Medicare Advantage in Illinois. Don’t try selling the Brooklyn Bridge to a retiree.
Since the letter from CMS regarding the Medicare Advantage details came out I have received lots of comments and emails.
We are a suspicious bunch.
Why on earth would that be?
The wording from IRTA Executive Director Jim Bachman that was passed along today was that any doctor who takes Medicare must take Medicare Advantage.
Right away I received messages from retirees who had called their Medicare doctors. They were told that they did not take Medicare Advantage.
Here is what I understand:
The Medicare Advantage plan worked out between the vendors and CMS is a unique plan, customized for Illinois state retirees. Not all doctors who take Medicare patients are aware of it as yet.
But according to what I have been told, doctors who take Medicare patients must take members from this Medicare Advantage plan.
Just as information still needs to get out to all members, doctors may not yet be aware of it.
The plan is called Total Retiree Advantage Illinois.
Trust, but verify.
But also know that the meetings about the coverage options are still to be scheduled and held. And most doctors are not yet aware of the new plan.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t read the small print.
Once again, here is the letter from CMS.