Subtitle BCBSGa’s commitment to high-quality, affordable health care drives high ratings from agency Atlanta – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) today announced that heading into next year, BCBSGa’s 2018 Medicare Advantage PPO plan will be rated five stars – with five stars being the best rating – by the Medicare Star Ratings program issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). BCBSGa offers this plan in 41 counties throughout Georgia. Recently, the CMS released their latest Star Ratings, which gives health plans scores for the quality and performance of their services. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s continued commitment to giving our members access to high-quality, affordable health care is one of the main reasons our plans achieved high Star Ratings this year,” said David McNichols, president of the company’s Medicare central region. “We are grateful for our network of providers who collaborate with us to ensure that we’re delivering the quality and performance members expect from their health plan. We will continue to partner with our members to ensure we are providing them with the benefits they want, in order to meet their health care and lifestyle needs.” BCBSGA MediBlue Access (PPO) received five stars from CMS. This plan is available in the following counties: Barrow, Bibb, Bryan, Burke, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Effingham, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Glascock, Gwinnett, Harris, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Jones, Liberty, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Muscogee, Newton, Paulding, Peach, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Talbot, Toombs, Troup, Twiggs, Walton, and Warren. “We are pleased that CMS has recognized our efforts to improve the health outcomes and experiences of our current plan members and those we hope to have the privilege of serving in the future,” McNichols added. The CMS’ Medicare Star Rating system rates the quality and performance of Medicare Advantage plans to help consumers and their families compare plans. Medicare Advantage plans are rated on their ability to: Help members stay healthy Assist members in managing chronic conditions Ensure positive member experiences with their health plan Achieve member satisfaction Provide effective customer service Additionally, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are rated on how well they provide medication coverage along a number of factors: customer service, member complaints, member experience with drug plan, and drug safety. Star Ratings are calculated each year using a scale of one to five stars, and may change from year to year. The annual Medicare Star Ratings are posted online at www.medicare.gov. Consumers can enroll in BCBSGa’s 2018 Medicare Advantage plans during Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP), which begins October 15, 2017 and continues through December 7, 2017. Plans purchased during AEP are effective January 1, 2018. 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. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. 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. 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