United Healthcare Dropping Doctors from Medicare Advantage Plans
Via Kaiser Health News:
If you like your doctor on Medicare, you can't keep your doctor on Medicare.
Dorathy Senay’s doctor had some bad news after her last checkup, but it wasn’t about her serious blood disorder called amyloidosis. Her Medicare Advantage managed care plan from UnitedHealthcare/AARP is terminating the doctor’s contract Feb. 1.
She is also losing her oncologist at the prestigious Yale Medical Group — the entire 1,200 physician practice was axed.
Senay, 71, of Canterbury, Conn., is among thousands of UnitedHealthcare Medicare members in 10 states whose doctors will be cut from their plan network.
The company is the largest Medicare Advantage insurer in the country, with nearly 3 million members. More than 14 million older or disabled Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, an alternative to traditional Medicare that offers medical and usually drug coverage but members have to use the plan’s network of providers. . .
- Greg Pollowitz