Medicare Advantage Commissions

Question: I am no longer selling Medicare Advantage plans, can I receive my renewal commissions without doing the training? Answer: According to Medicare regulations, you must complete the annual training and score 90% or better on the final examination in order to continue getting renewals commissions.

Requirements for Licensed Producers Moving into Illinois

Illinois requires a letter of clearance from the home state of the producer as part of their requirements.  Producers do not have to first become non-resident producers in Illinois to apply for a resident license.  There is a paper application and a licensing fee of $215 required.  Another requirement is the completion of Annuity Suitability …

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No Surprise Medical Bill -New Federal Law

As of January 1, 2022, consumers have new billing protections when getting emergency care, non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, and air ambulance services from out-of-network providers. Through new rules aimed to protect consumers, excessive out-of-pocket costs are restricted, and emergency services must continue to be covered without any prior authorization, and regardless …

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Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule and Impartial Conduct Standards (PTE84-24)

Beginning February 16, 2021, the provisions of the DOL’s new Fiduciary Rule became effective, including the expanded definition of fiduciary and Impartial Conduct Standards under new and amended prohibited transaction exemptions. The DOL provided a non-enforcement grace period that will expire on February 1, 2022. This Rule represents the most significant change to retirement investment …

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What is the contestable period in a life insurance policy?

Since the applicant is asked questions about their  occupation, hobbies, height, weight and health history, the insurance company has the right to check if those answers were correct for two years following the issue date of the policy.  The “burden of proof” is on the insurance company that a answer concealed something that had the …

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Is it a good idea to name the insured’s estate as a beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy?

No. When the policyowner names their estate as beneficiary, it opens the doors for creditors to make a claim on the proceeds.   All estates go through a legal process called probate.  The courts appoints an administrator or executor for the estate after an attorney files the paperwork.  The executor is responsible for gathering assets and …

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Are insureds entitled to interest on delayed claims?

Almost all states have statues dealing with this issue.  In each state, the requirement is for the company to pay claims promptly (within 30 days) once their liability is clear.  Interest rates vary from state to state.  A common issue found in market conduct examination by the state regulators is lack of notice of the …

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