During the debate on health care reform, there were many stories about the fate of Medicare Advantage plans under the new law. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently said there will be a 13 percent decline in the number of Medicare Advantage plans available to seniors, and the Wall Street Journal recently reported that seniors have fewer options this year, and that 700,000 beneficiaries will have to find new options for 2011.
I contacted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn the status of Medicare Advantage plans in my district. There are Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) available in all seven counties of the 14th Congressional District. Open enrollment started on November 15 and remains open until Dec. 31. You can find additional information at: http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/medicare-basics/open-enrollment.aspx . You can also learn more about new benefits at http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/manage-your-health/preventive-services/medicare-physical-exam.aspx.
Many of the providers offer several plan options in each county so you should shop around and compare plans. If you want to stay with your current plan, you don't need to do anything. My office cannot help you select a Medicare Advantage plan, but Medicare has a website to help you compare and select a plan: https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx. In addition, you might also contact your local senior center, aging agency or the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Agency (OSHIIP) with questions.
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