Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio Implements Program to Help Consumers Recover Faster Following Hospitalization

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Anthem’s Medicare members have access to home-delivered meals, leading to better health after leaving the hospital

Cincinnati—Starting in 2018, consumers enrolled in specific Medicare Advantage plans from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio (Anthem) can receive home-delivered meals after they are discharged from the hospital. With this service, Anthem 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 Anthem’s Medicare central region. “This home-delivered meal service is part of Anthem’s commitment to ensuring our members receive high-quality, affordable and comprehensive health care.”

This health plan benefit is available for consumers enrolled in Anthem MediBlue Essential (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO), Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO), and Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (DSNP).

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 Ohioans eligible for Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Anthem’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 four Anthem insurance plans. These plans are available for 2018 enrollment in the listed counties:

  • Anthem MediBlue Essential (HMO): Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Morrow, Muskingum, Ottawa, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, and Wood counties.
  • Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO): Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Columbiana, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Portage, Preble, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, and Wood counties.
  • Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO): Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties.
  • Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (DSNP): Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Morrow, Muskingum, Ottawa, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, and Wood counties.

“Benefits such as home-delivered meals after hospitalization are one of several reasons why Anthem’s Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans received four-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2018,” added McNichols. “We strive to offer our members what they need, when they need it.”

In addition to Medicare Advantage plans, Anthem offers standalone prescription drug plans (known as Part D plans) in all Ohio 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.

Anthem 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 Anthem’s Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

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