Amerigroup Introduces Remote Access Technologies to Medicare Advantage in New Jersey

Plans Are Available during Medicare’s Annual Election Period

ISELIN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Members of Amerigroup’s Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in New Jersey will
be able to visit doctors using remote access technologies starting in
2017. Members can access a U.S.-based, board-certified network doctor on
a secure connection over the Internet via a smart phone, tablet or
computer. It will be available at no extra cost for members in
Amerigroup’s MA plans in New Jersey.

Amerigroup offers the Amerivantage Duals Coordination Dual-Eligible
Special Needs Plan (DSNP) HMO MA plan in the following New Jersey
counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester,
Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset
and Union. This plan will be sold during Medicare’s Annual Election
period, which begins Oct 15 and continues through Dec. 7 with an
effective Jan. 1, 2017.

This plan includes the ability to access doctors using remote access
technologies. Doctors are available online 24/7 365 days a year,
including holidays. To access this benefit, members need only a computer
with Internet access, a web browser and web camera. There also is a free
mobile app. Participants are encouraged to use this technology for
non-emergency situations only, such as colds, sore throats, flu,
allergies, infections, and wellness and nutrition advice. Participants
can also see a psychologist or therapist to discuss emotional health

“Remote access technologies can be a great alternative in a number of
situations, including accessing health care on evenings and weekends,
for people living in rural areas or who travel a lot, and those with
mobility issues,” said John Caby, Medicare president of Amerigroup’s
east region.

Doctors using this technology can send prescriptions if needed directly
to a member’s pharmacy of choice where they may be paid by the member’s
MA or Medicare prescription drug plan. A summary of each visit is
created and can be forwarded to the patient’s primary care doctor with
their permission, supporting continuity of care and collaboration among

Amerigroup’s MA plans utilize a preferred pharmacy network to help
members save costs. This preferred cost-sharing pharmacy network is
being enhanced for 2017 with the addition of about 100 independent
pharmacies belonging to the Access Health organization.

For details about Amerigroup Medicare plans in your area, call (877)
470-4131 or visit

Amerigroup is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in
Amerigroup 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 Jan. 1 of each year. The
formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any
time. You will receive notice when necessary.

You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from
the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles
may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact
the plan for further details.

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.

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About Amerigroup

Amerigroup is part of the Anthem Government Business Division (GBD).
Through the GBD, Anthem serves 7.4 million seniors, people with
disabilities, low-income families and other state and federally
sponsored beneficiaries, and National Government Services enrollees
(including the Federal Employee Program) in 26 states, making us the
nation’s leading provider of health care solutions for public programs.
Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or


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