Also Adds Ability to Reach Doctors through Remote Access Technologies
INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), Anthem Blue Cross
and Blue Shield (Anthem) is expanding its $0 premium Medicare Advantage
(MA) HMO and its $0 premium MA Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP)
HMO to 21 Indiana counties. The company also is adding the ability to
reach doctors through remote access technologies to all of its Indiana
MA plans for the AEP, which begins Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7
and is the one time each year when most people can switch MA plans.
Both of the expansion plans feature medical and drug coverage. The
traditional HMO, called Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), includes $10 copays
at participating primary care physicians and $40 copays at participating
specialists as well as a $3,000 annual hearing aid allowance. The DSNP,
called Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO DSNP), coordinates benefits
for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and includes dental,
vision and hearing benefits, an over-the-counter drug benefit, podiatry
services at no extra cost, transportation to medical services and a
no-cost fitness benefit.
Both of these plans are being expanded to the following Indiana
counties: Bartholomew, Dearborn, Delaware, Elkhart, Gibson, Hancock,
Henry, Howard, Johnson, LaPorte, Lagrange, Lake, Madison, Marshall,
Monroe, Porter, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Warrick and Wells.
Both plans, as well as all other Anthem MA plans in Indiana, feature the
ability to access doctors through remote access technologies at $0 copay
in 2017. To access this technology, participants can visit a U.S.-based,
board certified doctor of their choice on a secure connection over the
Internet via a smart phone, tablet or computer using LiveHealth Online,
a website that allows patients to connect with doctors 24/7.
“This technology 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 for those with mobility
issues,” said David McNichols, president of Anthem Medicare’s central
In addition to MA plans, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug
plans (PDP) in all Indiana counties. Both the MA and PDP 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 more than 80 independent pharmacies belonging to the Access
Anthem also offers Medicare Supplement plans 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, generally for a higher premium than an
MAPD. In addition, 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)
866-4242 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at www.anthem.com/shop.
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.
LiveHealth Online is the trade name of Health Management Corporation, a
separate company, providing remote access services on behalf of Anthem
Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a D-SNP plan with a Medicare
contract and a contract with the Indiana Medicaid program. Enrollment in
Anthem depends on contract renewal. 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.
Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) Customer Service: 1-855-251-8827
Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) Customer Service:
Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) Customer Service: 1-855-558-1438
Anthem MediBlue Access (RPPO) Customer Service: 1-800-467-1199
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Standard (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Plus (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
Anthem Blue MedicareRx Premier (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776
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Indiana is available at www.anthem.com.
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