The Assault on Medicare Advantage Plans is Already Underway

About 660,000 people nationwide — or 7 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees — are in plans that are set to close… Medicare Advantage enrollees who do nothing and remain in the same plan in 2010 will see their monthly premiums increase an average of 32 percent… Medicare Advantage plans are shifting more costs on to patients because the government will pay them about 4.5 percent less per enrollee in 2010 than it did this year

Full article in The Dallas Morning News.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    So much for the promise made during the campaign… “if you like what you have, you can keep it.”

  2. John R. Graham says:

    The government’s attack on Medicare Advantage plans is short-sighted. In a very narrow sense, Medicare Advantage plans cost more than if their beneficiaries were in the traditional Medicare monopoly – $12 billion a year. However, because they negotiate contracts with providers they actually help relieve a bigger cost: the cost-shift or “hidden tax” that Medicare imposes on the privately insured by underpaying providers. This is about $49 billion: four times greater than the “extra” costs of Medicare Advantage (

  3. Larry C. says:

    What makes this so amazing is that the typical member of a Medicare Advantage program has the profile of a Democratic Party voter. They tend to be disproportionately below average income and disproportionately minority.

    So think about what is happening. The Democrats in Congress rail against the insurance companies and insurance company profits and then what do they do about it?

    They screw the beneficiaries, who happen to be their own voters!

  4. Craig Willis says:

    Question: What has Congress got against the elderly?

  5. Ken says:

    It’s not the Medicare Advantage plans that are being assaulted. It’s senior citizens who are under attack.

  6. Bruce says:

    When are the seniors going to wake up and realize they have been sold out by AARP?

  7. Rusty Wells says:

    Seniors of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains.

  8. Luiz says:

    Florida has a large number of Medicare Advantage plans avblalaie.a0 One reason could be the large population of seniors that retire to the state.a0 The first thing to consider if you are looking for a Medicare Advantage plan in Florida is that the plans are NOT state specific.a0 The are in fact county specific.a0 Check here to look up Medicare Advantage plans by state for 2012.a0 Chances are you will find a company in South Florida that is not at all avblalaie in the Northern part of the state.a0 One exception to this is United Healthcare.a0 They offer a plan that is identical across the state.a0 This is probably because of the size of the company.a0 They also offer a large network across the state.Source:

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