CHICAGO — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) plans its largest-ever Medicare Advantage service area and product expansion in 2023, adding service for residents in an additional 61 counties, with the capability to serve 2.2 million Medicare-eligible Illinois residents.
BCBSIL now serves 68 of the 71 counties defined as “rural counties,” or those with fewer than 10,000 Medicare-eligible residents. This expansion allows BCBSIL to offer Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans in 97 of the 102 counties in Illinois.
“This Medicare Advantage expansion is not just geographic in scope,” said Stephen Harris, BCBSIL president. “We are enhancing plan options, with premium reduction benefits for veterans and prescription benefits designed with cost-conscious Medicare consumers in mind. Also, the PPO options have been created with an eye toward affordability, access and quality of care.”
New for 2023:
In 2023, 2,378 providers and 483 facilities will be added to the BCBSIL network, making it the most accessible in the state.
The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period started Oct. 15 and ends Dec, 7. For information, visit medicare.gov.
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HMO, HMO-POS and PPO plans provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC). HMO plan provided by Illinois Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Company (ILBCBSIC). HCSC and ILBCBSIC are Independent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. HCSC and ILBCBSIC are Medicare Advantage organizations with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HCSC's and ILBCBSIC’s plans depends on contract renewal.
Dave Van de Walle