News and Updates

Are You Wasting Your Time?

Is what you’re doing this morning aligned with AmeriLife’s mission and your purpose? Is it something that moves you closer to the outcomes you need to achieve? Or is your morning something less? Is what you’re doing important? Is it something that matters? If what...

Retiree Living Standards: By State

How well your Senior Product clients live in retirement depends on two things: their income and the local cost of living. A new study ranking each state based on how many of its retirees meet a basic standard of living comes up with an interesting combination of...

AmeriLife Acquires Ohio Marketing Agency

AmeriLife announced its partnership with Stephens-Matthews Marketing, a Beverly, Ohio-based insurance marketing organization. Stephens-Matthews provides life, health, Medicare-related and other insurance products and marketing services to agents across the nation....

Prospecting: A Discipline Done Daily

Many ask “When’s the best time to prospect?” They want an answer that includes a day of the week, the time of day, or both. The right answer is “Six months ago.” Yep, the best time to prospect has passed. But the second-best time is always right now. There’s an...

Retiree’s Health Care Spending

The Employee Benefit Research Institute examined the spending patterns of those in preretirement (50-64), early retirement (65-74) and late retirement (75+). It found spending tends to decrease over time, and the proportion across spending categories also changes. In...

HealthCare.gov Enrollment Analysis

Sign-ups during the first two weeks of open enrollment for 2020 Affordable Care Act exchange coverage are trailing last year's numbers. According to the CMS, about 932,000 people selected a health plan in the first two weeks of open enrollment, which kicked off on...

ACA Enrollment Snapshot: Week 2

In week two (Nov. 3-9) of the 2020 Open Enrollment, 754,967 people selected plans using HealthCare.gov. Enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday. Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year. The...

Your Excuses Are Disempowering You

We love our excuses. They provide us all the reasons we need not to be or not to do something. Your disempowering stories about your life prove that no one should expect you to be able to do something based on past events and the all-too-handy labels society provides...

Out-of-Pocket Hits Sick Beneficiaries Hard

More than half of seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday. All told, 53% of seriously ill Medicare patients said they had major trouble...

Medicare: $5,460 Out-of-Pocket Costs

The average person with traditional Medicare coverage paid $5,460 out of her own pocket for health care in 2016, according to a new KFF analysis and interactive tool. This $5,460 includes about $1,000 in out-of-pocket spending for long-term care facility services,...


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