News : MedicareCompareUSA and Allina Health Enter Into Partnership
Bellingham, WA, USA, May 7, 2018 -- MedicareCompareUSA announced that it has entered into an agreement with Allina Health to establish a toll-free helpline that will make it easier for local Medicare beneficiaries to find a health plan that is accepted by an Allina facility and its affiliated physicians. Based in Minneapolis, Allina Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system that owns or operates 13 hospitals and more than 90 clinics throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The new agreement with Allina Health is the latest in a series of recent contract signings by MedicareCompareUSA.
The helpline created with Allina Health will connect callers with licensed local agents who are specially trained to help educate consumers on the features of all Medicare options, including Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Prescription plans. In addition to providing information, these agents also help seniors enroll in whatever plan they chose, thus simplifying and streamlining what is often a very confusing and cumbersome process.
"Many seniors have existing relationships with doctors and hospitals that have been built over time, and we know from experience that continued access to their care team is extremely important once they go on Medicare," said Kerri Lenderman, director of consulting services with MedicareCompareUSA. "This new helpline, available free to those on Medicare, will make it easier for beneficiaries to find a plan that is accepted by one of Allina’s facilities and affiliated physicians, thus assuring continuity of care while preserving those bonds of trust."
Lenderman says that the new helpline will be particularly beneficial to seniors interested in understanding their insurance options when their Cost Plans sunset on December 31, 2018. "It will also be invaluable for those just turning 65 who become inundated with conflicting marketing messages from competing plans," she says. "The new helpline is a one-stop information destination so seniors can feel informed and confident when they are making this important decision."
"Hospitals and health systems can no longer passively sit on the sidelines and assume that their patient portfolio is secure, or that new seniors will find them," said Lenderman. "Our insurance helplines have proven time and time again to be a successful strategy for providers not just attracting Medicare beneficiaries but – perhaps even more important – retaining current ones. We’re thrilled to now be able to provide this service to Allina Health, its physicians and its patients."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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MedicareCompareUSA helps Medicare beneficiaries select a health plan that is accepted by their existing hospital and doctors, thus assuring continuity of care and preserving the trusted relationships many providers have built up over time with their patients. Not owned or managed by any Medicare insurance company, MedicareCompareUSA’s mission is to provide seniors the unbiased information they need while simplifying the enrollment process.
Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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