UnitedHealthcare’s 2019 Medicare Plans Offer Stability and Value | Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn.–([My navigator])–UnitedHealthcare® today introduced its 2019 Medicare Advantage and

prescription drug plans, offering more choice, stable and reduced

premiums, broad access to care. Enhanced benefits and programs

designed to help people live healthier lives.

The only provider of Medicare plans that carry the AARP name,

UnitedHealthcare will continue to build upon its high level of service

and support, which is one reason why more people have chosen its plans

than any other company.i

“Every plan benefit, resource and program we offer is designed with the

preferences and unique needs of people on Medicare in mind,” said Brian

Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare &. Retirement. “We

strengthened our benefits and services for 2019, while keeping

out-of-pocket costs low. We also expanded our plan offerings to more

people. Our affordable plan options offer strong value, enhanced

benefits, access to high-quality doctors and hospitals. Personalized

service and support.”

Medicare Advantage Plans

Today, nearly 4.8 million people are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare

Medicare Advantage plans. In 2019, about 53 million people eligible for

Medicare nationwide will have a choice of multiple plans from

UnitedHealthcare, as the company expands its offerings to reach an

additional 2 million people in 130 counties.ii

UnitedHealthcare’s 2019 plans will provide consumers with stability and

value, enhanced benefits and programs. A distinctive experience.

Stability &. Value

  • Stable and reduced premiums and copays.

    More than 90 percent of the people UnitedHealthcare serves will see at

    least stable Medicare Advantage premiums in 2019. More than 1

    million people will see their premiums reduced.iii

  • Prescription drug coverage. Most plans

    will include drug coverage and offer $0 copays for tier 1 and tier 2

    drugs ordered through the mail.

  • Vision, hearing and dental. Nearly all

    plans will cover routine vision and hearing. More than 2 million

    people will have access to a broad range of hearing aid options. Most

    plans also offer preventive dental.

Enhanced Benefits &. Programs

  • Renew Active™, UnitedHealthcare’s

    Medicare Advantage fitness program (formerly Optum Fitness Advantage),

    will expand to 12 additional statesiv and include new

    features, like online exercises and activities designed to support

    cognitive health and help people stay active in body and mind.

    Renew

    Active also offers access to numerous participating fitness locations

    at no additional cost, including 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness,

    Curves, Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Life Time and Snap Fitness. Locations

    also include local participating YMCAs.

  • Over-the-counter benefit. More than 2

    million people will have access to over-the-counter health items at no

    additional cost through mail order or online. People in eligible plans

    will also be able to purchase these items via a preloaded, plan debit

    card at Walgreens.

  • Virtual Visits. Many baby boomers are

    looking for more convenient ways to access care. In 2019,

    UnitedHealthcare will make Virtual Visits available for more than 1.7

    million people, giving them access to care providers through a

    smartphone or computer for minor health issues or behavioral health

    support, often at no cost.

  • Transportation. About 1.7 million people

    will have access to transportation for doctor appointments and other

    health-related needs included in their plans.

A Distinctive Experience

  • Navigate4Me™. This support program is

    available to people facing complex health issues and pairs them with a

    UnitedHealthcare employe as their single point of contact to

    coordinate care, address claims issues, provide social support and

    help with other needs. The company’s goal is to help 500,000 people

    through Navigate4Me in 2019, including people like [My navigator], a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage member in Florida.

    “I

    never expected or anticipated that kind of help, that depth of caring

    from an insurance company. I felt safe,” Lacy said of her experience

    with the program. “[My navigator] was somebody I could trust. Through

    my surgeries, she was always there.”

  • Solutions for Caregivers. Caregivers, who

    are often a family member or friend, are the unsung heroes of the

    health care system. In 2019, UnitedHealthcare is adding Solutions

    for Caregivers to nearly all Medicare Advantage plans. The program

    offers caregivers resources like access to care management,

    personalized care plan development and emotional support.

  • HouseCalls. Most plans will include the

    HouseCalls program, which provides people with the option of receiving

    an annual clinical wellness visit from the comfort of home. The

    company expects to complete 1.4 million HouseCalls for its members in

    2018.

More Plan Choices

UnitedHealthcare serves one in five people in the Medicare program

through its portfolio of plansv.

This includes more than 4.5 million through its Medicare supplement

plans, which can be purchased year-round. In 2019, people with

UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplement plans in 34 states will have access

to personalized health resources, such as wellness coaching, discounted

gym memberships, 24/7 nurse support, online activities, classes and

community events.

UnitedHealthcare also serves more than 4.7 million people through its

stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans, including the low-premium

AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, which has been the No. 1-selling

Part D plan in the nation since its launch in January 2017v.

It offers $0 tier 1 copays at more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade

locations. Most people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Part D plans can

expect reduced premiums and stable benefits in 2019.

People can make changes to their Medicare coverage during Medicare

Annual Enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

For more information on UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, visit [My navigator].

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and

making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the

health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs.

sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United

States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit

programs for individuals, employers. Medicare and Medicaid

beneficiaries. Contracts directly with more than 1.2 million

physicians and care professionals. 6,500 hospitals and other care

facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and

delivers care to people through owned and operated health care

facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses

of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company.

For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at [My navigator]

or follow @UHC on Twitter.

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 aren't 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

aren't parties to that contractual relationship.

Navigate4Me by UnitedHealthcare isn't available on all plans. Other

pharmacies/providers are available in our network.

Participation in the Renew Active™ by UnitedHealthcare program is

voluntary. Consult your doctor prior to beginning an exercise program or

making changes to your lifestyle or health care routine. Equipment and

classes may vary by location. Services, including equipment, classes,

personalized fitness plans provided by fitness centers. Brain

activities provided by BrainHQ, are provided by third parties not

affiliated with AARP or UnitedHealthcare. AARP and UnitedHealthcare do

not endorse and aren't responsible for the services or information

provided by this program. Availability of the Renew Active™ program

varies by plan/area.

Renew Active by UnitedHealthcare isn't available in all plans.

HouseCalls may not be available in all areas.

Statistics can be attributed to UnitedHealthcare internal data unless

otherwise specified.

i 2018 CMS data and 2017 adjusted NAIC data.
ii

Includes all UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan types.
iii

Refers to UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans (i.e.

non-special needs plans).
iv Renew Active will be newly

available to people enrolled in select Medicare Advantage plans in

California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,

Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah.
v

CMS enrollment data, August 2018.

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UnitedHealthcare
Taylor Joseph, 952-931-5430
[email protected]