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Friday, November 22, 2019

Highmark reminds consumers of Medicare deadline

Elibible individuals must enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan by Dec. 7.

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 22, 2019) — With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, families and friends will soon be gathering to celebrate.

In between the food and the football, Highmark is reminding Medicare-eligible individuals that Thanksgiving gatherings are the perfect time to talk with family and friends about 2020 Medicare coverage options.

"Although the Annual Enrollment Period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, we’ve found that most Medicare-eligible individuals wait until after Thanksgiving to enroll in a plan," said Ellen Galardy, vice president, senior markets strategy at Highmark.

To help consumers find the right coverage, Galardy said the Highmark Direct stores will be open on Black Friday, Nov. 29. Highmark has also extended the hours for its phone representatives through the end of the Annual Enrollment Period on Dec. 7. Medicare-eligible individuals can call toll-free 1-844-731-8321 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. (7 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Dec. 2-6) 7 days a week to learn more or sign up for coverage.

For 2020, Highmark has lowered premiums and improved benefits for many of its Medicare Advantage products, and continues to offer $0 premium plan options as well. Enhancements next year include lower out of pocket costs as well as more coverage for extras like hearing, vision and dental.

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. There are also no referrals or deductibles on Highmark Medicare Advantage plans making them easy to understand and simple to use.

Detailed descriptions of all Highmark Medicare Advantage plans, including network and pricing are available at Consumers can also visit the site to find information about upcoming Medicare Advantage seminars and the nearest location of a Highmark Direct Store.

About Highmark Inc. 

One of America's leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of more than 4.4 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit

Highmark Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, Highmark Senior Solutions Company, and HM Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

For more information, contact:
Anthony Matrisciano
Highmark Health