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IA Individual Market Update

Earlier last week Wellmark and Aetna both informed CMS & the Iowa Insurance Division that they will not be offering on-exchange or off-exchange plans in the state of Iowa for 2018.  You can read their official releases below.  We have contacted Medica and at this time they do not have any updates and are still

OCI announces 2017 Circle of Excellence Awards

Find out where we are taking our top brokers in 2018! OCI is pleased to announce the 2017 Circle of Excellence Awards which allows brokers to earn rewards, incentive trips and other exclusive materials. Brokers will have a chance to qualify for 3 different award levels based on commissions paid through OCI. [Click here

BCBSNE Changing Its Definition of Small Group

BCBSNE has issued the following letter to agents and brokers regarding small group definition: BCBSNE Changing Its Definition of Small Group; UI-11 Requirement   Effective May 1, 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will change its definition of small employer group from 1-50 total employees, to 2-50 total employees for new groups,

CMS Alert: HHS OIG Hotline Scam

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller

Most Noble Profession

As I enter my 29th year in the insurance industry, I reflect on what it is that I exactly do. You see, I entered the profession by answering a newspaper ad stating I could make hundreds of thousands of dollars. Young and sort of naïve, I went in with the same enthusiasm that many of

Medica Update: Making a first payment

Here are three ways for a person to make their first payment, once in the system, prior to receiving their first bill: Use the following form – set up first payment and/or ongoing ACH withdrawals – mail or fax in. [Download Form] The member may call 888-592-8211 and make their first payment over the phone, Visit www.medicamember.com,

Carrier Delays Expected

Carriers have informed us that there will be big delays in group processing and implementation, especially for anything submitted after 12/21. For instance, Blue Cross has indicated that groups submitted after 12/21 won’t be looked at until after January 1st and there is a good chance they won’t receive ID cards until after February 1st.

Attend the 2017 Insurance Leaders Forum

The 2017 Insurance Leaders forum presented by NAIFA and NAHU Nebraska will be held April 20-21, 2017 in La Vista, NE at the Embassy Suites. Keep the Promise April 20-21, 2017 | La Vista, NE | Embassy Suites It's all about the promise. YOUR promise to your clients: To provide financial protection and peace of

Aetna Individual Business Announcement

Effective December 31, 2016 Aetna has elected to terminate all Individual Market General Agency contracts across the nation. This will not affect your group business with Aetna / Coventry as that is a separate contract. Unfortunately, it does affect your individual business meaning OCI will no longer be able to service, process or inquire about any in

Nebraska Dept of Insurance Listening Sessions

The Nebraska Department of Insurance has announced ACA listening sessions for September and October. The sessions will cover a variety of topics including the future of the ACA, 2017 premiums, health insurance options for individuals/small business and more. See the original press release. Full list of dates and times below: September 2016 Session Dates: