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Cleveland Clinic, Humana expand Medicare Advantage HMO plan to 4 more counties

October 2, 2018

Cleveland Clinic, Humana expand Medicare Advantage HMO plan to 4 more counties

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Clinic and Humana are planning to expand their co-branded Medicare Advantage HMO plan to four new counties in Northeast Ohio for 2019, according to a press release. 

Effective Jan. 1, the plan will be available in Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties, in addition to Cuyahoga County, the release said. Open enrollment for Medicare runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. 

The expanded Medicare Advantage HMO plan also will include a transportation benefit that patients can use for non-emergency medical visits, such as for doctor’s appointments, dialysis or to fitness centers. 

“This collaboration allows us to expand access to our health services to address the health care needs of the communities we serve,” Michael Harrington, Cleveland Clinic chief accounting officer and controller, said in a prepared statement. 

Last year, the Clinic introduced two co-branded Preferred Medicare plans with Humana, a Louisville, Kentucky-based insurance provider: the Medicare Advantage HMO plan and a plan for those in Cuyahoga County eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, the Medicare Advantage Dual-Eligible Special Needs (D-SNP) plan. 

Patients who choose to enroll in one of the Humana Cleveland Clinic Preferred Medicare Plans have access to Clinic doctors and facilities. The plans don’t have monthly premiums, co-pays for primary care physician office visits or co-pays for 30-day supplies of Tier-1 prescription drugs. And neither plan requires a referral for in-network specialists.

Starting in 2019, the two plans also will offer a personal emergency alert system that patients can use to call for help and tele-medicine visits through Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online.  

“Humana is excited to join with Cleveland Clinic in announcing these new plan options in northeast Ohio,” Larry Costello, president of Humana Senior Products in Ohio, said in a prepared statement. “We’re proud to deepen our relationship with Cleveland Clinic by broadening plan availability in areas outside of Cuyahoga County and in offering new benefits that focus on the patient experience.”

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