TO: Commercial Insurers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
FROM: Linda Ruthardt, Commissioner of Insurance
DATE: November 1, 2001
RE: November 2001 Addendum to "2001 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare"

The Division is sending this bulletin because it has come to our attention that some copies of Bulletin 01-09 may have included an old version of the Massachusetts Addendum to the "2001 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare." The Division is issuing the attached version to ensure that all carriers have the correct version of this addendum. Please note that the attached version includes charts with the most up-to-date information regarding rates for Medicare plans available in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Addendum must be provided along with the "2001 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare" to people eligible for Medicare pursuant to Massachusetts regulations 211 CMR 42.09(4) and 211 CMR 71.13(2)(d)4. Please note that the Massachusetts Addendum is in 14-point type.
As you distribute the attached addendum pdf format of addendum2001a.PDF , please do not inadvertently include this bulletin cover memo with the Addendum when it is given to consumers. Any questions regarding this bulletin by licensed carriers may be directed to Kevin Beagan, Director, Health Unit of the State Rating Bureau at the Division of Insurance at (617) 521-7347. We apologize if you may have previously received an incorrect copy.