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2018-11-08 / Business

BlueCross BlueShield offers elderly in WNY more benefits for less

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York recently announced a broad 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 its 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 single, dedicated 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 and chief sales officer of 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.”

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will offer a total of six Medicare Advantage plans in 2019 that include comprehensive coverage and access to the region’s health systems and medical practices.

All BlueCross BlueShield’s products include more than 20 no-cost preventive services and a $0 gym membership to more than 14,000 fitness locations through SilverSneakers. Additionally, eligible members can access Care at Home, a program that delivers 24/7 care at home, like traditional house calls.

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.

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

“Health care needs vary from year to year, and it’s critically important that seniors have the coverage that’s right for them,” added 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 in Orchard Park.

Additionally, individuals can visit community meetings located across the Western New York region, call a dedicated Medicare Advantage number at 1-800-248-9296 from 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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