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

Association Membership = Continuing Education Credits

A bill has been introduced and is in committee at the Nebraska Unicameral that would allow agents to earn six hours of continuing education credit by being a member of a professional association. When I first heard that Senator Mark Kolterman was putting forth this bill, I figured that any professional agent would applaud and

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,

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

Are You Ready For ACA 2.0?

The election is over and all through the land, not a person was sure what Trump had on hand.  His knowledge is huge and the bluster is over, it’s now time for ACA to be covered with clover.  Keep some or repeal all is the question today, which is better is for us, it is

Consumers Need to be Educated

I had the opportunity this last week to see our dysfunctional health system up close and personal. This situation was absolutely mind numbing to say the least and is another example as to why we need consumer involvement in the healthcare purchasing system. Here is the synopsis of what happened. I am on a maintenance

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

When Did Honesty Become Obsolete?

I was brought up to respect one thing above all others. Honesty! Seriously, my parents were staunch believers that lying was never acceptable. Today, it seems it is not only acceptable but rather is expected. From our leaders all the way through to everyday people. It is permissible to be dishonest as long as your