Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage is Near! Read Through Humana’s Guidelines

Humana’s Resources to Understanding the Open Enrollment Period

Now that AEP is over with, you have a few weeks to gear up for Open Enrollment Period beginning January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019! This is a one-time chance for your MA clients to change plans and it comes with some new regulations of which you should be aware.

Click here to view Humana’s OEP guide and guardrails that will help you navigate through OEP.

If you have any follow up questions in regards to OEP reach out to your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative!

SilverScript Completes Acquisition of Aetna

Silverscript is excited to share that CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S., has completed its acquisition of Aetna, one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies.

The combination of CVS Health and Aetna is a transformative moment for Silverscript and the industry. With the combined capabilities of two leading organizations, Silverscript’s goal is to help transform the consumer health experience through a new innovative health care model that is easier to use, less expensive, and puts consumers at the center of their care. In doing so, Silverscript will deliver on their purpose of helping people on their path to better health.

As they bring the two companies together, your clients will continue to work with Silverscript as they do today, and receive the same great products, support and service.

Please read the Silverscript & Aetna Acquisition FAQ document here for more information.

 

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It’s the Final Countdown! AEP is Coming to an End

The Annual Election Period is coming to an end on Friday December 7th. Below are some important reminders to ensure your clients are properly enrolled…

  • All applications must be submitted to the carriers by 11:59 PM on Friday December 7th.
  • Electronic submission is preferred!
  • When faxing applications to the carriers, you must submit one application at a time and keep your fax confirmation for each app. If an application becomes lost or is not received, you may need your back-up documentation to prove the initial submission date.

Don’t Miss Out On Selling UnitedHealthcare’s Plan 1 During AEP!

UHC Medicare SolutionsATTENTION BROKERS:

Enroll your clients in UnitedHealthcare’s MAPD and Medicare Supplement plans this AEP! Read more below on the great benefits they offer to members.

Top Features of UHC’s MAPD plans:

  • Visiting member benefit in 28 states (including Ohio) in the Passport program.
  • Offer hearing and vision coverage through their OWN providers: Epic Heath, Hi Health, and Spectara.
  • Clients have access to UHC’s Health Products Catalog that saves members money on many personal care items.
  • Mail order service and fitness benefit through Optum.
  • Robust member support programs like: Navigate for Me, Advocate for Me, and House Calls.

Top Features of UHC’s Med Supp plans:

  • Only MS brand with the AARP name
  • Stable annual trend increases (less than 3.2 percent each year for over 14 years)
  • Lifetime commissions on policies written 5/1/18 and after
  • Offers a health and wellness program via Optum

If you have questions or want to get contracted with UHC, please contact your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative.

UnitedHealthcare’s 2019 A2Oh! Rewards Program

UnitedHealthcare recently announced the new 2019 A2Oh! Rewards Program trip destination for commission-eligible, accepted, and paid sales of AARP Medicare Supplement insurance plans from UHC.

The A2Oh! Rewards Program offers three different categories of travel awards from UHC:

  1. Sapphire: Presented to Level 2 agents who achieve 125+ accepted and paid sales during the qualification period.
  2. Emerald: Offered to Level 2 agents whose total accepted and paid sales during the qualification period earn them a ranking between 11 and 25 of top performers.
  3. Diamond: Offered to Level 2 agents whose total accepted and paid sales during the qualification period earn them a ranking between 1 and 10 of top performers.

Click here to learn more about the program.

 

Contact your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative with any questions.

Allwell’s 2019 D-SNP Has Expanded Into 68 Counties In Ohio

ATTENTION NORTHWEST OHIO AGENTS

See new counties now available in your area!

Allwell’s 2019 D-SNP has expanded into 68 counties in Ohio!

Check out the D-SNP network below:

  • Promedica- Fostoria Community Hospital, Flower Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Toledo Hospital, Bay Park Community Hospital, Defiance Regional Medical Center, Arrowhead Behavioral Hospital
  • Mercy- St. Anne Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, St. Rita’s Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Defiance Regional Medical Center
  • And more- Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital, University of Toledo Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, H.B. MaGruder Hospital, Regency Hospital of Toledo, Lima Memorial, Firelands Regional, Wood County Hospital, and Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers.

Competitive benefits to go with a strong network!

  • $1,000 allowance for comprehensive dental, including DENTURES
  • Member pays $0 copay for two hearing aids each year
  • Vision allowance for contacts and eyeglasses
  • $80 monthly allowance for over-the-counter items
  • Transportation included—48 one-way trips
  • Fitness membership

ALSO… take advantage of Allwell’s FULL REIMBURSEMENT of your AHIP fees!

  • It does NOT matter where you took the AHIP test. You do not have to take it through Allwell to receive full reimbursement!
  • Must be certified and contracted to sell 2019 Allwell/Health Net MA plans
  • Must have a minimum of 5 new sales with a January 1, 2019 effective date

Qualifying sales must remain active with the plan through March 31, 2019.


Not contracted with Allwell? Contact your Cornerstone Senior Marketing sales representative for more information.

5 Reasons Aetna is Your Choice in Northeast Ohio

 

Cornerstone Senior Marketing & Aetna MA/MAPD want to share some insightful benefit information on Aetna’s plans if you have clients in the Northeast Ohio region.

5 reasons Aetna is your BEST choice in Northeast Ohio:

  1. Access to National Network on PPO and HMO plans. Network includes ALL acute care hospitals in Ohio, with access to a national network which includes Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children’s and Aultman.
  2. Expanded service area into Wayne, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.
  3. $0 premium HMO Value and $0 premium Value PPO plans.
  4. $0 PPO includes dental, OTC, hearing and meal benefit.
  5. Reduction in MOOP and copays including $0 Tier 1, and Tier 2 Prescription gap coverage.

 $0/MONTH

Two plan options including both medical and prescription drug coverage at $0/month

PROVIDER NETWORK

All acute-care hospitals in Ohio are in-network for Aetna members

(The Ohio State University is in-network for Aetna PPO members only)

NEW BENEFITS ADDED

Plans may include: OTC allowance, transportation, post-discharge meals, and dental, vision, & hearing benefits

If you have questions or want to get contracted with Aetna please contact your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative.

Protecting You From Fraud: Recent Social Security Change

Social Security Solutions, LLCSocial Security (SS) now requires you to open a “My Social Security” account to file an online application. Previously, you could file an application online with a special application number so you could start an application online, save it, and return later to complete it. Now you must get to the online application through your “My Social Security” account. The process is similar to credit card and bank procedures. You will log into your account with a user ID and password and then SS will send a special code to your cell or email. You need this code before completing the online application. The SS website also recognizes IP addresses, so you must start and finish the application from the same IP address. If logged on from a different IP address, you will be locked out and must restart the application.

This new process is beneficial to you! ID theft has led to more fraudulent Social Security retirement claims filed online in recent years.

So open your “My Social Security” account at www.ssa.gov and keep it up to date every six months.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

About Dennis Heywood

Denny’s career with Social Security provides an in-depth, working knowledge of the Social Security Administration’s internal organization and processes. An expert in all phases of SSA programs: retirement, survivor, disability, and Medicare, Denny has expertise with the complex Social Security regulations based on more than 40 years of experience.

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IRS and SSA Announce Cost of Living Adjustments for 2019

The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration announced cost of living adjustments  affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019.

The important limits are provided below:                                                 

401(k), 403(b) & 457(b) deferrals                $19,000

Catch-up 401(k), 403(b) & 457(b)               $6,000

415(c) Limit                                                      $56,000

Annual Compensation Limit                         $280,000

HCE Compensation Limit                              $125,000

Maximum Pension at age 62                          $225,000

SIMPLE Deferrals                                            $13,000

SIMPLE Catch-up                                             $3,000

SEP Minimum Compensation                        $600

Key Employee Limit, Officer Test                  $180,000

IRAs for individuals age 49 & below              $6,000

IRAs for individuals age 50 & above               $7,000

Soc. Sec.Taxable Wage Base                              $132,900

 

Click here to view the news release from the IRS.

Click here to view IRS Notice 2018-83.

Click here to view the Social Security Fact Sheet.

Anthem’s 2019 AEP Medicare Megastar Incentive

Anthem’s 2019 AEP Medicare Megastar Incentive: Sell 19 MA Apps during AEP 2019 and become a Medicare Megastar!

Here’s how YOU can be a Medicare Megastar and get FREE AHIP certification!:

Sell 19 approved Medicare Advantage policies (including D-SNP plans) with 1/1/19 effective dates during this AEP season and YOU can become a Medicare Megastar!

As a Medicare Megastar you’re entitled to SUPERHERO benefits like getting your 2020 AHIP certification at no cost! That’s Anthem’s way of showing their appreciation for your hard work and dedication.

Questions? Contact your Cornerstone Senior Marketing sales representative for more information!