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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.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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