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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Highmark expands 2020 Medicare Advantage products to five new counties in West Virginia

  • Highmark Medicare Advantage plans now available in Lincoln, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, and Wayne counties
  • New Medicare Advantage plan launching in 11 counties
  • Lower premiums on the Freedom Blue PPO Standard plan
  • Medigap (Medicare Supplemental) and Prescription Drug plans available statewide

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Oct. 1, 2019) — The annual election period for 2020 Medicare coverage begins October 15 and runs through December 7, and today Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announced a wide range of Medicare Advantage and Medigap supplement products for the upcoming year.

"Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting the right Medicare coverage," said Alexis Miller, senior vice president of Senior Markets at Highmark. "Whether it's a Medicare Advantage plan or Medigap supplements, Highmark has a plan for everyone that includes robust benefits and low out-of-pocket costs."

For 2020, Highmark is introducing a new Medicare Advantage plan in 11 counties in West Virginia, Freedom Blue PPO Distinct. It offers both medical and prescription drug coverage as well as a wide array of supplemental benefits, including preventive and comprehensive dental, vison, hearing, fitness benefits and an allowance for Over the Counter items. Members will have access to both in-network and out-of-network providers at home or while traveling elsewhere in the United States.

The plan will include:

  • Affordable monthly premiums
  • $0 copay for primary care visits
  • $0 co-pays for tier one preferred generic drugs at preferred pharmacies
  • No deductibles
  • $500 comprehensive dental allowance, as well as preventative dental, vision, fitness and hearing benefits and an allowance for Over The Counter items
  • Coverage for both In-and Out-of-network physicians and hospitals

In addition, Highmark's Freedom Blue PPO Standard plan will be improved in 2020 including:

  • Lower monthly premiums
  • Lower primary care visit co-pays
  • Lower annual out-of-pocket maximum
  • No deductibles
  • $0 routine hearing co-pay
  • Increased eyewear allowance
  • Lower dental co-pays
  • Coverage for both In-and Out-of-network physicians and hospitals

In order to help improve members experience and control the ever risking cost of prescription drugs, Highmark has added new pharmacies and lowered the prices of many prescription drugs for its preferred retail pharmacy network. Highmark will offer its members a preferred network of over 200 locations across WV and 23,000 across the U.S.A. This network is anchored by CVS, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and several other local pharmacies.

Highmark offers a wide range of Medigap Blue supplemental products that help fill in the gaps of Original Medicare by providing assistance paying for your share (i.e. deductibles, coinsurance and copayments) of the costs for Medicare-covered services. Medigap Blue also provides the freedom and flexibility to see any doctor or hospital in the United States that accepts Medicare. Additionally, members of Highmark Medigap Blue plans have exclusive access to the exciting new Whole Health Balance program, which provides extra coverage for routine hearing, vision, dental and fitness services, all of which are not covered by Original Medicare.

Highmark also offers standalone Blue Rx PDP prescription drug plans. Detailed descriptions of all Highmark Medicare Advantage plans, including network and pricing are available at Shop.Highmark.com/Medicare.

ABOUT HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD WEST VIRGINIA

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 325,000 members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia holds the largest share of the commercial market, and more West Virginians carry a Blue Cross Blue Shield card than any other insurance carrier in the state. With offices in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling, Highmark West Virginia employs more than 700 people and serves as a key economic driver in the state with its total economic impact reaching $262 million. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

ABOUT HIGHMARK INC.

Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are one of America's largest health insurance organizations and together with its Blue-branded affiliates, collectively comprise the third-largest overall Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization in the country based on capital. Highmark Inc. and its affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve approximately 4.6 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional individuals through the BlueCard® program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related businesses. Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the phone number on the back of your member ID card (TTY users may call 711) for more information.

Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, and Highmark Senior Solutions Company are Medicare Advantage plans with a Medicare contract. HM Health Insurance Company is a PDP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, Highmark Senior Solutions Company, and HM Health Insurance Company depends on contract renewal. Highmark Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, Highmark Senior Solutions Company, and HM Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

For more information, contact:
Cathy McAlister
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia
304-347-7754
cathy.mcalister@highmarkhealth.org