Plan is first of its kind in Rhode Island
Today, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) introduced a new and innovative health plan designed to help Rhode Islanders live healthier lifestyles and reward members for being proactive about their health. The plan, called Healthmate Coast-to-Coast® Direct Plan 1000/2000, was unveiled in time for the open enrollment period, which is May 15 through June 15, for the direct pay plans.
Whether you are the picture of good health or are managing conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or COPD, this plan offers unique features and benefits designed to support members' health goals and helps keep them focused on being healthy," said Jim Gallagher, BCBSRI assistant vice president of strategic marketing and product innovation.
Healthmate Coast-to-Coast Direct Plan 1000/2000 offers:
With the addition of the new plan, BCBSRI now offers five different direct pay plans. Two of the plans feature high deductibles that may be appropriate for people willing to pay more out of pocket in exchange for lower premiums, and all of the plans offer comprehensive coverage for medical care and prescription drugs. A dental plan is also available. All subscribers also have access to the extensive, nationwide BlueCard PPO network, the largest integrated provider network in the United States, and they retain the option to visit non-network providers.
"Now is the time for individuals and families who do not have health insurance to consider purchasing one of our plans to help protect themselves from unexpected medical expenses. During open enrollment, we guarantee coverage to Rhode Islanders not eligible for health insurance through an employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, no matter what their health status," Gallagher added.
BCBSRI also offers several programs to eligible members that make purchasing health insurance more affordable:
The company is hosting two upcoming informational meetings in East Providence and West Warwick where representatives will answer questions about the plans. The sessions will be held at:
For more information about open enrollment, to request an enrollment kit, or to reserve a spot at one of the upcoming meetings, please call 1-855-690-2583 "my0blue" or 401-459-5550, or visit our Plans for Individuals and Families page.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.