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Are there resources available if I opt out of a University-sponsored Medicare Advantage plan

Each year, all Medicare members receive a “Medicare & You” booklet from Medicare that explains the various Medicare components and guidelines, including plan types. Since the university-sponsored UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans are group plans, the university retains the ability to renew the plans in future years or return to a Medicare Fee-for-Service arrangement. In addition, each state has a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that can assist Medicare members with understanding their Medicare plan options and benefits. In Missouri, the SHIP program is CLAIM. Visit for more information. For states outside of Missouri, visit to find your local SHIP.

Reviewed 2019-10-17