Offerings in some counties include home meal delivery, additional dental coverage, transportation services and healthy groceries, a new benefit for qualified members; New Blue Shield Balance (HMO) plan in Los Angeles County
OAKLAND, California, October 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Blue Shield of California today announced a range of 2022 coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries in California, with increased benefits for catering and transport services.
Blue Shield launches new Medicare HMO plan, Blue Shield Balance, available to all Medicare beneficiaries in Los Angeles County. This new plan includes unique features such as multilingual concierge customer service and assistance.
“We continue to find new ways to deliver unique benefits and services that support our diverse members,” said Lina Saadzoï, vice president and general manager of Medicare at Blue Shield of California. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive health coverage that all Medicare beneficiaries deserve and count on. We remain committed to creating a health care system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable.”
Departure January 1, 2022, the benefits of the Blue Shield Medicare Advantage plan in various locations will include:
Reduced cost sharing for key medical benefits by Alameda, San Mateo and Saint Clare counties
Depending on the plan, the reduction in cost sharing may include visits to a primary care physician and specialist, outpatient surgery, and emergency care.
New Grocery Store Benefit and Expansion of Home Meal Delivery Benefit in Certain Diets
Addition of a home meal delivery service upon discharge from an inpatient hospital or stay in a skilled nursing facility. The service includes up to 22 meals and 10 snacks per outing (limited to two outings per year); offered in certain packages in Los Angeles, Fresno, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Saint-Bernardin, San Diego, San Joaquin, Saint Clare and Stanislas Counties.
Extended transport advantages in the center and Northern California plans
Expansion of transportation services to health-related locations approved by the plan to an unlimited number of trips per year under certain health plans. Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Saint-Bernardin, San Diego, Fresno, Merced, San Joaquin, Saint Clare and Stanislas Counties.
Additional dental benefits in Central and Northern California plans
Addition of preventive and diagnostic dental services such as cleaning, routine dental examinations and dental x-rays in Alameda, Merced, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Saint Clare, and Stanislas Counties.
Medicare’s annual election period is October 15, 2021, To December 7, 2021. For more information on Blue Shield’s health insurance offerings, please visit www.bsca.com/medicare
About the Blue Shield of California
Blue shield California strives to create a health care system worthy of family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue shield California is an independent, tax-paying nonprofit member of the Blue Shield Association with over 4.5 million members, over 7,500 employees and over $ 21 billion in annual turnover. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now its head office at Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates offer health, dental, ophthalmic, Medicaid and Medicare plans in California. The company has contributed more than $ 150 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation over the past four years to impact California communities.
For more information on Blue Shield from California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com.
* The benefits mentioned are part of the special additional benefits available in certain plans. Not all plan members will be eligible. Refer to Proof of Coverage for details and eligibility requirements.
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