiting luxurious locations and enjoying gourmet meals... The true reward comes from the connections you make along the way. Read more.