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Did you get a letter from CMS about your Medicare plan options?

Did you get a letter from CMS about “Your Medicare Plan Options”?

A Medicare Question

I am very happy with my Medicare Advantage plan and don’t want to make any changes. But then I got a letter from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The first line is “Important Information About Your Medicare Plan Options.” Can you tell me what this center is and what this letter means to me?

Answer to What is Medicare question
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

is the branch of the federal government that’s in charge of the Medicare program. You got this letter because CMS has identified your plan as a “consistent poor performer.” That means the plan has received an overall quality rating of less than three stars for at least three years.

CMS encourages those beneficiaries, including you, in a poor performing plan to consider their options carefully. In other words, don’t just let the plan renew. Review other plans with higher quality ratings in the Medicare Plan Finder. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Last updated: 09-04-2018