Additional story details on the post made last week with the announcement of the class action lawsuit.  BD

ST. PETERSBURG - Like many older people, Charleen Edge finds today's smorgasbord of Medicare plans confusing.

Last year, she says, she found herself in a private health maintenance organization she neither requested nor desired. Her repeated requests to switch back to regular Medicare went for naught. After she broke her pelvis in April, neither Medicare nor the HMO would pay the bills, she says, so she's stuck with the $30,000 tab.

"I have no insurer," says Edge, a 78-year-old retired social worker. "I don't know whether Medicare is going to take me back."  But Edge does have one advantage: a board-certified trial lawyer for a son.

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