With the Annual Enrollment Period less than two weeks away, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York today announced a broad suite of Medicare Advantage options for 2018, including a new, $0 premium plan available to the over 300,000 Medicare-eligible consumers in Western New York.
“We’ve listened carefully to our loyal Medicare Advantage members and have worked hard to keep our plans stable, while introducing new options to the meet needs of every budget.” said Dave Busch, Senior Vice President, Chief Sales Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
New for 2018, BlueCross BlueShield’s BlueSaver HMO provides access to a full network of the region’s leading health systems and medical practices with no monthly premium.
The region’s largest health plan, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will offer a total of seven Medicare Advantage plans in 2018 that include comprehensive coverage and access.
All of BlueCross BlueShield’s products include a $0 medical deductible, more than 20 no-cost preventive services, and a $0 gym membership to more than 12,000 fitness locations through SilverSneakers®. Additionally, eligible members can access Care at Home℠, a program that delivers 24/7 care in the comfort of their home, like traditional house calls.
Medicare Advantage is the portion of Medicare through which private health plans like BlueCross BlueShield provide comprehensive medical coverage to eligible consumers and individuals with disabilities. The program is extremely popular locally, with over 50% of all Medicare beneficiaries in Western New York choosing to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. This is significantly higher than the national average of 33%.
Individuals can choose the best Medicare Advantage and prescription drug coverage plan for their health care needs during the October 15 – December 7 open enrollment period. Once enrolled, their new plan will take effect January 1, 2018.
“It’s important for individuals to revisit their Medicare Advantage plans each and every year," added Busch. "Everyone is different, so we encourage our seniors to contact us to talk about their specific situation and help guide them to the plan that works best for them."
BlueCross BlueShield provides a number of outlets and resources for individuals to have their questions answered and enroll in a plan.
The health plan will be available throughout the community, offering individuals and their family members the opportunity to walk in and meet personally with a licensed Medicare Advantage consultant. For a full list of community meetings and locations please visit the Community Meetings Page.
Additionally, individuals can call BlueCross BlueShield’s dedicated Medicare Advantage number at 1-800-248-9296 (TTY 711), email SalesCenterWNY@bcbswny.com, or visit bcbswny.com/medicare to schedule a visit to one of our convenient locations or for information on BlueCross BlueShield’s 2018 Medicare Advantage products.