Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Emphasizes Better Health with Provider Collaboration and Extra Benefits in Kentucky, while Lowering Some Premiums

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

This includes provider collaboration plans in some areas as well as a
host of Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MAPD), including
traditional Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans (DSNPs), HMOs, a regional
PPO and local PPOs, with some starting at $0 premium. Anthem MAPD plans
continue to offer significant benefits not available in Original
Medicare, including dental and vision coverage and online doctor’s
visits. The company also is lowering its premium on one plan in some

“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 David McNichols, president of Anthem’s Medicare central

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 statewide. Plans are
effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Lower premiums. Anthem is lowering the monthly premium on its
Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) from $26 to $0 in the following counties:
Bath, Boone, Campbell, Clark, Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton,
Madison, Oldham and Woodford.

Provider collaboration. To improve member health and lower member
costs, Anthem continues to implement provider collaboration agreements.
To date, Anthem has about 450 Kentucky medical providers participating
in Medicare provider collaboration agreements, covering more than 6,420
of its members.

Online doctor’s visits. LiveHealth Online (LHO) telehealth will
continue to be available in Anthem’s Kentucky MAPD plans. LHO allows
members to access board-certified doctors through their computer or
mobile device, and will include a behavioral health benefit effective
Jan. 1, 2016. With this additional benefit, members can generally choose
a qualified mental health expert and schedule a counseling session in
advance to be held during available hours. (Those in crisis should call
911). Both seeing a doctor and counseling visits are available at a $0
copay to eligible 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 more than 200 preferred pharmacies in Kentucky, including
CVS, Kroger, Target and Wal-Mart (Sam’s Club).

In addition to MAPD plans, Anthem offers Medicare Supplement plans and
standalone PDP plans across all Kentucky counties. 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,” McNichols said.

For details about Anthem Medicare plans in your area, call (855)
866-4282 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at
Anthem will be holding educational events and home visits throughout
AEP. Anthem-affiliated agents will be available at some locations of
CVS/pharmacy and Kroger and its affiliates. Days and hours vary.

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 Kentucky, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross 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 and Blue Shield Association.
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