Health News Florida
Posted Oct. 31, 2012
In a week or two, seniors enrolled in certain Medicare health plans and drug plans will get a letter from the federal government. It is not good news.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) letter will say their plan is substandard, "rated 'poor' or 'below average' for at least the last three years." It continues: "We encourage you to compare this plan to other options in your area and decide if it is still the right choice for you." Hint, hint.
Then it offers the steps to take to find a better plan -- one rated at least three stars on a five-star scale -- and enroll in it during the open-enrollment period, Oct. 15 - Dec. 7.
If the beneficiary who is enrolled in the subpar plan misses that window of opportunity, he or she has another chance to switch to a plan with three stars or more on Jan. 1.
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