The state's largest health maintenance organization, with about 249,000 members, is replacing several existing
Kaiser's Senior Advantage "Basic" and "Enhanced" plans will be discontinued on
The "Essential" and "Essential Plus" plans will be eliminated on the
Affected members were notified about the plan changes this week and must re-enroll in the new
Meanwhile, rates are rising for some individual Senior Advantage members on
Kaiser does not offer
"We know that these changes may be difficult for some seniors, so there are financial assistance programs available. Given the rising cost of medical care and drugs and
Kaiser -- both a medical provider and health insurer -- said the current combination of premiums, co-pays and
"I'm surprised and I'm upset. I'm retired. I'm not working. (Any increase) is real big," he said. "There's been no increase in
Members should receive information about the new plans in the mail by the end of the week, Kaiser said.
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