Anthem Offers Nevadans More Choice
October 30, 2015
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Offer the Only On-Exchange PPO Plan in Nevada for 2016
Las Vegas, October. 30 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pleased to announce it will add a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan to its 2016 on-exchange Nevada Health Link plan offerings, making it the only insurer to offer a PPO plan on the state exchange.
Anthem’s Pathway PPO Network will be available to individuals both on- and off-exchange for the first time during the 2016 open enrollment period. Anthem’s Pathway Network provides access to more than 650 primary care physicians and 2,800 specialists across the state with greater out-of-state coverage than most of the smaller networks in Nevada.
“Adding an on-exchange PPO plan to our 2016 offerings gives consumers even more flexibility and choice as we enter the third year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act,” said Mike Murphy, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. “Anthem is committed to serving Nevada and offering plans that fit a range of needs.”
Anthem will also once again offer its Pathway HMO plan on and off exchange in 2016. Anthem’s Pathway Network is based on the company’s belief that the doctor-patient relationship is the most important in health care, and that every patient should have a relationship with a primary care physician who understands their individual needs. Our Pathway doctors can help members navigate the complex health care system to make sure they get the care they need when and where they need it.
What’s the difference between a PPO Plan and an HMO Plan? On a fundamental level, HMO plans require you to receive all or most of your health care from a doctor, hospital or other provider in the network. PPO plans allow you to choose providers from the PPO network or from out-of-network, although you will most likely pay more if you go out of network.
Anthem’s Pathway PPO might be the right choice for you if:
• You or your covered family members frequently travel. When you travel outside of Nevada, our Pathway PPO plans offers in network benefits in all 50 states through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s BlueCard ® program. Emergency care is also covered. More than 90 percent of hospitals and 80 percent of doctors contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
• Your covered family members attend college outside of Nevada or otherwise live outside of your health plan’s service area.
• You or your covered family members travel outside the U.S. BlueCard Worldwide is a medical assistance program that connects our members living or traveling outside the U.S. to a network of more than 9,000 hospitals and 21,000 health care professionals and outpatient care centers around the world.
Anthem’s Pathway PPO and HMO plans both include 24/7 access to our LiveHealth Online tool, which allows members to video chat with a board certified doctor using a computer or smart phone. The doctor can diagnose and treat many common ailments, including infections and the flu, and prescribe basic medications to be sent to your pharmacy.
“Depending on your income and family size, you may qualify for a subsidy through the Nevada Health Link,” Murphy said. “When open enrollment begins on November 1, you can contact your agent, Anthem or visit Nevada Health Link to learn more.”
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada
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