Remember the phrase, “If you like your present health insurance, you can keep it.” Well, not if it’s Medicare Advantage.
“Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage.”
This is not speculation–this is fact.
“Harvard Pilgrim in a second mailing this week will urge customers to switch to a new Medicare Supplement plan it will begin offering in October. Unlike Medicare Advantage, which is overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the new Harvard Pilgrim plan will be overseen by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
“It will be “slightly more expensive” than the Medicare Advantage plans, but competitive with supplemental insurance plans offered by rivals such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, Bowman said.
“She said the Medicare Supplement plan will feature some benefits not covered by the current plan, such as fitness reimbursements, but won’t pay for prescription drugs, which are covered by some versions of the current plan. Instead, seniors can buy separate supplemental drug coverage through a partnership with Coventry Health Care, in Bethesda, Md.”
So let’s look at the promises broken–Medicare Advantage is no longer available in three New England states. Rates for the elderly will be going up in their new plans and they will have to pay extra on top of that for drug coverage. THIS IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT!!!!
If you are tired of being lied to, vote Republican in November. Do not send the people who jammed Obamacare into law while ignoring the wishes of the American people back to Congress. It is definitely time for REPEAL AND REPLACE. The only way to do that is to elect a Republican Congress. I want Medicare Advantage to be there when I need it. It is by far the most successful (and lowest cost) healthcare program for seniors.