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Friday, October 01, 2021

Highmark Medicare products continue to improve in 2022 — West Virginia

  • Introducing a brand new $0 premium plan, Freedom Blue PPO Signature, across 24 counties in West Virginia. This plan includes a $0 deductible, $0 PCP copays, and a broad network of physicians and hospitals, plus in-network access to BCBSA networks across the country.
  • Enhancing the Freedom Blue PPO Distinct plan with an increased comprehensive dental allowance and new savings on insulin
  • Improving benefits on the Freedom Blue PPO Standard plan, including a lower premium and $0 transportation copay
  • Waiving in-patient COVID related cost-sharing for the second year in a row
  • Adding new benefits specifically designed to improve community health, including Onduo, an innovative diabetes management program

Parkersburg, W.Va. (October 1, 2021) — Highmark’s Medicare coverage options keep getting better year after year, and 2022 will be no different. From new products to lower premiums and copays to innovative new benefits, consumers will find a lot to like with Highmark coverage. 

“Every year, we listen to our customers’ feedback so we can keep improving our Medicare plans,” said Alexis Miller, Market President, Federal Markets at Highmark. “Highmark prioritizes making healthcare more affordable and making care easier to access by introducing new plan options, adding new benefits, and reducing monthly premiums.”

Focusing on member health

In addition to making product improvements, Highmark is adding many new tools to help make it easier to manage chronic conditions.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve all been reminded of how important it is to take care of each other and protect our health,” said James L. Fawcett, market president, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia. “In that spirit, we sent COVID care packages to our Medicare members last year. Now, we are introducing a brand-new $0 premium Medicare Advantage plan for 2022 and we are adding new programs and benefits like lower cost diabetic supplies and tools focused on helping our members manage chronic conditions.”

As an extension of Highmark’s commitment to members, Medicare Advantage plans now include $0 diabetic testing supplies, which will help members with diabetes to manage their condition more affordably.  In addition, Highmark is offering the Onduo enhanced diabetes management program on all plans.  This innovative program is designed to help members manage their Type 2 diabetes with personalized tools and expert guidance, in coordination with their physician.

Highmark is also offering the PAPA Pals program to combat social isolation. The PAPA Pals program provides a qualified helper for home visits, short distance travel for errands and appointments, and companionship for social activities such as health club visits, walking or gardening. PAPA Pals is available with some Highmark products in West Virginia.

2022 Medicare Advantage products

Highmark’s newest $0 premium plan, Freedom Blue PPO Signature, offers $0 PCP copays, affordable access to specialists and hospitals, and lots of supplemental benefits like an allowance for comprehensive dental that covers crowns, root canals, and more.  All of these benefits are available across a broad network of doctors in West Virginia, plus in-network access to BCBSA networks across the country.  Offering in Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne counties.

The improved Freedom Blue PPO Distinct plan provides lower cost access to specialists and prescriptions, plus a comprehensive dental allowance.  The Senior Savings Model on this plan includes a 31-day supply of insulin for a $35 copay.  Other valuable features on this plan include our post-discharge meal delivery service to help members recover from serious illness, plus the PAPA Pals program.  And, this plan has access to a broad network in West Virginia and in-network access to BCBSA’s nationwide network of doctors and hospitals.

The Freedom Blue PPO Standard plan continues to offer the same great benefits for a lower premium.  It also includes the Senior Savings Model plus valuable features to help members recover from serious illness, like our post-discharge meal delivery service.  And this year, the plan includes PAPA Pals.

Additional 2022 Highmark product offerings for Medicare-eligible individuals include:

Highmark offers a wide range of Medigap Blue supplemental products to ensure that everyone can find the right Highmark Medicare plan for them.  Medigap Blue lowers members’ out of pocket costs and offers the freedom and flexibility to see any doctor or hospital in the country that accepts Medicare. Additionally, members of Highmark Medigap Blue plans have exclusive access to the Whole Health Balance program, which provides extra coverage for hearing aids, vision, dental and fitness.

Highmark also offers standalone Blue Rx PDP prescription drug plans.

Detailed descriptions of all Highmark Medicare Advantage plans, including network and pricing are available at

Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, and Highmark Senior Solutions Company are Medicare Advantage plans with a Medicare contract. HM Health Insurance Company is a PDP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, Highmark Senior Solutions Company, and HM Health Insurance Company depends on contract renewal.

Health benefits or health benefit administration may be provided by or through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, Highmark Senior Solutions Company, or Highmark Health Insurance Company, all of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  All references to “Highmark” in this document are references to the Highmark company that is providing the member’s health benefits or health benefit administration.

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