There's a "new" plan on the block and it has very similar coverage to Plan G. If your clients are unable to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan F due to MACRA, then you may tend to encourage them to purchase a Plan G. And that's always been a smart move. However, the differences between Plan G and Plan N are as follows:
Here's where it gets really interesting though. The vast majority of Plan N policy holders never end up paying the Part B excess charges because nearly every doctor in the U.S. (96%) who accepts Medicare, only charges the amount Medicare has approved for their services. So what does that mean? It means that your Plan N clients will likely only pay the cost-share copays and the Part B deductible.
Let's dig a little more into the Plan G vs. Plan N discussion. Due to MACRA, Plan G is now available to customers with 6 out of the 7 Guaranteed Issue rights. This will increase the pool of high-cost policy holders and place more and more pressure on insurance carriers to raise their premiums to cover those costs. Last year was the first year of newly eligible clients with this many Guaranteed Issue rights for Plan G, but every year that will steadily increase as more and more people age into Medicare. So what does this mean? It means Plan G premiums will likely increase faster than those of plans with fewer Guaranteed Issue rights, such as Plan N.
So, to wrap this up. If your clients purchase a Plan N, they will have identical coverage to Plan G, their premiums will likely not increase as quickly as those who have Plan G, and their out-of-pocket costs will be the Part B deductible and any copays they may incur. It's clearly a win/win! Consider offering Plan N Medicare Supplements to your clients; explain to them the cost differences, and how in the end, Plan N will be their better option.
Questions? Reach out to our Medicare gurus, Cassandra and Derick for more information.
You just got your Health and Life insurance licenses and now you're ready to start selling! But before you can leap into the world of insurance, you need to find a partner who will be there to work with you and support you. So, who is the best FMO? Well that depends upon what you're looking for. We'll go through the highlights of what you should look for and why you need to partner with one.
An Insurance Marketing Organization or FMO (Field Marketing Organization) is the liaison between you and the insurance carriers you wish to contract with. Unless you decide to become a captive (career) agent with one insurance company, you have to go through an FMO to get contracted with different carriers. By doing so, you have the ability to work with as many carriers as you like and offer your clients an array of insurance products.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to partnering with an FMO, but some important things you want to consider before placing all your contracts with one organization are: longevity in the industry, selection of carriers and products, commission structure, education and training, marketing and sales support, lead generation and finally back office support.
It's easy to Google "best FMO" and have a list of agencies come up, but to determine which one will be the best fit for you depends upon several things. And when you're vetting which FMO meets your needs be sure to get answers to the questions below.
Selling insurance products and assisting Americans with their insurance needs can be highly rewarding. After all, everyone needs insurance. When you partner with an organization that wants you to succeed, you're headed on a path for success. Do your research and be sure you get a good feeling about the organization before committing. The right FMO will fuel you with all the tools and resources you need to have a rewarding and profitable career.
Carolyn Portanova is the Director of Marketing at The Brokerage Resource and has been with the firm since 2012.