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  •  Well, I feel awful now. (9+ / 0-)

    I just enrolled my in-laws in AARP's Medicare Supplement and Prescription plans, which are run by -- you guessed it -- UnitedHealthcare.

    Awesome.  By open enrollment season next year, we will have done the research on Medicare supplemental policies offered by other companies.  I'm sure they'll be much more expensive.  Damn it all.

    We're in New York.  I hope the state Medical Associations sue the bastards.

    Remember. Bring them home. ● And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here … and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once -- Michelle Obama.

    by edsbrooklyn on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:16:21 AM PST

    •  Us, too (4+ / 0-)
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      terabytes, joynow, edsbrooklyn, akmk

      My wife just got accepted by them last week.

      Well, let's get through 2014 and see what happens at open enrollment next year.


      --
      As through this world I've wandered,
      I've seen lots of funny men;
      Some will rob you with a six-gun,
      Some with a fountain pen.
      -- Woody Guthrie

      by Senor Unoball on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 09:04:17 AM PST

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    •  Well, shit! Me, too. But not Advantage, HMO, PPO. (1+ / 0-)
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      edsbrooklyn

      Medicare is the main provider at $105/mo. I signed up for AARP-UHC's Plan L for $107/mo, which covers the 20% Medicare doesn't pay.
      Guess I'll have to watch them like a hawk for a year and make a switch if I'm not satisfied.
      I need very little medical care (2 yearly exams and many chiropractic visits at $6.71 per, after Medicare deductible of $147 is met) and have very small need for drugs (diazepam-Tier 1 for sleep and gabapentin-Tier 2 for pain blocking).
      Plan D for Drugs for Tiers 1 and 2 in FL costs $15/mo.

      "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
      Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
      Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

      by OleHippieChick on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 10:42:29 AM PST

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    •  Don't feel bad................. (3+ / 0-)
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      OleHippieChick, edsbrooklyn, denise b

      I've had Medicare supplement with UHC for 12 years and never had a problem.  They've paid the 20% not paid by Medicare on every bill and I've racked up a lot of them over these years.  I just got my new premium letter for 2014 -it's $209.00 per month.  Also, I think you'll discover that supplemental insurance prices are dictated by Medicare and they're all the same depending on which level you choose.  I also have my Part D plan with UHC and like the supplemental the prices are set by Medicare depending on the level chosen.

      The problems enumerated here are with Medicare Advantage and other forms of insurance - not Medicare supplemental and part D.

      I think you did the right thing and you shouldn't worry.  I think you did right by your in-laws.  

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 11:03:04 AM PST

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      •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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        KenBee

        My father-in-law just retired at age 90 (yes, you read that right), and his employer insurance (also UHC) is ending in a couple of weeks.  He went straight to AARP and I didn't have any time to do any additional research for them.  They're  paying for Part A and B reimbursement (Plan F) and Part D supplemental.  We'll see how it goes.

        Thank you for your reassurance.

        Remember. Bring them home. ● And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here … and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once -- Michelle Obama.

        by edsbrooklyn on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 01:39:12 PM PST

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      •  Their benefits are required to all be the same... (1+ / 0-)
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        KenBee

        not their prices.

        Customer service varies dramatically.

    •  The supplemental plans are different (0+ / 0-)

      Medicare is primary and it is the one who decides whether to cover the claim or not. If they cover it, then the supplemental plan will cover its part. It's pretty cut and dried, not like the Medicare Advantage plans. I believe it's pretty safe to pick a supplemental plan based on price.

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