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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches New Medicare Supplement Plan for Virginia Residents - February 15, 2019

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 2/11/19 - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches New Medicare Supplement Plan for Virginia Residents

RICHMOND, Va.(BUSINESS WIRE) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia (Anthem) is committed to giving consumers access to healthcare products and services that help them improve their health and well-being. As part of that commitment, Anthem is offering new a Medicare Supplement plan Medicare Supplement Plan F to Virginia residents who have Medicare Part A and Part B. Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover many common healthcare costs, such as copayments and deductibles, often leaving consumers with significant healthcare expenses. Anthem's Medicare Supplement plans offer coverage for these items.

Anthem strives to meet the healthcare needs of consumers with innovative products and services that help them lead healthier lives, said Tomas Orozco, President of the Anthem's Medicare East Region. We know that healthcare costs are of great concern for older adults so we aim to deliver services that address this issue while ensuring they receive the highest quality care.

Virginia consumers will be able to enroll in Anthem's new Medicare Supplement Plan F beginning April 1, 2019.

Medicare Supplement plans cover many of the gaps in Medicare Part A and Part B. For example, Medicare Supplement Plan F covers the coinsurance for skilled nursing facility care. Coinsurance is the percentage of healthcare costs a consumer is responsible for once theyve met their plan deductible. In addition to the Company's new Plan F, Anthem offers Plans A, G and N.

An additional benefit of Medicare Supplement plans is there are no provider networks. This means consumers have the freedom to see any care provider who accepts Medicare patients.

Anthem Medicare Supplement consumers also have membership to SilverSneakers, at no additional cost. SilverSneakers helps millions of aging seniors and older adults take greater control of their health by engaging participants in more frequent exercise, strength training, aerobics, and flexibility training through a variety of venues and programming.

Individuals who choose Anthem's new Medicare Supplement Plan F will also have the opportunity to enroll in Anthem Extras, a program that helps consumers with their overall health. Anthem Extras gives individuals a choice of three plans, all of which include dental and vision benefits because healthy teeth and eyes contribute to overall well-being.

Consumers can compare the different coverages available in Medicare Supplement plans by going to resources such as Medicare.gov or Anthem's website.

Medicare Supplement plans are sold by private companies, such as Anthem, have a premium, and require participation in Medicare Parts A and B.

For more information about Anthem, visit www.anthem.com.

SilverSneakers is not insurance and may be discontinued at any time. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is provided by an independent company.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. and Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trade as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and our service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123. Plans A & F are offered by Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. Plans G & N and the Anthem Extras Packages are offered by Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. Both plans are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.

Hieu Nguyen, 1-202-510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

Source: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia



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