Member Resouces

Thank You for being a Member of Sunrise Advantage Plan

Member Resources provides you with the tools, information and resources to help you get the most out of your Sunrise Advantage Plan (HMO SNP) benefits and coverage and much more.

Out of Network Coverage Rules

As a member of Sunrise Advantage Plan, you must use network providers. If you receive unauthorized care from an out-of-network provider, we may deny coverage and you will be responsible for the entire cost.

Here are three exceptions:

  • The plan covers emergency care or urgently needed care that you get from an out- of-network provider. For more information about this, and to learn what emergency or urgently needed care means, please contact Member
  • If you need medical care that 1) Medicare requires our plan to cover, and 2) the provider in our network cannot provide this care, you can get this care from an out- of-network provider. Prior Authorization should be obtained from the plan prior to seeking care. In this situation, if the care is approved, you would pay the same as you would pay if you got the care from a network provider. Your PCP or other network provider will contact us to obtain authorization for you to see an out-of- network
  • Kidney dialysis services that you get at a Medicare-certified dialysis facility when you are temporarily outside the plan’s service area. In these special circumstances, it is best to ask an out-of-network provider to bill us first. If you have already paid for the covered services or if the out-of-network provider sends you a bill that you think we should pay, please contact Member Services or send us the bill.

How to File an Appeal

What Is an Appeal?

An appeal is a formal request by the member (or his/her authorized representative) to change a decision previously made by Sunrise Advantage Plan.

For example, you may file an appeal for any of the following reasons:

  • Sunrise Advantage Plan refuses to cover or pay for services you think Sunrise Advantage Plan should cover.
  • Sunrise Advantage Plan or one of the Contracting Medical Providers refuses to give you a service you think should be covered.
  • Sunrise Advantage Plan or one of the Contracting Medical Providers reduces or cuts back on services you have been receiving.
  • If you think that Sunrise Advantage Plan is stopping your coverage too soon.

Who Can File an Appeal?

You or your authorized representative may file an appeal. You may also have your physician file an appeal on your behalf.

You may appoint an individual to act as your representative to file the grievance or an appeal for you by following the steps below.

Provide our health plan with:

  1. Your name, your Medicare number and a statement which appoints an individual as your representative. (Note: You may appoint a physician or a Provider.) For example: “I [your name] appoint [name of representative] to act as my representative in requesting an appeal from Sunrise Advantage Plan and/or CMS regarding the denial or discontinuation of medical services.”
  2. Your name, address and phone number and that of your representative, if applicable.
  3. A signed and dated statement by you and the person you are appointing as representative.
  4. You must include this signed statement with your appeal
  5. Reasons for appealing, and any evidence you wish to attach.
  6. Supporting medical records, doctors’ letters, or other information that explains why your plan should provide the service. Call your doctor if you need this information to help you with your appeal. You may send in this information or present this information in person if you wish.

When Can an Appeal Be Filed?

You may file an appeal within sixty (60) calendar days of the date of the notice of the initial organization determination.

Note: The sixty (60) day limit may be extended for good cause. Include in your written request the reason why you could not file within the sixty (60) day time frame.

Can I Expedite an Appeal?

You have the right to request and receive expedited decisions affecting your medical treatment in “time-sensitive” situations.

A “time-sensitive” situation is a situation where waiting for a decision to be made within the time frame of the standard decision-making process could seriously jeopardize 1) your life or health, or 2) your ability to regain maximum function.

If Sunrise Advantage Plan decides, based on medical criteria, that your situation is “time-sensitive” or if any physician calls or writes in support of your request for an expedited review, Sunrise Advantage Plan or your Primary Care Physician will issue a decision as expeditiously as possible, but no later than seventy-two (72) hours after receiving the request.

Where Can an Appeal Be Filed?

You may file a standard appeal in writing directly to: Sunrise Advantage Plan, Appeals and Grievances Department, PO Box 2190 Glen Allen, VA 23058-2190. To check the status of your appeal, call Sunrise Advantage Plan member services at 1-844-896-0628 (NY-PA-VA) or 1-844-502-4149 (IL).

What Happens Next?

We will review your appeal. If any of the services you requested are still denied after our review, Medicare will provide you with a new and impartial review of your case by a reviewer outside of Sunrise Advantage Plan. If you disagree with that decision, you will have further appeal rights. You will be notified of those appeal rights if this happens.

How to File a Grievance

What Is a Grievance?

A grievance is a type of complaint that does not involve payment or denial of services by Sunrise Advantage Plan or a Contracting Medical Provider. For example, you would file a grievance if:

  • You have a problem with things such as the quality of your care during a hospital stay;
  • You feel you are being encouraged to leave your plan;
  • Waiting times on the phone, at a network pharmacy, in the waiting room, or in the exam room;
  • Waiting too long for prescriptions to be filled;
  • The way your doctors, network pharmacists or others behave;
  • Not being able to reach someone by phone or obtain the information you need; or
  • Lack of cleanliness or the condition of the office.

Who Can File a Grievance?

A grievance may be filed by any of the following:

  • You may file a grievance.
  • Your authorized representative

Why File a Grievance?

You are encouraged to use the grievance procedure when you have any type of complaint (other than an appeal) with Sunrise Advantage Plan or a Contracting Medical Provider, especially if such complaints result from misinformation, misunderstanding, or lack of information.

Can I Expedite a Grievance?

Yes. If you disagree with Sunrise Advantage Plan’s decision to extend the timeframe on your organization determination or reconsideration, or Sunrise Advantage Plan’s decision to process your expedited request as a standard request. In such cases, you may file an expedited grievance and receive a response within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt.

Where can a Grievance Be Filed?

You may file a standard grievance in writing directly to: Sunrise Advantage Plan -Appeals and Grievances Department, PO Box 2190 Glen Allen, VA 23058-2190. By faxing 1-800-862-2730 or over the phone by contacting Member Services:

  • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628 (TTY 711)
  • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149 (TTY 711)

Our hours are between 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30.

If you would like you can file a complaint directly to Medicare by filling out the complaint form at https://www.medicare.gov/MedicareComplaintForm/home.aspx.

How to Request an Organization Determination

What is an Organization Determination?

An organization determination is any determination (i.e. approval or denial) made by a Medicare health plan (e.g., Sunrise Advantage Plan) regarding:

  1. Receipt of, or payment for, a managed care item or service;
  2. The amount a health plan requires an enrollee to pay for an item or service; or
  3. A limit on the quantity of items or services.

You may file a standard reconsideration if you disagree with the decision that was made by the Sunrise Advantage Plan.

Who Can Request an Organization Determination?

An enrollee, an enrollee’s representative, or any provider that furnishes, or intends to furnish, services to an enrollee, may request a standard organization determination by filing an oral or written request with the Sunrise Advantage Plan. Expedited requests may be requested by an enrollee, an enrollee’s representative, or any physician, regardless of whether the physician is affiliated with Sunrise Advantage Plan.

When Can an Organization Determination Be Requested?

An organization determination made by Sunrise Advantage Plan can be requested with respect to any of the following:

  • Payment for temporarily out of the area renal dialysis services, emergency services, post-stabilization care, or urgently needed services;
  • Payment for any other health services furnished by a provider other than Sunrise Advantage Plan that the enrollee believes are covered under Medicare, or, if not covered under Medicare, should have been furnished, arranged for, or reimbursed by the Sunrise Advantage Plan;
  • Sunrise Advantage Plan’s refusal to provide or pay for services, in whole or in part, including the type or level of services, that the enrollee believes should be furnished or arranged for by Sunrise Advantage Plan;
  • Reduction, or premature discontinuation of a previously authorized ongoing course of treatment; or
  • Failure of Sunrise Advantage Plan to approve, furnish, arrange for, or provide payment for health care services in a timely manner, or to provide the enrollee with timely notice of an adverse determination, such that a delay would adversely affect the health of the enrollee.

Where Can an Organization Determination be filed?

Our plan has fourteen (14) calendar days (for a standard organization determination request) or seventy-two (72) hours (for an expedited request) from the date it gets your request to notify you of its decision.

What Is a Standard Reconsideration (i.e., Appeal)?

A reconsideration is also known as an appeal. If Sunrise Advantage Plan denies an enrollee’s request for an item, service in whole or in part, or any amounts the enrollee must pay for a service (issues an adverse organization determination), the enrollee may appeal the decision to the plan by requesting a reconsideration.

A reconsideration consists of a review of an adverse organization determination or termination of services decision, the evidence and findings upon which it was based, and any other evidence that the parties submit or that is obtained by the health plan, the QIO, or the independent review entity.

Who can Request a Standard Reconsideration (i.e., Appeal)?

  • An enrollee or an enrollee’s appointed or authorized representative may request a standard or expedited reconsideration (i.e., appeal).
  • A non-contract physician or provider to a Medicare Health plan may request a standard reconsideration without being appointed as the enrollee’s representative, on the enrollee’s behalf.
  • Non-contract providers must include a signed Waiver of Liability form holding the enrollee harmless regardless of the outcome of the appeal.
  • A physician regardless of whether the physician is affiliated with the plan may request that a Medicare Health Plan expedite a reconsideration.
  • Contract providers do not have appeal rights.

How to Request a Reconsideration

  • Reconsideration requests must be filed with the health plan within 60 calendar days from the date of the notice of the organization determination.
  • Expedited requests can be made either orally or in writing.
  • Standard requests must be made in writing unless the enrollee’s plan accepts oral requests. An enrollee should call the plan or check his or her Evidence of Coverage to determine if the plan accepts oral standard requests.

Important Things to Know About Asking for Standard Reconsideration:

A party must file the request for reconsideration within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the notice of the organization determination. If a request for reconsideration is filed beyond the sixty (60) calendar day time frame and good cause for late filing is not provided, Sunrise Advantage Plan will forward the request to the independent review entity for dismissal.

Once the plan receives the request, it must make its decision and notify the enrollee of its decision as quickly as the enrollee’s health requires, but no later than 72 hours for expedited requests or 30 calendar days for standard requests, or 60 calendar days for payment requests.

Our plan can accept or deny your request. If we approve your request for a standard reconsideration, our approval is valid until the end of the plan year.

Where Can a Reconsideration Be Filed?

You or your representative can request a reconsideration by writing directly to us at:

  • Sunrise Advantage Plan – Appeals and Grievances
    Department, PO Box 2190 Glen Allen, VA 23058-2190
  • Fax: 1-800-862-2730
  • Email: customerservice@sunriseadvantageplan.com
  • If you live in New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia, contact Member Services Department at our toll-free number at 1-844-896-0628. If you live in Illinois, contact Member Services Department at our toll-free number at 1-844-502-4149. Our hours are between 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30.

What is a Good Cause Exception?

If a party shows good cause, Sunrise Advantage Plan may extend the time frame for filing a request for reconsideration (i.e., appeal). Sunrise Advantage Plan will consider the circumstance that kept the enrollee or representative from making the request on time and whether any organizational actions might have misled the enrollee.

Examples of circumstances where good cause may exist to file a late appeal include (but are not limited to) the following situations:

  • The enrollee did not personally receive the adverse organization determination notice, or he/she received it late;
  • The enrollee was seriously ill, which prevented a timely appeal;
  • There was a death or serious illness in the enrollee’s immediate family;
  • An accident caused important records to be destroyed;
  • Documentation was difficult to locate within the time limits;
  • The enrollee had incorrect or incomplete information concerning the reconsideration process; or
  • The enrollee lacked capacity to understand the time frame for filing a request for reconsideration.

How to Request a Coverage Determination

What Is a Coverage Determination?

A coverage determination is decision made by our plan (not the pharmacy) about your prescription drug benefits, including whether a particular drug is covered, whether you have met all the requirements for getting a requested drug, how much you’re required to pay for a drug, and whether to make an exception to a plan rule when you request it.

What Is an Exception?

If a drug is not covered on our plan, you can ask the plan to make an “exception.” An exception is a type of coverage decision. Similar to other types of coverage decisions, if we turn down your request for an exception, you can appeal our decision.

When you ask for an exception, your doctor or other prescriber will need to explain the medical reasons why you need the exception approved. We will then consider your request.

Who Can Request a Coverage Determination / Exception?

A coverage determination may be requested by any of the following:

  • You or your representative may request a coverage determination.
  • Your prescriber (your doctor or other health care provider who is legally allowed to write prescriptions) can request a coverage determination for you on your behalf.

When Can a Coverage Determination/ Exception Be Requested?

A coverage determination may be requested for any of the following:

  • Covering a Part D drug for you that is not on our plan’s List of Covered Drugs (Formulary).
    • You may ask our plan for an exception if you or your prescriber (your doctor or other health care provider who is legally allowed to write prescriptions) believes you need a drug that isn’t on your drug plan’s list of covered drugs.
    • You may ask for an exception if your network pharmacy can’t fill a prescription as written.
  • Removing a restriction on the plan’s coverage for a covered drug.
    • You may ask for an exception if you or your prescriber believe that a coverage rule (such as a prior authorization) should be waived.
  • Changing coverage of a drug to a lower cost-sharing tier. (Tier Exception)
    • You may ask for an exception if you think you should pay less for a higher tier drug because you or your prescriber believe you can’t take any of the lower tier drugs for the same condition.
  • Request for payment.
    • You may ask us to pay for a prescription that you already paid for.

Important Things to Know About Asking for Exceptions:

Your doctor or other prescriber must give us a written statement that explains the medical reasons for requesting an exception. For a faster decision, include medical information from your doctor or other prescriber when you ask for the exception.

Our plan can accept or deny your request.

If we approve your request for an exception, our approval usually is valid until the end of the plan year. This is true if your doctor continues to prescribe the drug for you and that drug continues to be safe and effective for treating your condition.

If we say no to your request for an exception, you can ask for a review of our decision by making an appeal. If your health requires a quick response, you must ask us to make a
“fast decision”.

Where Can a Coverage Determination/Exception Be Filed?

To request a Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination visit https://www.navitus.com/Home-Pages/members-home.aspx to login and access the form or A Member, a Member’s representative, or a Member’s prescriber may use this model form to request a coverage determination, including an exception, from Sunrise Advantage Plan.

To request a Medicare Prescription Drug Redetermination (Appeals) visit https://www.navitus.com/Home-Pages/members-home.aspx to login and access the form or A Member, a Member’s representative, or a Member’s prescriber may use this model form to request a redetermination from Sunrise Advantage Plan.

You or your representative can request an exception by writing directly to us at Sunrise Advantage Plan – Appeals and Grievances Department, PO Box 2190 Glen Allen, VA 23058- 2190, faxing us at 1-800-862-2730, or emailing customerservice@sunriseadvantageplan.com.

You may also contact Member Services:

  • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628
  • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149

Our hours are between 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30.

You may also contact our Member Services Department and request the facsimile number for Appeals and Grievances.

Your provider may also request an exception or expedited exception by contacting the Pharmacy Help Desk at 1-866-270-3877 (TTY 711) 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

Our plan has seventy-two (72) hours (for a standard request) or twenty-four (24) hours for an expedited request) from the date it gets your request to notify you of its decision.

How to Obtain an Aggregate Number of Appeals, Grievances and Exceptions

You have the right to request the number of appeals and the number of quality of care grievances received by Sunrise Advantage Plan (HMO SNP) during a plan year.

Please call Member Services:

  • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628 (TTY 711)
  • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149 (TTY 711)

Our hours are 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30. Calls to this number are free.

How to Appoint a Representative to File a Grievance or Complaint

You or someone you name may file a complaint (grievance) or appeal for you. The person you name would be your “appointed representative”. You may name a relative, friend, lawyer, advocate, health care provider, or anyone else to act on your behalf.

To appoint a representative, fill out the CMS Appointment of Representative Form (CMS Form-1696). Once you have filled out the form, you may print and mail the form to:

Sunrise Advantage Plan
PO Box 2190
Glen Allen, VA 23058
You may also send a fax to 1-804-823-2568

A description of, and information on how to appoint a representative, you may also contact Member Services:

  • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628 (TTY 711)
  • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149 (TTY 711)

Our hours are 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30. Calls to this number are free.

How to End Your Sunrise Advantage Plan Benefits

Ending your Membership in Sunrise Advantage Plan may be voluntary (your own choice) or involuntary (not your own choice). If you are leaving our plan, you must continue to get your medical care through our plan until your Membership ends.

For more complete information about disenrolling from Sunrise Advantage Plan, you can do any of the following:

  • See your Evidence of Coverage 
  • To request a disenrollment form, call Member Services. You may also contact Member Services:
    • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628 (TTY 711)
    • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149 (TTY 711)

Calls to this number are free. Our hours are 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30.)

  • Read the Medicare & You Handbook. Everyone with Medicare receives a copy of Medicare & You each fall. Those new to Medicare receive it within a month after first signing up. You can also download a copy from the Medicare website (www.medicare.gov). Or, you can order a printed copy by calling Medicare at the number below.

Contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Calls to these numbers are free.

Important Member Documents

For other important documents like provider or pharmacy directories, evidence of coverage, summary of benefits, Part D documents, and other information go to the Plan Details page.

Can’t find what you are looking for or need to check the status of your request?

For more information, please call us at:

Sunrise Advantage Plan

  • For New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia: 1-844-896-0628 (TTY 711)
  • For Illinois: 1-844-502-4149 (TTY 711)

Our hours are 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m., seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from October 1 through March 31, and Monday to Friday (except holidays) from April 1 through September 30. Calls to this number are free.

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