Don’t Like Your Medicare Advantage Plan?

In past years, people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans had the months of January, February, and March to change to another Advantage plan.  That is no longer the case, and only one option is available to those who are unhappy with their [...]

Medicare Advantage: A Growing Business

Humana Inc.’s 2010 third-quarter net income climbed 30 percent, largely due to a jump in Medicare Advantage enrollment. Humana’s profit was $393.2 million from July through September, 2010. Humana’s total revenue for the [...]

Diabetes? No Insurance For You.

I had a phone call yesterday from a woman whose husband wants to change jobs, but the new employer doesn’t offer health insurance. I told her the safest route would be to apply for individual/family insurance before changing jobs so they’d [...]

Health Care Reform and Medicare in 2011

Republicans want to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act which impacts a broad range of medical and health  insurance issues.  Many of the reforms are actually quite popular with the public.  Here are some changes that will affect Medicare [...]

Thoughts of Gabby Giffords and Gabe Zimmerman

When I met Gabby Giffords in September 2010, she was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking to me.  I told her I was an insurance agent and that I was grateful for her vote in support of the health care reform bill.  She listened attentively [...]

Update: Golden Rule Called. Patient Can Get Cancer Treatment.

I often wonder if anyone is reading what I write in this blog, but when I write about insurance companies I’m pretty sure someone will see it.  Thankfully, someone at Golden Rule Insurance did see what I wrote yesterday and called me [...]

Golden Rule, UnitedHealthCare: Please Call!

Yesterday I had a conference call with “Alonzo”, who is from Tucson, and Golden Rule Insurance. I waited more than ten minutes to talk to a Golden Rule representative. Then I got Alonzo on the phone. We  talked for five minutes [...]

2.8 Million Baby Boomers Eligible For Medicare in 2011

In 2011, 2.8 million baby boomers will turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. Not all of these baby boomers will need to enroll in Medicare because many will continue working and will be covered by their employer’s health insurance.  [...]

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period: Done

The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare beneficiaries ended at midnight, December 31st.  Medicare beneficiaries who wanted to (or needed to) change their Medicare Advantage plan or their Part D drug plan should have take action by this time. [...]