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November 04, 2021

DES MOINES, IA – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is currently offering new Medicare Advantage plans for Medicare-eligible Iowans. Blue Medicare AdvantageSM PPO and HMO plans are available during the annual open enrollment period now through Dec. 7, for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2022. Wellmark Advantage Health PlanSM, Wellmark's new affiliate, is offering the Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C. The plan combines traditional Medicare — parts A and B — into one easy-to-manage plan along with additional health enhancing benefits.

"Our new Blue Medicare Advantage plans are designed with the consumer in mind — starting with $0 premium plans, broad health care provider networks, and plenty of extra benefits — all backed by a company that has been serving Iowans for more than 80 years," said Jason Humphrey, Wellmark's vice president of Medicare Advantage. "We have three comprehensive Blue Medicare Advantage plan options available to those newly eligible for Medicare and for individuals interested in switching plans."

Blue Medicare Advantage HMOSM

Designed for individuals who want the security of a defined maximum out-of-pocket cost, Blue Medicare Advantage HMO is a $0 premium plan that offers medical and prescription drug coverage. It comes with a $0 medical deductible and copays for prescription drugs as low as $0. Blue Medicare Advantage HMO plans are available in 83 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Blue Medicare Advantage PPOSM

For individuals who want out-of-network coverage and the security of defined maximum out-of-pocket cost, with $0 premium and added benefits, Blue Medicare Advantage PPO is a $0 premium plan offering medical and prescription drug coverage. It comes with a $0 medical deductible and copays for prescription drugs as low as $0. This plan is available in 85 of Iowa's 99 counties.

Blue Medicare Advantage Enhanced PPOSM

Blue Medicare Advantage Enhanced PPO includes all the same great benefits as Blue Medicare Advantage PPO and more, with a $49 premium. This plan also offers additional benefits and lower out-of-pocket costs. The premium includes higher allowances for dental, vision and hearing, and a personal emergency response service at no additional cost. This plan is also available in 85 of Iowa's 99 counties.

In addition, all Blue Medicare Advantage plans include coverage for prescription drugs, routine vision and eyewear coverage, dental coverage, chiropractic care, hearing aids, fitness center memberships with SilverSneakers®, over-the-counter medications/supplies, travel coverage, and clinical support.

Interested individuals can get personalized support and walk through the options by contacting their authorized independent agent or by calling Wellmark at 866-908-4891 (TTY users call 711) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., local time, Monday through Friday with weekend hours Oct. 1 through March 31. To learn more, visit Wellmark.com/IAAdvantage.

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