Tag: medicare advantage

Private insurers have exploited Medicare for millions while applying roadblocks to needed care.

Private insurers have exploited Medicare for millions while applying roadblocks to needed care. Over the years I have warned patients about private insurers and the push to have everyone use a Medicare Advantage (part C) plan.  These plans offer the same hassles and pitfalls that you had prior to joining Medicare, with delays, recertification requirements, smaller networks, and no out-of-network coverage but you get a free gym membership. While the deals sound enticing with the barrage of mail you receive, the truth is that Medicare parts A and B with a Medicare supplement are far superior coverage-wise than any Advantage Read More »

More reasons to be wary of Medicare Advantage Plans according to Medpage today.

More reasons to be wary of Medicare Advantage Plans according to Medpage Today. Our blog has reported on the problems that exist with Medicare Advantage Plans.  Many of these plans offer to give you an enhanced benefit in exchange for using a private insurance carrier.   Most people find out the benefits disappear when they try to use a specialist or have an out-of-state healthcare emergency. Medicare Advantage, otherwise known as Medicare + C claims to offer lower costs.  Often, after the low Medicare deductible has been reached, patients find out their provider choices are limited as well as their choice Read More »