LOS ANGELES – The 9th annual National Medicare Supplement Summit – the Medigap insurance industry conference – will take place April 11-13, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas.
The date and location was announced on June 27 by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, which also announced that next year’s conference will run in conjunction with the inaugural National Short-Term Care Insurance Summit, the first time an event has focused exclusively on the growing market for short-term care product solutions. Sales of these products have been growing steadily over the past few years.
“The Medicare Supplement conference is the only event that exclusively focuses on this important industry,” said Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, which organizes the conference. “We’re adding short-term care as a result of significant interest among insurers and distributors attending the last event.”
The three-day Medicare conference attracts over 500 insurers, distributors and agents who market and sell Medigap products. “We’ll again offer a free day for agents and advisors who want to attend special sessions and meet with exhibitors and national experts,” Slome adds. “Dallas is so convenient that we expect over 1,000 people will attend in 2017.”
For more information on the events, contact the Association offices at 818-597-3205 or visit the organization’s website at www.medicaresupp.org.
Free consumer guide to STC now availableThe first consumer guide focused on short-term care insurance was published recently by the National Advisory Center for Short-Term Care Information (NAC-STCi), which is also run by Jesse Slome.
The new two-page guide explores the problems many clients (and prospects) face … and may likely be the first time many of them have even heard about short-term care insurance.
“The guide is for insurance professionals as well as consumers who need to know more about important gaps in Medicare coverage and long-term care planning alternatives,” Slome said. Slome authored “The Essential Guide to Short-Term Care Insurance Protection,” which can be read on the Advisory Center’s website.
“Sales of traditional long-term care insurance have seen significant annual declines at a time when more people than ever are prepared to do some long-term care planning,” Slome added. “Insurance agents have a very viable and sellable solution available to them for the large number of people who seek an LTC solution but where the cost of traditional long-term care insurance or their existing health is an issue.”
Short-term care insurance can provide benefits for home health care, assisted living facility care and skilled nursing home stays. Policy sales increased 20% in 2015 compared to the prior year according to NAC-STCi.
The new guide can accessed on the Center’s website www.shorttermcareinsurance.org. No sign-in or personal information is required top access the guide.