Why do you need Blue Shield Medicare plans?

Original Medicare offers basic coverage. But it does not cover all the services and supplies you need. For example, it does not cover prescription drugs, physical exams, hearing aids or routine eye care. So, Medicare-approved private companies such as Blue Shield of California offer a variety of plan options allowing you to fill the gaps left uncovered by Original Medicare and get additional savings.

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Blue Shield Medicare plans at a glance

Medicare Advantage - Prescription Drug plans (MA-PD)
Medicare Supplement plans
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP)

Doctors and hospitals
With our large network of primary care physicians and specialists, chances are you can keep seeing your current doctor.
You can select any doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare patients.
Not covered

Open Enrollment
You can enroll or switch to a different MA-PD plan effective 1/1/2020 between October 15th and December 7th of the current year.
You can enroll or switch to a different Medicare Supplement plan any time after you turn 65 and obtain Medicare Part B coverage.
You can enroll or switch to a different PDP plan effective 1/1/2020 between October 15th and December 7th of the current year.

Many of our plans feature $0 or low monthly plan premiums and $0 or low copays for primary care physician office visits.
You pay monthly plan premiums, and your copays are limited when you use services.
You pay a monthly plan premium, and some plans have deductible amounts applied when you use our plan.

Blue Shield MA-PD network consists of thousands of doctors, specialists and hospitals across California. Emergency care and urgently needed services is covered anywhere in the US.
You can see any doctors and specialists and use any hospitals that accept Medicare patients. Your full coverage applies across the US.
Not applicable

Prescription drugs
Prescription drug coverage is included in all our MA-PD plans. Some of our plans have a $0 copay for preferred generic prescriptions filled at the pharmacies that offer preferred cost sharing and by mail order service.
Not covered
Our PDP plans feature affordable and extensive formulary list.

Other benefits
We offer optional supplemental dental HMO or PPO1 plan coverage, 24/7 registered nurse access, and a variety of free or discounted wellness programs, including free access to all SilverSneakers® fitness2 locations.
We offer affordable dental PPO and dental+vision plans, 24/7 registered nurse access, a variety of programs, including discounts on hearing aid, alternative care discounts and free access to SilverSneakers® fitness locations.
Not covered
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