Thank you for your interest in selling Blue Cross MedicareRx (PDP)SM and Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM (MAPD) plans! They are pleased to announce that the 2020 Medicare certification training will be available to producers in June.
2020 Medicare certification training will be available in a few months.
The annual mandatory training will include two sections: the AHIP and the HCSC curricula. Sections 1 and 2 must be completed by individual producers and sub producers including all agency principals. All producers must complete all courses in order to be deemed certified to sell 2020 MAPD/PDP plans.
Monday, June 17, 2019 AHIP Training Begins
The AHIP training will be available on June 17, 2019. Once again HCSC has negotiated a lower rate for their contracted producers. The AHIP discounted rate for their producers is $125 instead of $175. In order to receive the discounted rate, you must use the AHIP/HCSC partner link which will be provided at a later date.
July 8, 2019 HCSC Training Begins
The second section of the training including the HCSC training and other required forms will launch on July 8. All producers must complete the training prior to marketing/selling 2020 MAPD/PDP plans.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as well as HCSC, requires producers to complete the annual training process in accordance with CMS regulations at 42 CFR 422.2272(c), 422.2274, 423.2272(c), 423.2274.
2019 Medicare Curriculum Announcement
The 2019 AHIP course will not be available after June 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Producers who wish to complete the 2019 MAPD/PDP curriculum may instead take the 2020 AHIP course along with the 2019 Blue Cross Medicare Options Product course, exam and forms. As of Monday July 8, producers seeking to complete the 2019 training will be assigned a dual plan year curriculum for both 2019 and 2020. The combined curriculum will satisfy the certification requirement for both 2019 and 2020. All curricula will be accessed via the HCSC/CMP website.
Your Medicare Renewal Compensation
All producers must certify by December 31, 2019 to retain all prior year renewals (exemptions apply for PDP plans sold between 2006 and 2008).
In the next few weeks you will be receiving a series of emails with updates and more detailed instructions on how to complete your certification.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is an independent organization offering online insurance education, advocacy, research and analysis to its members.
Blue Cross MedicareRx is a prescription drug plan provided by HCSC Insurance Services Company (HISC), an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. A Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in HISC’s plan depends on contract renewal.
Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO plans in Montana, HMO and HMO-POS plans in Illinois and New Mexico, and PPO plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma provided by Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC). Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Dual Care in New Mexico is an HMO Special Needs Plan provided by HCSC. Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO plans in Texas are provided by HCSC Insurance Services Company (HISC). Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO and HMO-POS plans and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Dual Care HMO Special Needs Plan in Texas are provided by GHS Insurance Company (GHS). Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO and HMO-POS plans in Oklahoma are provided by GHS Health Maintenance Organization, Inc. d/b/a BlueLincs HMO (BlueLincs) and by GHS Managed Health Care Plans, Inc. (GHS-MHC). HCSC, HISC, GHS, GHS-MHC, and BlueLincs are Independent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. HISC, GHS-MHC, and BlueLincs are Medicare Advantage organizations with a Medicare contract. HCSC is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a contract with the New Mexico Medicaid program. GHS is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Texas Medicaid program. Enrollment in Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans depends on contract renewal.
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