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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Highmark offers a Thanksgiving reminder that Dec. 7 is the deadline to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2017) — With the Dec. 7 deadline for individuals to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans for 2018 fast approaching, Thanksgiving gatherings are the perfect time to remind loved ones to review their Medicare options.

"With the open enrollment deadline only a few weeks away, we encourage Medicare-eligible individuals to take advantage of Thanksgiving gatherings to sit down with trusted friends and family to evaluate their Medicare options," said Debbie Smith, senior vice president of senior markets, Highmark.

For 2018, Highmark is offering a wide range of Medicare Advantage health plans with affordable price points and high-quality networks of hospitals and physicians from which Medicare-eligible individuals can choose from to find the plan that is best for them. This includes zero dollar monthly premium plans that offer robust medical and prescription drug benefits as well as many supplemental benefits. A zero dollar premium Medicare Advantage plan can be a great way for individuals to lower their costs for Medicare coverage.

"Cost, quality and coverage are just a few of the many things to consider when selecting a Medicare plan that meets your needs and budget," added Smith.

Medicare Advantage plans cover the same hospital and medical services as traditional Medicare Parts A and B, but unlike traditional Medicare, they limit the amount a consumer is required to spend out of pocket. They have other advantages as well. Because Medicare Advantage plans emphasize preventive health, they cover annual physicals and preventive health screenings free of charge. Dental and vision care, hearing aids and fitness memberships are included as standard benefits on all Highmark Medicare Advantage plans. There are no referrals or deductibles on Highmark Medicare Advantage plans making them easy to understand and simple to use.

Consumers ready to "talk turkey" can learn more at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

Information about Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans, as well as details about upcoming Medicare Advantage seminars and the nearest location of a Highmark Direct Store is available on Highmark's Medicare Advantage website. Individuals may also speak one-on-one with a Highmark Medicare Advisor by calling 866-382-0741, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., EST, seven days a week. TTY users may call 711.


Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and comprise the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization. Highmark Inc. and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related businesses. Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

A sales person will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings call 814-528-9600 (TTY users may call 711).

Please verify that your providers are participating before enrolling. If a provider does not participate, neither Medicare nor Community Blue Medicare HMO will be responsible for the costs. 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. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Out-of-network non-contracted providers are under no obligation to treat Freedom Blue PPO members and/or Community Blue Medicare PPO members, except in emergency situations. For a decision about whether we will cover an out-of-network service, we encourage you or your provider to ask us for a pre-service organization determination before you receive the service. Please call our customer service number or see your Evidence of Coverage for more information, including the cost-sharing that applies to out-of-network services. Highmark Choice Company and Highmark Senior Health Company are Medicare Advantage plans with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Highmark Choice Company, and Highmark Senior Health Company, depends on contract renewal. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, and Highmark Senior Health Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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For more information, contact:
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health