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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Will Offer Medicare Advantage Plans in all 120 Kentucky Counties for 2019

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Will Offer Medicare Advantage Plans in all 120 Kentucky Counties for 2019

Bill Stephens

October 15th, 2018


LEXINGTON, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 15, 2018–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky (Anthem) will be offering up to four Medicare Advantage health plans in the 120 counties in 2019. Medicare-eligible individuals living in 63 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 Plus (HMO)
Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP)
Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO)
Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (RPPO)
Many of the company’s Medicare Advantage plans, such as 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 benefits, which may include:
$0 copay annual dental cleaning
$0 copay annual eye exam
Up to $3,000 hearing aid benefit
Up to 48 one-way trips to pharmacy and medical visits within 60 miles
Up to $300 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 Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) and Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (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 Plus (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 Dual Advantage (HMO SNP), which will offer 48 one-way health-related trips, chooses the 60 one-way transportation option from Essential Extras, that person will have 108 one-way health-related trips 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 Kentucky 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) 866-4282, 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

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