Excellus BCBS eyes innovative benefits for Medicare in 2022


A new zero-premium option, $40 Part B monthly refunds, savings on select insulin, and a meal delivery service are among the 2022 benefit highlights for Medicare Advantage Plans from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, according to an announcement by company officials.

That’s in addition to longtime benefits for dental, fitness, hearing and vision, eyewear allowances, over-the-counter benefits, telehealth, a 24/7 Nurse Care Line, and worldwide coverage for urgent and emergency care when members travel, the company adds.

“We listened to our members and designed plans with more of what matters. And cutting costs wherever we can.” said Heather Smith, Excellus BCBS vice president for Medicare sales. “Plus, our members get the support that comes with a more complete approach to care and local teams that are here for them 24/7. It’s all part of how Blue brings more to Medicare, so our members can move forward with more confidence in their coverage.” 

New for 2022

$0 Medicare BlueActive (PPO) plan with Part B refund ($40/month);

Reduced PCP/specialist copays across most plans;

Preventive dental included on most plans;

Eyewear allowance of at least $120 on most plans;

Part D Senior Savings Plan, insulin savings program available on most non-$0 plans;

Lower premiums for many plans; and

Meal delivery service provided by Mom’s Meals available on Medicare BlueSecure (PPO) and Medicare BlueEnhanced (PPO) plans.

“Our local sales teams are not only selling Medicare, they live and give back right in our hometown – and they are here to help. And this year it’s about making Medicare work harder,” said Smith. “That means options that provide comprehensive care – hospital care, medical service and prescription drug coverage – all in one plan and all with predictable costs.”

Call to learn more: 

Call 800-201-0484 /(TTY:711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday, and seven days a week through Dec. 30 or go online to ExcellusMedicare.com.


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