DAYTON, Ohio and INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareSource, a non-profit health plan, announces that its Medicare Advantage plan service area in Indiana is increasing by 72% for 2017 coverage. With this expansion, CareSource will now be offering more Hoosiers a lifetime of health care.
First introduced last year in 33 counties, the CareSource Medicare Advantage plans will now be available to consumers in 57 Indiana counties. In those 57 counties there are 700,000 Hoosiers eligible to enroll in a CareSource Medicare Advantage plan in the upcoming annual election period, which takes place October 15 through December 7, 2016.
The Medicare Advantage expansion comes at a time when CareSource, a nonprofit with a 27-year history, is experiencing rapid growth in Indiana. In addition to Medicare Advantage, CareSource has increasingly expanded its Health Insurance Marketplace plan service area to more Hoosiers since launching in the state three years ago. Recently it was announced that CareSource was the only new health plan selected by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to administer health care services for those who enroll in the Health Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise programs, beginning January 2017. The expanded Medicare Advantage plan coverage area is an extension of CareSource's mission to make a lasting impact in the lives of its members.
"Offering CareSource Medicare Advantage plans in more counties allows us to extend our coverage to more Hoosiers," said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Executive Director for Indiana. "Now CareSource is offering more Hoosiers a lifetime of care—this means serving our members throughout their lives."
During the annual election period for Medicare Advantage, Medicare eligible consumers can change health plans or move from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage coverage begins January 1, 2017.
Indiana Counties in the CareSource Medicare Advantage service area:
Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Decatur, DeKalb, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Parke, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Starke, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wells, White, Whitley
CareSource Medicare Advantage Plans offered:
• CareSource Advantage Zero Premium™
• CareSource Advantage®
• CareSource Advantage Plus™
Why CareSource Medicare Advantage?
CareSource Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) provide all the benefits of Part A and Part B, plus prescription drug coverage (Part D) and other enhanced benefits.
Enhanced benefits may include:
• Expanding provider network
• $0 Copay for preventive services received in-network
• Silver&Fit® health fitness benefit
• No referrals for specialists
• Enhanced dental, vision, and hearing
• 24/7/365 nurse advice line
To learn more about CareSource Medicare Advantage plans:
• Visit CareSource.com/medicare
• Call 1-844-823-6880 (TTY: 1-800-743-3333 or 711) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from October 1 to February 14, and Monday through Friday the rest of the year.
• Attend a free, Medicare Advantage Seminar, complete list available at https://www.caresource.com/medicare/in/
• Free Medicare Made Easy booklet available at CareSourceDecisionGuide.com
• Your local State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
CareSource is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in CareSource Advantage Zero Premium™ (HMO), CareSource Advantage® (HMO), and CareSource Advantage Plus™ (HMO) depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-payments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change January 1 of each year. Benefits, premiums, co-payments, and deductibles may vary based upon plan selection. The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other, pharmacies, physicians, and providers are available in our network. You must use in-network providers except in emergency or urgent care situations. If you obtain routine care from out-of-network providers, neither Medicare nor CareSource will be responsible for the cost, unless specifically authorized by CareSource. You must use in-network pharmacies to access the prescription drug benefit, except under non-routine circumstances when you cannot reasonably use an in-network pharmacy. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Silver&Fit® is a registered trademark of American Specialty Health, Inc.
CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation's largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today, CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.5 million members across four states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.
Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 3,100 employees located across the country. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members' lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.
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CONTACT: Claire Zois Media Relations Specialist Claire.Zois@caresource.com 937-531-2412