Screening Too Early, LTC, and More | Office Meeting 02-15-21

We lost a potential client because they called in, saying they wanted a particular carrier (that we do not write) and we sent them on their way.

We addressed that today, along with long-term care, along with various other topics like client reviews, etc.

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01- 11- 2021 Medicare Update & Opportunities

Medicare Agent Training Chris Westfall

Our meeting today covered improvements in our process, things we are experiencing and how to fix them, and opportunity updates for California's birthday rule.

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Medicare Updates – Monday 08/31/20

August 31, 2020 Office Meeting Notes under the video. To see more of our office meetings, click here.   <[email protected]@> {“@context”: “http://schema.org”,”@type”: “VideoObject”,”name”: “08312020 Meeting Edit”,”description”: “This video contains 08312020 Meeting Edit”,”thumbnailUrl”: “https://embed.vidello.com/71/2mptuhhgdar7fmys/video/splash.jpg”,”uploadDate”: “2020-08-31T22:19:47.000Z”,”duration”: “PT20M57S”} Anyone struggling with Premiums→ AEP…

     


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Unique Opportunity California

As we have covered in the past, the California market is very unique from the rest of the country in that they have the Birthday Rule. This allows anyone with an existing Medicare Supplement plan to change to an equal…

     


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Wildfire SEP for California

Due to the devastation in California from the wildfires, FEMA has declared the area a disaster area, triggering CMS to initiate a Special Election Period for all affected directly by the fires and those adversely impacted by those they rely…

     


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Is it legal to call folks about their Medicare plan?

Is it legal to cold call for Medicare plans?

Excerpt from SeniorAgentPodcast on iTunes:

Can I legally call someone and talk about Medicare Supplement plans?

This is a question that was asked by a new agent this week.

The agent said she had heard that you can lose your license, pay a fine, etc. for cold calling someone about Medicare plans.

What the agent is referring to is the marketing of Medicare Advantage Plans.
You can find the marketing rules from CMS about Medicare Advantage plans here.

However, in most all states, it is perfectly legal to telemarketing / cold call, door knock, and approach seniors about Medicare Supplement plans.

 Only one state has restrictions on the marketing of Medicare Supplement plans.

That state is Ohio. Their law prohibits the following for both Medicare Advantage AND Medicare Supplement marketing.

(2) Any of the following unsolicited contacts with a Medicare-eligible person:
(a) Door-to-door solicitation including leaving information such as a leaflet, flyer, or door hanger at a residence, or leaving information such as a leaflet or flyer on someone's car;
(b) Approaching individual prospective applicants in common areas (e.g., parking lots, hallways, lobbies, sidewalks, etc.);
(c) Telephonic solicitation including leaving electronic voicemail messages;
(d) These prohibitions on marketing through unsolicited contacts do not extend to mail and other media (e.g., advertisements, direct mail), or unsolicited contacts with prospective applicants with whom the entity or insurance agent has a business relationship.
Near the end of this podcast, I have several suggestions for various new ways to market Medicare Supplement plans through centers of influence.

Those referenced interviews are found at MedicareAgentTraining.com

 Hear the audio of the podcast answer here.

Also on the topic of telemarketing – You CANNOT call folks for Medicare Advantage plans, as said before:

 

States with Special G.I. Rules for Medicare Supplements

Some states have odd guarantee issue rules or what they call “open enrollment”, either once per year or all the time. Those rules usually cause the companies to pay the agent half, or zero, commission when exercising their guaranteed issue…

     


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