14 October 2010

Priority Health Adds Medicare Advantage Plan and Seven Counties

Kansas City Star

Priority Health, a nationally recognized health plan, will offer its Medicare plans in 38 Michigan counties in 2011, up from 31 counties in 2010. Priority Health Medicare Advantage plans will now be available in Charlevoix, Clare, Lake, Macomb, Mason, Otsego and Wayne counties.

“What sets our plans apart is the level of value we bring to the table,” said Kimberly K. Horn, president and CEO of Priority Health. “As we’ve expanded our Medicare service area and product offerings, we have worked to provide affordable options for our members without sacrificing service. That is why we have earned a 5-star quality rating by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) three years in a row. CMS is the federal government agency that oversees the Medicare program nationally.”

Priority Health’s Medicare Advantage plans vary in price based on where individuals live and what benefits they are looking for. Those individuals eligible for Michigan Medicare may choose from three Medicare Advantage plans or a prescription-drug plan Priority Health offers, including:

    * PriorityMedicare ValueSM–offers the lowest monthly premiums for those individuals who don’t use their medical benefits very often.
    * PriorityMedicareSM–offers a slightly higher premium than PriorityMedicare Value with lower copays and out-of-pocket costs.
    * PriorityMedicare SelectSM–The new plan offers manageable premiums combined with the flexibility to see any doctor or specialist that accepts Medicare.
    * PriorityMedicare RxSM–a stand-alone prescription-drug plan. It is available to Medicare-eligible individuals throughout the state of Michigan.

Medicare is available to individuals age 65 and older as well as to some people with disabilities. Medicare recipients may enroll between November 15 and December 31, 2010. To learn more about Priority Health’s Medicare plans, premiums by county and participating health care providers, call Priority Health toll-free at 888 389-6676, visit a Priority Health Medicare Information Center in Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo or Traverse City (opening November 1) or go to prioritymedicare.com.

Priority Health’s Medicare Advantage health plans are available in 38 counties: Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Benzie, Cass, Charlevoix, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Hillsdale, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Livingston, Manistee, Macomb, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Otsego, Ottawa, Roscommon, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford.

Priority Health began offering Medicare Advantage and prescription-drug plans in 2005. It currently provides Medicare coverage to more than 48,000 people. The company has maintained its 5-star (excellent) quality rating from CMS three years in a row.

About Priority Health

Priority Health is an award-winning health plan nationally recognized for creating innovative solutions that impact health care costs while maximizing customer experience. It offers a broad portfolio of products for employer groups, individuals and Medicare and Medicaid. As a nonprofit company, Priority Health serves more than 600,000 people and continues to be rated as one of America’s Best Health Plans by U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Visit priorityhealth.com to learn more.

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