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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announces new Dual Special Needs Plan and a variety of low premium, no referral Medicare Plans for 2017

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has announced it will be offering a Dual Special Needs Plan (DSNP) for the upcoming 2017 plan year. The new DSNP plan will be added to the large selection of new low premium and no referral Medicare Advantage plans that Horizon BCBSNJ is now offering during the Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) that opened on October 15.

Horizon BCBSNJ will be offering the Horizon NJ TotalCare plan (HMO SNP) to eligible beneficiaries in Atlantic, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren counties. This plan coordinates benefits for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and features $0 premiums and $0 copays.

“People eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare often have particular health care needs,” explained Erhardt Preitauer, Senior Vice President, Government Programs, Horizon BCBSNJ. “The Horizon TotalCare plan (HMO SNP) provides a single card that helps coordinate care with easy to use benefits that help our members achieve their best health.”

Horizon BCBSNJ’s Medicare Advantage plans, like many of its plans in other markets, emphasize care coordination as one of the most effective ways to improve care quality and reduce health care costs. While receiving the benefits of patient-centered care, consumers purchasing the Medicare Advantage plan will have access to suite of clinical and wellness programs, complementing the plan’s focus on addressing members’ complex health needs and helping them manage chronic conditions and acute-care episodes.

“For more than 84 years, New Jersey consumers have turned to Horizon to access quality health care at an affordable cost. We are pleased to offer a line of no referral and low co-pay Medicare products for 2017 geared to help our members achieve their best health,” said Preitauer.

Preitauer continues, “With the recent news of insurance companies exiting New Jersey or others significantly reducing their offerings in the state, it’s important that New Jersey’s Medicare beneficiaries know that Horizon is here for them. We understand their needs.”

The traditional Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment season continues through Dec. 7. This is when most people eligible for Medicare, including those 65 and older and those with certain disabilities buy or change their Medicare plans. Medicare-eligible individuals interested in learning about Horizon’s Medicare plans are encouraged to visit www.medicare.horizonblue.com.

Horizon is hosting a series of meetings on its Medicare plan options throughout October, November, and December. The meetings are an opportunity for those who are Medicare eligible to learn more about their Medicare options. Additionally, existing members will have the opportunity to make changes to their coverage if they choose. To find a convenient meeting date and time, visit www.MeetHorizon.com and enter your zip code. Prospective and current members can call 877-234-1240 to schedule an in-home visit from one of Horizon BCBSNJ’s sales representative.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

Horizon Insurance Company, Inc. (“HIC”) has contracts with CMS for HMO, PPO and Part D Medicare plans. Enrollment in HIC Medicare products depends on contract renewal. Products are provided by HIC, however, communications are issued by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in its capacity as administrator of programs and provider relations for all its companies. Both companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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