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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia Expands Reach of $0 Premium Medicare Advantage and Dual-Eligible Plans

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Posted on: 10 Oct 17

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia (Anthem) is expanding its $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans with 46 new plans in 34 additional counties for 2018, bringing the total to 75 counties where Anthem will make plans available to Medicare-eligible Virginians. This expansion complements an already robust portfolio of health plans Anthem offers in the state. All of these plans are available for enrollment in this year’s Medicare annual election period (AEP).

The opportunity to enroll in a Medicare plan begins October 15 and continues through December 7. This is the one time each year when most people can pick or switch Medicare Advantage plans.

“Once again, we are privileged to offer consumers a variety of Medicare Advantage products, because we believe it’s important for consumers to have options as they look for the plan that fits their health care needs in 2018,” said Tomas Orozco, Medicare president of Anthem’s east region. “We put our experience to work to give members high-quality, affordable health care, allowing them to live the life they’ve earned.”

For 2018 insurance plans, individuals eligible for Medicare – people 65 years and older and those with certain disabilities – are able to enroll in Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Local (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Smart Fit (HMO), or Anthem MediBlue Access. Individuals with certain chronic diseases have access to Anthem MediBlue Diabetes (HMO C-SNP) or Anthem MediBlue COPD (HMO C-SNP). Anthem MediBlueTouch (HMO I-SNP) is also available to individuals living in a nursing home, community or assisted living.

Virginians who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid – also known as dual-eligible – have the option of enrolling in Anthem’s dual-eligible plan – Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP). This is an ideal option for members impacted by the end of the Medicare-Medicaid plans on December 31, 2017.

“Anthem is one of the nation’s only insurers that can offer a full continuum of Medicare products, including something for every budget and lifestyle,” added Orozco.

In addition to Medicare Advantage plans, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Virginia counties for people who enroll in Original Medicare, a government-sponsored program. Both the MA Prescription Drug (MAPD) and Part D drug plans utilize a preferred pharmacy network to help members save costs. This preferred cost-sharing pharmacy network will continue to be offered in 2018. The MAPD plans will also add more medications to the existing list of $0 copay medications that treat hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and osteoporosis - some of Medicare’s most common conditions and utilized prescription drugs.

Anthem also offers Medicare Supplement plans to Original Medicare enrollees all across the state. These plans help cover costs Original Medicare does not cover, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles at any doctor or medical facility that accepts Medicare. These Supplement plans are generally paired with a prescription drug plan.

Information about Anthem Medicare Advantage plans.

Anthem Medicare Advantage plans for individuals eligible for Medicare:

  • Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) offers benefits such as $0 copay for two oral exams and two dental cleanings each year; a $0 copay for an annual eye exam; $0 copay for an annual hearing exam and a $3,000 hearing aid benefit per year; and membership to SilverSneakers, a fitness program tailored to older adults. Also included at $0 copay is LiveHealth Online, an innovative way to connect with board-certified doctors through two-way live video using a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. Doctors are available 24/7 with less than a ten minute wait.

    This plan is available in the following counties for $0 monthly premium: Chesapeake City, Hampton City, James City, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Portsmouth City, Suffolk City, and Virginia Beach City. For the following counties, the plan carries a $22 monthly premium: Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.
  • Anthem MediBlue Local (HMO) is a plan that gives enrollees access to CareMore – a physician-led delivery system, harnessing an integrated health care team to treat the whole person. CareMore utilizes a clinical model designed to help members manage chronic conditions. It offers enrollees a $0 monthly premium plan with benefits such as a $0 PCP copay, $0 transportation, an annual eye exam, an allowance for eyewear, and $0 hearing aids. It also offers membership to Nifty After Fifty, a clinically supervised full-body training program for mature adults.

    This plan is available for residents the following counties: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Colonial Heights City, Hopewell City, and Petersburg City.
  • Anthem MediBlue Smart Fit (HMO) utilizes the CareMore network for its enrollees. The Plan features a $52 monthly rebate and benefits include enrollment in Nifty After Fifty, routine chiropractic visits, and $0 hearing aids. Enrollees also have access to membership in SilverSneakers. This $0 premium plan is available in the following counties: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Colonial Heights City, Hopewell City, and Petersburg City.
  • Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) gives enrollees $0 copay annual oral exam, a $0 copay annual dental cleaning, and an annual $0 copay eye exam. Enrollees are also given membership to SilverSneakers. The plan offers members more flexibility to see clinicians inside and outside of the network, with higher out-of-pocket costs when seeing doctors who are not in the network. Included in the plan at $0 copay is LiveHealth Online, an innovative way to connect with board-certified doctors through two-way live video using a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. Doctors are available 24/7 with less than a ten minute wait. Monthly premiums for this plan are $63. This plan is available to residents of Mathews County.
  • Anthem MediBlue Touch (HMO SNP) is another plan that offers care through the CareMore network. It is specially designed for Medicare beneficiaries living in a nursing home, or in a community or assisted living facility requiring the same level of care as someone in a nursing home. This plan also gives members benefits, services, and care designed to enhance the overall health and well-being of nursing home residents and features $0 premium, $0 PCP and Specialist copays. This plan is available for residents of the following counties: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Colonial Heights City, Hopewell City, and Petersburg City.

Anthem Medicare Advantage plan for dual-eligible individuals:

  • Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) offers enrollees benefits such as $0 copay for two oral exams and two dental cleanings each year, a $0 copay for an annual eye exam, a benefit for eye glasses or contact lenses, $0 copay for an annual hearing exam, a $3,000 hearing aid benefit per year, and membership to SilverSneakers.

    This plan is available to dual-eligible individuals residing in the following counties: Alexandria City, Alleghany, Amelia, Arlington, Bath, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buckingham, Buena Vista City, Caroline, Charles City, Chesapeake City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Covington City, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Emporia City, Essex, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Franklin City, Fredericksburg City, Giles, Gloucester, Goochland, Greene, Greensville, Hampton City, Hanover, Henrico, Highland, Hopewell City, Isle of Wight, James City, King And Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lexington City, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Manassas City, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Nelson, New Kent, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Petersburg City, Poquoson City, Portsmouth City, Powhatan, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Richmond City, Roanoke, Roanoke City, Rockbridge, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Suffolk City, Surry, Sussex, Virginia Beach City, Williamsburg City, and York.

Anthem Medicare Advantage plans for individuals eligible for Medicare and have specific chronic diseases:

  • Anthem MediBlue Diabetes (HMO C-SNP) is a plan specifically designed for individuals with diabetes and has a $0 monthly premium. It offers enrollees health care through the CareMore network and includes benefits such as a $0 monthly premium plan with benefits such as a $0 PCP copay, $0 transportation, an annual eye exam, an allowance for eyewear, and $0 hearing aids. It also offers membership to Nifty After Fifty, a clinically supervised full-body training program for mature adults. This plan is available for residents the following counties: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Colonial Heights City, Hopewell City, and Petersburg City.
  • Anthem MediBlue COPD (HMO C-SNP) is also a plan that utilizes the CareMore network and is designed to provide additional health benefits that specifically help people who have chronic lung disorders. The plan offers a $0 monthly premium plan with benefits such as a $0 monthly premium plan with benefits such as a $0 PCP copay, $0 transportation, an annual eye exam, an allowance for eyewear, and $0 hearing aids. It also offers membership to Nifty After Fifty, a clinically supervised full-body training program for mature adults. This $0 monthly premium plan is available for residents the following counties: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, Colonial Heights City, Hopewell City, and Petersburg City.

For details about Anthem’s Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 for Anthem plans (888) 649-5968 for Anthem plans that utilize the CareMore network, or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

HealthKeepers, Inc. is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. HealthKeepers, Inc. is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Virginia Medicaid program. HealthKeepers, Inc. is an HMO CSNP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HealthKeepers, Inc. depends on contract renewal. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. We do not discriminate, exclude people, or treat them differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in our health programs and activities.주의: 한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다. 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711) 번으로 전화해 주십시오 ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premium, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. Other providers are available in our network. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trades as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and its service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliate HealthKeepers, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnthemBCBS_News and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskAnthem.

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