Passage plan updates for 2019

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Passage plan updates for 2019


We’re reducing the number of specialists requiring referrals for Medicare Advantage Passage Plan 1 (HMO) for 2019. As of Jan. 1, 2019, only podiatry, chiropractic and pain management specialist treatment will require referrals for members with Medicare Advantage Passage Plan 1 (HMO).

Members’ new ID cards will reflect the referral requirements. This information is also in the Annual Notices of Change (ANOCs) mailed to members in September. Passage Plan 1 (HMO) will continue to have a $0 premium and other benefits – a dental plan and hearing aid and vision wear reimbursements – that our members value.

Referral requirements to most specialists (with some exceptions) will remain for:

  • Commercial Passage plans sold to individuals under 65 and offered by employers, and 
  • The ConnectiCare Medicare Advantage Passage Dual (HMO SNP) plan 

More information on the latter plan, which serves dual-eligible members, will follow later this year. It will include training on our model of care and referral instructions.

Referral guidelines on our website,, will be updated for 2019 in the coming months. Watch for more information and updates in future editions of Office Visit.