Commissioner Donelon Announces Medicare WellCare Disenrolls 377
Private Fee for Service Customers
Released: April 14, 2009
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announces the Medicare WellCare
Program has disenrolled 377 Private Fee for Service and/or Prescription
Drug Plan (Part D) policyholders in Louisiana as of April 1, 2009.
These customers failed to pay their January 1, 2009 premiums and
have not paid the premiums as of March 30, 2009.
“This is unfortunate for these policyholders since they will
lose their health insurance or prescription drug insurance coverage
until January 2010,” said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. “Impacted
individuals will now pay full price for their prescription drugs.
Wellcare notified these recipients at least nine times and conducted
outreach to pharmacies used by these members regarding their potential
disenrollment without a successful response from the individuals.”
Most individuals who have been disenrolled from this Private Fee
for Service and/or Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) will not be eligible
to enroll in another Medicare Advantage and/or Prescription Drug
Plan (Part D) until the annual enrollment period is offered by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this November 15 through
December 31, 2009, with an effective date of January 1, 2010.
However, if these individuals have a change in their income status
and become eligible for a low-income subsidy, or if they are now
eligible for a low-income subsidy, they can enroll in another Medicare
Advantage and/or Prescription Drug Plan now or at any time.
If anyone has questions regarding the disenrollment of WellCare
customers due to non-payment of premiums, they should call the Department
of Insurance SHIIP program at 1-800-259-5301, option 2, or WellCare