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State News
3:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Health Alliance blames enrollment criteria for denied retiree plans

A Health Alliance spokeswoman says criteria regarding enrollment numbers kept the insurance carrier from offering Medicare Advantage plans to retirees. The Urbana-based insurer learned this week that it was excluded for retiree plans starting in January, while the state directed those 15,000 people to four other carriers. Spokeswoman Jane Hayes says Health Alliance was required to have one or more employers who have a minimum of 1,000 participants enrolled in Medicare Advantage. She says it’s hard to find an employer with that many retirees in any benefit plan, noting more employers are dropping health care coverage for retirees:

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