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What you need to know: ACA Executive Order and Subsidies

President Trump has signed and executive order that will affect ACA or Obamacare rules. He has also moved to cut subsidy payments for ACA plans. Here's what you need to know:

Individual Sales Assistant

Position Description Job Title:  Individual Sales Assistant Reports to: Individual Sales Team Position Purpose:  Effectively and efficiently working with the Individual Sales Team in all aspects to help place and retain business with OCI and its partner carriers.   Responsibilities and Duties: Cleaning/prepping applications submitted to submit to carriers Providing support pertaining to all aspects

FAKE NEWS – Get your Fake News right here

Well, the media released the latest information about the expected premium increases for 2018 by the only carrier (can you say monopoly?) remaining in the individual market for Nebraska. Medica has proposed rates that were touted as an average increase of 17% over last year but let me suggest that first and foremost, this is

Register for OCI’s Medicare Advantage Training Session

June 26th, 2017 / 9:30am @ Blue Cross Blue Shield Omaha Headquarters As carriers continue to withdraw from the under-65 market and lower commissions, agents need to find additional opportunities to increase their bottom line.  Medicare has become one of the most stable health lines for growing your business and building a solid residual income. More than

Digital Marketing Spotlight: Social Media for Insurance Agents

Whether you've already ventured into the world of social networking or you're experimenting with it, we've got some tips to help you get started writing and promoting your services. Let's begin with a common question: Why is social media marketing important? Consider these benefits: It increases online awareness of your business and gets your name in front of

BCBS of NE will drop last ACA-compliant individual plans

BCBS of Nebraska informed CMS & the Nebraska Department of Insurance that they will not be offering on-exchange or off-exchange plans in the state of Nebraska for 2018. Members who purchased their individual or family health plan prior to Jan. 1, 2014 — also known as pre-ACA — are not impacted. Please note, this change

Aetna will exit Nebraska exchange in 2018

Aetna has released a statement on changes to the Nebraska 2018 Individual footprint: Individuals and families The public exchange environment remains highly volatile, forcing Aetna to continually reevaluate our current footprint and make some difficult decisions. We informed the appropriate federal and state regulators that Aetna will not participate in the Nebraska Individual public exchange

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,