Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio Offer Individuals New Blue Access Value Plan
Plan provides coverage for common services and preventive care at an affordable price
Indianapolis, IN (March 29, 2006) – Consumers in Indiana and Ohio now have access to an individual benefit plan designed to provide coverage for the most commonly used health care services at an affordable price. The Blue Access Value Plan is available through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and Ohio and offers coverage for hospitalization and surgery, certain preventive and diagnostic services, two physician office visits a year and other benefits that are typically found in more costly options.
The Blue Access Value Plan is targeted toward the uninsured, early retirees and others who want a cost-effective health option that covers basic benefits and encourages a healthy lifestyle. The plan was introduced in Indiana and Ohio in late February and will be available for purchase in Kentucky beginning April 1st.
“The Value Plan was designed for those consumers who recognize the importance of having access to preventive and other medical care, but have chosen not to purchase coverage due to cost,” said Jude Thompson, President of Kentucky Group and Individual Under 65 market for the WellPoint Central Region. “The plan offers a wide range of deductibles that ultimately allows consumers to find a premium they can afford.”
Premiums within the three states start at $40 per month (for a 25-year old healthy male) and includes coverage for prescription drugs and preventive exams like mammograms, pap smear and colorectal cancer screenings and access to the health plan’s comprehensive hospital and physician network Deductibles for range from $2,000-$10,000. This variety allows consumers to select a deductible based on what they can afford to pay in premiums each month. The Value Plan is also expected to be available in Kentucky within the second quarter of 2006.
“In designing this plan, we wanted to offer the consumer as much flexibility as possible in finding an option that will fit their budgetary needs,” said Kathleen Zorica, General Manager and Vice President of Individual Sales for the Central Region.
“We also believe that it is important that the Value Plan encourages consumers to seek the basic health care services they need to maintain good health.”
Since 2000, the number of uninsured Americans under the age of 65 has grown by more than 5 million. Currently, more than 1 million residents in Ohio and a half-million residents in Kentucky and Indiana are uninsured.
Thompson believes that the company will continue to introduce innovative plans that address this growing problem.
“Anthem is proud to be a leader in providing a broad spectrum of plans that address the diverse needs within the individual market,” said Thompson. “As we move forward, our focus will continue to be on affordability, while maintaining the quality health care benefits consumers have come to expect.”
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio are subsidiaries of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP). WellPoint, Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross Licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan counties as Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com