SYRACUSE, N.Y. Ã¢â‚¬â€ Excellus BlueCross BlueShieldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Medicare Advantage offerings for the Central New York region in 2010 will include health plans that start at $5 a month.
Excellus BCBS also has a new online tool at www.excellusbcbs.com/medicare to help consumers compare Medicare plans and costs. The online tool can link consumers to Medicare resources, whether consumers
want to order a Medicare DVD or register for a free Medicare workshop.
MedicareÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual enrollment period starts Sunday, Nov. 15, and ends Thursday, Dec. 31. This is the time of year when Medicare-eligible individuals can enroll in or switch Medicare Advantage plans.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our Medicare members should know that we were able to maintain benefits for many of our health plans in 2010, while also keeping many of our health plan premiums affordable,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Anne Ruflin, Excellus BCBS vice president, Medicare.
Excellus BCBS Medicare members in 2010 will continue to receive access to a wide choice of area physicians and hospitals, comprehensive medical coverage, including a free routine physical exam and up to $650 annually for membership fees at qualified fitness and weight management programs through its Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go GettersÃ¢â‚¬Â program.
The following are Excellus BCBSÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2010 Medicare Advantage PPO health plans for the Central New York region:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Medicare Blue PPO Plan One; medical and drug coverage; $5.50 monthly premium
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Medicare Blue PPO Plan Two; medical and drug coverage; $63 monthly premium
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Medicare Blue PPO Plan Three; medical and drug coverage; $78 monthly premium
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Medicare Blue PPO Plan Four; medical coverage; $5 monthly premium
To enroll in these plans, individuals must be entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Medicare Part B. For more information, current members can call 1 (866) 846-8643, and prospective members can call 1 (800) 659-1986. Or go to www.excellusbcbs.com/medicare.
Excellus BCBSÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Central New York region covers Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego,
St. Lawrence and Tompkins counties.