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For Patients

It is our understanding that FirstCare Health Plans has made the decision to not renew their Medicare Advantage contract with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2017.

It is important to understand that you remain enrolled with FirstCare Medicare Advantage and your benefits will continue through December 31, 2016.

For the upcoming year, you have several options:

Option 1: You can change to Original Medicare. Original Medicare is fee-for-service coverage managed by the Federal government. If you choose Original Medicare, you need to join a separate Medicare prescription drug plan to get prescription drug coverage. You may also want to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy to fill in the gaps in Original Medicare coverage. Please note if you currently pay a reduced Part B premium, you will lose access to this benefit effective January 1, and will have the full Part B premium deducted from your monthly Social Security check.
Option 2: You can join another Medicare Advantage health plan. These Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private companies that contract with Medicare to provide benefits. Medicare Advantage plans cover all services that Original Medicare covers and may offer extra coverage such as vision, hearing, or dental. These Medicare Advantage plans often offer a smaller network or panel of physicians. If you are choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan there are local insurance agents who are able to help you understand your insurance options and help you enroll. Please check with your current insurance agent and let them know that you want a Medicare product where you are able to continue to receive healthcare services from Covenant.
  • Original or Traditional Medicare

Original Medicare is a fee-for service coverage managed by the Federal government.

  • Medicare Advantage Plans

These Medicare Advantage Plans are also known as Medicare Managed Care. These plans are offered by private companies that contract with Medicare to provide benefits. Often there is a smaller network or panel of physicians who participate in these plans. All providers must have contracts with the Medicare Advantage Plan to be considered as in-network and for patients to receive the maximum benefits. Covenant participates with the following Medicare Advantage Plans:

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Amerivantage offered by Amerigroup
  • Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
  • Healthspring Medicare Advantage offered by Cigna/HealthSpring
  • Firsthealth/Coventry Medicare Advantage (Advantra)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Presbyterian Medicare Advantage
  • Universal American HMO/PPO/PFFS

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact Us.

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