Medicare Advantage open enrollment begins this Sunday, October 15, and ends December 7, 2017. Mission Health’s seven hospitals and 189 physician practices are in-network with the following Medicare Advantage plans in 2018:
- AARP, MedicareComplete, insured through UnitedHealthcare
- FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State HMO Plus
- Gateway Health Plan
- WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Mission Health does not have a contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and any Blue Cross Medicare Advantage patient will be out of network at all Mission Health physicians and facilities given that status. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina HMO plans have no out of network benefit and therefore any consumer in western North Carolina on that plan will have no benefits whatsoever at any Mission Health facility.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Medicare Advantage 2017 Spotlight, more than 587,000 North Carolina residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans last Fall for 2017, a number expected to grow in 2018. The same report notes that nationally, Medicare Advantage enrollment has increased 71 percent over the last seven years.
“We’re acutely aware of the specific needs of the patient population we serve and are committed to working with like-minded health plans that offer benefits tailored to those individuals,” said Mission Health’s Chief Operating Officer and Mission Hospital President, Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN. “As the number of Medicare Advantage-eligible patients continues to climb, it’s our responsibility to expand our services accordingly.”
Mission Health’s dedication to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina includes offerings specifically for the many regional residents age 65 and over. Its commitment to working with reasonable insurers is part of the health system’s efforts to provide access to a broad range of senior-specific services.
For more information on Medicare Advantage, eligibility, and participating in Medicare Advantage open enrollment, please click here to learn more.
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