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Coffee with Chris

Coffee with Chris

By Christopher Carothers

This podcast is a series of interviews with insurance industry leaders to discuss the latest healthcare trends, industry changes, and legislative issues that impact Nevadans insurance coverages.

The host is Chris Carothers, president of an upline agency that has empowered independent brokers through education and business resources for over 50 years.
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Welcome to NV - MEDICO!
Welcome to NV - MEDICO!
Chris talks with Mike Gattorna about Medico and their line of products new to NV, the Birthday Rule and more. For more, visit: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris/welcome-to-nv-medico
50:58
June 06, 2022
What makes SelectHealth 5-Star Special?
What makes SelectHealth 5-Star Special?
Chris meets with SelectHealth Broker Manager, Jennifer Vogel to discuss the SelectHealth story, how they do things differently, and everything else that makes them unique from other carriers in the NV marketplace. For more information and documents discussed in this episode visit our WEBPAGE.
26:21
April 07, 2022
Comprehensive Primary Care Visits - What you need to know.
Comprehensive Primary Care Visits - What you need to know.
Chris talks with Dr. Bertoli from P3 Medical Group Whitney Ranch.  For documents and other resources related to this episode, please visit our website.
41:29
February 25, 2022
Long Term Care with Mutual of Omaha
Long Term Care with Mutual of Omaha
Chris talks with John Gibbons from Mutual of Omaha about what Long Term Care (LTC) is, why it's important, and how to get it for your clients. https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
43:25
December 10, 2021
Alternative Health Plan Options
Alternative Health Plan Options
Chris speaks with guest Letty Perez, Broker Account Executive for Pivot Health, about the evolution of Short Term Medical plans - including  current Pivot Health plan updates for 2022. A podcast is for insurance brokers in Nevada. https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
42:35
October 21, 2021
Anthem - What's New for 2022!
Anthem - What's New for 2022!
What's New for 2022? Meet Anthem Medicare's new Regional Sales Manager Serena Farrell! She joins Chris to discuss what else is new with Anthem MAPD and Supplement plans in 2022 .  More at: carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
51:05
October 04, 2021
Tony Clark with Aetna Senior Products
Tony Clark with Aetna Senior Products
In this episode, Chris talks to Tony Clark, Executive Vice President of Supplemental Insurance products for Aetna. They will cover the  CVS-Aetna merger, 2022 product offerings, new enrollment technology with auto-underwriting, and upcoming member discounts and resources like the ability to pay your premiums at CVS.  For more information about the speaker or topics discussed in this podcast, visit: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
55:53
September 01, 2021
What changes are in store for the Medicare Market this season?
What changes are in store for the Medicare Market this season?
Chris talks to Mike Harris, Executive VP of Business Development for our partners at GarityAdvantage to discuss: What changes are coming to the Medicare Market? Where is the Medicare Advantage Market Heading?  Best ways to market to Medicare Beneficiaries For more about GarityAdvantage visit: https://garityadvantage.com/
32:20
August 09, 2021
What makes a plan Imperial?
What makes a plan Imperial?
Imperial Health Plans joined the NV market last year, but they didn't charge in with an aggressive takeover plan. So, what are they doing here and what their plans? In this episode, Chris talks with Stephen Klaus, Director of Sales and Marketing for Imperial Health, about Imperial's story, what makes them unique, where they are headed in the future - and what type brokers they are looking for to partner with.  For more information, visit our website: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris/what-makes-a-plan-imperial
22:58
June 25, 2021
Who is Selecthealth?
Who is Selecthealth?
Chris talks to Selecthealth about their history, values, culture, and where they are heading in the NV market.  With Guest Speakers: Greg Reed, Senior Manager of Public & Community Relations Amy Despain, Development Manager, Agent Relations Team Ana Landeros, Small Employer and Individual Account Manager – Nevada Alison Thomson, Small Employer and Individual Sales Manager For speaker contact info, visit our website: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris/who-is-selecthealth
51:45
May 20, 2021
COBRA and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
COBRA and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
In this bonus episode, Chris talks with guest Joe Amato, Admin Account Manager for BBPBenefits Administration to discuss what COBRA is, who it's for, and how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) has impacted COBRA benefits.  For related documents, visit the Coffee with Chris webpage. 
27:59
April 15, 2021
Managed Care vs. Fee for Service
Managed Care vs. Fee for Service
In Healthcare related industries, we keep hearing the buzzwords - Managed Care vs. Fee for Service.  What's the difference?  Which is better? Why are we shifting to Managed Care? How does this change the relationship with my doctor? Chris talks to Dr. Medina Culver, D.O. from Wikler Family Practice to answer all these questions and more. 
26:35
April 09, 2021
The World of Medicare
The World of Medicare
Chris introduces Tricia Koteras, Senior Territory Manager - West Region for GarityAdvantage Agencies.  Carothers Insurance is partners with GarityAdvantage in the NV market- offering National Medicare Products and sales resources for brokers. Chris and Tricia cover a high-level view of current industry trends, products, marketing and workflow resources around COVID.  For contracting information visit: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/get-contracted.html
37:48
March 05, 2021
Why Long Term Care?
Why Long Term Care?
One of the most misunderstood topics in comprehensive planning, Chris seeks straight forward concepts about the subject that you’ll find both surprising and appealing. With Guest Larry Moore, Regional Vice President for National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL). 
50:10
February 04, 2021
Medicaid Eligibility, Benefits and Community Resources
Medicaid Eligibility, Benefits and Community Resources
Chris interviews Elizabeth Maya,  Outreach Specialist for Health Plan of Nevada, about Medicaid in our community. The intricacies of eligibility, the variety of benefits, and the plethora of community resources that many may not know about, but could really benefit from during times of crisis.  For links and other information discussed in this episode, please visit: https://www.carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
34:54
January 08, 2021
OEP2021 - What Brokers Can and Cannot Do.
OEP2021 - What Brokers Can and Cannot Do.
Medicare OEP is happening now - what does that mean for brokers?  Mary Granger, Broker Relations Manager for Humana joins Chris to review what OEP is, compliance during this period, and most important--what brokers CAN DO to grow their business in the first Quarter. For more information links and documents discussed in this episode, please visit: carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
27:01
December 28, 2020
 QSEHRAs & ICHRAs - Myths and Facts
QSEHRAs & ICHRAs - Myths and Facts
Chris talks to James Douglas, with Friday Health Plans, about shopping the labyrinth of healthcare options in our current employer health market.  Clouded by ACA, tax rules, and eligibility - they break down the mysteries of  QSEHRAs & ICHRAs, the difference between them, and their purpose in today's new company cultures. 
45:03
November 12, 2020
Dispatch Health - Mobile Urgent Care
Dispatch Health - Mobile Urgent Care
What is Dispatch Health? Do your clients qualify for this service? What networks and plans are they covered by? Find out as Chris chats with their local Community Engagement Manager, Torrie Brizzie. 
29:41
October 29, 2020
Humana Plan & Network Updates
Humana Plan & Network Updates
Chris talks with Mary Granger, Broker Relations Manager for Humana about plan updates, provider network changes and more!
42:28
October 07, 2020
Intermountain Health - Updates, Resources, and FAQs for AEP
Intermountain Health - Updates, Resources, and FAQs for AEP
Chris talks to Nicole King, Director, Broker and Community Relations for Intermountain Health about their rebrand, broker resources, and updates you need-to-know for the coming enrollment season. Nicole King Director, Broker and Community Relations Office: 702.479.2230  nking@imailnv.org
32:53
September 23, 2020
People, Passion, Purpose - The P3 Story
People, Passion, Purpose - The P3 Story
Chris chats with the VP and Director of Strategic Communications, Kassi Belz and Regina Vaccari, about the P3 story, recent changes, and what lies ahead for the coming plan year. 
45:37
September 13, 2020
Nevada Health Link & The Silver State Exchange
Nevada Health Link & The Silver State Exchange
Chris talks to Nevada Health Link's Local Broker Liaison for Clark County about State updates and what's to come during the upcoming open enrollment season. With Guest Speaker Rebecca Lomazzo
22:57
August 17, 2020
National General Benefit Solutions: “A realistic approach to employee health benefits”
National General Benefit Solutions: “A realistic approach to employee health benefits”
Bonus Episode: National General Benefits solutions provides small- to mid-sized employers with health-benefit options previously only available to large employers. Join this interview with Roger Bennett, Group Sales Representative.  For more information about this episode, visit carothersinsurance.com/coffeewithchris
36:12
August 02, 2020
Much To-Do about Association Health Plans
Much To-Do about Association Health Plans
What are association health plans?  Which industries are ripe to benefit from these plans? Discover this and more with Guest Speaker: Gabrielle Sansone, VP of Sales for Prominence Healthcare
37:02
July 10, 2020
Moving Forward: What’s the “New Normal” for the Insurance Industry?
Moving Forward: What’s the “New Normal” for the Insurance Industry?
Did you know brokers qualify for unemployment?!  What re-open changes are being discussed at our offices? How are we planning to handle AEP and retail programs? We discuss these topics, where to find the answers and more on this episode of Coffee with Chris.
41:54
May 15, 2020
Writing Life With Health
Writing Life With Health
In a state of emergency, preparedness is at the forefront of everyone's mind. On this episode, we   address the role of Life Insurance products when writing coverage for  your clients.  Learn about: Living Benefits Final Expense How to cross-sell with both Medicare and Individual Health plans. PLEASE NOTE: In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, we were unable to meet in person and recorded this episode  via conference call. We apologize for the resulting audio pauses and inconsistencies.
47:49
April 08, 2020
Legislative Updates
Legislative Updates
Get the latest information straight from the Capital about changes in  Federal and State legislation impacting the insurance industry,  healthcare industry, and your business.  
25:42
March 23, 2020
Alternative Health Plans
Alternative Health Plans
In this month's episode of Coffee with Chris we discuss Alternative  Health Plans. What is available for brokers to offer their clients in  various situations where they missed their enrollment period or seem to  have no other options.  With Guest Speaker Jennifer Lorenz, Superior Benefits
30:41
February 13, 2020
OEP Strategies
OEP Strategies
OEP Strategies with guest speakers: Chris Carothers, President of Carothers Empowering Independent Insurance Brokers Since 1969 Nicole King, Director, Broker and Community Relations, HealthCare Partners Nevada Dixon Keller, Director of Sales & Marketing, Humana Carothers contracted brokers can find information, links and documents related to this episode  HERE
27:53
January 16, 2020