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Del. Lewis announces public forum on cancelled Hopkins Medicare Advantage plans

BALTIMORE, MD (December 8, 2021) — State Delegate Robbyn Lewis announces a virtual public forum to provide assistance to Baltimore City residents whose Hopkins Advantage MD plans were cancelled. Hopkins Advantage MD plans are issued by Hopkins Health Advantage Inc., a Maryland health insurer affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Approximately 6,000 Baltimoreans – that’s nearly 1 in 10 Baltimore seniors – hold one of these Hopkins Advantage MD plans. 

US Representative John Sarbanes and State Senator Cory McCray are co-hosting this event. US Representative Kweisi Mfume is unable to attend the forum, but is sending his team to represent him.

Hopkins Advantage MD is a type of Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage refers to private insurance plans that offer additional services, on top of basic Medicare, including Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). Baltimoreans who hold the Hopkins Advantage MD plans chose the plans for the extra flexibility and choice.

On September 24, 2021 Johns Hopkins Medicine informed Baltimore City customers that their plans would be cancelled effective January 1, 2022. Many began to call their elected representatives for help.

“I have received several calls and emails from worried constituents, and I know that my city, state and federal colleagues have as well. Given the number of affected residents, it just made sense to put together a one-stop information smorgasbord, to help as many folks as directly as possible”, said Delegate Lewis.

“Medicare is a critical federal health insurance program for seniors, and it can be challenging to navigate changes. We are committed to expanding access to health care for all Marylanders, and will work with our colleagues, public agencies and health providers to prevent interruptions in health insurance coverage, especially during the COVID pandemic” said Congressman Sarbanes 

For more information please contact Delegate Robbyn Lewis at Robbyn.Lewis@house.state.md.us or 410-841-3772.

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