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Aetna Announces Biggest Medicare Advantage Expansion in Its History

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Aetna Announces Biggest Medicare Advantage Expansion in Its History

Aetna’s 2019 Medicare plans offer enhanced benefits and greater value

Aetna announced its 2019 Medicare plans, featuring expanded plan options with low or $0 monthly plan premiums in many areas, enhanced benefits and a more personalized member experience.

“We are proud to be a leader in $0 premium plan offerings, with approximately 72 percent of our 2018 Individual Medicare Advantage members enrolled in $0 premium plans,”* said Christopher Ciano, who was appointed head of Aetna Medicare earlier this year. “Our 2019 plan options will offer even more value to Medicare beneficiaries through a variety of expanded benefits, while still emphasizing affordability.”

Expanded plan options for greater access and choice

For 2019, Aetna is offering Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans in 45 states plus Washington, D.C. Aetna added 358 new counties and 6 new states — Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon and Rhode Island. In Minnesota, Aetna and Allina Health will be launching a joint venture

Medicare Advantage plan in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. In total, Aetna will offer MAPD plans in 1,416 counties in 2019.**

This represents the biggest expansion of Medicare Advantage in Aetna’s history, providing about 7.4 million more Medicare beneficiaries (46 million in total**) access to an Aetna plan.

Other 2019 plan options include:

  • Explorer Plan Portable PPO: Medicare eligibles who like to travel will have increased access to our expanded Explorer Plan Portable PPO offering with a multi-state network. This plan is now available in 17 new states for a total of 28 states.
  • Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP): For those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, we expanded our DSNP offering to a total of 9 states: Existing DSNP markets include Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia, with new DSNP markets in Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.
  • Prescription Drug Plan (PDP): All three plans in our PDP portfolio are now available in all 50 states and DC. This includes the Aetna Medicare Rx®Select (PDP) plan, which has an average monthly premium of $17; no deductible on Tier 1 and Tier 2 prescription drugs; $0 copay for Tier 1 prescription drugs at preferred pharmacies; and enhanced coverage in the doughnut hole.
  • Medicare Supplement: We offer standard Medicare Supplement plans in 49 states and ancillary products in all 50 states. This includes a combined dental, vision and hearing product launched earlier this year.
  • Group Medicare: Our Group Medicare business offers a suite of products for employers and retirees in all 50 states. This includes a new fall prevention program (also available for Individual Medicare Advantage members) and community-based support services.

Enhanced benefits for added convenience and improved overall wellness

To make it more convenient for our members to get the care they need, we expanded and enriched the following Medicare Advantage benefits for 2019:

  • Meal delivery after a hospital discharge is now available with 73 percent of our plans, up from 5 percent.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) health and wellness products*** are available with 67 percent of our plans, up from 29 percent.
  • Transportation to plan-approved locations is available with 21 percent of our plans, up from 7 percent.

In addition, we’ll continue to offer Medicare Advantage members access to the following benefits and services at no additional cost:

  • Fitness memberships
  • Routine vision, dental and hearing coverage****
  • Resources For Living®service, which connects members to community-based providers that offer social, wellness and behavioral services

“We recognize that good health goes beyond just physical care,“ added Ciano. “That’s why our Medicare Advantage plans take a total approach to health and wellness, so our members can age more actively.”


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