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News to Use for Agents in the Senior Market

A Publication of Senior Marketing Specialists
Week of December 19, 2016

tmbubble  2017 Key Dates

Get your Calendar out. It’s time to do your 2017 planning!


Sunday January 1 New Years Day
January 1 – February 14 The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (or MADP)
January 1 – March 31 Part A/B General Enrollment Period – July 1 effectives
January 10 Senior Marketing Specialists New Agent School – Columbia, MO
January 17 Senior Marketing Specialists New Agent School – Columbia, MO
January 20 Inauguration Day
February National Cancer Prevention Month
February American Heart Month
February 14 Valentine’s Day
February 20 Presidents Day
March National Nutrition Month
March 26-31 Bankers Fidelity Rio Conference
March 12 Daylight Savings Time Starts
April 5-9 Mutual of Omaha Sales Leader Trip to Laguna Beach
April 18 IRS Tax Filing Deadline
April 25-28 Aetna Berlin Contest Trip
May  23-24 Senior Marketing Specialists Sales Summit – Columbia, MO
May  29 Memorial Day
June Men’s Health Month
June 6-11 IAC/Heartland Financial Caribbean Convention
June 11-15 enior Marketing Specialists Advisory Council Meeting
Late June/Early July Carriers begin certification for the upcoming year’s MA/PDP products
July 4 Independence Day
Mid-July CMS releases upcoming Medicare Marketing Guidelines Booklet
September Life Insurance Awareness Month
September 4 Labor Day
September 15-21 National Medicare Education Week
Mid-September Medicare and You Booklet for the upcoming year released
Mid-September CMS posts MA/PDP plan landscapes
Mid-September Plan Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letters go out
October 1 Can officially market, but not take apps for 2018 MA/PDP plans
October 9 Columbus Day
Mid-October Social Security announces the upcoming year’s Cost of Living Adjustment
October 15 – December 7 A.E.P. (Annual Enrollment Period)
November American Diabetes Month
November 1 – January 31 ACA Open Enrollment Period
Mid-November CMS announces the upcoming year’s Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles
November 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 11 Veterans Day
November 23 Thanksgiving Day
December 8 – February 28 The Special Enrollment Period for discontinued plans (or Service Area Reductions)
December 25 Christmas Day
December 31 New Year’s Eve


tmbubble  S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

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