Medicare plan brokers and consultants are trying to get the attention of consumers stranded by the Universal Health Care Inc. liquidation proceedings.
Officials put the St. Petersburg holding company and its insurance operating company affiliate, Universal Health Care Insurance Company Inc., in receivership in March, then ordered liquidation to start April 1.
Medigap Advisors, a broker, and Allsup, a company with a fee-based Medicare plan advisory service, have said they believe the move will affect about 40,000 Medicare Advantage plan participants and many other plan participants in Arizona and Utah.
People eligible for Medicare normally have to shop for Medicare Advantage plans during an annual open-enrollment period.
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Because the University Health Care plans have closed in the middle of the year, the enrollees in its plans have until May 31 to choose new plans.