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Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment
Event on 2014-10-15 00:00:00
Open Enrollment is upon us. Technically referred to as the Annual Election Period (AEP), this enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7, and is one of the few times you can change, enroll into or disenroll from a Medicare plan. Change is effective January 1, 2014. Please contact Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP). HICAP has County specific information on Medicare plans available in your area. Our services are unbiased and free of charge. Call and schedule your appointment today at 559-224-9154 or 1-800-434-0222

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Latest Medicare Insurance News

Fact Check: Loebsack Targets Miller-Meeks on Medicare
The ad also references a tweet Miller-Meeks made, supporting a Medicare Premium Support program in Paul Ryan's 2012 budget proposal. That program would replace Medicare insurance coverage by giving Medicare recipients a fixed dollar amount to buy …
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Five Tips About Medicare Advantage
As a billing manager, I often found many senior patients were misinformed about their Medicare coverage. A lack of basic understanding would translate into delays, higher costs and added stress. Understanding five basic points could help such patients …
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Walmart Plans Health Insurance Shopping
The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the …
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Austin Benefits Group Named Among 101 Best and Brightest Companies

Bloomfield Hills, MI (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Austin Benefits Group, a full service employee benefits agency, has been named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™. As a third-year recipient of this prestigious award, Austin Benefits Group continues to set the bar higher in its commitment to excellence.

“Attracting and retaining top talent at Austin is essential to our mission to deliver world-class service to clients and their employees. Our strong commitment to each other as colleagues transcends to the client level, which is part of our success story,” says Cathy Siska, vice president of Client Services.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ distinction award honors companies like Austin that present a commitment to excellence in their human resources practices and employee enrichment. Nominated companies were assessed on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention. Companies are nominated annually and go through a series of assessments to maintain their best and brightest status.

Austin provides an exceptional employee benefits package to staff in addition to offering flexible schedules, opportunities for continuous education and company-sponsored wellness activities. “I’m so thankful that when I come to work every day, I work alongside a group of people who are dedicated to their jobs and their clients. Plus, getting treated to lunch a few times a month as an extra perk doesn’t hurt either,” says Melissa Carey, account manager.

About Austin Benefits Group: Austin Benefits Group (formerly Austin Financial Group) is Michigan’s premier full-service employee benefits agency. Founded in 2000 by Dean Austin, the company specializes in custom employee benefit packages, health insurance, Obamacare compliance and corporate wellness programs.

Contact:

Marissa Blaski

Austin Benefits Group

248.594.5550

marissa.blaski(at)austinfg(dot)com

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Tis the season for Medicare scams

Tis the season for Medicare scams
Oct. 01 — Medicare's seven-week open enrollment period is right around the corner, a time when many area seniors will be making changes to their health care coverage. The open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 , is the one time during the year …
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Buchberger: What's with the Obamacare-mandated Medicare paperwork?
If Medicare either does not pay the bill or discontinues reimbursement, the supplemental will not pay any claims denied by Medicare. Secondary insurance acts independently from Medicare and typically pays the remaining balance from Medicare less …
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Medicare counseling can help reduce your health insurance costs
For older adults on Medicare, and Baby Boomers about to sign-up, the important fall Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 this year. It's important to reevaluate your plans annually because coverage can change, and shopping around …
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Medicare Supplement Insurance-medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Learn about Medicare Supplement Insurance and what it covers. Medicare supplement insurance picks up the doctor bills that Medicare does not pay. It covers hospital care when Medicare coverage ends. And it even helps when Medicare has no coverage, for instance when you are traveling abroad.

How Does Medicare Supplement Insurance Work? It’s pretty automatic and problems are rare. Medicare pays 80% of a pre-approved rate for doctor services. Your Medicare Supplement plan pays the remaining 20%. Medicare Supplement coverage adds to Medicare’s coverage in most situations.

It’s easy to underestimate how much healthcare can

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration …
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In just a year Obamacare goes from top Congress issue to barely mentioned
Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of Healthcare.gov where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? It was last September when Republicans sparred with …
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In one year, Obamacare goes from top congressional issue to barely mentioned
With so many other issues at center stage this fall, the health-care law is simply not on voters' minds. Our colleague Aaron Blake noted this month that polls show voters are generally unhappy with the country's direction, but few cite Obamacare as the …
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Omaha Firms Join Forces to Meet Growing Consumer Demand for Medicare Advice


Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) September 10, 2014

Two Omaha companies have partnered to address an emerging national trend in the financial planning, insurance and health care industries: more consumers are seeking advice on how to pick the right Medicare health plan and incorporate those health care expenses into retirement plans.

Securities America, a broker-dealer with more than 1,800 financial professionals nationwide, is working with Medicare BackOffice™, a team of insurance agents licensed, contracted and certified in all 50 states to provide Medicare advice and products. While Medicare BackOffice™ agents ultimately work directly with consumers, the company’s initial customers are financial advisors or other professionals who want to help their clients navigate Medicare while continuing to concentrate on their primary business.

“As health care costs continue to climb, more people approaching retirement are asking their advisors for advice on picking a Medicare health insurance plan and keeping health care affordable,” said Brian Hickey, Medicare BackOffice™ vice president. “We created Medicare BackOffice to help financial advisors and other professionals who don’t specialize in Medicare meet this demand so they aren’t turning clients away – and potentially losing them forever.”

By offering Medicare BackOffice™ to its financial advisors, Securities America provides a value-added service that distinguishes the company from other broker-dealers, said Zach Parker, first vice president of income distribution and product strategy at Securities America.

“At Securities America, we pride ourselves on equipping our financial advisors with tools that provide exceptional service to clients,” Parker said. “Medicare BackOffice™ gave us two solutions – first, a way for our advisors to better serve consumers who are asking for help with Medicare; and secondly, yet another way to set us apart from competitors, so that financial advisors know they’re getting an edge when they work with Securities America.”

USA Today in April reported that more than half of retirees responding to an annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute are not confident that they have saved enough to pay their medical expenses during retirement. The finding came at the same time the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Consumers already are feeling the pinch of higher health care spending and want help managing those expected costs in the future,” said Medicare BackOffice’s Hickey. “Financial advisors who help them with that first step – choosing the right Medicare health plan – fortify their relationship as a trusted advisor, ensuring that they’ll return when they need help with other financial needs. A broker-dealer or independent financial advisor doesn’t need to be a Medicare expert to help clients. Now, all they have to do is refer them to Medicare BackOffice™.”

About Medicare BackOffice™

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Medicare BackOffice™ is a support service for broker-dealers, independent financial advisors, insurance agents and other professionals, helping their clients find the right Medicare health insurance plan. Professionals simply refer clients to Medicare BackOffice’s team of dedicated insurance agents, who are licensed, contracted and certified in all 50 states to provide Medicare advice and products from insurance carriers that are “A”-rated or better. By making clients’ search for Medicare answers easier and stress-free, Medicare BackOffice™ strengthens the referring professional’s relationship with clients. For more information, visit http://www.medicarebackoffice.com. Medicare BackOffice™ is not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program.    

About Securities America

Securities America is one of the nation’s largest independent broker-dealers with more than 1,800 independent advisors responsible for more than $ 50 billion in client assets.







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Medicare Counseling

Medicare Counseling
Event on 2014-08-27 10:00:00

Medicare Counseling at the DEC!
The Benefits Assistance Program of the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, together with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, will be offering Medicare counseling at the Disability Empowerment Center.

 

Counseling will be provided by trained volunteers every month by appointment only.

 

Appointment times for each date:
(Please do not schedule more than 1 appointment per person)

10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.

 

Location: Disability Empowerment Center
ABIL, Suite 200
Appointment held in ABIL
5025 E. Washington Street, Phoenix

 

The benefits counselors will assist ABIL participants and the general public with all Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information.  All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge.  The services are part of the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) funded by Medicare to assist beneficiaries.

 

The Benefits Assistance Program is one of many services available from the Area Agency on Aging, Region One to support seniors (60 years and older) and disabled individuals.   To learn more about all programs and services call the Area Agency’s 24-Hour Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-4357(HELP).  Visit them online at www.aaaphx.org.

 

If you are having problems registering online, please contact Shoshanna Fawley by email, sfawley@abil.org and put ”Medicare counseling” in the subject line, or call 602-296-0592.

at Disability Empowerment Center
5025 East Washington Street
Phoenix, United States

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee
For weeks before Thursday's election, they bombarded Tennessee with ads depicting them as “soft on crime,” hostile to business interests and supporters of “the Obama agenda” and “Obamacare.” But this was all nonsense: In fact the judges never ruled on …
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BYRON YORK: Knowledge undercuts Obamacare support
Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close. So why is Obamacare less popular now than a few months ago? Because it is fully in place and Americans have …
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Fact check: GOP Pryor ad headed for the hall of shame
Another gross distortion is the ad's claim that Pryor voted "to give members of Congress special benefits to purchase Obamacare." That's absurd. Pryor supported continuing the same employer payments for health insurance that members of Congress have …
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The Brokerage, Inc. Opens New San Antonio Office with a New, Bilingual Area Manager


San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Due to the incredible growth of their product portfolio in Texas and across the country, the Lewisville-based brokerage recently saw the need for additional support in niche markets. A big step towards satisfying that need is the opening of their charming new office in San Antonio managed by highly qualified Claudia Rodriguez-Diaz—a Spanish-speaking business manager with all the right experience.

With a degree in Management and a minor in Marketing from the University of The Incarnate Word, Rodriguez-Diaz has served as a Sales Representative, a Community Relations Manager, and Business Development Manager. She comes to The Brokerage, Inc. from United Healthcare, and will be applying her unique skill set to her new home base in San Antonio.

Conveniently located in the emerging hybrid downtown suburb of Cadillac Lofts, The Brokerage’s new office is an accessible location that offers a place for agents to meet prospects and clients, learn the latest product news and marketing ideas, as well as visit with The Brokerage’s new local area manager.

“Our emphasis on better serving our clients, both agents and consumers, creates an incredible demand for strong leaders capable of speaking across carrier and product lines,” said The Brokerage, Inc. Vice-President John Dubas, “The Brokerage is thrilled to have Claudia available to help those we serve. We anticipate an immediate positive influence on our agents, particularly in Central and South Texas.”

The San Antonio Office’s address is:

Cadillac Lofts

317 Lexington, Suite 1

San Antonio, Texas 78215

For more information, visit http://www.thebrokerageinc.com.

About The Brokerage, Inc.

The Brokerage, Inc., a national insurance marketing organization specializing in life, health and accident products, has been a nationally recognized leader in the insurance marketplace for over 36 years. The Brokerage, Inc. is proud to provide products such as annuities, health insurance, life insurance, and long term care insurance, as well as marketing services to over 10,000 actively appointed independent insurance agents nationwide. The Brokerage, Inc. helps independent brokers with their marketing efforts and increases the value of their agency with specialized features such as quality Medicare leads, help with Medicare certification, top contracts, free E&O coverage, and marketing support through various avenues year-round, not just during the Annual Enrollment Period. The Brokerage, Inc. has also played a vital role in training agents for the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is a preferred GA for Blue Cross Blue Shield. For more information, visit http://www.thebrokerageinc.com