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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Introduces a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan to its Medicare Offering for the 2013 Annual Enrollment Period

October 01, 2012

Medicare Beneficiaries Now Have A Choice and Access to Coordinated Care and Additional Benefits

Chicago, IL — Medicare beneficiaries in Illinois now have another option for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and coordinated care. Health Care Service Corporation, parent company to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), is introducing Blue Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM, a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) that expands its Medicare offerings in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

"We are extremely pleased to make Blue Medicare AdvantageSM available to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries in Illinois," said Jeff Tikkanen, SVP and President, Retail Markets. "The addition of this plan to our portfolio of products provides another option for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the most cost effective plan based on their individual needs."

The Blue Medicare Advantage Plan is a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan with low monthly premiums, access to our broad array of physicians and hospitals in our extensive network and predictable copays for prescription medications. It's referred to as an "all in one plan." Additionally, we will continue to offer our other Medicare offerings, Blue Medicare Supplement and Blue MedicareRx (Part D) HCSC's wholly-owned subsidiary, HCSC Insurance Services Company (HISC), contracts with CMS for Part D.

Plan Features

The Blue Medicare Advantage Plan features a wide range of benefits including:

  • $0 monthly premium
  • A HMO plan that includes coverage for preventive care services
  • Coverage for doctor and hospital visits and prescription medications through the convenience of one plan and a single ID card
  • Low copays for visits to primary care doctors
  • Expansive formulary of prescription drugs and convenient access to pharmacies nationwide with copays for preferred generics as low as $3
  • The option for customers to receive prescription medications through both retail and mail order services, providing the most convenience and comfort depending on what is most appropriate for their personal situation
  • Preventive care and additional services including physical exams and immunizations at no additional costs
  • Products and services provided through a financially sound company with established and dedicated resources to successfully meet the needs of Medicare-eligible beneficiaries

(NOTE: 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, premium and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part D premium.)

Beginning on October 15, 2012, Medicare-eligible individuals can enroll in the Blue Medicare Advantage plan for a January 1, 2013 effective date. Blue Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare, not a supplement plan.

To be eligible for Blue Medicare Advantage beneficiaries must be enrolled in Medicare Part B, live in the service area and continue to pay their Medicare Part B premium.

For more information about enrolling, visit www.mybluemapd.com or call 1-877-583-8128, (TTY/TDD: 711), 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week to speak to a Medicare product specialist.


About Health Care Service Corporation
Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall, with more than 13 million members2 in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit www.HCSC.com, visit our Facebook page  or follow us at www.twitter.com/HCSC .

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC), an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract under contract H3822 with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

HCSC is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract.

H3822_MRK_TMP_IL_PRLSE13 Approved 09262012


Source: http://www.bcbs.com/history/index.html (accessed August 2012).