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Surviving the 2015 AEP Materials Creation Process – Part 2 of 2

July 28th, 2014 | by Deb Mabari

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Medicare plans are mid-way through the process of creating Annual Election Period (AEP) materials – namely, Annual Notification of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents – that are due to members by the end of September.

At this stage of the game, tension is running high. By now, many health plans have likely discovered the way they were planning on creating the documents won’t work, have encountered issues with vendors, or any other number of challenges that put tasks and timelines into a tailspin.

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Surviving the 2015 AEP Materials Creation Process – Part 1 of 2

July 21st, 2014 | by Deb Mabari

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its model documents for the 2015 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The rigorous, highly complex rules and regulations for member marketing materials wreak havoc on health plans year after year – and the clock is now ticking.

Medicare plans must create, print and deliver AEP materials, specifically, Annual Notification of Change (ANOCs) and Evidence of Coverage (EOCs), to members by September 30. Preparing AEP materials can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive process and wrought with compliance risk.

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How the ACA Will Create a More Portable Workforce

July 8th, 2014 | by Deb Mabari

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Health insurance, pensions, retirement plans and other employer-sponsored benefits were originally created during World War II as a way for companies to be more competitive in attracting and retaining employees. Countless factors over the decades have changed the shape of company benefits, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to dramatically change the dynamic between employers and employees in the immediate future. Employees will no longer rely on employers for health insurance coverage, and what that will translate to is a more “portable” American workforce.

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