Open Enrollment Period Closes on March 31
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Health Net, Inc. reminds seniors, age 65 or older, and others who are eligible for Medicare that the Medicare Open Enrollment period closes on Wed., Mar. 31, 2010.
If Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan beneficiaries are not satisfied with the choice they made in November or December of last year during the Annual Election Period, they have one last chance to switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan for 2010. This opportunity allows seniors and other Medicare-eligible individuals to ensure their coverage truly meets their needs.
“With the March 31 deadline drawing near, Medicare beneficiaries should consider whether their current plan really meets their needs,” said Scott R. Kelly, chief Government Programs officer, Health Net, Inc. “In reviewing their options, the most important factors they should consider are the 4 Cs – Cost, Customer Service, Convenience and Coverage.”
The 4 Cs
For more information about “the 4 Cs” and choosing the right Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan, visit www.abetterdecision.com. Health Net also has Medicare experts available on its toll-free number, 1–800-903-0944 (TTY 711), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Medicare beneficiaries also can go to www.medicare.gov to review their options or contact their current Medicare Advantage provider with their questions.
Some Limitations to Switching Plans
During the open enrollment period, which runs from Jan. 1 through Mar. 31, individuals have an opportunity to switch plans, but there are limitations. Specifically, they must continue to keep prescription drug coverage if they had it as of Dec. 31, 2009. Or, if Medicare beneficiaries did not have prescription drug coverage as of Dec. 31, 2009, they cannot add it to their plan if they decide to switch.
After March 31, 2010, until the start of the next annual election period in November of 2010, individuals can join or change plans for only a few specific reasons such as moving out of a plan’s service area or turning 65, which allows first-time enrollment in a Medicare plan. A full list of reasons can be found at www.medicare.gov.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is among the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company’s health plans and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.1 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, provides mental health benefits to approximately 6.5 million individuals in all 50 states. The company’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.
For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company’s Web site at www.healthnet.com.
Health Net, Inc.
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Source: Health Net, Inc.