Blue Care Network’s MyChoice Wellness Plan Continues to Grow in West Michigan

Carly Getz

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Blue Care Network’s MyChoice Wellness plan continues to gain popularity among Medicare beneficiaries in Kent, Oceana and Muskegon counties. This BCN Advantage HMO plan was created last year when Blue Care Network and Mercy Health partnered to deliver a very competitively priced product to the over-65 population seeking affordable, quality health care. MyChoice Wellness, designed for Medicare-eligible individuals not covered by employer plans, is now BCN’s fastest growing Medicare Advantage plan in Kent, Muskegon and Oceana. “Each day roughly 300 people in Michigan turn 65 and become Medicare eligible, which translates into 110,000 people annually. Each of these individuals has unique health and financial needs,” said Julie Smith, vice president, Senior Business at BCBSM. “MyChoice Wellness was developed for individuals willing to trade broad network access for a quality local network and a lower-cost insurance premium.” Medicare Advantage plans can combine products and services into one package —and by buying the package; individuals can find savings and a seamless shopping experience. MyChoice Wellness is a cost-effective, local plan that provides the complete package of Medicare benefits. “Mercy Health provides a unique care experience to members in the MyChoice Wellness product,” said Mary Boyd, regional vice president netowrk and system development for Mercy Health. “Patients are highly involved in care decisions, and with their physician, develop an individualized care plan. Our goal is to always improve the health of our patients and their experience with us." The BCN Advantage HMO MyChoice Wellness plan is among 10 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage plans available for seniors to enroll beginning October 15. BCN Advantage is an HMO and HMO-POS plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in BCN Advantage depends on contract renewal. Members must be entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Part B. Enrolled members must use BCN Advantage network providers for routine care. Residents living in Kent, Oceana and Muskegon counties interested in learning more about MyChoice Wellness can attend a fee seminar held on the following dates: In Grand Rapids
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Representatives from Blue Care Network will explain the benefits of the MyChoice Wellness plan and answer questions consumers have about the plan. About Blue Care Network Blue Care Network of Michigan features award-winning disease management programs and the largest HMO network of physicians and hospitals in the state, with more than 5,000 primary care physicians, 17,000 specialists and most of the state’s leading hospitals. Blue Care Network, a nonprofit corporation, is the affiliated HMO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit About Mercy Health Mercy Health is a multi-campus health care system dedicated to providing highly personalized care, excellent access to primary care providers and specialists, and a more informed patient experience. Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 associates, and hospice, home health and long term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs a total of 491 Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and the lakeshore. The system includes leading teaching hospitals, and renowned clinical leadership in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and neurology. Mercy Health Saint Mary's is a Magnet®-recognized hospital. Mercy Health is a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities, and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. Visit us at and, and find us on Facebook at Photo Credit: Patrick
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