Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches New $0 Premium Select HMO in Six Connecticut Counties for Medicare’s Annual Election Period

Also Adds Meal Benefit after Hospital Discharge to Existing
Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan

WALLINGFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), Anthem Blue Cross
and Blue Shield (Anthem) is launching a new $0 premium Medicare
Advantage (MA) Select HMO in six Connecticut counties and adding a
post-discharge meal benefit to its existing Dual-Eligible Special Needs
Plan (DSNP) HMO. The AEP begins Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7 and
is the one time each year when most people can switch MA plans.

The new $0 premium Select HMO, called Anthem MediBlue Select (HMO),
holds down costs by utilizing a smaller network of providers focused on
preventive, coordinated care and a positive patient experience. It will
be available in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven
and Windham counties during AEP with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2017.
The plan also features pharmacy benefits.

Anyone who is interested in the new plan can request a plan directory
for a list of participating providers.

“We are very excited to be able to develop this new, affordable product
with a group of physicians, specialists and hospitals that share our
vision for delivering quality, coordinated care,” said John Caby,
president of Anthem’s Medicare east region. “This new plan also helps
round out our product portfolio in Connecticut so that people eligible
for Medicare have a full range of choices, depending on their individual

Anthem has added a new benefit, 10 post discharge healthy meals at no
cost for those who need them, to its existing Anthem MediBlue Dual
Advantage (HMO DSNP) in Connecticut.

“Nutrition can be critical for anyone immediately following a
hospitalization to get back to good health, but especially for older
adults who may lack the support or resources they need to secure healthy
meals,” Caby explained. “That’s why we are offering these nutritious
meals to help bolster recovery at a critical time.”

DSNPs coordinate benefits for people eligible for both Medicaid and
Medicare. The plan also includes drug coverage, transportation coverage
for medical visits, a fitness program and allowances for eyewear,
hearing aids and health care items, such as cold and allergy products,
dental products and vitamins. It is available in all Connecticut

Anthem also offers Medicare Supplement plans and standalone Prescription
Drug Plans (PDP) across all Connecticut 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.

For details about Anthem Medicare plans in your area, call (855)
866-3962 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.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a D-SNP plan with a Medicare
contract and a contract with the Connecticut 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

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: 1-866-673-4157

Anthem MediBlue Select (HMO) Customer Service: 1-866-673-4157

Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) Customer Service:

English: You have the right to get this information and help in your
language for free. Call Customer Service for help.

Spanish: Tiene el derecho de obtener esta información y ayuda en su
idioma de forma gratuita. Llame al número de Servicios para Miembros
para obtener ayuda.

Portuguese: Você tem o direito de receber gratuitamente estas
informações e ajuda no seu idioma. Ligue para o Atendimento ao Cliente
para obter ajuda.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health
Plans, Inc., 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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