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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Adds Washington County Memorial Hospital to Its Medicare Advantage Provider Network

November 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2018--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri (Anthem) is committed to increasing consumer access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. As part of this commitment, Anthem and Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) announced today that Anthem will be adding WCMH to its preferred list of care providers for its Medicare Advantage plans. Beginning January 1, 2019, WCMH’s care providers will be considered in-network for these health plans, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs for consumers compared to seeing a care provider outside of Anthem’s network.

“Anthem leverages our understanding of the dynamic needs of Medicare-eligible individuals to give them the products and services that help them lead healthier lives,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. “The addition of Washington County Memorial Hospital to our network exemplifies our goal of making healthcare simpler for consumers because it will be easier for Missouri residents enrolled in our Medicare Advantage plans to receive care services in their community.”

Washington County Memorial Hospital is a critical access facility that provides a wide range of medical services, from cardiology to orthopedics to pulmonology, to residents of Washington County and the surrounding area. WCMH is Stroke Level III Accredited and Sleep Study Accredited. It also has a 64-Slice CT Scanner and new MRI equipment. In addition, WCMH has four Rural Health Clinics and a Swingbed Program, an extended hospital stay service for patients no longer needing acute inpatient hospital care, yet may not be well or strong enough to return home immediately. WCMH is dedicated to providing personable care that helps consumers improve their health and well-being.

Anthem currently offers a number of health plans that meet the needs of individuals eligible for Medicare. These plans are Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP), Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO), and Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (PPO).

Individuals who are interested in joining one of these health plans can enroll during this year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The AEP began October 15, 2018, and continues through December 7, 2018 and gives consumers enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B the opportunity to sign up for Anthem’s 2019 Medicare Advantage plans.

For more information regarding Anthem’s Medicare plans and care providers, such as Washington County Memorial Hospital, consumers can call (855) 866-4236, which is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1 to Sept. 30; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, Oct. 1 to March 31. Individuals can also visit the company’s online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Missouri Medicaid program. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. We do not discriminate, exclude people, or treat them differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in our health programs and activities. 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電1-888-230-7338 TTY:711)。ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Other providers are available in our network. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/anthemBCBS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnthemBlueCrossBlueShield.

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CONTACT: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

Hieu Nguyen, 202-510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

KEYWORD: MISSOURI NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES

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SOURCE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

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