Important Information for our Medicare Patients
The annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans is November 15 through December 31.
Open enrollment for those who wish to change Part D or Medicare Advantage plans is January 1 through March 31 of each year. During this period, only those who are already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan can switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan with similar drug coverage. Anyone with original Medicare and a Prescription Drug Plan can switch to a Medicare Advantage Plan with similar drug plan.
Enrollment at other times of the year can be done only under special circumstances. Please contact 1-800-MEDICARE to learn more about the enrollment periods.
The South Shore Medical Center accepts the following Medicare plans:
- Tufts Medicare Preferred - 1-800-867-2000
This is the only Medicare Advantage plan we accept.
- Original Medicare - 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227)
- Most Medicare Supplement plans (sometimes referred to as “wrap” plans)
- Medicare Advantage PPO Plans, but are considered out of network
For specific information on Medicare plan comparisons, costs, and benefits, please contact the plans directly, or contact SHINE (Office of Elder Affairs, Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) at 617-376-1240 or visit their website at www.medicareoutreach.org
Insurance Plans We Accept
South Shore Medical Center accepts most commercial insurance plans, including many HMOs. Each patient is responsible for his or her own health insurance coverage and benefits. We encourage you to be familiar with your policy. The staff in our patient services office is readily available to answer questions you may have about your coverage.
All Commercial Insurance Plans
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Fallon Community Health Plan
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
HUGHP (Harvard University Group Health Plan)
Health Care Value Management
John Hancock GIC Indemnity
John Hancock UNICARE
Private Health Care Systems
Tufts Medicare Preferred
United Health Care