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Medicare Advantage startups primed to disrupt the status quo?

14 new Medicare Advantage organizations are entering the market this Fall as the Annual Election Period begins in October, many bolstered by new flexibility in plan and benefit design recently permitted by CMS.

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Older adults willing to pay more in Medicare premiums to ensure cap on out...

New survey finds 1 in 5 adults who currently take prescription drugs struggle to pay for them each month; and three-quarters of all surveyed support legislation that places a cap on what seniors pay for prescription drugs in Medicare Part D.

Prediction: Eased value-added rules for Medicare Advantage will boost fall enrollment

Cavulus CEO Patrick Phillips predicts new and uniquely expanded benefits in wake of CMS recently easing supplemental health benefits rules

Kaiser Permanente tops J.D. Power Medicare Advantage plan survey for 5th straight year

Overall MA plan customer satisfaction remains steady as cost drives plan selection, study finds.

Integrity expands Midwest senior market footprint with acquisition of Emrick Insurance Marketing Group

Nation’s largest independent distributor of life and health insurance products to the senior market enters definitive agreement to acquire Illinois-based IMO that markets Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement products.

AmeriLife Direct partners with BGA on Medicare, other products

Expanded partnership with One Resource Group enables its agents and advisors to refer Medicare prospects; AmeriLife also releases White Paper highlighting Med Supp opportunities created by MACRA 2020.

Just 1 in 3 Medicare Advantage members familiar with CMS’ Star Ratings for plans

Survey finds that while only 15% of MA members used the rating system in picking a 2019 plan, 74% of enrollees still ended up in plans with four or more Stars.

Integrity Marketing Group expands with acquisition of Tidewater Management Group

Integrity, the nation’s largest independent distributor of life and health insurance products, has acquired Raleigh, N.C.-based Tidewater, one of the largest distributors of Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage products in the Southeastern U.S.

Fraternal insurer launches first all-digital Med Supp application

Catholic Life Insurance, using Ensurem’s Medigap EZ-App platform, says it is the first to offer a true direct-to-consumer Medicare Supplement insurance application that allows consumers to enroll without speaking to an insurance agent.

AAMSI posts free access to Med Supp conference videos for agents

The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance has now posted video recordings of 10 top-rated sessions from the event, which was held June 12-14 in St. Louis.

Medicare Advantage plan member satisfaction holds steady as enrollment surges

Kaiser Permanente ranks highest in overall satisfaction for fourth consecutive year, new J.D. Power study finds.

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