DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) will be offering up to two Medicare Advantage health plans in ten counties in 2019. 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 Josh Martin, 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 Plus (HMO)
- Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP)
Both Anthem MediBlue Plus (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 of benefits, which may include:
- $0 copay annual hearing exam and an annual allowance of up to $920 for dentures, fillings, and other dental services
- $0 copay annual eye exam and an annual allowance of up to $150 for eyewear
- $750 hearing aid benefit
- Up to 24 one-way trips to pharmacy and medical visits within 60 miles
- Up to $50 quarterly allowance for over-the-counter medications and health products
- $0 copay for unlimited routine foot care visit(s) every year
- 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
- Medicare Community Resource Support, which is a telephone based program (supported by Social Workers) used to identify needs, leverage resources, and coordinate services
- Membership to SilverSneakers, at no extra cost
“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 Martin.
In addition to Medicare Advantage, 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 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) 866-3979, 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 and a contract with the Colorado Medicaid program. 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. 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. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 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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