- Category: Senior Markets
- Published: Tuesday, 05 December 2017
- Written by Barbara Huffman
The 2018 Annual Election Period (AEP) ends Thursday, December 7. This means all Medicare AEP marketing efforts must cease on that date. Please make sure you follow the guidelines below when submitting your final AEP enrollments!
December 7th – All AEP applications for a January 1, 2018, effective date must be completed, signed, dated and received by the agent no later than 11:59 p.m. December 7, 2017. You may not backdate the member signature date, agent receipt date, or agent signature date.
Submit apps within 2 days – Aetna must receive signed enrollment applications within two calendar days after you receive them from beneficiaries.
December 9th – Aetna must receive all applications by December 9th to process them for a January 1st effective date.
After AEP – If you receive a completed enrollment application after AEP ends on December 7th, do not hold or destroy it. Under CMS rules, you must still submit it to the carrier within two calendar days as noted above. The enrollment will be processed or denied as appropriate.
BEST PRACTICE: Submit enrollments electronically
To ensure you submit enrollments timely, we encourage all agents to submit enrollment electronically using the Ascend Virtual Sales Office app. If you don't have the Ascend app, you can request access, and find how-to resources and 2-minute video tutorials, on Producer World.
With the Ascend app, you can also use the new improved e-kit option. E-kits allow you to provide a full and compliant enrollment kit to every prospect -- and receive credit for the sale -- all without leaving your office during the hectic end of AEP period). Watch an e-kit training video.
PAPER APPLICATIONS: Instructions for submission
PRODUCER WORLD – How to check status of an application
- Log in to Producer World
- Select "Individual Medicare" in the black bar at the top
- Click the "Reports" tab in the middle of the page
For Aetna application status, click the orange “Access Aetna Reporting” button. From there you can view the Pending Application report for pending applications or the Medicare Book of Business report for approved/enrolled members.
For Coventry application status, click the orange “Access Coventry Reporting” button. Next, you'll need to login to App Tracker with your Coventry agent writing number and password. Then select the “Reports” tab to pull the various Coventry report options.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP - Saturday hours
Just contact the Aetna Medicare Broker Services Department at 1-866-714-9301 or [email protected]. Normal hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. This weekend, we’re open on Saturday December 2, too, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.