Medicare offers comprehensive health insurance coverage to people 65 and older, but the choices beneficiaries face can be confusing. Your basic choice is whether to stay with original Medicare or go to a private Medicare Advantage plan. It’s important to research your options carefully to ensure you receive the full benefits of your plan and care from the doctor and hospital of your choice. Sarasota Memorial Hospital and its network of physicians and outpatient services are NOT in network with most Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO or POS plans – which means your service may not be covered or it may cost more out-of-pocket than original Medicare (with or without a supplemental plan) – except in emergency situations. Sarasota Memorial ACCEPTS all original Medicare plans and most PFFS (private fee-for-service) plans. It also ACCEPTS Aetna’s Medicare Advantage Plan. For more information about insurance plans accepted by Sarasota Memorial, please visit our website or call our Customer Service Center at (941) 917-1540.
Medicare Enrollment Help
Florida's SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers are available to provide Medicare beneficiaries a place to ask questions, compare plans and research the best health and prescription coverage to meet their needs. The specially trained volunteers provide free counseling every Friday, noon-4 pm, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. In addition, on Nov. 28, SHINE volunteers also will be onsite 10 am-3 pm to address questions about changes in Prescription Drug and Medicare Advantage Plans. For information, call (239) 470-5364.