Several Mississippi hospitals are ending their Medicare Advantage agreements, creating problems for local seniors

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said two in-state hospitals are ending Medicare Advantage agreements.

The changes will force patients to travel elsewhere for care or seek other coverage before a Dec. 7 deadline for Medicare enrollment.

Chaney said health providers are demanding more payment for services for Medicare patients, and Medicare Advantage plans are refusing to pay more.

Southwest Health System in Pike County is ending its agreement with Wellcare Medicare Advantage, which covers 800 patients.

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