RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada (Anthem) is offering its $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans with five plans in Clark County. This offering 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 Value Plus (HMO) or Anthem StartSmart (HMO). Individuals with certain chronic diseases have access to Anthem Diabetes, Heart, & Breathe (HMO SNP). Touch HMO is also available to individuals living in a nursing home or in community or assisted living.
Nevadans 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 Connect Plus.
“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 Nevada 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 plans for individuals eligible for Medicare:
- Anthem Value Plus (HMO) offers enrollees benefits such as $0 copay for an annual eye exam, $0 copay for an annual hearing exam, and a $1,000 hearing aid benefit every three years. Members also have access to 12 one-way trips to plan-approved locations; unlimited trips to CareMore Care Centers; and Nifty After Fifty, a clinically supervised full-body training program for mature adults. This plan is available in Clark County for a $0 monthly premium.
- Anthem StartSmart Plus (HMO) gives enrollees benefits such as Nifty After Fifty; $20 copay for 12 routine chiropractic visits each year; a hearing aid benefit of $1,000 every three years; and SilverSneakers, a fitness program tailored to older adults. This plan is also available in Clark County for a $0 monthly premium and gives enrollees a $52 Part B premium reduction.
- Anthem Touch (HMO SNP) 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.
Anthem Medicare Advantage plans for individuals eligible for Medicare and have specific chronic diseases:
- Anthem Diabetes, Heart, & Breathe (HMO SNP) plans also give members an annual eye exam and an annual hearing exam for a $0 copay, and a $1,000 hearing aid benefit every three years. Members also have access to 12 one-way trips to plan-approved locations, unlimited trips to CareMore Care Centers. The plans are available in Clark County a $0 monthly premium.
Anthem Medicare Advantage plan for Medicare-eligible individuals and dual-eligible individuals:
Anthem Connect Plus (HMO) offers enrollees who qualify for
Medicare and are fully eligible for Medicaid $0 copays for visits to
primary care physicians, specialists, the emergency room, and urgent
cares. For individuals who qualify for Medicare only, there is a 20
percent coinsurance payment for visits to primary care physicians,
specialists, the emergency room, and urgent cares.
The plan also gives members $0 copay for annual eye, hearing, and dental exams; and $2,000 benefit for hearing aids each year. Members also have access to 20 chiropractic visits a year with $0 copay, 50 one-way trips to plan-approved locations and unlimited trips to CareMore Care Centers.
This plan is available to residents of Clark County at a $0 monthly premium for individuals who qualify for Medicare and are fully eligible for Medicaid. Individuals eligible for Medicare only have a $25 monthly premium.
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.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Colorado Medicaid program. Enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield depends on contract renewal. Enrollment in Amerigroup Community Care of New Mexico, Inc. 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. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). PAUNAWA: Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, maaari kang gumamit ng mga serbisyo ng tulong sa wika nang walang bayad. Tumawag sa 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.
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