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Anthem Launches Medicare Special Needs Plan

October 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sarah Yeager, Director PR
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
(203) 859-0996
sarah.yeager@anthem.com

Doug Bennett Jr., (502) 889.2103
Doug.BennettJr@wellpoint.com

Anthem Launches Medicare Special Needs Plan in Most Connecticut Counties Plan Offers Enhanced Benefits for People Eligible for Both Medicaid and Medicare


WALLINGFORD, Conn., (October 27, 2014) – Anthem is launching a Dual-Eligible Special Needs Medicare Plan, known as a DSNP, in most Connecticut counties, including Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland. This plan coordinates benefits for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

DSNPs are the largest and fastest growing type of the special needs plans .

“People eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare often have complex health care needs,”  explained Michael Carson, Anthem’s eastern region president for Medicare. “This plan helps to coordinate care with the goal of delivering better outcomes.”

The plan is called Anthem Dual Advantage (HMO SNP) and was available for enrollment beginning Oct. 15 with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015. It features $0 premiums and $0 copays as well as dental and vision benefits, an allowance for health care items, a hearing aid allowance, online doctor’s visits and free membership at participating SilverSneakers® fitness centers.

In addition to the new special needs plan, Anthem is launching a $31 premium traditional Medicare Advantage HMO plan in Hartford called MediBlue Select for the 2015 Annual Election Period. It features predictable copays for doctor visits and prescription drugs as well as online doctor’s visits and free membership at participating SilverSneakers® fitness centers.

People wanting more information about any of the company’s plans, including the new special needs plan or traditional Medicare Advantage plan, can call (855) 866-3962.

Anthem is a PPO plan and an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Anthem depends on contract renewal. 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 co-payments/co-insurance may change on Jan. 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut
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  Data source is CPSC June 2014 Membership File from CMS
  http://kff.org/tag/dual-eligible/

Media Contact:
Sarah Yeager
sarah.yeager@anthem.com
Ph: (203) 677-8598