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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Dec 02 2013 :  11:47:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As an AARP member, I have contacted them and told them that they should terminate their relationship with United Healthcare. Their actions at this time to terminate doctors and hospitals during the open enrollment period in violation of the law is violation of the promise that AARP made to its members to carefully research and select the best plans for their members.

When I did my research on Medicare Advantage Plans, UHC was close to the bottom of the plans for doctor choice. I hope that AARP takes immediate action to address this issue.

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rosytomato
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USA
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Posted - Dec 21 2013 :  5:12:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have discovered over the years that AARP is not always our "friend". Good luck with the request you made to AARP for them to terminate their relationship with UHC.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Dec 21 2013 :  5:21:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes I know. Some good, some bad.

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rosytomato
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USA
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Posted - Jan 12 2014 :  6:29:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is an article in the recent AARP Bulletin "Is your Medicare Safe". I didn't find it very encouraging at all, since no one really had any good answers to the questions that were asked because they have no answers.

In the article it stated that, "United Healthcare has said it is terminating 10-15% of its Medicare Advantage physicians. The American Medical Association says that in at least 11 states, Medicare Advantage plans have cut thousands of physicians."

My personal opinion is that the ACA is not going to be such a blessing for medicare.


Edited by - rosytomato on Jan 12 2014 6:30:31 PM
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 13 2014 :  12:06:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The ACA has nothing to do with Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans.

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rosytomato
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Posted - Jan 13 2014 :  10:51:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, I think you're wrong. According to the article, it does. "The ACA also cuts the rate of growth of reimbursements for hospitals with the goal of forcing them to improve efficiency. But even some supporters acknowledge that cutting the rate of reimbursement to hospitals could affect the quality of care."
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 13 2014 :  11:31:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually the ACA closes the donut hole for those on Medicare part D. It slows the growth of payments and imposes penalties for readmission which is quality measure. Many hospitals are very inefficient. Even the best do things wrong, and part of the ACA was to force them to do things right. Actually, other laws cut payments for doctors and hospitals, and they keep passing one and two year fixes for that law.

UHC cut the doctors after the open enrollment period, and that is not good. People choose plans because their doctor was in the plan.

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TomWV
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Posted - Jun 22 2015 :  8:52:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My feelings: beware of Medicare Advantage. Traditional Medicare (parts A and B) and a medicare supplement (offered by AARP/UHC and many others) is the way to go for folks 65 and older. The medicare supplement plans are standardized, which is to say that if you enroll in a Plan F then all of your deductibles, A/B copayments, etc. are taken care of in full throughout the United States at any facility that accepts Medicare.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) was and is a right-wing gift to the big insurance companies. They take federal money from Medicare and use that money to run their plans the way THEY want to run them. Medicare Advantage (notably Humana, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield) SOUND great because they include all of the prescription drug benefits and so forth that you had when you were a corporate employee. However, notice that they have networks. And their concern is their profits, not your health.

Case in point: I spent weeks at pulmonary rehab with a gentleman struggling along on 30L/m of oxygen, working hard to get ready for a lung transplant at Duke. One day at rehab I asked how he was doing and he said, "Well, I can't go back to Duke anymore. The insurance company took Duke out of my network." That is an excellent example of Medicare Advantage at work. The insurance company decided it would be better for their bottom line if they raised premiums for everybody and took out of the network facilities that they might have to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to in benefits.

I know many people love their Humana or whatever Medicare Advantage company they have gone with, but I think it's important to keep the risks in mind.

- Tom
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damonhenry
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USA
4 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2017 :  09:58:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great stuff. Most of what is was said is spot on. If you can afford a Medicare Supplement then by all means everyone should do it. It gives you more control of who you see and where you go to get the best possible care. I dont want to get started with AARP-United Healthcare. They are not going to put the best interest of anyone in front of their bottom line. Period. Also good luck waiting on hold forever to talk to someone that cant help you and puts you on hold again.
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damonhenry
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USA
4 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2017 :  12:21:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is decent article comparing the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement. http://bestquoteinc.com/compare-medicare-supplement-to-medicare-advantage/
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damonhenry
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USA
4 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2017 :  12:26:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just went on the consumer affairs website where they have the top 85 complaints against AARP-United Health Care, Interesting read.
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