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Seniors in soon-to-be-defunct Medicare HMO can pick a new plan

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Enrollees in Physicians United Plan, a Medicare HMO that is folding at the end of the month, have until Aug. 31 to pick a new plan, officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced Friday.

Orlando-based Physicians United had about 39,000 members statewide, including 1,200 in the Tampa Bay area. The company will be liquidated on July 1 as it was running a $13 million deficit, according to court records

Those seniors will be put into original Medicare next month so that there's no gap in coverage. But they should contact CMS if they wish to pick another Medicare Advantage plan for 2014. If they miss the special enrollment period, seniors can select a new plan for 2015 starting in October.

To request the special enrollment period, beneficiaries must call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Need local help? Call the counseling group, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE), at 1-800-963-5337.

Seniors in soon-to-be-defunct Medicare HMO can pick a new plan 06/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:19pm]
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