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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Will Offer Medicare Advantage Plans in 51 Missouri Counties for 2019

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri (Anthem) will be offering
up to four Medicare Advantage health plans in 51 counties in 2019.
Medicare-eligible individuals living in 24 of those 51 counties will
have at least one new Anthem plan available to them for next year. These
2019 health plans are open for enrollment in this year’s Medicare annual
election period (AEP), which begins October 15 and continues through
December 7, 2018.

“Anthem strives to develop innovative solutions that aim to make it
simpler for consumers to lead healthier lives,” said David McNichols,
President of Anthem’s Central Medicare Region. “We are excited to expand
the reach of our Medicare Advantage plans and enhance our services in
2019 so that more individuals are able to receive healthcare services
from care providers in their community.”

Individuals eligible for Medicare – people 65 years and older and those
with certain disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special needs –
are able to enroll in the following 2019 Medicare Advantage health plans
based on availability in their county of residence:

Many of the company’s Medicare Advantage plans, such as Anthem MediBlue
Plus (HMO) and Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP), have $0 monthly
premiums, offering access to high-quality healthcare services without an
additional premium.

These Anthem Medicare Advantage health plans offer a variety benefits,
which may include:

Anthem will also be giving consumers an opportunity to choose an
additional health plan benefit offered in its Essential Extras package,
a new program introduced for its 2019 Medicare Advantage plans.

With Essential Extras, individuals enrolled in Anthem MediBlue Plus
(HMO) and Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) will be able to
choose one of the following services: 64 delivered healthy meals; 60
one-way trips to a health-related destination; a personal health helper
for up to 124 hours of care for chores and assistance with activities of
daily living; assistive devices allowance of $500, such as a shower grab
bar; up to 1 day a week of time at an adult day center; and alternative
medicine through 24 acupuncture or therapeutic massage sessions. These
services are designed to make it easier for consumers to lead more
comfortable lives.

Some Anthem health plans already offer a benefit available in the
Essential Extras package, such as delivered meals or transportation. If
a consumer selects an Essential Extras option that is already provided
in their health plan, the two benefits will be added together to ensure
individuals have access to the full service as intended. For example, if
a consumer enrolled in Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), which will offer 20
meals after hospital discharge, chooses the 16-meal nutrition option
from Essential Extras, that person will have both sets of meals
available to him/her.

“Individuals eligible for Medicare have a number of health insurance
choices so it’s important that Anthem offers Medicare Advantage plans
that deliver the healthcare experience and value consumers are seeking
in their health plan. Our portfolio of programs will allow aging seniors
to receive services they need to address their specific needs,” added
McNichols.

In addition to Medicare Advantage, Anthem offers standalone prescription
drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Missouri counties for people
who enroll in Original Medicare, a government-sponsored program. Both
the Medicare Advantage and Part D plans utilize a preferred pharmacy
network to help members save costs.

Anthem also provides Medicare Supplement plans to Original Medicare
enrollees all across the state. These plans help cover costs Original
Medicare does not cover, such as copayments, coinsurance, and
deductibles at any doctor or medical facility that accepts Medicare.
These Supplement plans are generally paired with a prescription drug
plan.

To learn more about which benefits will be available with each 2019
Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement plan, and
which plans will be offered in a specific area, consumers can call (855)
866-4236, which is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday,
April 1 to Sept. 30; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, Oct. 1 to
March 31. Consumers can also visit the company’s online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO plan with a Medicare
contract. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a DSNP plan with a
Medicare contract and a contract with the Missouri Medicaid program.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an LPPO plan with a Medicare
contract. Enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield depends on
contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of
benefits. Contact the plan for more information. We do not discriminate,
exclude people, or treat them differently on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, age or disability in our health programs and
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This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from
the State and Medicare. Other providers are available in our network.
The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice
when necessary.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of RightCHOICE® Managed Care,
Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO
Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits
underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri,
Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for
self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees
of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered
trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue
Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue
Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield in Missouri is available at www.anthem.com.
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