United Healthcare’s decision to drop hundreds of physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan during the current Medicare open enrollment period has created panic among senior citizens at more than a dozen practices across the state and will force thousands of policyholders to switch plans if they want to keep their doctors, those closest to the situation say.
The story you’re reading is premium content for subscribers of the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News. Not a subscriber? Get total access to all our in-depth news and exclusive content here.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com all week — weekly digital pass$3.99 per week
Subscribe for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
* A Medicare Advantage Plan is an alternative to original Medicare offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide Part A, hospital, and Part B, medical, benefits.
* Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage and other perks, such as gym memberships.
* The plans have become increasingly popular with seniors with enrolment doubling from 2004 to more than 13 million enrollees in 2013, or about 27 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.
* Medicare Advantage plan enrollees generally must pay Medicare’s standard Part B premium, but more than half do not pay any additional premiums to the plan. Across all enrollees, plan premiums averaged $35 per month last year, down $4 per month from 2011.
* You can only switch to a new Medicare Advantage Plan during annual enrollment period, which ends this year on Dec. 7. New enrollees are automatically disenrolled from their old plan when the new plan’s coverage begins.
* To switch switch Medicare plans you can call 1-800-MEDICARE.
Sources: Medicare.gov and Kaiser Family Foundation