UnitedHealthcare, the market leader in Medicareii, today
introduced its 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans,
featuring stable premiums and benefits, broad access and choices, and a
personalized experience to help people live healthier lives.
UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans offer greater simplicity,
personalization and value for the health care dollar, while providing
benefits, services and features not found with Original Medicare. More
than 60 percenti of all Medicare Advantage enrollment growth
in 2017 has been through UnitedHealthcare, the exclusive provider of
AARP-branded Medicare plans.
“UnitedHealthcare offers a variety of affordable plan choices that
feature enhanced benefits, predictable out-of-pocket costs and highly
regarded physicians and hospitals so people can find the plan that’s
right for them,” said Brian Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare &
Retirement. “People choose our plans more than any other because we
combine our distinctive benefits with personal service tailored to
support people in their individual health.”
Highlights of UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 plans include:
Stable Premiums & Useful Benefits
UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members will enjoy stable benefits
in 2018. The majority of plan participants will experience no
significant benefit changes or premium increases.
UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans offer an annual physical
beyond the annual wellness visit covered by Original Medicare. Almost
every plan offers a 24/7 nurse line for help with pressing health
issues; vision and hearing exam coverage; and hearing aids at a
reduced cost. Many plans also offer preventive dental coverage.
Nearly three in four people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare
Advantage plans will receive a fitness club membership at no
additional cost, an added benefit supporting their health and wellness.
Original Medicare does not cover most prescription drugs, but coverage
is included in most UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans, giving
people access to medications they may need without having to pay a
separate premium for a stand-alone Part D plan.
Choice, Quality & Coordinated Care
The company will expand its Medicare Advantage offering to nearly 100
new counties, giving about 1.5 million more Medicare eligibles (44
million people in all) the opportunity to choose UnitedHealthcare to
meet their health care needs.
UnitedHealthcare will offer people a choice of Medicare Advantage
plans in most local markets to meet a wide variety of personal needs
and preferences, including plans that maximize affordability and plans
that may offer richer benefits, lower cost-sharing or more flexibility
in access to specialists.
People looking for the peace of mind of prescription drug coverage
will continue to find a broad portfolio of stand-alone Part D plans
from UnitedHealthcare. This includes the AARP MedicareRx Walgreens
(PDP) plan, which more people joined than any other Part D plan in the
industry in 2017iii. This plan offers a low premium, $0
copays for tier 1 and a $0 deductible for tier 1 and 2 medications,
and convenient service at more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade
The company also offers a wide variety of Medicare supplement plans
nationally. UnitedHealthcare introduced AARP Medicare Supplement
Insurance Plan G in 2017, which enables consumers interested in a
lower-premium plan option to get the coverage they need.
Nearly three in four people enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare Medicare
Advantage plan will be eligible for the HouseCalls program, which
gives them the option to receive an annual health check-up in the
comfort of their own home, at no cost. These visits often identify
care opportunities, such as overdue immunizations or needed cancer
screenings, and have been credited as life-saving. The company expects
more than 1 million Medicare Advantage members will receive a
HouseCalls visit in 2017.
More than 2.5 millioniv people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare
Medicare Advantage plans are treated by physicians who participate in
the company’s value-based, collaborative programs that reward
physicians for the quality of care they deliver, rather than solely on
how many procedures they perform.
UnitedHealthcare delivers a personal experience that helps people detect
and manage health issues before they become acute. New and expanded
technology-driven efforts benefiting UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
Remote patient monitoring. UnitedHealthcare
is piloting wearable biosensors to monitor people’s health upon
discharge from a hospital. Sensors track everything from heart rate
and skin temperature to posture and movement, and even detect falls.
The technology can identify issues before they become acute, while
ultimately improving recovery time and reducing hospital readmissions.
Activity trackers. UnitedHealthcare has a
walking program in 20 states that provides Medicare Advantage members
with activity trackers and encourages them to hit daily goals,
including step counts (7,500 daily steps) and frequency of movement (a
5-minute walk, four times a day). Pilots showed promising results:
nearly 70 percent of people who registered actively participated in
the program, and three in four continue actively walking after more
than one year.
Virtual Visits. By 2018, more than
170,000 individual and more than 1 million Group Retiree Medicare
Advantage plan members will have access to UnitedHealthcare’s Virtual
Visits. Whether using a smartphone for a scheduled video visit with a
physician, or going online to get support when an unexpected health
issue pops up, this technology helps people get the care they need,
when they need it.
“Digital technology and connected devices can produce massive amounts of
data, but that data, on its own, is not particularly useful,” said
Thompson. “UnitedHealthcare translates data and analytics into
personalized and actionable information that can have a profound impact
on the health and well-being of the people we serve.”
The Leader in Serving People with Medicare
UnitedHealthcare serves more than 4.3 million people in Medicare
Advantage, 4.9 million people through its portfolio of Part D
prescription drug plans, and 4.4 million beneficiaries through its
Medicare supplement plans.
Altogether, UnitedHealthcare serves one in five Medicare beneficiariesv.
People can make changes to their Medicare coverage during Medicare Open
Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
More information about UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 Medicare plan offerings
is available at www.UHCMedicarePlans.com.
People in the following communities can also visit a nearby
UnitedHealthcare MedicareStore or MedicareStore-branded mall kiosk for
personalized, one-on-one support with their enrollment decisions from
licensed UnitedHealthcare agents:
St. Louis; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Houston, Dallas and North Richland
Hills, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Tukwila, Wash.; Henderson and Las Vegas,
Nev.; Culver City and Loma Linda, Calif.; Fort Myers, Lakeland and The
Villages, Fla; and Yonkers, N.Y.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live
healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting
consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships
with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health
benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members,
retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,
and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals,
and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
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Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of
its affiliated companies. For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug
Plans: A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a
Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on
the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare. UnitedHealthcare Insurance
Company pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual
property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. You do
not need to be an AARP member to enroll in a Medicare Advantage or
Prescription Drug Plan. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. AARP
encourages you to consider your needs when selecting products and does
not make specific product recommendations for individuals. United
contracts directly with Walgreens for this plan; AARP and its affiliates
are not parties to that contractual relationship.
You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
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.
The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or
provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when
Other pharmacies are available in our network.
Statistics refer to UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans
(i.e. non-Special Needs Plans) unless specified otherwise.
i CMS Data, monthly enrollment by plan, December 2016 to
August 2017. Excludes acquisition of Rocky Mountain Health Plan.
CMS Data, August 2017, and NAIC statutory filings, December 2016.
CMS Data, monthly enrollment by plan, January to August 2017.
Statistic refers to all UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans
(including Special Needs Plans and Group Retiree), 2017.
UnitedHealthcare internal data (unique lives only), 2017.
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