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13. It is becoming a widespread problem
Wed Jun 19, 2024, 09:32 PM
Jun 19

My doctor's private clinic was purchased by Optum. When I look at the available doctors, many of them are listed as taking only Medicare Advantage patients. My doctor then retired so I had to look for another.

My insurance company has been trying to push Medicare people using their supplement policies into United Healthcare Advantage plans. They deny (with the newly formed call center) that they are practically using trickery to get people to switch. The trickery is an embed of the advantage plan into the supplement plan. That embedded ad?, if mouse clicked, takes the reader to a sign up of the advantage plan. I requested they unembed the advantage from the regular plan handbook, but they have not. Many others on my plan were complaining about this also.

I will lose my eligibility for CHAMPVA if I sign up for any advantage plan. That eligibility, so far untapped, is a valuable asset should I need it.

Check out Medi-Gap, it doesn't steal from Medicare. gab13by13 Jun 19 #1
That's what Medicare supplement is. we can do it Jun 19 #2
Under original Medicare you don't have to have a PCP, though obviously you should. But if you don't have one, Silent Type Jun 19 #3
They don't take medicare patients, that's the problem. CoopersDad Jun 19 #10
I had the same problem up in Solano County. I was able to get a doctor with One Medical. They have a number diane in sf Jun 19 #4
I have had great luck with Doctors on Duty.... CoopersDad Jun 19 #11
I'd like to see some research on this, but I suspect private equity has taken over a lor of primary care medical groups. Lonestarblue Jun 19 #5
I'll bet your suspicion is correct. Vulture capitalists take over primary care practices erronis Jun 19 #6
I am surprised there aren't a few doctors who accept Part B. yellowdogintexas Jun 19 #7
+1. My experience is that docs are more likely to accept original Medicare; however, a lot do limit Medicare patients Silent Type Jun 19 #8
Thank you for the resource! CoopersDad Jun 28 #14
The two main providers in Santa Cruz are big into Medicare Advantage Bobstandard Jun 19 #9
Thanks, I'm also with Dignity for now... CoopersDad Jun 19 #12
It is becoming a widespread problem AnnaLee Jun 19 #13
I thought a supplemental plan lillypaddle Jun 29 #15
I've met twice with our HICAP advisor. Advantage Plans are not the same as Medigap Supplements. CoopersDad Jun 29 #16
I would take a supplemental plan in an instant lillypaddle Jun 30 #17
Excellent! Let's hope we both see continued affordable coverage. CoopersDad Jun 30 #18
Best health care in the world! Mysterian Jul 3 #19
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