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Community Health Choices 101

Community Health Choices (CHC) is a new Medicaid managed care program for certain people currently on Medicaid. Department of Human Services and the office of Long Term Living will pay CHC plans and monitor them. Read more.

7/17 Orion Referral Awareness Month: Agent Panel

Join us for a webinar on July 17th at 10am to hear from some of our top Orion-referring agents about how they leverage Orion Concierge Referral Services to expand their services and increase client loyalty. We'll discuss real life situations for each agent, provide case studies, and host live Q&A. You won't want to miss this, register now! Learn more.

7/24 Orion Referral Awareness Month: Live Q&A with URL Orion Sales Agents

Join us on July 24th at 10am for a YouTube live coffee chat with URL's Orion sales agents! We'll be answering your questions live about our Orion Concierge Referral Services. Learn more.

Medicare Offerings Video Archives

UnitedHealthcare | Certifications Now Open

The sales materials portal will open Aug. 17 for Enrollment Guide orders! By certifying early, you can ensure you’ll have materials ready to go by Oct. 1. The longer you wait to certify, the less likely you are to receive materials by Oct. 1. Read more.

Highmark | 2020 AHIP Training is Now Available!

Highmark will be requiring the AHIP training as part of the 2020 Agent Training and Certification. All requirements must be completed prior to selling 2020 Medicare Advantage products. Click here to complete the AHIP training.  Read more.

Thrivent | Medicare Supplement OOC Update

In conjunction with our recent MACRA Bulletin addressing the upcoming changes that will affect those who become newly eligible for Medicare as of January 1, 2020 or after. Read more.

Humana | What you need to know about ordering 2020 sales materials

Sales materials will be available to order on July 17th. New agent certification and recertification will launch on June 25th. Read more.

Attention: Envision's New Business Process

You or your downline agents may have received an email recently, directly from Envision, in regards to the processing of new business. Read more.

GTL | New Infographic | Why Cancer Insurance and Genomic Sequencing?

Why is cancer insurance and genomic sequencing so important for your clients? Read more.

Excellus | Medicare Broker News Vol. 1 No. 1: Your New Monthly Newsletter | Save The Dates | Blue Cross Blue Shield National Campaign

We are thrilled to announce the launch of your dedicated Medicare monthly newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news & information from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield on Medicare market news, product updates, collateral updates and more. Read more.

Highmark | New Contract Reached with Uniontown Hospital

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Uniontown Hospital announced today, that the Fayette County-based health system will rejoin Highmark’s Medicare Advantage networks, effective July 1.  Read more.

Highmark Update: Highmark and UPMC 10-year Contract; Highmark Inc. and VSP Global Announce Definitive Agreement to Purchase Visionworks of America, Inc.

Today's Highmark Update features the following topics: Highmark and UPMC 10-year Contract Producer Webinar Recap, Highmark Inc. and VSP Global Announce Definitive Agreement for VSP to Purchase Visionworks of America, Inc. Read more.

Highmark | Pennsylvania Attorney General Announced Highmark/UPMC Future Relationship

Today, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that he has brokered a relationship between Highmark and UPMC. Read more.

Highmark-insured seniors who use UPMC could get another chance to switch plans

Highmark-insured seniors and people with disabilities who use UPMC hospitals and doctors may get another chance to decide which insurance plan they want to have for the remainder of 2019. Read more.

Highmark Medigap Blue 24/7 Nurse Assistance Hotline: Open to Learn More!

Coming Soon: 24/7 Nurse Assistance Hotline for Medigap Blue Members Beginning July 1. Read more.

New Podcast Episode: Humana Medicare Supplement Plans are the Next Big Thing

Our second mini-episode is all about Humana Medicare Supplement plans. Read more.

Aetna | Expanding HealthHUB® locations at CVS Pharmacy®

HealthHUB locations are expanding to more regions to help improve members’ health and access to care. Read more.

Aetna | Your new agent services phone number [eBulletin June 3, 2019]

In this eBulletin: Your new agent services phone number, VIDEO: MACRA at-a-glance, Hierarchy change requests, Upcoming live webinars. Read more.

Trump Administration Approves Two New State Medicaid Demonstrations to Treat Substance Use Disorders and Combat National Opioid Epidemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Minnesota and Nebraska have become the 23rd and 24th states who have received approval under the Trump Administration for innovative demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD).  Read more.

NEW June CMS National Training Program Update

The 2019 CMS National Training Program workshops will take place in 5 cities this summer beginning in late July. Read more.

CMS Blog: When It Comes To Our Health – Every Second Counts

Health care: American’s favorite debate topic. While there is much to debate, we can all agree that the patient-provider relationship has been strained by unnecessary regulations and reporting requirements. Read more.

Liberty Bankers Life | Made in the Shade Bonus

Don't miss your chance to earn some extra money! Underwritten Business = $75.00 per App. Open Enrollment/ Guarantee Issue Business = $25.00 per App. Read more.

Liberty Bankers | The Incentive Sent from Odin, Himself!

Our top producers will join us for a spectacular 8-Day luxury Norwegian Fjord cruise aboard the Princess Cruise Lines Crown Princess. Read more.

New Era | March Senior Mkt Incentive News - Summer Cash Bonus Starts Today!

Maximize your rewards now with these five current contests. Read more.

Mutual of Omaha First Quarter 2019 Broker Bonus Program

Earn extra cash on your Medicare supplement and SELECT business. Read more.

We bring you Thrivent's Agent Incentive Program!

Become one of the top 10 producers of Thrivent Medicare supplement insurance by January of 2019 and embark with us on an all-expenses-paid home building trip to Sebring, Florida! Read more.

Social Security Welcomes its New Commissioner

Andrew M. Saul was sworn in today as the Commissioner of Social Security at the agency’s office in Washington, D.C. He will serve a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2025. Read more.

Senate Finance leaders in talks on deal to limit drug price increases

The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are in bipartisan talks on a potentially sweeping deal to limit drug price increases in Medicare, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Read more.

Nursing home costs in the U.S. are rising even faster than health care

Nursing home costs can cost upwards of $100,000 a year, a heavy financial burden even for Americans who have set money aside for their later years -- and a crushing one for those who haven't. Read more.

‘Medicare For All’ Emerges As Early Divide In First Democratic Debate

During Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate — the first in a two-night event viewed as the de facto launch of the primary season — health policies, ranging from “Medicare for All” to efforts to curb skyrocketing drug prices, were among the key issues the 10 hopeful candidates onstage used to help differentiate themselves from the pack. Read more.

MedPAC: End 'Incident To' Billing for NPs, PAs

Medicare should ditch "incident to" billing by non-physician practitioners and develop national guidelines to prevent hospital emergency departments from inappropriately coding the care they deliver, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) urged in its June report. Read more.

CMS proposes update to e-prescribing standards: 6 things to know

In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve patient access to medication, CMS has issued a proposed rule to update e-prescribing standards, the agency announced June 17. Read more.

AHIP Warns Congress of High Costs Tied to Provider Consolidation

Mergers and acquisitions are commonplace in healthcare, but leading payers in the United States claim provider consolidation is costing consumers. Read more.

Healthcare financial burden heavier for women, analysis finds

U.S. women face barriers to healthcare that men don't, including higher costs, according to a new infographic released June 11. Read more.

First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides

Supporters of “Medicare for All” notched a victory Wednesday when one of Congress’s most powerful committees debated the progressive proposal, but the venue also gave Republicans an opportunity to paint proponents as socialists. Read more.


Health care remains at the top of the to-do list for the administration, lawmakers, and health care professionals. Yet as the intensity of debate surrounding health care intensifies, one thing remains the same: changes to health care impact people in very real and personal ways. Read more.

Democratic White House hopefuls push to expand health care in US territories

Several Democratic senators running for the White House in 2020 introduced legislation Tuesday that would boost federal funding for Medicaid and Medicare in U.S. territories. Read more.

Traveling abroad this summer? Read this first.

Planning to travel abroad this summer? Before you go, remember that Medicare usually does not cover health care services or supplies while you’re traveling outside the United States (except in these rare cases). Read more.

Research Shows Patients with Medicaid Have Greater Access to Preventive Care

New research shows patients with a Medicaid plan have greater access to and have higher use of preventive health care services, such as screenings and immunizations. Read more.

Cigna partners with VA to tackle opioid misuse among veterans

Cigna will partner with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to promote safer opioid use among veterans by applying practices the insurer's used to reduce opioid use among its own members. Read more.


The Indianapolis-based health insurer is set to acquire the largest independently-held behavioral health organization in the country. Read more.

11 hospitals closed so far this year — here's why

From reimbursement landscape challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals to close. Read more.

Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors

At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid. Read more.

Stars, Stripes, and Savings from Kramer Direct

45¢ each For any product message you choose on White, Pink or Yellow Double Postcard Stock Now through July 31, 2019.  Read more.

July is Orion Referral Awareness Month

Every agent and agency can benefit from offering their clients more. Simply use Orion Concierge Referral Services and our on-staff, in-house experts will make the sale as your partner, and you will receive compensation. See exclusive events and bonus opportunities.

URL's 2020 President's Club

Check your rank! Check your first quarter rankings to see if you’re on track to join us at Hotel Bennett in charming and historic Charleston, SC. Learn more.