Talking Medicare is the Senior Marketing Specialists weekly topic sheet. Information for agents to know for their clients, staff, and industry.

Silverscript Announces New E-App

Silverscript Announcement: “eApplication – Earlier this year we introduced the electronic Scope of Appointment (eSOA). It makes SOAs quick and easy. Now the electronic Application (eApp) is also available. The eApp is the virtual equivalent of a face to face meeting. You create the application on the portal and then your client views and digitally signs it online. There is no need for paper, no need for you to do post-application data entry, and no need for you to send us a copy of the application. The process will provide your client with all the same materials that are in the physical enrollment kit. Your client will get PDF versions of the Plan Guide, the Star Rating Sheet, and the SoB before signing, and will get the New Member Reference Guide after signing. Think of the eApp as the virtual online version of the same physical kits that are shipping to you right now. You can track the progress of the eApp on the agent portal, where you can also get a complete and digitally signed PDF copy of the application for your own client files.”


2017 MA Landscape Has Been Released by CMS!

The link below is to the source of the file on CMS.gov:


How To Apply For a New or Replacement Social Security Number Card

You can apply on line or in person for a replacement card. Generally, you will get your card within 10 business days from the date your application is processed.

You can use a my Social Security account to request a replacement Social Security card online if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen age 18 years or older with a U.S. mailing address;
  • Are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card; and
  • Have a valid driver’s license or a state-issued identification card for select states.

Learn more in the FAQ section of ssa.gov: https://www.ssa.gov/

Meaning of Social Security number: https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v45n11/v45n11p29.pdf

Determine Eligibility or Calculate Medicare Premium Amounts

If you are unsure of what a client’s Medicare premium will be use this calculator to get an estimate of when they are eligible for Medicare and their premium amount.

Find it here: https://www.medicare.gov/EligibilityPremiumCalc/

Can Individuals Who Have Medicare Enroll In Individual Market Coverage, Such As Coverage Offered Through the Individual Marketplace?

No. Consistent with the longstanding prohibitions on the sale and issuance of duplicate coverage to Medicare beneficiaries (section 1882(d) of the Social Security Act), it is illegal to knowingly sell or issue an Individual Marketplace Qualified Health Plan (or an individual market policy outside the Marketplace) to a Medicare beneficiary.

Get answers to more questions about Medicare and Marketplace plans in the publication located here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/Medicare-and-the-Marketplace/Downloads/Medicare-Marketplace_Master_FAQ_4-28-16_v2.pdf

Source: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/Medicare-and-the-Marketplace/Overview1.html

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