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Insurance technology company Vertafore has acquired VUE Software, which sells systems that help insurers manage, and pay...
05/17/2019
Vertafore Acquires VUE Software | ThinkAdvisor

Insurance technology company Vertafore has acquired VUE Software, which sells systems that help insurers manage, and pay, their agents, brokers and other product distributors.



Vertafore Inc. — a major insurance technology company — has acquired VUE Software.

VUE Software sells systems that help insurers manage, and…

The Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 passes in the House.
05/17/2019
Houses Passes ACA Defender Bill | ThinkAdvisor

The Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 passes in the House.

One of the recorded votes on amendments was on a jab at short-term health insurance.

Analysts from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies are reporting new survey results that show loss of Medicaid cov...
05/17/2019
Millennials' Uninsured Rate Soars | ThinkAdvisor

Analysts from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies are reporting new survey results that show loss of Medicaid coverage & individual major medical coverage has wiped out increased use of group health coverage. http://ow.ly/8nFG30oKXat Transamerica Center for Health Studies

The change appears to be due to loss of Medicaid coverage, and individual major medical coverage.

The percentage of Millennials who lack major medical coverage may have soared since 2016. About 16% of Millennials lacke...
05/16/2019
Millennials' Uninsured Rate Soars | ThinkAdvisor

The percentage of Millennials who lack major medical coverage may have soared since 2016. About 16% of Millennials lacked health coverage in late 2018, up from 11% in 2016, according to Transamerica center analysts. http://ow.ly/nh0x30oKzbd Transamerica Center for Health Studies

The percentage of Millennials who lack major medical coverage may have soared since 2016.

Analysts from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies…

Michael Jay Markey Jr. of Legacy Financial shares his thoughts on The Green New Deal, championed & promoted by populist ...
05/16/2019
If the Green New Deal Gave Everyone Jobs, What Would Happen to Social Security? | ThinkAdvisor

Michael Jay Markey Jr. of Legacy Financial shares his thoughts on The Green New Deal, championed & promoted by populist politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, turning social insurance program benefits into wages, with a guaranteed public jobs program. http://ow.ly/bMxu30oKy43 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Before you send us an angry email, please read all the way to the end of the author's latest column.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs HealthCare.gov, plans to hold the 2019 CMS Marketplace Agent ...
05/16/2019
HealthCare.gov Organizes Agent Event | ThinkAdvisor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs HealthCare.gov, plans to hold the 2019 CMS Marketplace Agent and Broker Summit on July 1 at CMS headquarters in Baltimore.

One highlight will be a panel discussion featuring agents and brokers.

A new product from Nationwide's life insurance units combines universal life insurance with cash indemnity long-term car...
05/15/2019
Nationwide Adds Life-LTC Hybrid | ThinkAdvisor

A new product from Nationwide's life insurance units combines universal life insurance with cash indemnity long-term care benefits.

The LTC benefits feature will pay for informal care, and for care outside the United States.

Partnering with health-care providers, some testing firms say, can help patients better understand their DNA results and...
05/15/2019
Health Market Chills Gene Testing Firms | ThinkAdvisor

Partnering with health-care providers, some testing firms say, can help patients better understand their DNA results and integrate them into their care.

The family tree market has been a lot easier, and friendlier.

“My chief goal is to get across the finish line, on time, a robust and bipartisan Older Americans Act that will streng...
05/14/2019
Key GOP Senator to Make Push for Caregiver Support | ThinkAdvisor

“My chief goal is to get across the finish line, on time, a robust and bipartisan Older Americans Act that will strengthen support for its bread and butter programs, while providing more flexibility for states to meet local needs."
—Sen. Susan Collins

Collins' team in the Senate includes both Mike Enzi and Bernie Sanders.

The Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 bill would provide $100 million in fundin...
05/14/2019
House Rules Prepares to Package Health Fixer Bill | ThinkAdvisor

The Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 bill would provide $100 million in funding for ACA public exchange marketing and public education programs.

One provison added to H.R. 987 could fund state efforts to start new, state-run ACA public exchange programs.

The Trump administration recently developed rules that might let a state bend Affordable Care Act health insurance benef...
05/14/2019
House OKs Curb on Trump Administration ACA Waiver Program | ThinkAdvisor

The Trump administration recently developed rules that might let a state bend Affordable Care Act health insurance benefits and underwriting rules if the proposed changes could help expand the number of people with health coverage.

No Democrats crossed party lines. Four Republicans did cross party lines.

New rules may affect clients who want the original Medicare Part A hospitalization benefits program to cover an operatio...
05/13/2019
Medicare Managers Cut a Signature Requirement | ThinkAdvisor

New rules may affect clients who want the original Medicare Part A hospitalization benefits program to cover an operation it has not normally covered, or a Medicare Part D plan to cover a drug the plan does not think it ought to cover.

The change affects enrollees who are appealing original Medicare and Medicare drug plan claim decisions.

Here’s a look at what four insurers are doing and saying to support the 13th annual Disability Insurance Awareness Mon...
05/13/2019
Insurers Continue Fight for Disability Insurance Awareness | ThinkAdvisor

Here’s a look at what four insurers are doing and saying to support the 13th annual Disability Insurance Awareness Month campaign. Organizations mentioned include OneAmerica Financial Inc., Unum, Prudential and Guardian Life.

Here's a look at what Unum, Guardian, Prudential and OneAmerica are doing and saying about The Month.

New survey data from Nationwide suggest the ability to counsel clients about Social Security may be a major factor in de...
05/13/2019
Clients May Jilt You Because of This: Nationwide | ThinkAdvisor

New survey data from Nationwide suggest the ability to counsel clients about Social Security may be a major factor in determining whether financial professionals keep, or lose, clients nearing retirement age.

The company is promoting a tool that might help advisors avoid 'getting the cold shoulder.'

Securian Financial says it will be developing annuities aimed at the bank distribution channel and offering the annuitie...
05/13/2019
Securian Aims for the Bank Annuity Market | ThinkAdvisor

Securian Financial says it will be developing annuities aimed at the bank distribution channel and offering the annuities already on its shelves through the bank channel.

The company plans to manage the effort through a team of six regional vice presidents.

We compared the U.S. life expectancy tables for 2016 with the tables for 2015 and found that the average number of years...
05/10/2019
Here's When the Government Now Thinks You'll Die | ThinkAdvisor

We compared the U.S. life expectancy tables for 2016 with the tables for 2015 and found that the average number of years of life remaining increased for people ages 35 and older — but fell for people under 35.

If you're under 35, your time might arrive a little earlier.

The Primary Regulators of Insurance Vote Act of 2019 bill could make a state insurance commissioner a voting member of  ...
05/09/2019
Bill Could Give Insurance Commissioners More Clout in D.C. | ThinkAdvisor

The Primary Regulators of Insurance Vote Act of 2019 bill could make a state insurance commissioner a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. The American Council of Life Insurers likes it.

The House and the Senate both have versions of the PRIVA bill. Each has bipartisan sponsorship.

Pharmaceutical companies will have to disclose drug prices in television commercials in the U.S. for the first time, as ...
05/08/2019
Drugmakers Will Have to Put Prices in Ads: Feds | ThinkAdvisor

Pharmaceutical companies will have to disclose drug prices in television commercials in the U.S. for the first time, as the Trump administration begins to put in place a plan to lower prescription costs.

Officials say a drug's wholesale acquisition cost is its real list price.

Insurer group Life Happens taps actor Brooke Shields to be the spokesperson for the 2019 Life Insurance Awareness Month ...
05/08/2019
Brooke Shields to Promote Life Insurance Awareness | ThinkAdvisor

Insurer group Life Happens taps actor Brooke Shields to be the spokesperson for the 2019 Life Insurance Awareness Month campaigns. LIAM is in September, BTW.

Life Happens has named Shields to be the spokesperson for the September awareness month campaign.

Commentary by Peter Rosenberger, host of the national radio program Hope for the Caregiver.
05/08/2019
Finding Humor in Dark Places | ThinkAdvisor

Commentary by Peter Rosenberger, host of the national radio program Hope for the Caregiver.

For this caregiver, laughing seems like a good way to weather to storms.

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