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2018-10-11 / Business

BlueCross BlueShield announces new Medicare Advantage options

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York recently announced a suite of Medicare Advantage options for 2019, including a $0 premium plan, available to more than 300,000 Medicare-eligible consumers in Western New York.

To strengthen their portfolio for 2019, BlueCross BlueShield added preventive dental coverage to all its Medicare Advantage plans, including those with no monthly premium.

Upon enrollment, members will also have access to the health plan’s Blue Concierge program, which provides direct access to a customer-service representative who can coordinate appointments and answer any health-related questions.

“We strive to meet the needs of our Medicare Advantage members, and worked hard to offer a variety of plans that provide real value for every budget,” said Dave Busch, senior vice president, chief sales officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

“Our hope is that by including more preventive health benefits in our plans, our members will have a better quality of life, for longer.”

New for 2019, members will be eligible to receive a $20 reward card, up to $60 after receiving certain preventive services, including their annual wellness visit, colorectal cancer and/or breast cancer screening. Medicare Advantage members will also have access to a doctor 24/7 through Telemedicine hosted by Doctor On Demand.

Individuals can choose the best Medicare Advantage and prescription drug coverage plan for their health care needs during the Oct. 15 – Dec. 7 annual enrollment period. Once enrolled, their new plan will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

“Health care needs vary from year to year, and it’s critically important that seniors have the coverage that’s right for them,” said Busch. “Our team is readily available to answer any questions and help members enroll for 2019 coverage.”

Current or prospective members can visit BlueCross BlueShield’s Medicare Centers weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss their coverage options face-to-face with enrollment specialists. Centers are located at the Maple and Transit Plaza in Amherst; Sheridan and Eggert Plaza in Tonawanda: and next to M&T Bank in the Orchard Fresh Plaza.

Additionally, individuals can visit community meetings located across the Western New York region, call a dedicated Medicare Advantage number at 1-800- 248-9296 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, email SalesCenterWNY@bcbswny.com, or visit www.bcbswny.com/ medicare for information on BlueCross BlueShield’s 2019 Medicare Advantage products.

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