Nearly 2,000 In Stanislaus County Must Find New Medicare Plan After Care 1st Drops Out
County residents will still have a choice of seven insurers that offer Medicare Advantage plans.
Care 1st Insurer To Drop Medicare Plan In Stanislaus County
In Stanislaus County, more than 1,800 residents will be affected as Care1st discontinues its Medicare Advantage plan next year. Care1st will offer a plan for county residents who are dually eligible for Medicare and the state’s Medi-Cal program for the poor. Those enrolled in Care1st Advantage Optimum will need to switch to another insurer for Medicare Advantage coverage, which provides benefits for physician visits, hospitalization, prescription drugs and other services on top of basic Medicare, said Maria Profeta, program manager for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program in Modesto. County residents will still have a choice of seven insurers that offer Medicare Advantage plans. The premiums range from zero to more than $160 a month. (Carlson, 10/12)