Have you started your AHIP certification? With the 2020 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get all your certifications (and recertifications) done. AEP will be here before you know it!
You’ll find all the information you need (below), including AHIP test details and essential carrier links.
What is AHIP Certification?
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) certification is required for agents wishing to sell Medicare Advantage Plans with drug coverage (MAPD) and stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) in the upcoming AEP 2020 season.
The certification is in place to ensure that agents are Medicare compliant.
What you need to know about AHIP certification
AHIP is a two-part course: AHIP Medicare Training (and recertification) and AHIP Fraud, Waste and Abuse Training.
AHIP Medicare Training
The course includes five parts and a final exam.
Part 1 – Overview of Medicare Program Basics: Choices, Eligibility, and Benefits
Part 2 – Medicare Health Plans
Part 3 – Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Coverage
Part 4 – Marketing Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans
Part 5 – Enrollment Guidance Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans
Once you complete the training modules, you’ll click the “Attempt quiz now” button to begin the exam. You will have three attempts (per purchase) to pass the exam, and you will need a 90% score to pass.
According to the AHIP user guide, “[t]he final exam consists of fifty (50) randomly selected questions [to] cover all five portions of the training. Each attempt has a two-hour time limit which a user must be prepared to sit for in a single continuous period.”
Exam tip: The AHIP is an open book test. You can print out the modules and use your notes on your exam!
AHIP Fraud, Waste & Abuse Training
After you complete the AHIP Medicare Training course and pass the exam, you’ll have access to the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Training course. When you have completed the modules, you’ll take a test. You will have unlimited attempts until you reach a 70% passing score. The modules include:
- Nondiscrimination Training
- Medicare Fraud, Waste, & Abuse
- General Compliance
For additional information, including the user guide, you can visit the AHIP Medicare Training website.
How much does AHIP certification cost?
It costs $175 to take the AHIP Certification exam. However, most carriers offer a discount if you take the test through their broker portal. The typical discount is $50.00. Some carriers offer AHIP reimbursements, based on production.
Carrier portal links and availability
See the carrier links below to get started on your certifications. Use your agent credentials to log in.
Mark your calendars: Financial Grade will host the Aetna Face-to-Face required training, 11 AM, September 11th at Dave & Busters, Mission Valley
Portal: Coming soon
Launch Date: 9/1/2019
Mark your calendars: Financial Grade will host the Alignment Face-to-Face required training, 10 AM, September 5th at Dave & Busters, Carlsbad
BS of CA
Portal: Coming Soon
Launch Date: Late July
- CA: 09/03/19
- AZ: 07/09/19
- OR/WA: 08/26/19
Mutual of Omaha
Portal: https://www.humana.com (under education select MarketPoint University)
SCAN Health Plans
Tier 2 now available
Mark your calendars: Financial Grade will host SCAN Tier 3 required training, 10 AM, September 24th at Dave & Busters, Mission Valley.
Bonus resource: SCAN’s recent newsletter provides tons of useful information on certifications and AEP
Portal: https://www.silverscriptagentportal.com (see Tools then select Training & Certification)
You are not alone!
Whether you’re a seasoned agent needing to complete your recertifications or getting ready for your first AEP season, we’re here to help! Please contact Financial Grade with any questions you may have. We want to see you head into AEP 2020, prepared, organized, and ready to sell!