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Blue Care Network Expands Local Network Medicare Offerings for Michigan Seniors in Four West Michigan Counties

DETROIT, Nov. 10, 2016— Blue Care Network of Michigan is expanding its local network product offerings for Medicare-eligible individuals in West Michigan with the development of BCN AdvantageSM HMO HealthySaver and MyChoice Wellness plans with Mercy Health-affiliated doctors.  The two affordably-priced plans will be available in four Michigan counties: Kent, Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa.

Both BCN Advantage HealthySaver and MyChoice Wellness plans combine Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B benefits into one complete package, in addition to Part D drug coverage that helps protect against unexpected pharmacy costs. Both plans offer a low monthly premium, a $0 medical deductible and the SilverSneakers® Fitness program, in addition to other benefits. With more than 1,300 doctors and specialists and four hospitals in the network, each plan offers access to a wide variety of providers within the local area.

“We have valued partners in both BCN Advantage HealthySaver and MyChoice Wellness plans that allow Blue Care Network to deliver a very competitively priced product to the over-65 population seeking affordable, quality health care,” said Julie Smith, senior vice president of Senior Health Services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “Many people seek the majority of their care close to home, so we’ve seen more and more seniors looking to trade broad network access for a quality, local network and a lower-cost insurance premium. Our local network plans allow us to offer these choices and we applaud Mercy Health-affiliated doctors for their participation in these new, affordable health insurance options for Michigan consumers.”

Blue Care Network was named one of the two top-ranked Medicare Advantage plans in Michigan for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.* Blue Cross’ Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, Prescription BlueSM PDP, was also ranked #1 in the state in the annual feature. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently ranked Blue Cross and Blue Care Network best in the country in its 2015 Part C and Part D Program Audit and Enforcement report.

For more information on a Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan, visit bcbsm.com/medicare or call 1-888-563-3307 (TTY users call 711) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with weekend hours Oct. 1 through Feb. 14.

*This award was not given by Medicare. The official BCN Advantage star rating and Prescription Blue PDP star rating can be found at www.Medicare.gov.

BCN Advantage and Prescription Blue are HMO-POS, HMO and PDP plans with a Medicare contract. BCN Advantage HMO-POS and HMO are 4.5 star plans. Prescription BlueSM PDP is a 5.0 star plan. Enrollment in BCN Advantage and Prescription Blue depends on contract renewal. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits and premiums may change on January 1 of each year. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, and Blue Care Network are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM and BCN provide and administer health benefits to more than 4.4 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com.

Healthways, SilverSneakers and SilverSneakers FLEX are registered trademarks or trademarks of Healthways, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Healthways is an independent corporation retained by the Blues to provide services to its BCN Advantage and Medicare Plus Blue members. © 2016 Healthways, Inc. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: Nicu Buculei

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