Medicare.gov info may not be correctby Denise Early on Oct. 04, 2013, under Health
Information on 2014 Part D and Medicare Advantage plans is available on Medicare.gov - but it may not be correct. The information was uploaded for October 1st and now the people who keep it up to date, or correct mistakes, are on furlough due to the government shutdown. Or is it “slimdown”?
I’ve been using the Plan Finder to help my clients find an alternative Part D plan for the First Health Part D Value plan I wrote about yesterday. But when I find a plan on Medicare.gov that looks like it will work for my client, I then go to that company’s website to double check.
The most important information would be how an expensive drug is covered, and I think I saw some questionable co-pay numbers on Medicare.gov. The numbers that came up as co-pays did not match the “non-preferred brand” co-pay for the plan or 33% co-pay for a “specialty drug”.
UPDATE 10/7/13: I was just comparing Medicare Advantage plans in Tucson side-by-side and I see some big mistakes in the info. One plan’s co-pay for a skilled nursing facility is listed as $195 per day – and that is wrong. Another has a $225 charge for home health services – and that is wrong. So it really looks like I can’t use Medicare.gov right now and it is the only way a broker can show plans side-by-side. I can fix the incorrect info by writing over it, but that is not allowed by Medicare.
So use Medicare.gov with caution at this point. And double check by going to the website for the plan(s) you think might work for you. Until the government shutdown ends and people are back to work, the Plan Finder will not be updated. It says it right on the Medicare.gov website.
To get started with the Plan Finder, go to Medicare.gov and click the link that looks like this:
Now is the time to do your research, but I would not count on Medicare.gov info until people at CMS get back to work and fix the Plan Finder. but enrollment is not allowed until October 15th.