Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Offers New Plan Choices for 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

(11.3.2014)
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is offering seven BlueCHiP for Medicare Advantage plans, including two new plans, during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for the upcoming 2015 plan year. New for 2015 are BlueCHiP for Medicare Select (HMO), a $0 premium option built around a network of preferred providers, and BlueCHiP for Medicare Extra (HMO-POS), a moderately priced premium plan. BCBSRI will also continue to offer two Blue Medicare Rx Prescription Drug Plans and its Plan 65 Medicare Supplement products.
 
Between October 15 and December 7, 2014, eligible seniors can enroll or make changes to their Medicare plan. Plans go into effect on January 1, 2015. Due to federal guidelines, the AEP is the only time of year seniors already enrolled in Medicare can change plans. 
 
All BlueCHiP for Medicare plans include programs to encourage and help Medicare members maintain a healthy lifestyle. Members enjoy benefits including: 
· New BlueCHiP for Medicare Dental, which members can choose to add to any BlueCHiP plan and featuring coverage up to $1,000 per calendar year, providing members with just one ID card and premium payment;  
· Living Fit, an unlimited-use membership at a participating network health club for $5 per month;
· Personalized care coordination with BCBSRI nurses, as needed;
· Expert service from the dedicated BlueCHiP for Medicare Concierge Team;
· Free wellness screenings and programs for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and heart disease;
· Nutrition counseling with $0 copay at network providers.
 
BCBSRI is proud of its continued success in achieving a 4.0 Star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for all BlueCHiP for Medicare Advantage plans and is pleased to receive a 4.5 Star rating for its Medicare Part D plan. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. BCBSRI's overall unrounded result for the 2015 rating period improved by 0.351 Stars over the previous period, and we remain committed to continuing to provide high quality Medicare Advantage options to our members. The CMS Star Ratings are a valuable benchmark for the quality of Medicare Advantage plans. The program is based on a series of clinical measures, as well as customer satisfaction and operational efficiency, and guides consumers in comparing quality between Medicare Advantage plans. 
 
For Medicare-eligible seniors looking for more information, BCBSRI is hosting meetings about its Medicare options across the state in October, November, and December. To find a convenient meeting date and time, as well as additional information about BCBSRI’s BlueCHiP for Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Prescription Drug plans, visit BCBSRI.com/SeniorInfo. 
Customers can also contact BCBSRI at 1-800-351-BLUE (2583) or TTY/TDD: 711, or visit us at the newly relocated and expanded retail location at 300 Quaker Lane in Warwick, as well as a temporary retail location at 576 Metacom Avenue in Bristol. Both locations are able to provide service to customers during open enrollment season. 
 
The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. [Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or copayments/co-insurance] may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Part B premium. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.   
 
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 450,000 members. Our mission is to improve our members’ health and peace of mind by facilitating their access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. BCBSRI is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsri.com, follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI, and like us on Facebook at fb.com/bcbsrhodeisland.
 
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CMS: H4152_2015aeprelease394
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