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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Gives Medicare Advantage Members Access to Personal Emergency Response System

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 26, 2017--Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) will provide its members access to a personal emergency response system (PERS) in many of BCBSGa’s 2018 Medicare Advantage plans, at no additional charge. The PERS can give members, their families, and their loved ones peace of mind should they fall or need emergency assistance when they’re home alone.

The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) began 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.

“Giving our members access to a personal emergency response system is part of our continued commitment to helping our members live the life they’ve earned,” said David McNichols, president of the company’s Medicare central region. “The system will give our members the ability to maintain their independence and delay, or possibly eliminate, the need to utilize assisted living services.”

With the PERS, when an individual contacts the service by pushing a button located on a neck pendant or wrist band, representatives from the service will try to contact the member to identify the kind of assistance needed. Depending on the results of that outreach, the PERS representative may contact a designated caregiver, a clinician, or local emergency services.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s MA benefits will cover the cost of the PERS, which includes the unit and monthly monitoring and testing. It will also pay the cost of a cellular device that plugs into an outlet and provides coverage in and around the home. Members can opt for a mobile unit that they can take into the community. This mobile PERS unit communicates with the emergency response system through cellular service in the area. The benefit does not cover the cost of a phone line if a member chooses to use a land line to connect the unit to the PERS monitoring center.

The PERS benefit is available with the following two 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

(202) 510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

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