Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expands $0 Premium Medicare Advantage HMO Plans to 18 Kentucky Counties

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--()--For this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is expanding its $0 premium Medicare Advantage (MA) HMO and its $0 premium MA Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP) HMO to 18 Kentucky counties. The AEP begins Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7 and is the one time each year when most people can switch MA plans.

Both of the expansion plans feature medical and drug coverage. The traditional HMO, called Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), includes $10 copays at participating primary care physicians and $45 copays at participating specialists as well as a $3,000 annual hearing aid allowance. The DSNP, called Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO DSNP), coordinates benefits for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and includes dental, vision and hearing benefits, an over-the-counter drug benefit, podiatry services at no extra cost, transportation to medical services and a no-cost fitness benefit.

Both of these plans are being expanded to the following Kentucky counties: Bourbon, Bullitt, Daviess, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Henry, Livingston, McLean, Meade, Montgomery, Nelson, Pendleton, Scott and Webster.

In addition to MA plans, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug plans (PDP) in all Kentucky counties. Both the MA and PDP plans utilize a preferred pharmacy network to help members save costs. This preferred cost-sharing pharmacy network is being enhanced for 2017 with the addition of 200 independent pharmacies belonging to the Access Health organization.

Anthem also offers Medicare Supplement plans 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, generally for a higher premium than an MAPD. In addition, they are generally paired with a PDP.

“We pride ourselves in being one of the nation’s only insurers that can offer a full continuum of Medicare products, including something for every budget and lifestyle,” said David McNichols, president for Anthem’s Medicare central region.

For details about Anthem Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at www.anthem.com/shop. Anthem will be holding educational events and home visits throughout AEP.

Anthem is a PPO plan, an HMO plan and a PDP with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Anthem 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 Jan. 1 of each year. The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

Anthem is a D-SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Kentucky Medicaid program. Enrollment in Anthem depends on contract renewal. This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. LiveHealth Online is the trade name of Health Management Corporation, a separate company, providing remote access services on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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.

Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) Customer Service: 1-855-558-1439
Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) Customer Service: 1-844-879-3601
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Standard (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Plus (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Premier (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, an independent licensee 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 Kentucky is available at www.anthem.com. Also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AskAnthem or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskAnthem.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Deborah Wiethop, (314) 923-4767
Deborah.Wiethop@bcbsmo.com
or
Doug Bennett Jr., (502) 889.2103
Doug.BennettJr@anthem.com

Release Summary

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield expands $0 premium MA Plans to 18 Kentucky counties.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Deborah Wiethop, (314) 923-4767
Deborah.Wiethop@bcbsmo.com
or
Doug Bennett Jr., (502) 889.2103
Doug.BennettJr@anthem.com