Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Feds OK Lovelace Coverage Expansion.(Business)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Plan Will Include More with Medicare

Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has verified that the Health Care Financing Administration will allow the Lovelace Health Plan to expand managed care coverage to Medicare beneficiaries in Sandoval County.

According to HCFA, there are nearly 13,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the selected counties.

"This is welcome news for those who will benefit," Udall said in a news release.

"Seniors have paid into the Medicare system with their hard-earned dollars. We must ensure that they have health care in their time of need. While this is good news, we must continue to reform and enhance the Medicare+Choice program. There are still far too many New Mexicans being left behind."

Lovelace Health Plan will begin to serve Medicare beneficiaries on May 1, in northern Sandoval County. …

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