Priority Health Adds Dental and Fitness Benefits to Medicare Advantage Plans

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Priority Health is adding dental care and fitness programs to its Medicare Advantage plans starting January 2012. Individuals who enroll in Priority Health Medicare plans, including PriorityMedicare ValueSM (HMO-POS), PriorityMedicareSM (HMO-POS) and PriorityMedicare SelectSM (PPO) will enjoy the extra benefits.

“We enhanced our products this year to include benefits that we believe will help our members enhance their quality of life,” said Wayne Wilson, vice president of Medicare programs at Priority Health. “By offering dental benefits and fitness opportunities, we can help them avoid future health problems.”

Dental benefits will be provided through a partnership with Delta Dental of Michigan, which is the state’s leading administrator of these plans with the largest network of participating dentists. Basic dental coverage includes one examination and one cleaning at no additional cost, and one set of bitewing X-rays covered at 50 percent of the cost. Enhanced dental benefits can be added to Priority Health’s Medicare Advantage plans for less than $13 per month, including full coverage of one set of bitewing X-rays per year and fillings and root canals covered at 50 percent of the cost with an annual maximum of $1,000.

The added fitness program allows individuals to choose either a no-cost Silver&Fit® fitness facility membership at a local participating fitness club or exercise center, or free home exercise and fitness kits from the Silver&Fit Home Fitness program.

Priority Health offers three Medicare Advantage plans including PriorityMedicare ValueSM(HMO-POS), PriorityMedicareSM (HMO-POS)and PriorityMedicareSM SelectSM (PPO). Each plan varies in price and benefits to align with the needs of customers. All of the plans offer:

  • Preventive care coverage: annual exams, mammograms and prostate screenings
  • Doctor visits and hospital coverage
  • Hearing, vision, dental, fitness and wellness programs
  • Visits to specialists without a referral
  • Emergency & urgent care coverage in the United States and around the world
  • Prescription drug coverage (Part D)

Priority Health also offers a variety of Medigap options. These options have the same level of exceptional service, are provided in every county in Michigan and are ideal for people who spend part of the year in another state.

The annual election period to join, switch or drop a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan has changed. This year, changes in plans must be made from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, instead of last year’s Nov. 15 – Dec. 31 election period. All plan adjustments will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

To learn more about Priority Health Medicare plans, premiums by county and participating health care providers visit, or call Priority Health toll-free at 888 389-6676, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (TTY users should call 711).

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 ranked among the America’s best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

About Delta Dental of Michigan

Delta Dental of Michigan and its affiliates in Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2010, the enterprise paid out more than $2 billion for dental care for nearly 8 million enrollees. Michigan offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills.


Priority Health
Amy Miller
616 464-8571 or 800 942-0954

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