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Humana ends Medicare Advantage plan through St. Lukes

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Humana ends Medicare Advantage plan through St. Lukes

By Eric Fink. CREATED Oct 18, 2013

"I'm kind of in shock of what's going on, but I don't want to change."

Medicare patient Carl Wonacott takes a handful of medications daily for a brain tumor, congestive heart failure and diabetes. Thursday, Wonacott got a letter in the mail saying his medicare coverage plan under Humana would no longer be accepted by doctors at St. Lukes.

According to the letter, Wonacott's coverage would expire January 1, 2014 with no explanation of how to obtain other insurance.

Leaving Wonacott and potentially thousands of other Idahoans in a similar position annoyed.

"I'm not sure if that's part of the Obama program [Affordable Care Act] if that got in the middle of this. I don't have a clue. Humana hasn't called and said anything to me."

Humana never called On Your Side back when our news teams asked for an interview.

This change did not come about because of Obamacare.

"Humana wanted to renegotiate a contract at a lower reimbursement rate that we financially couldn't accept," St. Lukes spokesman Ken Dey said. "If you do have a plan that St. Lukes doesn't accept, you're free to look at other plans that St. Lukes does accept and then you'll be able to keep you're St. Lukes doctor."

Wonacott wants desperately to stay with his doctor who he's had almost 20 years. But, after researching other Medicare plans, staying with st. Lukes could force this 60-year-old Nampa man to pay a much higher deductable.

"What am I going to do next?," wondered Wonacott. "We're talking more than $2,000 and that's a real hardship when you're on a set income."