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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Expands Reach of $0 Premium Medicare Advantage and Dual-Eligible Plans

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Expands Reach of $0 Premium Medicare Advantage and Dual-Eligible Plans

10/03/2017

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Expands Reach of $0 Premium Medicare Advantage and Dual-Eligible Plans

Anthem plans offer benefits that give members high-quality, affordable health care

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky (Anthem) is offering its $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans in 29 counties to Medicare-eligible Kentuckians. Anthem also offers PPO plans in every Kentucky county. This expansion complements an already 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 David McNichols, Medicare president of Anthem’s central 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), Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) or Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (Regional PPO). Kentuckians 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 McNichols.

In addition to Medicare Advantage plans, 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 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.

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