Tag: tucson medicare advantage

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Growing

APRIL 2018  Medicare Advantage enrollment is growing in many big cities to a point where half of all Medicare beneficiaries (or more) are enrolled in a Medicare replacement plan. In case you didn’t know it, Medicare Advantage replaces your Medicare. …

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

considering medicare advantage

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 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

medicare advantage disenrollment

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,…

Checking in on my Medicare clients

checking in on my medicare clients

I’m checking in on my Medicare clients because the Medicare Open Enrollment Period is coming up. I try to call many of my clients to see if they are happy with their Medicare Advantage plan because this is the time…

Medicare Advantage Auto Enrollment

Medicare Advantage auto enrollment

If you are turning 65 and transferring from an individual health plan to Medicare, BEWARE!  You might find yourself the victim of Medicare Advantage auto enrollment. I just read an article in Kaiser Health News that says: With Medicare’s specific…

Medicare Advantage Report

A Medicare Advantage report by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the enrollment growth in Medicare Advantage plans around the country.  Enrollment in the private plans reached 17.6 million in 2016 and is increased in almost all states over the past year.…

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…

Retiree Health Plans Moving to Medicare Advantage

Retiree health benefits are pretty rare these days, but I have two friends and two relatives who worked for big companies that offer benefits to supplement Medicare for their retirees. These people are in their 70’s and 80’s and have each been moved from Medicare to Medicare Advantage plans – and not one of them understood what that meant.

Insulin Costs in Medicare Advantage

Insulin prices

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.