What is an AHIP Certification?
AHIP stands for America’s Health Insurance Plans. Each year licensed insurance agents must take a certification test to determine if they are eligible to sell Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). This time of year thousands of insurance agents are preparing to get certified. Whether this is your first time or 50th time taking the test, Empower Brokerage is dedicated to ensuring you’re prepared.
If you already have an AHIP certification, you might be wondering why it is necessary to get recertified. Since selling Medicare Advantage and Prescription drug plans (PDPs) are highly regulated there are many rules in place. Additionally, these rules can change from year to year. The certification test is proof that you are up to date with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines and will follow specific marketing guidelines.
Here’s what the test covers.
The test contains two courses: Waste & Abuse and Medicare & Fraud. The certification can cost around $175. However, some carriers offer discount rates. The test is about 50 questions and you have two hours to take it. In order to pass, you must score 90% or higher and have up to three attempts. Furthermore, each test contains different questions. They will not tell you the questions missed from your previous attempts.
You must register for both the test and AHIP training modules. Registration can be reached through a carrier access portal or the AHIP login portal. Make sure to have your national producer number ready.
AHIP and Carrier Certification Dates
Remember, after you get your AHIP certification you still have to get certified each individual carrier.
Here are the dates that have been posted: CLICK HERE
Prepare With Empower For more info click here
Worried about the exam? Come prepare with us! We will be having a training session at all our locations to help agents study. You will need to have already studied modules 1-3. We will be going through 4 and 5 since these modules change every year. The session will be about 4 to 6 hours. It will be a great time to ask questions! Additionally, afterward, the agents may stay and take the test here. The dates are still TBD, but they will be posted under our events page.
Empower Brokerage is dedicated to helping agents have a fruitful 2019-2020 season. Whether it’s through training, one-on-one calls, seminars, or marketing plans we want you to be successful. Give us a call if you have any questions 888-539-1633 if you have any questions or need help.