Insurance companies are booting doctors off the Medicare Advantage program, because federal funding for the program is being cut back by billions of dollars.
One health carrier alone, UnitedHealthcare, is terminating contracts with up to 2,100 doctors in the New York metro region. About 8,000 elderly Medicare Advantage New Yorkers were using those doctors.
Brooklyn physician, Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz, was notified in late October that as of January 1 he will no longer be eligible to receive payments from Medicare Advantage program. He has 30 patients on the program. “A patient can’t see his doctor? What are they doing!” he asked.
Alfred Gargiulio, who has cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder, has been seeing Leibowitz since 1993. “Obama had said I could keep my doctor. Now they’re doing away with my doctor. They kicked him out! After 20 years, that’s not right. We love Dr. Leibowitz,” said Gargiulio.