Last week, we found out that United Healthcare was dropping more than 2,200 doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan in February (click here to see that article). CMS pays private insurers to administer Medicare Advantage plans such as the one United Healthcare offers, but because of the government shutdown, the agency has been unavailable to answer about the decision. The American Medical Association is looking for answers on whether UTC will offer an adequate network of doctors in the state. If a doctor isn’t in a network, patients will have to pay higher, out-of-network fees or find another health plan, potentially interrupting treatments for chronic conditions for some seniors. Connecticut officials are left looking for answers from Medicare administrators while doctors and patients are left confused as to what to do.
Although the network change isn’t taking effect until February 1, 2014, enrollment for Medicare coverage for next year starts tomorrow, Tuesday October 15th and ends December 7th.
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