Creating a Positive Insurance Agency Culture

In the last 5 years you’ve probably read about the impressive Silicon Valley companies who spend millions on creating “positive” “productive” and “engaging” organizational cultures. While Google can afford to spend millions to guarantee a positive business environment many insurance agencies cannot. How can insurance agency principal create a positive work experience that encourages agents to be productive and have a great work experience?

Make Goals Clear

Establish and make clear what the goals are for your company and agents. In a two principal agency-one principle owner wants to be the best Medicare Supplement Agency in South Carolina but the other wants to be the biggest PNC agency in the nation…that’s a major discrepancy. Agency leaders need to develop what their mission is, their core values, and how they will do it. The core values aren’t simply printed out in the break room for viewing, but acted on and done. You are the role model for your goals and values. Once you know your mission, then you can properly allocate your resources, make smart hiring decisions and determine the business you pursue.

Open Communication

Adopt an open door policy so there is open and equal communication throughout the entire office. The equal access to information, news and updates fosters transparency in the workplace. More transparency decreases the feeling of me vs. everyone else mentally that can poison a workplace. The policy fosters ownership of success, the more your agents know the more they feel empowered and included in business decisions.

Recognition of Success or Achievements

Always give kudos when it’s due. If your agent makes an impressive number of sales or improves their numbers, celebrate it. All employees want to feel valued for their work and recognized when they went above and beyond. Sometimes it’s a shout out in a team meeting, maybe it’s a giftcard or a day off.  The recognition of being valued is one of the leading incentives for employees performing at their highest levels.

Be Fair

Inevitably, try as you might to be impartial as possible you will have favorite employees. There will be agents you instantly connect with, have a great working relationship and camaraderie.  However, you can’t favor them or give them opportunities that make other employees feel inferior. If you are concerned about a potential bias have your agency partner or a more senior agent give feedback on work situations. Whatever your decision making process is, be consistent.

Allow Fun in the Work Place

If your agents are meeting sales goals being an active and contributing team member let them take have fun.  Avoid burnout with allowing agents to have fun in the workplace! Make sure your employees feel like they can be themselves, and enjoy being around their co-workers. Happy employees work harder and contribute more to the company.

Get Employee Feedback

Not sure how to improve your agency’s culture? Ask your employees or top performers anonymously to give feedback.  Make sure to ask open ended questions such as “what are the top issues that distract you the most?” They can provide insight into the biggest obstacles, inconsistencies in workflow and pinpoint areas that need improvement. At the same time, be prepared to hear constructive criticism.

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WellCare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for WellCare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • WellCare’s certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
  • Passing AHIP does not reduce the number of WellCare test modules.
  • Passing score is 85%.
  • 3 attempts.

WellCare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

WellCare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for WellCare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • WellCare’s certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
  • Passing AHIP does not reduce the number of WellCare test modules.
  • Passing score is 85%.
  • 3 attempts.

WellCare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

UnitedHealthcare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for UnitedHealthcare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • UnitedHealthcare certification for 2023 launches on Monday, June 27, 2022.
  • If the required prerequisite modules are failed an agent will receive no earned renewals during the plan year!
  • Take AHIP first! If you pass AHIP prior to taking the certification, you can skip 5 of the modules in UHC’s certification.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts to pass AHIP.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts per the prerequisite modules.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts per plan module.
  • 3 prerequisites: Medicare Basics, Ethics and Compliance, and AARP Course.
  • AHIP eliminates the need for the Medicare Basics course.
  • 3 modules to complete.
  • 1 optional: CSNP/DSNP.
  • Passing score for UCH certs is 85%.
  • 2023 certifications will cover the remainder of 2022.

UnitedHealthcare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

UnitedHealthcare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for UnitedHealthcare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • If the required prerequisite modules are failed an agent will receive no earned renewals during the plan year!
  • Take AHIP first! If you pass AHIP prior to taking the certification, you can skip 5 of the modules in UHC’s certification.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts to pass AHIP.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts per the prerequisite modules.
  • UHC allows 6 attempts per plan module.
  • 3 prerequisites: Medicare Basics, Ethics and Compliance, and AARP Course.
  • AHIP eliminates the need for the Medicare Basics course.
  • 3 modules to complete.
  • 1 optional: CSNP/DSNP.
  • Passing score for UCH certs is 85%.
  • 2022 certifications will cover the remainder of 2021.

UnitedHealthcare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

SilverScript Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for SilverScript. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • SilverScript certification for 2022 launches on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
  • New option in 2022: No cost certification for agents who want to sell only Aetna MA/MAPD or SilverScript PDP products, exclusively.
    This new option allows you to bypass the AHIP Medicare training component and complete an alternative Aetna/SilverScript-only training instead, along with several Aetna-specific training courses (available in English and Spanish). 
  • Agents must do 3 things to be ready to sell SilverScript:
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    Step #2: Complete 2023 certification.
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  • 2023 Certs will NOT cover the remainder of 2022.
  • TAKE AHIP FIRST! If you pass AHIP first you can skip 2 of the 3 SilverScript test modules. 
  • There’s a link on Agent Portal to transmit their AHIP send scores. 
  • In Pinpoint, the direct scores to be sent upon registration for the test, Gorman, agents can use Silver Mail to upload the cert.
  • Passing score is 90%.
  • SilverScript allows 3 attempts.

SilverScript Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

SilverScript Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for SilverScript. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • SilverScript certification for 2023 launches on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
  • Agents must do 3 things to be ready to sell SilverScript:
    Step #1: Contract with Aetna. This is a requirement to be eligible for commissions on plans with effective dates of 1/1/2023 and later. (Note: If you’re already contracted for Aetna MA/MAPD, you can skip this step, as there’s no additional action you need to take with your contract.)
    Step #2: Complete 2023 certification.
    Step #3: Receive a ready-to-sell notice
  • There are separate certification processes for Aetna MA/MAPD and SilverScript PDP. Completing 2023 Aetna certification does not satisfy the certification requirement for SilverScript.
  • 2023 Certs will NOT cover the remainder of 2022.
  • TAKE AHIP FIRST! If you pass AHIP first you can skip 2 of the 3 SilverScript test modules. 
  • There’s a link on Agent Portal to transmit their AHIP send scores. 
  • In Pinpoint, the direct scores to be sent upon registration for the test, Gorman, agents can use Silver Mail to upload the cert.
  • Passing score is 90%.
  • SilverScript allows 3 attempts.

SilverScript Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

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  • Details refer to certification for Shared Health of MS. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Shared Health of MS has not yet announced their 2023 certification launch date.
  • More information coming soon!

Shared Health of MS Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Shared Health of MS. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Shared Health of MS has not yet announced their 2023 certification launch date.
  • More information coming soon!

Devoted Health Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Devoted Health. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Devoted Health certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

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Devoted Health Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Devoted Health. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Devoted Health certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Devoted Health Certification Links, Guides, Contact Info

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  • Details refer to certification for Humana. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Humana certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, June 29, 2022.
  • This year Humana will be accepting both AHIP and NAHU.
  • 2023 Certs will cover the remainder of 2022.
  • At the conclusion of Certification & Recertification this year, all agents will be certified to sell all Humana products!

Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Humana Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Humana. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Humana certification for 2023 launches on Tuesday, June 29, 2022.
  • This year Humana will be accepting both AHIP and NAHU.
  • 2021 Certs will cover the remainder of 2020.
  • At the conclusion of Certification & Recertification this year, all agents will be certified to sell all Humana products!

Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Cigna Medicare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Cigna Medicare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Cigna Medicare certification launches Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • AHIP, Gorman or Pinpoint is required prior to certification.
  • No modules alleviated by passing AHIP or Pinpoint.
  • Passing score is 85%. You have 3 attempts.
  • Fail any module 3 times, agent will have to call the HAAL agent assistance line – 866-442-7516.
  • Agencies must log in with the agency NPN to complete attestation.
  • Face-to-face training is not required but is recommended as a supplement – especially for new agents.
  • 2022 Certs will cover the remainder of 2021.

Cigna Medicare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Cigna Medicare Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Cigna Medicare. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Cigna Medicare certification launches Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • AHIP, Gorman or Pinpoint is required prior to certification.
  • No modules alleviated by passing AHIP or Pinpoint.
  • Passing score is 85%. You have 3 attempts.
  • Fail any module 3 times, agent will have to call the HAAL agent assistance line – 866-442-7516.
  • Agencies must log in with the agency NPN to complete attestation.
  • Face-to-face training is not required but is recommended as a supplement – especially for new agents.
  • 2022 Certs will cover the remainder of 2021.

Cigna Medicare Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

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  • Details refer to certification for BlueCross BlueShield of TN. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of TN’s 2023 certification launches on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
  • More information coming soon!

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  • Details refer to certification for BlueCross BlueShield of TN. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of TN’s 2023 certification launches on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
  • More information coming soon!

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  • Details refer to certification for Amerigroup. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Passing score is 90%.
  • 3 attempts.
  • Certifying for 2023 allows the sale of 2022 products.

Amerigroup Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Amerigroup Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Amerigroup. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Passing score is 90%.
  • 3 attempts.
  • Certifying for 2023 allows the sale of 2022 products.

Amerigroup Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Aetna Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Aetna. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Aetna certification for 2023 launches on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
  • New option in 2022: No cost certification for agents who want to sell only Aetna MA/MAPD or SilverScript PDP products, exclusively.
    This new option allows you to bypass the AHIP Medicare training component and complete an alternative Aetna/SilverScript-only training instead, along with several Aetna-specific training courses (available in English and Spanish). 
  • Passing AHIP does not reduce the number of Aetna test modules.
  • Passing score is 90% for Aetna courses and 90% for AHIP.
  • 3 attempts are allowed for Aetna courses and 90% for AHIP.
  • 2023 certs will cover the remainder of 2022.

Aetna Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails

Aetna Producer Certification Requirements for 2023

  • Details refer to certification for Aetna. AHIP certification must be completed separately.
  • Aetna certification for 2023 launches on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
  • Passing AHIP does not reduce the number of Aetna test modules.
  • Passing score is 90% for Aetna courses and 90% for AHIP.
  • 3 attempts are allowed for Aetna courses and 90% for AHIP.
  • 2023 certs will cover the remainder of 2022.

Aetna Certification Links, Guides, Phone Numbers, Emails