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Today, we’re answering some frequently asked questions about NAHU Medicare and compliance certification.
What’s the difference between NAHU and AHIP certification?
Both meet CMS’ Medicare and compliance training requirements, but in their own way. NAHU starts their certification cost at $125, as opposed to AHIP which starts their training at $175. Whereas AHIP requires a 90 percent to pass, NAHU requires an 85 percent passing score. In addition, NAHU allows exam-takers to retake the exam at no additional charge and provides eight CE credits for their training at no additional cost.
Will carriers accept NAHU instead of AHIP certification?
It depends. NAHU’s Medicare certification has gained approvals with some regional plans for 2021. The big carriers plan a year in advance, so NAHU is well-positioned for plan year 2022. The organization expects to get approvals from all national carriers for their future Medicare certification trainings.
To find out whether or not a certain carrier will accept NAHU’s Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Compliance Requirements certification training for the 2021 plan year, please contact [email protected].
How much does NAHU Medicare Certification cost?
$125. There are no hidden fees and no additional costs for the CE credits that come with it.
Do I have to be a member of NAHU to complete this certification?
No. However, NAHU members do receive additional access to professional resources.
How many questions is the NAHU final exam?
50 questions. NAHU’s exam bank houses up to 100 exam questions for this course. An agent taking the exam receives 50 randomized questions unique to their exam.
How many attempts at the NAHU final exam do I get?
Six. If you do not pass the NAHU certification test the first time, you can retake it five times at no additional charge. For additional attempts past that, you will be required to retake the entire course. NAHU does not upcharge for services supporting the exam-taker’s success.
What score do I need to pass?
85 percent. However, certain carriers may require otherwise.
Can I get a discounted price for NAHU Medicare certification?
NAHU has already discounted the program across the board but remains open to partnership and member recruitment through their Corporate Partner program. This program offers incentive pricing and business solution opportunities.
Do I have to take NAHU certification directly through their website?
Yes. Agents and brokers must take this training through NAHU’s Online Learning Institute.
Is the NAHU MA certification exam an open-book test?
It depends. Different states have different guidelines.
Is NAHU a timed test?
No. As long as agents are actively answering questions, the system will not time out.
How many modules are in the course?
There are three interactive modules and a final exam.
- The Basics of Medicare and All Parts
- Medicare Marketing Guidelines
- Fraud, Waste & Abuse
Do I need to pass NAHU Medicare certification if I already passed last year?
Yes. Carriers require agents to complete some sort of Medicare certification and compliance training annually since plans and regulations change from year to year. Additionally, many carriers require agents to completing extra plan-specific training with them every year to keep receiving renewal commissions.
Is there a deadline to pass this certification to sell in 2021?
Technically, yes. Medicare certification training is the initial step to completing most carrier certifications, so you won’t be “ready-to-sell” any MA plans until you do so. NAHU will replace their 2021 Medicare certification training with 2022 Medicare certification training early next summer.
How can agents confirm their certification?
NAHU’s learning management system sends an electronic certificate to agents and carriers.
Does NAHU Medicare certification count for CE credits?
Yes. It has been approved to count for eight CE credits in almost all states. You can check your state’s approved CE hours here.
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Want to learn more about NAHU’s Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Compliance Requirements certification training? You can read their guidebook here.
Editor’s Note: Answers to these questions were provided by Farren Baer, Senior Vice President of Education and Professional Development of NAHU.