Senator Jay Rockefeller today sent letters to Humana Inc. and the Charleston Area Medical Center urging them to resume contract negotiations and come to an agreement before the end of the Medicare open enrollment period on December 7, 2012. After this date, seniors will be unable to switch Medicare plans for 2013, so it is imperative that they have all of the information necessary to select a plan that best suits their health care needs.
In separate letters to the CEOs of Humana Inc. and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), Rockefeller emphasized the importance of the issue for seniors and Medicare Advantage enrollees. He also requested that both parties immediately inform enrollees and patients that CAMC is not currently planning to participate in Humana's network next year.
"We are again facing a situation where access to health services for West Virginia seniors may be seriously curtailed because of business decisions that seemingly put profits before patients," said Rockefeller. "I urge both parties to return to the negotiating table and settle this issue well before the Medicare open enrollment period ends on December 7. Seniors in West Virginia are depending on it."
Seniors with questions about how this situation affects them should contact West Virginia State Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) at (304) 558-3317 or (877) 987-4463 (toll-free). For more information on Medicare enrollment, eligible seniors can visit medicare.gov.