Medicare Advantage plan members may switch to Original Medicare during the annual disenrollment period Jan 1 to Feb 14
December 16, 2013
Recent changes to the provider networks of certain Medicare Advantage plans (private Medicare managed care plans) are reported to be causing concern within the MS community. Medicare Advantage (MA) plan members are reminded that they have options if they are dissatisfied with their MA plan for any reason.
MA plan members may switch to Original Medicare during the annual MA Disenrollment Period between January 1st and February 14th. Enrolling in Original Medicare assures coverage of any healthcare provider that accepts Medicare. However, Original Medicare does not cover some benefits that MA plans often cover, and a separate Medicare prescription drug plan and/or supplemental coverage may be needed.
To learn more about these and other possible changes to your Medicare options, visit Medicare Interactive
, or call the National MS Society (1-800-800-344-4867) or another trusted resource.
Finally, it is always a good idea to verify directly with your healthcare provider that he or she is in your health plan’s network.