Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Will Offer Medicare Advantage Plans in all Ohio Counties for 2019
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio (Anthem) will be offering up to ten Medicare Advantage health plans in all 88 counties in 2019. Medicare-eligible individuals living in 87 of those 88 counties will have at least one new Anthem plan available to them for next year. These 2019 health plans are open for enrollment in this year’s Medicare annual election period (AEP), which begins October 15 and continues through December 7, 2018.
“Anthem strives to develop innovative solutions that aim to make it simpler for consumers to lead healthier lives,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Central Medicare Region. “We are excited to expand the reach of our Medicare Advantage plans and enhance our services in 2019 so that more individuals are able to receive healthcare services from care providers in their community.”
Individuals eligible for Medicare – people 65 years and older and those with certain disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special needs – are able to enroll in the following 2019 Medicare Advantage health plans based on availability in their county of residence:
- Anthem MediBlue Preferred (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP)
- Anthem MediBlue Extra (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Essential (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO)
- Anthem MediBlue Access Plus (PPO)
- Anthem MediBlue Access Core (RPPO)
- Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (RPPO)
Many of the company’s Medicare Advantage plans, such as Anthem MediBlue Preferred (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO), and Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP), have $0 monthly premiums, offering access to high-quality healthcare services without an additional premium.
These Anthem Medicare Advantage health plans offer a variety benefits, which may include:
- $0 copay for two dental exams and two cleanings
- $0 copay eye exam
- Up to $400 for vision hardware per year
- Up to $3,000 hearing aid benefit
- Up to 60 one-way trips to pharmacy and medical visits within 60 miles
- Up to $360 quarterly allowance for over-the-counter medications and health products
- A personal emergency response system, which gives them the ability to maintain their independence and delay, or possibly eliminate, the need to utilize assisted living services
- LiveHealth Online, a service that gives you access to medical professionals through your computer or mobile device
- Membership to SilverSneakers, at no extra cost
- In-network coverage of healthcare services with other participating health plans affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association when traveling out of state for the PPO and RPPO plans
Anthem will also be giving consumers an opportunity to choose an additional health plan benefit offered in its Essential Extras package, a new program introduced for its 2019 Medicare Advantage plans.
With Essential Extras, individuals enrolled in Anthem MediBlue Preferred (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Extra (HMO), and Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) will be able to choose one of the following services: 64 delivered healthy meals; 60 one-way trips to a health-related destination; a personal health helper for up to 124 hours of care for chores and assistance with activities of daily living; assistive devices allowance of $500, such as a shower grab bar; up to 1 day a week of time at an adult day center; and alternative medicine through 24 acupuncture or therapeutic massage sessions. These services are designed to make it easier for consumers to lead more comfortable lives.
Some Anthem health plans already offer a benefit available in the Essential Extras package, such as delivered meals or transportation. If a consumer selects an Essential Extras option that is already provided in their health plan, the two benefits will be added together to ensure individuals have access to the full service as intended. For example, if a consumer enrolled in Anthem MediBlue Preferred (HMO), which will offer 20 meals after hospital discharge, chooses the 16-meal nutrition option from Essential Extras, that person will have both sets of meals available to him/her.
“Individuals eligible for Medicare have a number of health insurance choices so it’s important that Anthem offers Medicare Advantage plans that deliver the healthcare experience and value consumers are seeking in their health plan. Our portfolio of programs will allow aging seniors to receive services they need to address their specific needs,” added McNichols.
In addition to Medicare Advantage, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Ohio counties for people who enroll in Original Medicare, a government-sponsored program. Both the Medicare Advantage and Part D plans utilize a preferred pharmacy network to help members save costs.
Anthem also provides 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.
To learn more about which benefits will be available with each 2019 Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement plan, and which plans will be offered in a specific area, consumers can call (855) 878-1109, which is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1 to Sept. 30; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, Oct. 1 to March 31. Consumers can also visit the company’s online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Ohio Medicaid program. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an RPPO 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. 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. 注意：如果您使用繁體中文，您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電1-888-230-7338（TTY：711）。 ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). 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. Other providers are available in our network. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.
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