How much do you know about AHIP certification? AHIP, America’s Health Insurance Plans, is a national trade association with 1300+ member companies. Each member company sells health insurance under AHIP’s guidelines. If you want to sell Medicare, you will have to become AHIP certified and renew your certification each year.
AHIP certification means that you have completed all of AHIP’s Federal Marketplace training. The training will give you a deep understanding of:
Even if you’ve already signed your carrier contracts and signed on with an FMO, you won’t be legally allowed to sell Medicare Advantage plans without AHIP certification. Medicare Advantage plans are one of the most common solutions for Medicare clients to expand their coverage.
Yearly renewal is required because Medicare and Medicaid rules and guidelines are subject to change every year along with our country’s politics.
You can register for AHIP online education here, for $125. Since you’ll have to be certified each year, you can take a refresher course for just $75 if you think you need it before recertification. Some carriers offer discounts if you complete your certification through them.
For additional fees and extra learning, you can take individual AHIP-hosted courses on these topics.
While you can begin studying the basics at any time, regulations change so often that it is best to wait until mid-summer, when certification for the following year opens up. Even if you complete your 2017 certification in March, you will have to recertify for 2018 in the fall.