Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Introduces a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan to its Medicare Offering for the 2013 Annual Enrollment Period

Medicare Beneficiaries Now Have Greater Choice and Access to Coordinated Care and Additional Benefits

DALLAS, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare beneficiaries in Texas now have another option for health care coverage that provides them additional choice, flexibility and coordinated care. Health Care Service Corporation, parent company to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), is introducing Blue Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM, a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) that expands its Medicare offerings in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Fayette, Fort Bend, Harris, Hays, Lee, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson counties.

"We are extremely pleased to make Blue Medicare AdvantageSM available to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries in Texas," said Jeff Tikkanen, SVP and President, Retail Markets. "The addition of this plan to our portfolio of products provides another option for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the most cost effective plan based on their individual needs."

The Blue Medicare Advantage Plan is a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan with low monthly premiums, access to our broad array of physicians and hospitals in our extensive network and predictable copays for prescription medications. It's referred to as an "all in one plan." Additionally, we will continue to offer our other Medicare offerings, Blue Medicare Supplement and Blue MedicareRx (Part D)[1].

Plan Features

The Blue Medicare Advantage Plan features a wide range of benefits including:

  • Low monthly premiums
  • A PPO plan that includes coverage for preventive care services
  • Coverage for doctor and hospital visits and prescription medications through the convenience of one plan and a single ID card
  • Low copays for visits to primary care doctors
  • Expansive formulary of prescription drugs and convenient access to pharmacies nationwide with copays for preferred generics as low as $3
  • The option for customers to receive prescription medications through both retail and mail order services, providing the most convenience and comfort depending on what is most appropriate for their personal situation
  • Preventive care and additional services including physical exams and immunizations at no additional costs  
  • Products and services provided through a financially sound company with established and dedicated resources to successfully meet the needs of Medicare-eligible beneficiaries

(NOTE: The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year.)

Beginning on October 15, 2012, Medicare-eligible individuals can enroll in the Blue Medicare Advantage plan for a January 1, 2013 effective date. Blue Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare, not a supplement plan.

To be eligible for Blue Medicare Advantage beneficiaries must be enrolled in Medicare Part B, live in the service area and continue to pay their Medicare Part B premium.

For more information about enrolling, visit or call 1-877-583-8128, (TTY/TDD: 711), 8:00 a.m.8:00 p.m., 7 days a week to speak to a Medicare product specialist.

About Health Care Service Corporation

Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall, with more than 13 million members2 in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit, visit our Facebook page or follow us at

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas refers to HCSC Insurance Services Company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company. These companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and offer or provide services for Medicare Advantage under contract H1666 with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

HISC is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract.

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[1] HCSC's wholly-owned subsidiary, HCSC Insurance Services Company (HISC), contracts with CMS for Part D. 
2 Source: (accessed August 2012)

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas