This week, we will be mailing our Medicare Supplement policyholders information about upcoming changes to the Medicare copays and deductibles. Some policyholders will also receive information about a new provider opportunity available in their area.
2017 Medicare copays and deductibles
On January 1, 2017, the federal Medicare program will increase the Part A deductibles, Part A daily coinsurance amounts and the Part B deductibles.
|Deductibles and Coinsurance Amounts for Calendar Years 2016 and 2017|
|Type of cost sharing||2016||2017|
|Part A Inpatient hospital deductible||$1288||$1316|
|Daily coinsurance for 61st-90th Day||$322||$329|
|Daily coinsurance for lifetime reserve days||$644||$658|
|Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance||$161||$164.50|
|Part B Deductible||$166||$183|
|High Deductible F & J||$2180||$2200|
|Out of Pocket Limit Plan K||$4960||$5120|
|Out of Pocket Limit Plan L||$2480||$2560|
We have mailed our Medicare Supplement policyholders a letter with this information (click here to view a sample), including a reminder that they do not need to make any changes to their existing policy and will continue to receive the same service and benefits that they originally purchased. If they have any questions, they can call Aetna’s Policyholder Services team at 866 767.1599.
Provider network update
Select members will also receive a letter (click here to view a sample) about an optional new provider opportunity available in their area. The The Accountable Alliance, Inc. dba USA Senior Care Network is a nationwide provider network that has contracted with specific hospitals to waive all or part of a patient’s Medicare Part A deductible if admitted to a network hospital. Policyholders within the network hospital area now have the opportunity to choose a network hospital, which helps us keep future premium rates as low as possible.
Members can continue to go to the hospital of their choice without any changes to their coverage. This is just another option that we are offering when seeking providers (including doctors and hospitals) for their health care needs. They are not required to use this option and we will continue to pay all eligible benefits under their policy.
If a member would like to consider and possibly use this new option, they can go to the member secure side of aetnaseniorproducts.com and click the link to the USA Senior Care Network website to find out what hospitals in their area participate in this program.
Annual Notice of Change mailing