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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Adds BJC HealthCare to Its Medicare Advantage Provider Network

March 25, 2019

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 25, 2019--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 BJC HealthCare announced today that Anthem will be adding BJC HealthCare to its preferred list of care providers for its Medicare Advantage plans. Beginning March 2019, BJC HealthCare’s 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 strives to improve the lives of the individuals we are privileged to serve and providing them in-network access to BJC HealthCare will make it simpler for our consumers to receive the healthcare services they need,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. “We look forward to working with BJC HealthCare and collaborating with its care providers to deliver on our whole-person approach to healthcare.”

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the healthcare needs of urban, suburban and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

“BJC HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve,” said J.C. McWilliams, BJC vice president of managed care. “We are pleased to be able to expand access for more seniors to BJC hospitals and healthcare providers by being part of the Anthem Medicare Advantage network.”

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)
  • Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (PPO)

Some consumers are eligible to enroll in a Medicare plan today. These individuals include those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits; consumers who qualify for a special enrollment period, such as those who recently moved; or individuals who are turning 65 and newly eligible for Medicare.

For more information regarding Anthem’s Medicare plans and/or care providers, such as BJC HealthCare, consumers can call (855) 866-4236 (TTY:711), 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. Consumers 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 HMO 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. 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.

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: Media contact:

Hieu Nguyen

(202) 510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MISSOURI

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS OTHER CONSUMER HEALTH HOSPITALS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE CONSUMER GENERAL HEALTH MANAGED CARE

SOURCE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

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