UnitedHealthcare Introduces New Medicare Advantage Plan for Fort Wayne-Area Beneficiaries
Lutheran Health Network to be preferred care provider
for members of new $0-premium plan
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2014) – UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, today introduced a new Medicare Advantage plan in the Fort Wayne area. Lutheran Health Network will be the preferred care provider for beneficiaries who enroll in the new plan.
The more than 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wells and Whitley counties can enroll in the AARP MedicareComplete Focus (PPO) Medicare Advantage plan during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7).i
The plan is designed to help people save money and enhance their health and well-being through additional benefits and health care services beyond those available with Original Medicare.
The AARP MedicareComplete Focus plan has a $0 monthly premium beyond the Part B premium, and includes coverage of prescription drugs, a SilverSneakers fitness membership and UnitedHealthcare’s Passport program, which gives consumers access to their benefits when they travel outside of the plan’s service area.
The plan covers hearing aids, routine vision and hearing care as well as an annual physical – above and beyond the annual wellness visit available through Original Medicare – to encourage members to build relationships with their primary care physician and get recommended screenings and preventive care services.
To supplement the care from their primary care physician, members can receive a physical exam and comprehensive review of their health status in the comfort of their home through UnitedHealthcare’s HouseCalls program. Beneficiaries also have access to health care professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the NurseLine for support with urgent health issues or concerns that can’t wait for the next available doctor’s appointment.
AARP MedicareComplete Focus members can access care from Lutheran Health Network’s expansive network of hospitals, facilities and affiliated physicians, including eight hospitals, 115 primary care physicians and 164 specialists.*
Members will also have in-network access to care from more than 550 additional care providers, including psychiatrists and chiropractors, as well as 12 hospitals throughout the state of Indiana that are also included in the plan’s network.*
“Medicare beneficiaries in the Fort Wayne area will find quality coverage at an exceptional value in our new Medicare Advantage plan, which is designed not just to help them get well when they’re sick but also to help them stay healthy and vibrant so they can enjoy their retirement,” said Elena McFann, Central region president of UnitedHealthcare. “We look forward to collaborating with Lutheran Health Network in the years ahead as we pursue our shared goal of enhancing the health and well-being of seniors and other beneficiaries in the region.”
The new Medicare Advantage plan resulted from the long-standing relationship between UnitedHealthcare and Lutheran Health Network, an integrated health care delivery system and one of Northern Indiana’s largest health care employers. Lutheran Health Network is a partnership of health care providers committed to quality, innovation and compassionate care.
“We strive to deliver quality outcomes and a positive experience throughout the continuum of care for our patients, and we believe that collaboration with insurers is critical to our success,” said Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Health Network. “We’re pleased to expand and strengthen our relationship with UnitedHealthcare and look forward to providing quality care to the Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in their new plan.”
The introduction of the AARP MedicareComplete Focus plan is the latest demonstration of UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to collaboration with the care providers in its local networks to enable enhanced care coordination, lower costs and improved health outcomes for members.
Lutheran Health Network will remain in the network for people enrolled in the AARP MedicareComplete Choice (PPO) Medicare Advantage plan, which UnitedHealthcare will continue to offer in 2015.
Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare is the largest provider of Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplement and Part D prescription drug plans nationally.* UnitedHealthcare serves more than 670,000 people in Indiana, including more than 240,000 Medicare beneficiaries.*
To learn more about the AARP MedicareComplete Focus plan as well as UnitedHealthcare’s full portfolio of Medicare plans, visit www.UHCMedicarePlans.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.*
About Lutheran Health Network
Lutheran Health Network, whose members are owned by subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. LHN encompasses eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone.** The foundation of LHN is an experienced team consisting of more than 7,000 associates working together to deliver life-changing care.**
Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized services through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of LHN allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. These attributes enable LHN to sustain and grow its spectrum of services, and most importantly, deliver the highest levels of choice, support, care and patient experience that have long been its hallmark.
Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.
The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.
Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year.
You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
Other Providers are available in our network.
iCMS Enrollment Data, 2014
*UnitedHealthcare Internal Enrollment Data, 2014
**Lutheran Health Network Internal Data, 2014