Kaiser Permanente says changes are being made to its medicare plans starting 2017 and some Maui and Big Island residents are frustrated with the announcement.
Source: Kaiser Permanente medicare changes to affect nearly 8K Hawaii me – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33299556/kaiser-permanente-medicare-changes-to-affect-nearly-8k-hawaii-members).
Accessed on 03 October 2016, 04:40 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Jobeth Devera.
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According to KHNL/Hawaii News Now reporter Jobeth Devera, nearly 8,000 medicare recipients covered under Kaiser Permanente plans on Maui and Hawaii Island will be losing their current plan in 2017. Maui resident Robert Newell says he received a letter telling him that Kaiser Permanente “will not offer your medicare plan in 2017”. This announcement has left many medicare patients confused and frustrated.
Laura Lott, the communications director for Kaiser Permanente, says “Everybody that’s currently a Kaiser Permanente member will be offered a new plan and that information should be in your mailbox by Thursday or Friday at the latest.”
On Hawaii Island, the “Essential” and “Essential Plus” individual medicare plans will be discontinued and replaced with a unified plan called “Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage Hawaii Island (HMO).”
Lott adds that the changes are needed “to keep up with the rising costs of medical care, prescription drugs, and other services.”
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