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Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Important Medicare Information

Recently I have had several questions come to my office about Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage is a type of Medicare coverage offered by a private health insurer to provide customers with all the Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage plans cover all Medicare services and may offer extra coverage, but all of these benefits will come through your Medicare Advantage plan and not original Medicare.

The State of Connecticut recently selected UnitedHealthcare to administer the Medicare Advantage program for retired state employees. For those current state employees enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, be assured that this new plan will retain the same level of coverage provided under the current plan. In addition to that, it expands preventative care and adds new programs and services. On top of all this the new plan, which becomes effective on January 1, 2018, will save Connecticut more than $100 million annually. If you or any retired or active state employee has questions about your retiree health plan, visit the website of the office.

There are multiple Medicare Advantage Plans available through different health insurers. These plans may offer different benefits, have different plans or costs and a different network of providers. As with all health decisions, it is important to ask questions and learn as much as possible before making decisions. If you are interested in finding a Medicare Advantage plan, you can use this online search. Also remember to read the details on each plan’s website, and call 1-800-MEDICARE if you need information, and as always do not hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance.