Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Emphasizes Better Health through New Medicare Advantage Plans in New Hampshire, Provider Collaboration, Extra Benefits

MANCHESTER, N.H–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Medicare’s primary sales season gets under way, Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield (Anthem) is emphasizing better health in New Hampshire
through provider collaboration agreements and new Medicare Advantage
plans with extra benefits.

This includes provider collaboration plans in some areas and traditional
HMOs for the general population. Anthem Medicare Advantage Prescription
Drug plans (MAPD) continue to offer significant benefits not available
in Original Medicare, including dental and vision coverage.

“Even with the Medicare reimbursement environment changing, we think
it’s critical to structure our plans to provide our members with real
value over Original Medicare, including extra benefits and strong local
alliances,” said John Caby, president of Anthem’s Medicare east region.

Following are some specifics on Anthem MAPD plans that will be available
for the Annual Election Period, or AEP, which begins Oct. 15 and
continues through Dec. 7. Anthem offers MAPD plans in Cheshire, Grafton,
Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties. Plans are
effective Jan. 1, 2016.

New plans. Anthem is launching a new HMO Plan (HMO) called Anthem
MediBlue Coordination Plus (HMO), which emphasizes care coordination
with attractive supplemental benefits, in Hillsborough, Rockingham,
Grafton, Cheshire, Merrimack and Strafford counties. Although this plan
is open to all members, it may be an especially good fit for people who
qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. In fact, it is available for $0
premium to those who are eligible for both.

Anthem also is launching both a traditional Medicare Advantage
Prescription Drug (MAPD) HMO plan called Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) and
a MAPD Local PPO plan called Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) in Cheshire,
Merrimack and Strafford counties.

Provider collaboration. To improve member health and lower member
costs, Anthem continues to implement provider collaboration agreements.
To date, Anthem has more than 70 New Hampshire medical providers
participating in Medicare provider collaboration agreements, covering
more than 200 of its members.

More $0 generics. Anthem is enhancing its Medicare pharmacy
benefits in 2016. Both Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) and MAPD plans will
feature a “Select Tier” with selected generic drugs for a $0 copay at
preferred pharmacies, including some drugs that treat high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Anthem also has several PDP
plans that offer certain generics in the coverage gap for a $0 copay.
Anthem has about 100 preferred pharmacies in New Hampshire, including
CVS/pharmacy, Hannaford, Target and Wal-Mart (Sam’s Club).

In addition to MAPD plans, Anthem offers Medicare Supplement plans and
standalone PDP plans across New Hampshire. Medicare Supplement plans
help cover costs Original Medicare doesn’t, such as copayments,
coinsurance and deductibles. These plans offer access to any doctor or
medical facility that accepts Medicare, generally for a higher premium
than an MAPD. They are generally paired with a PDP.

“We pride ourselves in being one of the nation’s only insurers that can
offer a full continuum of Medicare products, including something for
every budget and lifestyle,” Caby said.

For details about Anthem Medicare plans in your area, call (855)
878-1101 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at
Anthem will be holding educational events and home visits throughout AEP.

Anthem is a PPO plan, an HMO plan and a PDP with a Medicare contract.
Enrollment in Anthem 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.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health
Plans of New Hampshire, Inc., HMO plans are administered by Anthem
Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. and underwritten by Matthew Thornton
Health Plan, Inc. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are
registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional
information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
Doug Bennett
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