DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) is expanding its $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans with two plans in two additional counties – Boulder and Weld – for 2018, bringing the total to nine counties where Anthem will make plans available to Medicare-eligible Coloradans. This expansion complements a 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 Josh Martin, Medicare president of Anthem’s west 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). Coloradans 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).
“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 Martin.
In addition to Medicare Advantage plans, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Colorado 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. MAPD will also add more hypertension medications for a $0 copay 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 plan for individuals eligible for Medicare:
- Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) is a $0-monthly premium plan that includes benefits such as preventive dental, $0 copay for an annual eye exam; $0 copay for an annual hearing exam; a hearing aid benefit per year; and membership to SilverSneakers, a fitness program tailored to older adults. This plan is available in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, and Weld counties.
Anthem Medicare Advantage plan for dual-eligible individuals:
Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) is a $0 premium plan
that gives members a number of competitive plan benefits, such as
preventive vision and comprehensive dental coverage, a $3,000 hearing
aid benefit per year, 24 podiatry appointments per year, a $50
quarterly stipend to pay for certain over-the-counter health products,
24 one-way trips to pharmacy and medical visits (trips limited to 60
miles), and SilverSneakers. Enrollees also have access to Live Health
Online, a service that gives you access to medical professionals
through your computer or mobile device.
This plan is available to dual-eligible individuals residing in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, Weld counties.
For details about Anthem’s Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.
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