Originally Posted by WhyCare
HMMMM...My appointment is active. Of course I CERTIFIED! Did you forget that one also has to go through a annual certification process to be appointed? Me thinks so!
So, are you a Kentucky resident agent? Or do you perhaps live somewhere else?
Of course I recertified (in 2009, for 2010), and I even helped a few previously enrolled members switch from Classic to Signature (or vice versa). I would have never helped those people switch plans if I knew that Wellcare would dump me a few months later, and never pay me anything at all in the way of commissions on the 2010 renewal block.
I'm a member of MDRT (2011), a CPA, and have contracts with most active Medicare marketing companies, so please avoid the innuendo that I don't know the rules about the requirement to recertify in order to get renewals. I knew of the rules, played by the rules, and still got dumped by Wellcare. And got dumped w/o even a notice for that matter. (The agent contracts require written notice when being terminated, but then, history has shown that Wellcare sometimes has an larcenic manner of handling its written contracts; in hindsight, I shouldn't have expected a written notice.) I was even receiving ongoing "update" e-mails from Wellcare corporate regarding their legal problems and future sales opportunities (i.e., 2011 plan year), so I had no reason to suspect that even a technical problem existed with my contracting or my recertification. And FYI, I experienced some serious medical problems in the Spring/Summer that put me out of work for about 5 months, and when I returned, it was then that I realized that of all the renewal commissions that had piled up over that time, there were none from Wellcare. Absent the medical problems, I might have noticed the missing Wellcare commissions a bit sooner (many carriers took until the April commission run to start paying out renewals, and by that time the April commisions started coming in, I had had surgery and spent a few days in intensive care).
I did all the certification that Wellcare asked me to do. Wellcare's inane training even included a module about the dress code in the home office (obviously an essential component to "training" agents for the sole purpose of getting renewals for MA
Oh yes, there is one other major difference between me and Wellcare -- I've never defrauded anyone, nor have I ever settled with CMS for $80 million to avoid criminal prosecution, nor have I ever paid a $10 million fine to the Securities and Exhange commission to settle "errors" in my earnings report al a Enron, nor have any of my employees (or my CEO or attorneys) ever been charged with criminal fraud, nor have I ever hired incompetent off-shore telephone jockeys to handle my customer's needs, nor have I ever . . . . I think you get the point.
One more thing -- these comments are merely the opinion of the poster. You should type the words "Wellcare," "criminal," and "fraud" into your search engine if you would like to find more complete information about Wellcare's alleged violations of law. Finally, nobody should use these opinions to select a Medicare plan or brand of toiler paper.