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When Medicare Advantage Drops Doctors, Some Members Can Switch Plans
Kaiser Health News

Eliza Catchings has been seeing doctors at the Christie Clinic in central Illinois since 1957. But just after receiving this year’s WellCare Medicare Advantage member card, the insurer told her the clinic was leaving WellCare’s provider network and she would have to choose new doctors.

“I was terrified,” said Catchings, 79, who gets care for diabetes and heart problems. But she was helped by a little-noticed change in federal policy.

Medicare Advantage plans sold by private insurers are an alternative to traditional Medicare, but they cover services only from doctors, hospitals and other providers that are in the insurer’s network.