Seniors Face Fewer Medicare HMO Options
Boston Herald Online (11/15/01) p.B7A; Powell, Jennifer Heldt

Hospitals and clinics throughout Massachusetts and across the country have been reducing the number of Medicare HMO plans that they accept, oftentimes limiting the choices down to one. Winchester Hospital announced recently that it would be dropping Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's First Seniority plan and Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Blue Care 65, which leaves many seniors in the area with only one option--Tufts Health Plan's Secure Horizons. The Lahey Clinic has begun focusing on First Seniority rather than Secure Horizons, and some other physicians have decided to drop coverage altogether.

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