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Florida-based health insurance company contracts being terminated, no gap in Medicare coverage

March 29, 2013

Senior citizens enrolled in medical and prescription plans through a Florida-based health insurance company will not see a gap in their Medicare coverage, despite the company’s contracts being terminated April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Those terminations affect residents of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

CMS “will ensure continuous medical and prescription coverage for beneficiaries enrolled in Universal Health Care Medicare health plans,” according to a new release issued Friday afternoon.

The Medicare Advantage plans were offered by Universal Health Care Inc. (UHC) and Universal Health Care Insurance Co. Inc. (UHIC), which were ordered into receivership “for purposes of rehabilitation and liquidation” by a Florida court, the release said.

“Medicare is going to put the beneficiaries in Original Medicare and also enroll them in a drug plan,” Belinda Corbett, the Maryland Access Point Program Manager for the Washington County Commission on Aging, said Friday.

UHIC serves about 2,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland, the release said. Corbett said she does not know how many of them live in Washington County.

Those enrolled in UHIC “will not experience a gap in their Medicare coverage,” the release said. As of Monday, they will be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare, through which they will have Part A and Part B coverage, it said.

Those with prescription coverage through UHIC will be enrolled into a comparable plan, either Coventry Health Care Inc. or Envision Insurance Co., the release said.

The prescription plan they will be enrolled in might not fit the individual needs of all those affected, Corbett said.

The Commission on Aging can assist those affected in finding a drug plan, as well as Medicare Advantage plans, or a Medigap plan to supplement Medicare, she said.

Beneficiaries can make an appointment with the commission by calling 301-790-0275, Corbett said.

To allow time for beneficiaries to choose an option, there is a special election period that ends May 31, the release said.

If a beneficiary calls 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) by Sunday and enrolls in a plan, their coverage will be effective April 1, the release said. People also may call that number to find the prescription drug plan in which they have been enrolled.

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— Don Aines

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