We are very excited about the Medicare Advantage products we will offer you and your clients for 2011, including zero premium products for the third year in a row. We want to make sure agents are properly educated on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina certification for 2011 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans is now available to agents.
We are also excited to announce that we are accepting America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Medicare Advantage Certification for 2011.
Agents who have already completed the AHIP Medicare Advantage Certification will not be required to complete a separate general knowledge section when they complete the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage Learning Management System (LMS) training for 2011.
Agents that have not already completed the AHIP certification can register at a discounted rate of $100.
Here’s what you need to know about our 2011 certification requirements:
Here is a listing of the required BlueCross training courses, tests and documents:
The courses, tests and documents are located in My Business ManagerSM and are listed under the “In Progress Training” category on the left side of your LMS home page. Simply select the green arrow next to the desired course or test. We strongly recommend that agents pay close attention to the course work before attempting to take the test.
Every agent must also electronically submit via LMS the Letter of Intent and Code of Conduct in order to complete the certification process.
We will not pay commission to any agent who has not been properly certified.
Each agent is allowed ONLY TWO attempts to pass each test. If the agent does not pass the test on the second attempt, the agent will not be able to write any of our 2011 Medicare Advantage products.
These certification courses are not required for agents to write Medicare Supplement products.
Marketing materials will be available through Storefront and on our website, SouthCarolinaBlues.com. You will have access to the marketing materials on
Storefront only after you have been certified. On November 15, 2010, BlueCross will begin accepting applications for effective dates of January 1, 2011.
Don’t forget that you can create customized provider directories online. Directories can cover all providers across South Carolina or can be customized to show providers in a certain county, city or ZIP code.