“Create Custom Reports on Long-Term Care,” by LTC Focus, Brown University

“LTCfocus.org provides data on nursing home care in the US. Our goal is to allow researchers to trace relationships between state policies, local market forces and the quality of long-term care and enable policymakers to craft state and local guidelines that promote high-quality, cost-effective, equitable care for older Americans  >>Learn More” LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): You may find this resource useful. I’m just beginning to familiarize myself with it. Create Custom Reports on Long-Term Care #goldencareagent
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Categories: Industry News and Long-Term Care.

Download Mutual of Omaha’s New Mobile Quote App

Mutual of Omaha has introduced a new mobile app that features quoting capabilities for all of their products, including Medicare Supplement. Agents will experience the same great features as their current Medicare Supplement quoting app – but with improved support, laying the foundation to meet agent needs over the long run. As a reminder, as of December 31, 2015, the old Med Supp Quote app will no longer be supported. It is important to download the new app, if you haven’t already, to avoid any disruption in service and continue enjoying quotes on the go. Download the New “Quotes for
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Categories: Medicare Supp./Adv. and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Update: Simplicity ii Rate Increase Action In AK, DE, OR & SC

As you are aware, MedAmerica is currently in the process of raising rates on the Simplicity ii product line. This rate action does not affect CareDirections Simplicity®. This notice is to inform agents that they have received approval from Alaska, Delaware, Oregon & South Carolina, and are implementing the rate increase activity in these states. This is the only notification agents will receive regarding this rate action. MedAmerica will mail notification of the rate increase to affected insureds on December 30, 2015. The new premium amount will be effective as of the insured’s next billing date, following the state required
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Categories: Long-Term Care and MedAmerica.

GoldenCare Good News!

Good News! Mutual of Omaha has introduced a new mobile app that features quoting capabilities for all of their products, including Medicare Supplement. Agents will experience the same great features as their current Medicare Supplement quoting app – but with improved support, laying the foundation to meet agent needs over the long run. As a reminder, as of December 31, 2015, the old Med Supp Quote app will no longer be supported. It is important to download the new app, if you haven’t already, to avoid any disruption in service and continue enjoying quotes on the go. Read Full Article
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Categories: GoldenCare News and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

“America Cares, and It’s Draining,” by Susan Milligan, U.S. News & Report

“Experts see caregiving as an emerging – and increasingly ubiquitous – national issue. Much as the advent of women into the paid workforce brought more attention to child care programs and support, the aging of the population ought to bring more focus to the question of the financial and emotional strains of caregiving. But the matter is getting barely a mention in the presidential campaign, advocates bemoan.” LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Be careful what you wish for; you may get another big unfunded government entitlement that further saps personal responsibility and leaves
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Categories: Industry News and Long-Term Care.

“Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Costly but Effective,” by John F. Wasik, New York Times

“Long-term care insurance isn’t for everybody, but it can be useful for people who are interested in preserving their estate for their heirs and for families determined to provide high-quality home care or a superior nursing home for aging loved ones.” LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Good for the Gray Lady. As any elder law attorney will explain, you can preserve your estate without long-term care insurance by planning for Medicaid. The critical point is that you must be able to pay privately to get the best home or institutional care. Having LTCI
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Categories: Industry News and Long-Term Care.

AM Best Affirms Mutual of Omaha’s Superior Rating

A.M. Best Affirms Mutual of Omaha’s A+ Rating Mutual of Omaha is pleased to share with you that A.M. Best affirmed Mutual’s A+ (Superior) rating with a stable ratings outlook. The A+ rating is the second highest of 16 ratings issued by A.M. Best, which assesses overall financial strength and ability to meet ongoing obligations to policyholders. “The rating affirmations reflect Mutual of Omaha’s leadership position in the Medicare Supplement market, as well as a provider of life and annuity business and group benefit options,” A.M. Best said in a press release announcing the rating, “Mutual of Omaha’s historically favorable
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Categories: Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

United Security Assurance Can No Longer Accept Kentucky Business

Attention Kentucky Producers, Unfortunately, United Security Assurance must announce that the Kentucky Commissioner of Insurance has ordered a stop to writing new business within the state due to the company’s capital and surplus position, and current AM Best rating. Agents can be assured that United Security Assurance is looking into what steps can be taken to remedy the situation. In the meantime, United Security Assurance can no longer accept new business until this matter is resolved. This only affects Kentucky New Business If you have any questions, please contact the United Security Assurance sales and marketing team at 215-723-3044. United
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Categories: Long-Term Care and United Security.

GoldenCare Good News!

Good News! GoldenCare USA is providing agents with an excellent way to kick off the New Year!   All agents who attend any of our three “Industry Updates – 2015 Year End Grand Finale” webinar presentations next week will be given 6 complimentary LTC infographics! Designed to elicit a response from consumers, these 6 infographics can be used in email signatures, on social media, or on agent websites. Read Full Good News Infographic Article
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Categories: GoldenCare News and Industry News.

GoldenCare 2015 Industry Updates: Year-End Grand Finale

Ring in 2016 with our End of Year Grand Finale! Join Mark Randall as he explains the state of the Long-Term Care industry. Mark will bring you up to speed on carriers, political issues, legal issues, underwriting changes, alternative products and more. Always a popular webinar to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the industry. Pre-Register Now! Read More
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.