Most People Will Buy Plans during the Annual Election Period
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2012--
WellPoint affiliated plans are adding Medicare Advantage (MA) products
in 46 new counties in eight states for the 2013 Annual Election Period
(AEP), which is when most people purchase their Medicare coverage.
MA plans incorporate Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (medical) into
one convenient product that may include additional benefits. Part D also
can be added for drug coverage (MAPD). Millions of people have chosen
these plans, which offer certain preventive health care services at no
cost to help keep beneficiaries healthy, detect diseases at an early
stage and avoid preventable illnesses.
“Our focus with this expansion is really about offering people the right
plans in the right places,” said Leeba Leesin, president of WellPoint’s
WellPoint affiliated MA plans are being launched in 13 counties in
Maine, covering most of the state, and three counties in New Hampshire.
Other expansions include 13 counties in Georgia, nine counties in
eastern Wisconsin, three counties in Missouri, two counties in
California and Colorado, and one in Virginia.
In addition to the expansion, people in many counties that were already
served by WellPoint affiliated plans will have access to new products,
including the first-ever products on the east coast with access to the
CareMore health delivery system. These “special needs plans” will be
offered in the Richmond, Va., and Brooklyn, N.Y., areas.
CareMore, a WellPoint subsidiary, is expanding into California’s Alameda
County and is opening four Neighborhood Care Centers in southern
WellPoint affiliates also offer Medicare Supplement products in all
states in their service area.
“People who are eligible for Medicare are a very diverse group with very
different needs,” said Leesin. “Some are strong and independent and plan
to travel the country or world. Others need a little support getting
their health back. Our objective is to offer a variety of plans so
everyone reaches their goals, no matter what they are.”
The AEP runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. The plans are effective Jan. 1,
WellPoint-affiliated plans are health plans with Medicare contracts.
Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.
Benefits and premium may change on Jan. 1, 2014. The benefit
information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive
description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan.
About WellPoint, Inc.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our
members’ health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and
shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members
and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have
nearly 34 million people in our branded health plans, and more than 62
million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves
members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and
Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City
area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield
licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and
as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate
counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs
of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service
areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire
Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service
areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as
UniCare and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through
our CareMore subsidiary. Additional information about WellPoint is
available at www.wellpoint.com
Source: WellPoint, Inc.
Doug Bennett, (502) 889-2103