Strange but true: Wacky things and trivia nuggets from the world of insurance

No doubt insurance is a serious business. But that doesn’t mean a lot of silly or curious things related to insurance won’t pop up in the news from time to time.

Medicare Advantage networks include less than half of physicians in a county, on average

New Kaiser Family Foundation study documents trade-off between private Medicare plans and traditional Medicare; shows more than 1 in 3 Medicare Advantage enrollees were in a plan with a narrow network while about 1 in 5 were in broad-network plans.

U.S. News releases list of top-rated 2018 Medicare plans by state

Medicare Part D plans in 11 states and Medicare Advantage plans in 15 states (and the District of Columbia) earned maximum 5-star ratings in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Medicare Plan ratings, updated on Oct. 19.

CMS reveals new Medicare card design

Removing Social Security numbers intended to strengthen fraud protections for about 58 million Americans; New cards will begin being mailed next April.

Projected growth in Medicare Advantage market highlights untapped opportunities, study finds

Kaiser Permanente tops customer satisfaction rankings for third straight year by a wide margin in 2017 J.D. Power study. Increased premarketing, building trust with the physician network are keys to success in fast-growing market.

Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid enrollment up while other segments decline, MFA report finds

MA enrollment up 6% year-over-year with enrollment expected to continue to grow, according to the latest Healthcare Business Strategy report from Mark Farrah Associates, released July 10.

Med Supp market sees 6% growth in 2016 according to new data

The Medicare Supplement market continues to grow as membership increased in 2016, according to Mark Farrah Associates' (MFAs) latest Healthcare Business Strategy report, released...

Shopping up, enrollment channels shift for Medicare Part D as more consumers rely on...

Data collected from Brookfield, Wis.-based Connecture, Inc., released this month indicates that shopping for Medicare Part D plans is up by 17% from last...

A Market and Product Outlook (And How You Can Use It for Your Agency)

Recently, I gave a run-down of the current Medicare outlook, and how you can use it to benefit plans for your agency or business.  ...

AEP preparation advice from IMO execs: Part I

Are you ready yet? The start of Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) – Oct. 15-Dec. 7 – is just over a month away, meaning agent...