For Immediate Release: March 31, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

SHIIP Announces Events for Medicare Recipients Displaced by Fox Insurance

Company's Medicare Contract Termination

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the schedule of SHIIP events across the state aimed at helping the 24,000 North Carolina Medicare recipients affected by the sudden termination of Fox's Medicare Part D contract by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A link to those events is below.

"Recipients currently enrolled in a Fox Grand or Fox Value Medicare Part D prescription drug plan need to change their coverage by April 30," said Commissioner Goodwin. "SHIIP counseling sites across North Carolina are available to help these folks identify other plans that are available to them."Goodwin added that Fox recipients can also contact SHIIP's Raleigh call center with questions, 1-800-443-9354.

Fox Part D prescription drug plan recipients who do not change their plan by April 30 will be automatically enrolled in a plan selected by Medicare; the auto-enrolled plan may or may not be the best fit for the recipients' needs. SHIIP can help recipients find the best plan for their needs and help them enroll in their selected plan.

Earlier this month, CMS terminated their Part D contract with Fox Insurance Company of New York after an onsite audit of the plan and its services revealed the plan had significant deficiencies that jeopardized the health and safety of Fox members. CMS found that Fox committed a series of violations, including improperly denying its members coverage of critical HIV, cancer, and seizure medications.

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance information. SHIIP's trained volunteers provide one-on-one counseling in all 100 counties. More information is available at www.ncshiip.com.

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