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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Adds SSM Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Audrain and Jefferson City to Its Medicare Advantage Provider Network

June 26, 2018 GMT

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 26, 2018--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is committed to increasing consumer access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. As part of this commitment, Anthem and SSM Health announced today that Anthem will be adding SSM Health St. Mary’s hospitals in Audrain and Jefferson City to its preferred list of care providers for its Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO) or Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO) Medicare Advantage plans. Beginning July 2018, SSM Health St. Mary’s care providers will be considered in-network for these health plans, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs for consumers compared to seeing a care provider outside of Anthem’s network.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield strives to make healthcare simpler for consumers, and the addition of St. Mary’s hospitals to our network will make it easier for consumers to obtain high-quality healthcare,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. “Our top priority is the health of our consumers. Therefore, we continue to enhance our Medicare Advantage plans, through the addition of care providers and other plan benefits. We are committed to providing people with the resources and programs needed to lead healthier lives.”

St. Mary’s hospitals in Audrain and Jefferson City offer the latest in medical services to provide consumers with exceptional care. Both facilities offer healing environments and focus on patient safety. In addition, the hospitals serve consumers in need of services in areas such as cancer, cardiology, maternity, medical imaging, men’s health, orthopedics, and women’s health.

“SSM Health and Anthem share a common goal of ensuring consumers have access to high-quality healthcare,” said Phil Gustafson, interim regional president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. “For more than 100 years, SSM Health has been partnering with communities throughout Missouri to ensure we are meeting their healthcare needs, and joining Anthem’s Medicare Advantage network is consistent with that effort.”

Some consumers are eligible to enroll in a Medicare plan today. These individuals include those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits; consumers who qualify for a special enrollment period, such as those who recently moved; or individuals who are turning 65 and newly eligible for Medicare.

For more information regarding Anthem’s Medicare plans and/or care providers, such as SSM Health St. Mary’s hospitals, consumers can call (855) 866-4236, which is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 15 to Sept. 30; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, Oct. 1 to Feb. 14. Consumers can also visit the company’s online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Missouri Medicaid program. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. We do not discriminate, exclude people, or treat them differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in our health programs and activities. 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電1-888-230-7338 TTY:711)。ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-888-230-7338 (TTY: 711). Other providers are available in our network. Providers may also contract with other Plans/Part D Sponsors, if applicable. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name for RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnthemBCBS_News and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskAnthem.

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CONTACT: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Hieu Nguyen

(202) 510-8848

hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MISSOURI

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT HEALTH HOSPITALS OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE CONSUMER FAMILY GENERAL HEALTH

SOURCE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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