Blue Cross and Blue Shield Introduces Ability to Reach Doctors through Remote Access Technologies to Its Medicare Advantage Plans in New Hampshire

Plans Are Available during Medicare’s Annual Election Period

MANCHESTER, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Members of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem)’s Medicare
Advantage (MA) plans in New Hampshire will have coverage for reaching
doctors through remote access technologies starting in 2017. Members can
contact a U.S.-based, board-certified network doctor on a secure
connection over the Internet via a smart phone, tablet or computer. It
will be available at no extra cost in for members in Anthem’s MA plans
in New Hampshire.

Anthem offers several MA plans in New Hampshire, including a traditional
HMO called Anthem MediBlue Plus HMO, an HMO that coordinates care for
people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid called Anthem MediBlue
Coordination Plus HMO (available at $0 premium if eligible for both
Medicare and Medicaid) and a Local PPO called Anthem MediBlue Access.
These plans will be sold during Medicare’s Annual Election period, which
begins Oct 15 and continues through Dec. 7 with an effective Jan. 1,

These plans feature the ability to reach doctors for medical and
behavioral health services through remote access technologies at $0
copay. To access these technologies, participants can visit a
U.S.-based, board certified doctor of their choice on a secure
connection over the Internet via a smart phone, tablet or computer using
LiveHealth Online, a website that allows patients to connect with
doctors 24/7.

“This technology can be a great alternative in a number of situations,
including accessing health care on evenings and weekends, for people
living in rural areas or who travel a lot, and those with mobility
issues,” said John Caby, Medicare president of Anthem’s east region.

Doctors can send prescriptions if needed directly to a member’s pharmacy
of choice where they may be paid by the member’s MA or Medicare
prescription drug plan. A summary of each visit is created and can be
forwarded to the patient’s primary care doctor with their permission,
supporting continuity of care and collaboration among providers.

Anthem’s traditional HMO and its Access LPPO are available in Cheshire,
Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties. Its
Coordination Plus HMO is available in all those counties, plus Grafton
County. In addition to MA plans, Anthem offers Medicare Supplement plans
and standalone PDP plans across New Hampshire. For details about plans
in your area, call (855) 878-1101 or visit

Anthem is a PPO plan, an HMO plan and a PDP with a Medicare contract.
Enrollment in Anthem 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 Jan. 1
of each year. The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network
may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.
LiveHealth Online is the trade name of Health Management Corporation, a
separate company providing telehealth services on behalf of Anthem.

You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from
the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles
may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact
the plan for further details.

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.

Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) Customer Service: 1-855-310-2473

Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) Customer Service: 1-855-304-1787

Anthem Blue MedicareRx Standard (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776

Anthem Blue MedicareRx Plus (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776

Anthem Blue MedicareRx Premier (PDP) Customer Service: 1-866-755-2776

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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health
Plans of New Hampshire, Inc., HMO plans are administered by Anthem
Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. and underwritten by Matthew Thornton
Health Plan, Inc. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are
registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
Colin Manning,
(603) 541-2055