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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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These People Lining Up To Buy The iPhone 6 Aren’t Even Apple Fans (APPL)

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Monday, September 08, 2014
Although the iPhone 6 isn't expected to be released to the public for another two weeks, several people have already started lining up outside Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. You'd normally expect to see this type of behavior from diehard iPhone fans, but cousins Joseph Cruz, 21, and Brian Ceball, 20, are actually being compensated by online electronics retailer BuyBackWorld to gain publicity , Quartz reports. BuyBackWorld is picking up the duo's food tab for three weeks and also giving each of the them an iPhone 6, according to Quartz. Although the pair are iPhone users — this is their fifth year lining up for the new smartphone — it seems that competition is more of factor in this case. "We're trying to beat friends from last year," the cousins told Newsweek: "They waited 17 days, and we did 15." Cruz and Ceballo are trying to break the record this year by staying for 20 days. Cruz and Ceball aren't alone in their mission. Moon Ray, a 25-year-old actress and model from Mississippi, and her husband Jason paid the cousins $ 2,500 to be first in line , USA Today's Eli Blumenthal reports. The Rays are being sponsored by an app called VideoMedicine that allows users to Skype with their doctors. It's supposed to launch in time with the iPhone 6. Moon told Newsweek that she's not currently an iPhone owner and doesn't even plan to keep her iPhone 6. Watch an interview with Moon and the cousins below, courtesy of

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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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Michigan's Obamacare wrinkle: 'Personal responsibility'

Michigan's Obamacare wrinkle: 'Personal responsibility'
Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 — a move advocates feared would undermine signups. Turns out, enrollment is exceeding expectations, which has …
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The Real ObamaCare Numbers
But the HealthCare.gov website is still offering “ObamaCare Special Enrollment Period.” Reasonable exemptions for late registration include marriage, divorce and adoption. But a continuous Special Enrollment period is available to “An individual, who …
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Laid-Back, Blue-Collar California Chrome Seeks Triple Crown in Sport of Kings

Source: www.breitbart.com – Saturday, June 07, 2014
California Chrome, a horse that represents the blue-collar ethos of Central California and the laid-back attitude associated with the state, will try to become America's horse on Saturday when he races for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in New York.  Twelve horses  since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978 have come to New York with a shot at horse-racing immortality. And all twelve have failed in what is known as "the test of a champion" on the last mile-and-a-half Grade 1 event left.   Everyone except for his owners counted him out — even before he was born. In the sport of kings, California Chrome's owners "aren't racing aristocrats,"  USA Today noted.  "Steve Coburn is a press operator with a Nevada firm that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and hotel keys. Perry Martin owns a materials testing laboratory " near Sacramento, California. They were told they would be "real dumb asses" if they bought their mare.  But their $ 10,000 investment — and their "Dumb Ass Partners" group — looks better every day, as the horse could be worth at least $ 2o million. And possibly even more if he gets the Laura Hillenbrand treatment.  Not born to blue-blooded trainers and not purchased by billionaires, California Chrome doesn't even have a legendary trainer. Journeyman trainer Art Sherman, who has won his first three million-dollar races with the horse, has that honor.   As the   Los Angeles Times  "the far-fetched story

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Al Qaeda’s “Leaderless Jihad” Makes Obama A Fool

Source: www.thegatewaypundit.com – Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Last week, the brutal incompetence of our president, and secretaries of state Clinton and Kerry revealed itself in a country we once controlled at the great cost of American lives. Obama and his inept band of state department flunkies, headed by the most inept of them all, Hillary Clinton, failed to secure a status of forces agreement in Iraq. As a result, men flying the flag of al Qaeda have taken over the streets of Fallujah . Today, USA Today published an alarming article warning of the increasing spread of al-Qaeda…the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist group that just a few months ago Obama said was “on the way to defeat.” He was lying. We are now facing a rapidly growing and spreading “leaderless jihad.” USA Today reports , BEIRUT — The death of leader Osama bin Laden did not end the spread of al-Qaeda, say analysts. It may have even helped it. The chaos of the Arab Spring revolutions, al-Qaeda’s shift to a more bottom-up structure and a perceived pullback of U.S. influence in the Middle East are behind the spread of America’s No. 1 enemy in the world, say several analysts who study the core group in Pakistan and affiliates who swear allegiance to it. The latest and most stark example came this week in Iraq, where al-Qaeda militants seized control of government buildings and districts of Fallujah and Ramadi, cities that were liberated from jihadist control by American troops during the Iraq War. “This is a very worrisome deve

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