What is Medicare?

Medicare is health insurance for people aged 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and-or people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease, or ESRD (permanent).

Part A

Helps cover inpatient care in hospitals. Also helps cover skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health-care.

Part B

Helps cover doctors’ services, outpatient care, and home health-care. Also helps cover some preventive services to help maintain your health and to keep certain illnesses from getting worse.

Part C

A health coverage option run by private insurance companies approved by, and under contract with, Medicare.

Includes Part A, Part B, and usually other coverage like prescription drugs.

Part D

A health coverage option run by private insurance companies, approved by and under contract with Medicare.

Includes Part A, Part B, and usually other coverage like prescription drugs.

Medicare Advantage & PDP Calculator

Calculate commissions for MA & PDP with our Commission Calculator.

Choose your state, plan type (MAPD or PDP) policy effective date, and whether it’s a new plan or a renewal/like plan change.

Examples of New Plan vs. Like Plan Changes

Example 1:

Client new to Medicare Part B. Client enrolls in a Medicare Advantage plan. The client has the current effective date corresponding with part B. Agent will receive full commission for a client being “New to Medicare”.

Example 2:

The client has had an MAPD plan for several years. The client is eligible for a SEP and Agent to enroll the client in a new MAPD plan with a 2/1/2021 effective date.

The agent will be paid $247.50 as the client will be on the new MA plan for for 11 months during 2021 and she made a “like plan change”. (11/12 x $270= $247.50).

How to Calculate MA & PDP Commissions:

Effective Dates and Proration Explained

  • Carriers can only pay commissions for months a beneficiary is on the plan.
  • Carriers can only pay commissions for a plan year during the plan year. Business written for the next plan year can’t be paid until January 1.
  • Payments at the Initial Rate for beneficiaries that are “new to Medicare” are for the full Initial Rate regardless of the effective date.
  • Any payment at the Renewal Rate for beneficiaries that make a “like plan change” must be prorated.

Calculate MAPD & PDP Commissions

Data is from CMS – Contract Year 2021 Agent and Broker Compensation Rate

Medicare Resources and Tools

Quoting available on our Medicare product portfolio.

Medicare Carriers

Pinnacle works with a wide variety of carriers to help provide your clients with the best options available.

Medicare News

CMS | Changes to MA & Part D will Provide Better Coverage, More Access, & Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries

Today, CMS issued a final rule to further advances the agency’s efforts to strengthen & modernize the MA and Part D PDP.

CMS | From Coverage to Care: COVID-19 Resources in 6 New Languages

In addition to translated resources, C2C also has shareable graphics to post on your digital channels about these COVID-19 resources.

Cigna | Reminder: OEP is Right Around the Corner

To kick off OEP with a bang, Cigna’s SPI team has created new trainings to help you retain customers & maintain growth during OEP.

Aetna | Medicare Broker News December 18

Since CMS is covering the vaccine costs, the COVID-19 vaccination will be covered at no added cost to current Aetna Medicare members.

Aetna | Help your D-SNP Clients in NV Save Money with BenefitsCheckUp

Aetna Medicare D-SNP members can save money with government programs—Learn how with Benefits Checkup (BCU).

AEP & Certification Information

Confirm Your Certifications

Make sure you’re certified for this year’s Annual Enrollment Period with your select carriers. See product benefit highlights and view early access to carrier info for next season.

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