Amerigroup Enhances 2019 Medicare Advantage Plans

October 1, 2018

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 1, 2018--Amerigroup is committed to offering Medicare Advantage plans that provide high-quality medical care while also addressing other social and support needs that can impact good health. As part of this commitment, Amerigroup is expanding its 2019 Medicare Advantage offerings with the addition of Everyday Extras, a new package of benefits that provides wellness services including healthy food delivery, health-related transportation services, adult day centers visits to help reduce loneliness, personal home helpers to help with daily activities at home, and alternative medicine. The program will be offered to consumers enrolled in the following 2019 Medicare Advantage plans: Amerivantage Select (HMO) and Amerivantage Dual Secure (HMO SNP) in select counties.

“Amerigroup is committed to developing innovative approaches that help address the dynamic needs of our Medicare consumers, and the introduction of Everyday Extras is consistent with that goal,” said Ken Satrom, President of Amerigroup Texas Medicare. “We know that one of the best ways to help people live healthier is to lower barriers and make it easier for individuals to access items that address everyday health needs. Giving people the option of services such as delivered meals or time at an adult day center may make it easier for them to better manage chronic conditions, engage more with their community, or avoid preventable health-related incidents.”

Individuals enrolled in Amerigroup’s 2019 Medicare Advantage plans can select one of the following six services offered in the Everyday Extras package that best fits their healthcare needs at no additional cost:

Healthy Food Deliveries: Up to 16 delivered meals per health event, up to four events each calendar year (64 total). A qualifying health event includes being discharged from a hospital, if the consumer has a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 25, and/or if he/she has an A1C level more than 9.0. Transportation: Up to 60 one-way trips per year to health-related appointments or to obtain a service covered by the health plan. Personal Home Helper: Up to 124 hours of an in-home health aide for respite care, home-based chores, and assistance with activities of daily living, as approved by a licensed care provider. Assistive Devices: Up to a $500 allowance for safety devices such as ADA toilet seats, shower stools, hand-held shower heads, reaching devices, and temporary wheelchair ramps. Day Center Visits: Up to 1 visit per week for adult day center services ($80 limit for each visit), in order to help older adults who need supervision and assistance. Alternative Medicine: Up to 24 acupuncture and/or therapeutic massage visits each calendar year.

Some Amerigroup’s health plans already offer a benefit available in the Everyday Extras package, such as delivered meals or transportation. If a consumer selects an Everyday Extras option that is already provided in their health plan, the two benefits will be added together to ensure individuals have access to the full service as intended. For example, if a consumer enrolled in Amerivantage Select (HMO), which will offer 24 one-way health-related trips, chooses the 60 one-way transportation option from Everyday Extras, that person will have 84 one-way health-related trips available to him/her.

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 Amerigroup’s 2019 Medicare Advantage plans.

For more details about Everyday Extras and Amerigroup’s Medicare plans, consumers can call (888) 816-3853, 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 shop.amerigroup.com/medicare/.

Amerigroup Texas, Inc. is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Amerigroup Texas, Inc. is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the State Medicaid program. Enrollment in Amerigroup Texas, Inc. 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. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-866-805-4589 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-866-805-4589 (TTY: 711). This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare.

About Amerigroup

Amerigroup is part of the Anthem Government Business Division (GBD). Through the GBD, Anthem serves 7.4 million seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families and other state and federally sponsored beneficiaries, and National Government Services enrollees (including the Federal Employee Program) in 26 states, making us one of the nation’s leading providers of health care solutions for public programs. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability.

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