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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Implements Program to Help Consumers Recover Faster Following Hospitalization

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 19, 2017--Starting in 2018, consumers enrolled in specific Medicare Advantage plans from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) can receive home-delivered meals after they are discharged from the hospital. With this service, BCBSGa is working with GA Foods to ensure individuals heal faster, improve their strength, and lower their risk of health complications once home.

“Weight loss and poor nutrition are common causes of people not recovering fully from being sick or, even worse, can lead them back into the hospital,” said David McNichols, president of the company’s Medicare central region. “This home-delivered meal service is part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s commitment to ensuring our members receive high-quality, affordable and comprehensive health care.”

This health plan benefit is available for consumers enrolled in BCBSHP MediBlue Essential (HMO), BCBSHP MediBlue Plus (HMO), and BCBSHP MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP).

Individuals who are interested in joining one of these plans can enroll during this year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The AEP begins October 15, 2017, and continues through December 7, 2017 and gives Georgians eligible for Medicare the opportunity to enroll in BCBSGa’s 2018 Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

Enrollees in the Medicare Advantage plans mentioned above are eligible to receive up to 20 SunMeadow® meals from GA Foods after leaving the hospital. GA Foods delivers meals to members’ homes, unpacks them, and puts them in the freezer. These meals can then be reheated in the oven or microwave at a convenient time. GA Foods also offers meals that are ready to eat (i.e. no reheating needed) for anyone who wants that option.

Nutritionally balanced and restaurant inspired, GA Foods’ meals include choices such as Country Egg Skillet, Meatloaf with Sofrito Sauce, Pulled Pork with Moko Sauce, Huevos Rancheros, Pollo Tropicale, and Rib Beef Patty with Mexican-Style Sauce.

The home-delivered meals benefit is available with the following three BCBSGa insurance plans. These plans are available for 2018 enrollment in the listed counties:

In addition to Medicare Advantage plans, BCBSGa offers standalone prescription drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Georgia counties for people who enroll in Original Medicare, a government-sponsored program. Both the MA Prescription Drug (MAPD) and Part D drug plans utilize a preferred pharmacy network to help members save costs. This preferred cost-sharing pharmacy network will continue to be offered in 2018. MAPD will also add more hypertension medications for a $0 copay to the existing list of $0 copay medications that treat hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and osteoporosis - some of Medicare’s most common conditions and utilized prescription drugs.

BCBSGa also offers Medicare Supplement plans to Original Medicare enrollees all across the state. These plans help cover costs Original Medicare does not cover, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles at any doctor or medical facility that accepts Medicare. These Supplement plans are generally paired with a prescription drug plan.

For details about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 or visit BCBSGa’s Medicare online store at https://shop.bcbsga.com/medicare.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc., is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. is a D-SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Georgia Medicaid program. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc., is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. 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 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). \This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premium, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. Other providers are available in our network. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The Blue Cross Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bcbsga_News and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskBCBSGa.

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CONTACT: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia

Hieu Nguyen

1-202-510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

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