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DO NOT USE 2017 MATERIALS/ENROLLMENT FORMS AFTER NOVEMBER 30
As you continue your marketing efforts this fall, remember that 2017 marketing materials, such as pre-enrollment kits including enrollment forms, cannot be used after November 30, 2017. Please destroy any 2017 materials you may have on December 1. Brokers can use only 2018 marketing materials beginning December 1, 2017.
The 2017 Blue MedicareRxSM (PDP) and the 2017 Blue Medicare Advantage online enrollment forms will not be available after November 30. Beginning December 1, all enrollments and changes must be made using the 2018 online, paper-to-online, fax or overnight process for applications.
New Bill Allows Brokers to Charge Fees
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2279, which relates to fees brokers may charge for services.
HB 2279 (Chapter 251) amends ARS §20-465 (Fees; insurance producers; definition), which regulates fees that are not included in a premium. As introduced, the bill was limited to property and casualty brokers. It was amended, however, to apply to a broader range of brokers, including health insurance.
The bill allows insurance producers to charge a fee or service charge in connection with an insurance transaction if:
- The fee or service charge and the specific services for which it is charged are disclosed and agreed to in writing by the insured; and
- The amount of the fee or service charge is reasonably related to the cost of the service rendered and does not duplicate or increase any fee or service charge included in the insurer’s rate filing
Producers are prohibited from charging fees in connection with life, annuity, long-term care or Medicare supplement insurance. In addition, this does not apply to insurance producers transacting commercial insurance, the definition of which can be found in the text of the bill, which can be viewed here.
HB 2279 will go into effect on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
If you have any questions please contact your Business Development Executive.
If you sell Humana’s MAPD or PDP plans then you’ll want to make sure you attend one of these great events.
APRIL DELEGATE PARTNER OUTREACH EVENT DETAILS:
- Tues, April 25, 9-10:30AM, Phoenix Office 2231 E Camelback Rd. Ste. 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016 – **See note about parking below.
- Wed, April 26, 9-10:30AM, Mesa Guidance Center 5943 E McKellips Rd. Mesa, AZ 8521
- Thu, April 27, 9-10:30AM, Tucson Office 5210 E Williams Circle Ste. 200 Tucson, AZ 85711
- Fri, April 28, 9-10:30AM, Prescott NACOG Building 221 N Marina St #201 Prescott, AZ 86301
** Parking at the Phoenix location is somewhat limited. If the 20 spots in front of the building are filled, I’d suggest parking at the Towne and Country shopping center at 2021 E Camelback Rd. and walk across 22nd to our building. It’s a 5-minute walk. After the meeting, you can enjoy coffee/lunch/shopping at Towne and Country.
Humana Pharmacy: We’re fortunate to have our fan-favorite…Aaron Vera f/Humana Pharmacy…speaking at all four locations. Aaron has spoken at our 2016 and 2017 AEP Rollout meetings and this month he’s going to update us with news around Humana Pharmacy programs including a brief overview on:
- Humana Pharmacy Prescription Submission Information
- Humana Specialty Pharmacy Information
- Prior Authorization Information
- Newly Implemented Sales Tax on Prescriptions
- New Website Security Process (Captcha)
- Go365 Health and Wellness Program
If you have folks with our MAPD and/or the PDP plans then you won’t want to miss Aaron’s talk.
One-Touch Resolution program: We’ll also be having a representative from Humana Pharmacy’s ‘Clinical Division’ talking about our new One-Touch Resolution program for member enhancement.
Iora: They’ll be following up to their BIG announcement that they made at the March Outreach. They’ll be speaking to the Phoenix/Mesa and Tucson groups and sharing how they are transforming member care. The stories continue to be amazing.
Tucson agents: Please RSVP to Steven Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoenix/Mesa/Prescott: Please RSVP to Kirk Sanich at email@example.com.
- Download marketing materials for FREE
- NEW marketing materials for lock-in
- CMS Medicare Star Surveys are underway
Download FREE Medicare marketing materials from Studio
Did you know you could download customized, compliant and branded marketing materials like flyers, brochures and mailers absolutely free of charge from the Aetna Medicare Marketing Studio? You sure can. When you login, use your National Producer Number (NPN) as your username, and then click the blue menu button on the left.
NEW marketing materials for the lock-in season
New materials on Studio can help you connect with beneficiaries who are aging into Medicare, or who are eligible for a Special Election Period. We’ve got new pieces including:
- Dual-eligibility flyer, ad and postcard
- Medicare 101 flyer
- PDP lead generation materials
Find these and other branded and unbranded materials on Studio. Login today using your NPN as your username.
CMS Medicare Star Surveys are underway
In March, April and May, your Medicare clients may be asked to participate in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (CAHPS), the Health Outcomes survey (HOS), or both. These surveys ask members questions about their physical and mental health, and healthcare they received from their health plan and providers.
Survey results help us find out what we’re doing well and areas we can improve.
- For more CMS Medicare Stars information, including how you can help your clients achieve their best health, login to Producer World, click “Individual Medicare” at the top, and then click “Tools,” scroll down and click on “Star Rating Resources.” Here’s a direct link to the CMS Star Ratings page.
We’re here to help
We appreciate your business and the service you provide our Medicare members. If you have any questions, please contact your local Aetna Medicare Broker Manager. Or you can contact the Aetna Medicare Broker Services Department at 1-866-714-9301, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
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IN THIS ISSUE
Medicare.gov pricing tool now displays SilverScript’s updated 2017 PDP formularies
Did you know that the first update window available after the prescription drug plan formularies are approved in August does not appear on Medicare.gov until late March?
Pricing files are updated every two weeks but formulary changes occur just once a month starting in late March and continuing through October. The updates from each monthly formulary submission window, if they are approved by CMS, appear on Medicare.gov in the following month (for example, updates submitted in May appear in June).
We encourage you to use the Medicare.gov pricing tool or the SilverScript Agent Portal pricing tool when preparing estimates and analyses for your clients.
A partial list of drugs added to our 2017 plan year formularies can be found below. Be certain to check the drug pricing tools and/or formulary documents to confirm medication coverage details such as strength, form, dose, and any restrictions like prior authorization, quantity limits, step therapy requirements, Medicare Part B vs Part D restrictions, etc.
You can download from the SilverScript Agent Portal a copy of the formulary update for the SilverScript Choice PDP and the SilverScript Plus PDP plans.
- Benicar (addition)
- Brilinta (tier decrease)
- Diltiazem (addition)
- Eliquis (addition)
- Invokamet XR (addition)
- Jentadueto (addition)
- Larissa (addition)
- Lorcet HD (addition)
- Namzaric (addition)
- Nasonex (addition)
- Nexium (addition)
- Olmesartan medoxomil/amlodipine/hydrochlorothiazide (addition)
- Rosuvastatin (addition)
- Seroquel XR (tier decrease)
- Vagifem (tier decrease)
- Zetia (tier decrease)
Get accurate pricing for 2017 SilverScript plans
For accurate formulary drugs and drug pricing, visit Medicare.gov or SilverScriptAgentPortal.com. Be certain to visit the SilverScript Agent Portal under Reference Materials to print out or download your copy of the comprehensive formularies.
Questions or comments? Please contact your upline admin team. They are ready to support you.
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The March 29, 2017 edition of Humana’s External Sales Newsletter is now available.
Click here to read all the articles including:
- Training Aids & Learning Opportunities
- Humana Wellness Benefits and Programs
- Keeping Licensing and Appointment Information Current
- Nervous Habits that Harm Your Health
- Links to Important Communications
- Ethics Information
Read the full newsletter here.