MedicareBob assists former Universal Policy holder finds new coverage

The fallout continues from the federal investigation into Universal HealthCare in St. Petersburg.

Patients who were covered by the company saw their coverage run out at midnight, leaving many of the customers without insurance.

However, a Bradenton woman was able to make the switch just in the nick of time.

Rainy Dula, 80, has numerous health issues. The two-time breast cancer survivor has problems with her eyes, knees and back. She sees up to 15 different specialists for her health care.

Dula had been covered under Universal HealthCare since 2004. She said she was blindsided when she learned she had to find new coverage.

It was a big concern for her, especially since she was in the midst of trying to schedule a back producer.  Dula said she wasn’t sure what she was going to do.

“I just had to keep calling people last week and i got little bits of information here and there,” she said.

Answers came through for Dula on Easter Sunday, just hours before the deadline.

Robert Bache, “MedicareBob” the president of Senior Healthcare Direct in Clearwater, said he had agents working until midnight. He said a lot of people are worried about scheduled visits or procedures under the original Medicare plan.

“They’re going to have to pay 20 percent for all those costs, instead of in many cases a lot of these health plans have a zero copay for those doctor’s visits,” said Bache.

Dula is now covered under United HealthCare, and she has a similar plan to the one she had under Universal.  She said she is pleased that she won’t have to wait to have her back procedure or pay 20 percent of the cost.

By Melissa Eichman, Reporter