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companies don't offer the same benefits in his hometown of Delray Beach, a Palm Beach County community, as they do in Miami, only about 50 miles away. He is furious. Read on....!!

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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 5:47 pm
Sure sounds crooked to me!

Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group, acknowledged that the same Medicare Advantage plan can offer different benefits among neighboring counties.

“Plans do their best to provide the most affordable coverage they can to meet the specific needs of beneficiaries,” he says. “But there is variation in the payment rates in the counties,” which dictates how plans structure benefit packages. Plan benefits and member fees can also depend on the number of providers in a county and how many join the plan’s network, he says.

In addition to the payment differences that can lead to uneven benefits, industry experts say some well-managed insurers can afford to offer extra benefits if they negotiate deals with providers in competitive markets like Florida or take other steps to keep their costs down. That’s one reason why Medicare Advantage coverage can vary even within the same county.


Estella Ameigh (22)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 7:00 pm
Nothing fair about that.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 7:29 pm
Too complex for me. We need comprehensive plans with the same affordable premiums for everyone. I want the same benefits that Congress has! Thanks, Kat.

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:52 am
We Don't Need Insurance, We Need
Guaranteed Healthcare

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 8:54 am

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