UnitedHealthcare Introduces 2016 Medicare Advantage Plans Highlighted by Stability, Choice

  • No change in monthly premium for nearly 90 percent of Medicare
    Advantage members, with many continuing to enjoy a $0 premium
  • Choice of Medicare Advantage plans offered to more than 90 percent
    of members
  • Plans encourage use of preventive care services and help improve
    members’ health

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare today introduced its 2016 Medicare Advantage plans,
featuring stable offerings designed to deliver coordinated care that
helps members maintain and maximize their health.

Beneficiaries enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans
will find stability and predictability in their benefits in 2016.
Highlights of the 2016 plans include:

  • Access to Medicare Advantage plans with a $0
    premium
    beyond the Medicare Part B premium for more than 37
    million Medicare beneficiaries in UnitedHealthcare’s 2016 coverage
    area, including 60 percent of its current members;
  • No change in the monthly premium
    for nearly 90 percent of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage
    members, with many continuing to enjoy a $0 premium;
  • A choice of Medicare Advantage plans
    for more than 90 percent of members, enabling many of them to select
    from $0-premium plans that maximize affordability and plans with
    monthly premiums that may offer richer benefits and lower cost-sharing;
  • Expanded plan options in several metropolitan
    areas
    in 2016, including Savannah, Georgia, Toledo, Ohio,
    and Pittsburgh, giving more than 1 million beneficiaries the
    opportunity to experience for themselves why more people have chosen
    UnitedHealthcare for their Medicare Advantage coverage than any other
    health plan; and,
  • Prescription drug coverage with stable
    medication copays and formularies
    included with most
    Medicare Advantage plans, giving beneficiaries access to the
    medications they need without having to pay a separate premium for a
    stand-alone Part D plan.

“Our members can take comfort in the stability of their benefits in
2016,” said Steve Nelson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.
“Regardless of our members’ health status or health needs, we’re
committed to helping them live happier, healthier lives, which is why we
work to make it as simple and convenient as possible for them to access
the care they need.”

Benefits People Value and Not Available in
Original Medicare

UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage
plans offer benefits, services and support that beneficiaries value –
and that they won’t find with Original Medicare.

The plans encourage and facilitate the delivery of coordinated care
through high-quality provider networks to help beneficiaries maintain
and maximize their health. The doctors who care for UnitedHealthcare
members serve as a comprehensive care team, led by a primary care
doctor, that works together to help members receive the care they need
at the right time and in the most appropriate setting.

This collaborative, coordinated, team-based approach will close millions
of gaps in care for UnitedHealthcare members in 2015 by helping
beneficiaries receive recommended cancer screenings such as mammograms,
for example, and supporting their adherence to medications to help
manage their diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol. Ultimately
this can help improve members’ health outcomes and health care
experience while also saving money for both members and the broader
health care system.

All of UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans cover an
annual physical, above and beyond the annual wellness visit available
through Original Medicare. If individuals are overdue for their annual
physical or wellness visit, UnitedHealthcare Customer Care
representatives can help connect them to the care they need by
scheduling the appointment for them.

And for urgent health issues or concerns that can’t wait for the next
available doctor’s appointment, beneficiaries can reach health care
professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the NurseLine.

To supplement the care from members’ primary care physician,
UnitedHealthcare’s HouseCallsSM program provides them the
opportunity to have a physical exam and comprehensive review of their
health status in the comfort of their home. The company projects that 1
million beneficiaries will receive a HouseCalls visit in 2015.

Nearly all of UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans cover
routine vision and hearing care, and most will continue to provide
coverage of hearing aids for co-pays that are significantly lower than
the retail price, giving 85 percent of members access to important
devices that otherwise aren’t covered by Original Medicare. By offering
these benefits, UnitedHealthcare aims to support beneficiaries’ desire
to remain independent and engaged with their friends, family and
community by helping them maintain their vision and hearing health.

Nearly all of the medications that are most commonly used by
UnitedHealthcare members will remain on tiers 1 and 2 of the formulary
for its Medicare Advantage Part D plans. Members enrolled in standard
Medicare Advantage Part D plans can access these medications with no
deductible, and – new in 2016 – they can receive a 90-day supply of
these drugs for a $0 copay when they use OptumRx, the company’s
preferred mail-service pharmacy, for convenient home delivery.

UnitedHealthcare will enhance its efforts to help people enrolled in its
Medicare Advantage plans become happier and healthier with the
introduction of Renew by UnitedHealthcare, a comprehensive set of
wellness tools and resources designed to help members take control of
their health by educating, guiding and supporting them while making
their health care experience simple and rewarding.

Nearly 70 percent of people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare
Advantage plans can take advantage of a SilverSneakers fitness
membership in 2016, giving them opportunities to exercise and maintain
important social connections in an environment focused on the needs of
older adults.

Serving the Health and Well-Being Needs of
Nearly One in Five Beneficiaries

UnitedHealthcare’s
Medicare plans, many of which carry the AARP brand, have been designed
to help meet the diverse needs of the more than 55 million current
beneficiaries as well as baby boomers who are aging into Medicare at the
rate of 10,000 per day.* The company serves nearly one in
five Medicare beneficiaries through its Medicare Advantage, Part D
prescription drug and Medicare supplement plans.

More information about UnitedHealthcare’s 2016 Medicare offerings is
available at www.UHCMedicarePlans.com.

Beneficiaries in the following communities can also visit a nearby
UnitedHealthcare MedicareStore or MedicareStore-branded mall kiosk for
personalized, one-on-one support with their enrollment decisions from
licensed UnitedHealthcare agents: Los Angeles; Lynnwood, Washington; Las
Vegas; Tucson, Arizona; Colorado Springs; Fort Worth, Texas; Mesquite,
Texas; St. Louis; Oak Lawn, Illinois; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Toms
River, New Jersey; Depew, New York; Staten Island, New York;
Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Delray Beach, Florida; Fort Myers,
Florida; and The Villages, Florida.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare
is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

*CMS and U.S. Census Data, 2015
All other statistics in
this release can be attributed to UnitedHealthcare Internal Data, 2015.

Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of
its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a
Medicare contract. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plan’s contract
renewal with Medicare.

You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

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 January 1 of each year.
The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice
when necessary.

You are not required to use OptumRx home delivery for a 90-day supply of
your maintenance medication. If you have not used OptumRx home delivery,
you must approve the first prescription order sent directly from your
doctor to OptumRx before it can be filled. New prescriptions from
OptumRx should arrive within ten business days from the date the
completed order is received, and refill orders should arrive in about
seven business days. Contact OptumRx anytime at 1-888-658-0539, TTY 711.
OptumRx is an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company. Co-pay is
applicable during initial coverage period and does not apply during
coverage gap or catastrophic amount.

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Contacts

UnitedHealthcare
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