Government offers funds to help switch seniors from terminated Fox Insurance plan

Share this article:

Some states will receive additional funding for insurance information programs for seniors after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated a federal contract with Fox Insurance Company.

So far, two states have been provided additional funding, according to a joint CMS and Department of Health and Human Services statement Tuesday. The Florida insurance information program Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) is scheduled to receive $274,000 in additional funding, while North Carolina's Senior's Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will receive $120,000. Florida and North Carolina had the largest number of Medicare enrollees in the Fox prescription drug plan, according to the release. Medicare terminated its Part D contract with Fox on March 9 after an on-site review revealed serious policy violations. (McKnight's, 3/11/10) It was the first time since the implementation of Medicare Part D that CMS has terminated a contract with a drug plan.

Former Fox enrollees will be able to choose a new Medicare prescription drug plan through May 1, 2010. All former Fox enrollees are currently obtaining their drugs through LI-NET, a program run by Medicare and administered by Humana.

Share this article:

More in News

Expert says providers often wrongly threatened by PEPPER reports

Instead of fearing further scrutiny by federal authorities, providers should embrace the opportunity to get feedback in the form of PEPPER reports, legal experts said Monday at the LeadingAge annual meeting in Nashville.

Healthcare reform already driving diverse, dynamic long-term care models, LeadingAge leaders say

Healthcare reform already driving diverse, dynamic long-term care ...

One way to gauge the effects is healthcare reform is by looking at ongoing changes to the continuing care retirement community model, LeadingAge officials said Monday at the association's annual ...

Federal court: Nursing home can be sued for firing hairdresser who can ...

Is the ability to transport residents in their wheelchairs an essential function of a nursing home hairdresser? A federal appeals court says it's a valid question and is allowing a hairdresser to sue a facility that fired her.