Archive for the ‘medicare advantage’ Category

U.S. Boosting Medicare Advantage Payments

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by SamTabes No Comments

Earlier this month, the Obama administration scrapped plans to cut by 2.2% the rates paid to health insurance companies that are taking part in the Medicare Advantage program.  There were many people who opposed the cuts including over 100 members of Congress and the health insurance companies themselves.  Insurers put together a convincing campaign to […]

Health Care Reform and Premium Subsidies

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps those in the performing arts and entertainment through social services, emergency assistance, health care and insurance information, put together a valuable article with some highlights of health care reform which is pertinent to those in this industry.  By 2014, everyone will be required to carry […]

Understanding if Medicare Advantage Costs Less or More

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

Medicare Advantage is known as the private alternative to the traditional Medicare program for seniors.  It covers approximately 11.7 million Americans and is seen as more expensive by many.  On the flip side, some experts believe Medicare Advantage plans are cheaper.  This leaves many Americans very confused especially in today’s health care environment.  This could […]

UnitedHealthcare Acquiring Preferred Care, Medica Healthcare

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

UnitedHealthcare recently announced that they will be purchasing Preferred Care Partners and Medica HealthCare Plans which are both senior focused plans with operations mostly in southern and central Florida.  The companies combined serve a combined 85,000 Medicare Advantage members in South Florida, Central Florida and the Tampa area. This major acquisition is big news for […]

UPMC Sees Increase In Enrollment

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

Medicare Advantage plans at UPMC Health Plan increased at a high rate over 2011 and this is evidence that seniors are looking for insurance alternatives through UPMC.  The subsidiary of Pittsburgh hospital system UPMC stated that membership in its six Medicare Advantage products was up 13.6% for 2011 enrollment calculations according to Alex Nixon’s article […]

Medicare Special Enrollment Period — What is It?

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by BlogAdmin No Comments

The Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is essentially an exemption that allows seniors who meet certain circumstantial events to make Medicare Advantage plan purchases outside of the annual open enrollment period.  Qualifying circumstances include: Seniors with a change in there permanent address Seniors who enter or leave a nursing home Seniors who are eligible for […]

Blue To You by Horizon BCBS

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by ymedina No Comments

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is looking to significantly increase person to person customer service according to the press release found on MarketWatch.  The member-focused program is called “Blue to You” and involves the use of a multi-purpose van driving through neighborhoods in New Jersey. The Horizon Blue to You mobile van […]

MediBlue HMO by Empire BCBS

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by BlogAdmin No Comments

There is just over 1 week left in Medicare Open Enrollment.  If you live in NY state and are still shopping for a Medicare health plan, the MediBlue HMO suite of plans offered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield are worth taking a look. MediBlue HMO Essential is a Medicare Advantage Plan without Prescription Drug Coverage. MediBlue […]

Quality Health Plan to Shut Doors

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by BlogAdmin No Comments

Quality Health Plan, a Florida Medicare HMO with 10,000 has been ordered into liquidation after failing to maintain appropriate levels of claims reserves and being unable to raise the necessary funds. Existing members of Quality Health Plan will be moved over to a yet unnamed Medicare health plan in the state, by December 1. The […]

TexanPlus HMO

Posted on: November 17th, 2011 by BlogAdmin No Comments

There is less than three weeks left in Medicare open enrollment period.  The next Medicare health plan to be profiled is one that is available exclusively to Medicare beneficiaries in Texas.   The plan is called TexanPlus HMO.  TexanPlus is Medicare Advantage plan offered by Universal American Insurance Company. There are three TexanPlus plan options; 1) […]