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CMIP-News and Updates:

To our CMIP® / CMIS™/ CMIR™  Family:    (Posted 04-27-2020)
We need to take this time to re-evaluate things in our lives. We shouldn't get so busy in our careers that we forget what is really important in life...our family, friends, loved ones, and humanity in general. While we are forced to take a step back during this pandemic, and any other adversity that may head our way, let us take deliberate steps forward in building our relationships.
May God be with you and your families.

Kevin Firth- President

  • Writer's pictureKevin Firth, Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

We want to thank our designation holders for exemplifying excellence during this year's AEP.

We know you went above and beyond the call of duty to serve your clients professionally and admirably, as only our designation holders can.

Your efforts have undoubtedly made a significant impact on the lives of the individuals you have assisted. The high level of professionalism we know you exhibited during this enrollment period sets high standards for our industry and exemplifies the values we hold dear at Certified Medicare Insurance Planner, DBA.

Navigating the complexities of Medicare can be a daunting task for many beneficiaries, and your ability to guide them with our core "K.E.E." values of knowledge, experience, and ethics strengthens your reputation as a professional and our reputation as a professional designation organization committed to setting standards of excellence. And more importantly, it makes a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you for your continued commitment to excellence. We look forward to building on our successes together and achieving even greater milestones in the future.

Thank you for all you do for your clients, families, and humanity.

Kevin Firth, President

Certified Medicare Insurance Planner, DBA

  • Writer's pictureKevin Firth, Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

AEP is upon us!

During this season of AEP, may we, as CMIR™, CMIS™, and CMIP® designation holders, rise to the occasion before our clients and colleagues, exemplifying the exceptional professionalism that makes us different from other agents out there.

As a CMIR™, CMIS™, or CMIP®, we are the elite in our industry.

We possess the core "K.E.E." values of Knowledge, Experience, and Ethics that set us apart from other agents. This difference places us at the top of our industry.

In order to maintain our elite status, it is imperative that all of our designation holders bring our core "K.E.E." values to each and every client during each and every appointment, seminar, or event. Do not compromise! Always be compliant and professional.

May all of our CMIR™, CMIS™, and CMIP® designation holders have a successful and blessed AEP!

Be safe out there!

Thank you for all that you do!

Kevin Firth, President

Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

  • Writer's pictureKevin Firth, Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

Fellow MA/ Med Supp/ PDP Professionals of Excellence,

As the Annual Election Period (AEP) draws near, it's time to gear up and embrace the opportunity to enhance your expertise. Knowledge is your secret weapon, and it's time to wield it like a pro! This only happens by mastering the fundamentals of our industry. So, during your AHIP or carrier MA/PDP annual training, don't skip over the stuff you think you may already know. How long after skipping over some of the basics year after year could you begin to forget some essential facts about our industry? How long before that lackadaisical attitude infects other areas of your professional career?

We have a responsibility to our clients to provide them with accurate and complete information. This can only be accomplished by doing our due diligence as insurance agents and being at the top of our knowledge game through endless study and learning. Not only what we are required to know, but everything we could possibly know. Be proficient in all things Medicare, CMS rules and regulations, and carrier product information.

Mastering the fundamentals is fundamental to the success of professionals in any profession. Take professional sports, for instance. Athletes like Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, and other greats have acknowledged it was their incessant practicing of the fundamentals that set them apart from their peers. In our industry, mastering the fundamentals is key to your AEP success!

CMS, like the ever-changing seasons, can introduce new rules and guidelines that impact your marketing strategies. Staying ahead of the curve is vital! Take some time to familiarize yourself with recent changes. Brush up on what's acceptable and what's not when it comes to marketing Medicare plans. By staying compliant and informed, you build trust with your clients and avoid any compliance pitfalls.

Embrace the richness of carrier product information. Think of yourself as an adventurer on a quest for the hidden treasures of carrier product information! Each carrier offers unique Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans, and your job is to be an expert on their offerings. Study their plans inside out – know the coverage details, provider networks, and prescription drug formularies. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be the hero who matches beneficiaries with plans tailored to their needs.

In conclusion, my fellow professionals, this time of year is no time for complacency. It's the perfect moment to level up your knowledge and skills. Master the basics of Medicare, keep up with CMS' rules, and dive into carrier product information using AHIP training, Carrier MA/PDP annual training, and CMS educational material. With your profound knowledge, you'll stride into the AEP with confidence, ready to conquer any challenge and provide your clients with top-notch service.

If you are a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement / PDP agent that holds yourself to higher standards, always striving for excellence in what you do… we want you to join us!

We are Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA. Home of the CMIP® professional designation, a community of insurance professionals possessing our core "K.E.E." standards of knowledge, experience, and ethics, enabling them to be the best they can be in their field. Go to for more information. And, if you qualify, join our family of professionals today.

To all our CMIR™, CMIS™, and CMIP® designation holders… thank you for your commitment to excellence.

Kevin Firth, President, Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

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