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Health care plan to stop coverage

October 29, 2012
The Leader Herald

ALBANY - Senior Whole Health of New York, a health care plan for people older than 65 who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, will discontinue providing health care coverage in upstate New York effective Jan. 1.

Residents of Montgomery, Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Warren and Washington counties are affected by the decision, a news release said.

Members will continue to receive their health care through SWH through Dec. 31.

Members can join a similar Medicare/Medicaid Advantage plan or traditional Medicare and Medicaid and a Part D pharmacy benefit plan.

"This move is a business decision based on geographical challenges. Our member population is simply not dense enough to provide our high-touch model of care to these upstate counties in a cost efficient manner," Wayne Lowell, chief executive officer at Senior Whole Health, said in the news release.

For more information about health care options, call the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program at 1-800-701-0501, the news release said.



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