Following a three-year hiatus, Harvard Pilgrim will once again offer Medicare Advantage in Worcester County.
The Wellesley-based health plan will reintroduce its Medicare plan to Worcester and three other Massachusetts counties at the start of 2014, the company announced Tuesday.
"It's best for the seniors," said Deb Rittenour, vice president for senior programs. "We're giving them options and we're giving them choice."
Senior citizens can begin signing up for Harvard's Medicare Advantage plan Oct. 15. The company is looking to expand its Medicare coverage to additional Bay State counties in 2015, Rittenour said.
Harvard Pilgrim discounted its fee-for-service Medicare offerings for Worcester County and elsewhere in 2010 after the federal government made the incentives for such plans less favorable, Rittenour said. Medicare Advantage is offered by commercial insurance companies, who in turn, are compensated by the federal government.