Coventry Health Care Will Now Offer Medicare Beneficiaries More Choice in More Regions across the United States

Coventry Health Care Will Now Offer Medicare Beneficiaries More Choice in More Regions across the United States

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Coventry Health Care today announced the expansion of its Medicare Advantage service area to 26 counties across Louisiana and West Virginia and in 48 additional counties in 16 other states for 2014. The low-cost Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans offer beneficiaries more choice for affordable and convenient coverage alternatives with attractive benefits, including $0-premium plans in some areas, low copayments for primary care physician visits and fitness programs.

Coventry’s Medicare Advantage plans are some of the highest quality rated plans in the country by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),* and are designed to provide members affordable and convenient coverage alternatives. Most plans offer extra benefits not covered under Original Medicare (like prescription drug coverage and comprehensive dental, eyewear and hearing-aid benefits), and several plans offer extras, such as fitness club memberships.

“This expansion marks Coventry’s commitment to provide Medicare beneficiaries with more benefit options and greater provider choice,” said Armando Luna, Jr., vice president, Medicare Marketing and Sales for Coventry Health Care. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer more beneficiaries access to convenient, quality health care at prices they can afford.”

There are more than 311,000 Coventry Medicare Advantage members in 16 states. For the upcoming 2014 annual enrollment period, Coventry Medicare Advantage plans will be available to seniors in 26 counties across Louisiana and West Virginia and in additional counties throughout Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Coventry’s 2014 plans during the annual enrollment period, which begins October 15, 2013, and ends December 7, 2013.

Coventry offers several resources to help beneficiaries find the best plan for them. Benefit plans, service areas and a schedule of complimentary education seminars are available at .

Coventry expanded its Medicare Advantage service area into the following counties for 2014:

Coventry Health Care, an Aetna company, provides a full portfolio of risk and fee-based products, including Medicare and Medicaid programs, group and individual health insurance, workers’ compensation solutions, and network rental services. Coventry Health Care is a Coordinated Care plan with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. For more information, see .

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*Data based on 2013 Star ratings data published by CMS; enrollment weighted based on CMS 2012 enrollment. Plan performance Star Ratings are assessed each year and may change from one year to the next.