Category: Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage in Pima County, AZ

Medicare Advantage Enrollment

FEBRUARY 2019: Every year at this time I look at the Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers for Pima County in Arizona (Tucson). The last Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 – December 7) was a busy one with thousands of people changing…

Medicare Advantage Enrollment in Pima County

Medicare Advantage Enrollment

Here are the numbers for Medicare Advantage enrollment in Pima County, Arizona as of January 2018. FOR 2019 NUMBERS CLICK HERE. Each year at this time, I look at Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers from the previous year and compare them…

Considering Medicare Advantage

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If you are considering Medicare Advantage for your Medicare coverage, here are some things to think about: Most Medicare Advantage plans are HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and have networks of doctors, hospitals, and other providers. If you go to a…

Tucson Medicare Advantage Enrollment

Who were the winners and losers in Tucson Medicare Advantage enrollment from 2016 to 2017? FOR 2019 NUMBERS CLICK HERE:  Each year at this time, I look at Medicare Advantage enrollment data provided on the CMS website (Centers for Medicare…

UnitedHealthcare and Northwest Healthcare

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UnitedHealthcare and Northwest Healthcare are in contract negotiations – and it may not be going well. They have until May 1st to come to an agreement on  their contract and United is sending letters about this to everyone enrolled in…

UnitedHealthcare Contract Dispute

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Uh oh.  A UnitedHealthcare  contract dispute with Northwest Healthcare is going to cause problems for lots of people who live on the northwest side of Tucson. Northwest Healthcare owns Oro Valley Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, and Northwest Allied Physicians. UnitedHealthcare provides…

Medicare Advantage Disenrollment

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For people who are unhappy with their Medicare Advantage plan, there is still a way to get out of it. That is called the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP). The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period runs from January 1 – February 14th. After that,…

Medicare Advantage Networks

Some Medicare Advantage networks are large and some are small.  Some Medicare Advantage networks change often while others rarely lose doctors. About once each month, someone calls me to say they are moving from California to Arizona and they need…

Medicare Advantage Enrollment in Tucson

Each year at this time I like to look at Medicare Advantage enrollment in Tucson and which plans added members and which ones lost from one year to the next. Tucson (Pima County) has lots of competition in the Medicare…

Aetna to Buy Humana

Have you heard that Medicare Advantage plans have no future? If that is true, why are the biggest insurance companies buying Medicare Advantage plans?

Medicare Advantage Mergers

Big players in the Medicare Advantage market are looking at buying their competitors – or being bought by them. How will that affect Medicare Advantage plans in the future?

Medicare Advantage Home Visits

I got a call from a client who is very annoyed by phone calls from her Medicare Advantage plan asking her to agree to  a home visit from a company nurse.   Asta asked me if she had to comply…

Who is enrolling in Medicare Advantage?

An article in Kaiser Health News says: The majority of people who signed up for Medicare Advantage plans in recent years were switching out of the traditional Medicare program, according to a recent study. The findings contradict the popular belief…

Medicare Advantage Network Chaos

As a broker, I think there is Medicare Advantage network chaos in Tucson.  My head is spinning trying to remember which doctors are no longer with which plans.  But my clients don’t seem very concerned about their Medicare Advantage plan being cancelled,…

Insulin Costs in Medicare Advantage

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The cost of insulin varies widely from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. I checked out all the Medicare Advantage plans in Pima County and how they cover insulin and pills for glucose control…… and I was shocked at what I found!

Tucson Medicare Advantage Cancellations

This will be a hectic Open Enrollment Period (OEP) because there will be several Tucson Medicare Advantage cancellations. Health Net and SCAN are cancelling their Medicare Advantage special needs plans that focus on people with diabetes and heart disease.  These…

Medicare Advantage in Tucson

46 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage in Tucson, AZ. Tucson has a competitive market with 7 companies offering a total of 17 Advantage plans in 2014.

Medicare Advantage Network Law Proposed

Medicare Advantage enrollees in Florida and Connecticut have been faced with losing their doctors or local hospital when their Advantage plan cut its network.   Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut is proposing a Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act that…