UnitedHealthcare® today introduced its 2019 Medicare Advantage and
prescription drug plans, offering more choice, stable and reduced
premiums, broad access to care, and enhanced benefits and programs
designed to help people live healthier lives.
The only provider of Medicare plans that carry the AARP name,
UnitedHealthcare will continue to build upon its high level of service
and support, which is one reason why more people have chosen its plans
than any other company.i
“Every plan benefit, resource and program we offer is designed with the
preferences and unique needs of people on Medicare in mind,” said Brian
Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We
strengthened our benefits and services for 2019, while keeping
out-of-pocket costs low, and we also expanded our plan offerings to more
people. Our affordable plan options offer strong value, enhanced
benefits, access to high-quality doctors and hospitals, and personalized
service and support.”
Medicare Advantage Plans
Today, nearly 4.8 million people are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare
Medicare Advantage plans. In 2019, about 53 million people eligible for
Medicare nationwide will have a choice of multiple plans from
UnitedHealthcare, as the company expands its offerings to reach an
additional 2 million people in 130 counties.ii
UnitedHealthcare’s 2019 plans will provide consumers with stability and
value, enhanced benefits and programs, and a distinctive experience.
Stability & Value
Stable and reduced premiums and copays.
More than 90 percent of the people UnitedHealthcare serves will see at
least stable Medicare Advantage premiums in 2019, and more than 1
million people will see their premiums reduced.iii
Prescription drug coverage. Most plans
will include drug coverage and offer $0 copays for tier 1 and tier 2
drugs ordered through the mail.
Vision, hearing and dental. Nearly all
plans will cover routine vision and hearing, and more than 2 million
people will have access to a broad range of hearing aid options. Most
plans also offer preventive dental.
Enhanced Benefits & Programs
Renew Active™, UnitedHealthcare’s
Medicare Advantage fitness program (formerly Optum Fitness Advantage),
will expand to 12 additional statesiv and include new
features, like online exercises and activities designed to support
cognitive health and help people stay active in body and mind.
Active also offers access to numerous participating fitness locations
at no additional cost, including 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness,
Curves, Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Life Time and Snap Fitness. Locations
also include local participating YMCAs.
Over-the-counter benefit. More than 2
million people will have access to over-the-counter health items at no
additional cost through mail order or online. People in eligible plans
will also be able to purchase these items via a preloaded, plan debit
card at Walgreens.
Virtual Visits. Many baby boomers are
looking for more convenient ways to access care, so in 2019,
UnitedHealthcare will make Virtual Visits available for more than 1.7
million people, giving them access to care providers through a
smartphone or computer for minor health issues or behavioral health
support, often at no cost.
Transportation. About 1.7 million people
will have access to transportation for doctor appointments and other
health-related needs included in their plans.
A Distinctive Experience
Navigate4Me™. This support program is
available to people facing complex health issues and pairs them with a
UnitedHealthcare employee as their single point of contact to
coordinate care, address claims issues, provide social support and
help with other needs. The company’s goal is to help 500,000 people
through Navigate4Me in 2019, including people like Melinda
Lacy, a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage member in Florida.
never expected or anticipated that kind of help, that depth of caring
from an insurance company. I felt safe,” Lacy said of her experience
with the program. “[My navigator] was somebody I could trust. Through
my surgeries, she was always there.”
Solutions for Caregivers. Caregivers, who
are often a family member or friend, are the unsung heroes of the
health care system, so in 2019, UnitedHealthcare is adding Solutions
for Caregivers to nearly all Medicare Advantage plans. The program
offers caregivers resources like access to care management,
personalized care plan development and emotional support.
HouseCalls. Most plans will include the
HouseCalls program, which provides people with the option of receiving
an annual clinical wellness visit from the comfort of home. The
company expects to complete 1.4 million HouseCalls for its members in
More Plan Choices
UnitedHealthcare serves one in five people in the Medicare program
through its portfolio of plansv.
This includes more than 4.5 million through its Medicare supplement
plans, which can be purchased year-round. In 2019, people with
UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplement plans in 34 states will have access
to personalized health resources, such as wellness coaching, discounted
gym memberships, 24/7 nurse support, online activities, classes and
UnitedHealthcare also serves more than 4.7 million people through its
stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans, including the low-premium
AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, which has been the No. 1-selling
Part D plan in the nation since its launch in January 2017v.
It offers $0 tier 1 copays at more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade
locations. Most people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Part D plans can
expect reduced premiums and stable benefits in 2019.
People can make changes to their Medicare coverage during Medicare
Annual Enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
For more information on UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, visit UHCMedicareHealthPlans.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and
making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the
health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United
States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid
beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million
physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care
facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and
delivers care to people through owned and operated health care
facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses
of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company.
For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
or follow @UHC on Twitter.
Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of
its affiliated companies. For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug
Plans: A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a
Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on
the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare. UnitedHealthcare Insurance
Company pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual
property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. You do
not need to be an AARP member to enroll in a Medicare Advantage or
Prescription Drug Plan. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. AARP
encourages you to consider your needs when selecting products and does
not make specific product recommendations for individuals. United
contracts directly with Walgreens for this plan; AARP and its affiliates
are not parties to that contractual relationship.
Navigate4Me by UnitedHealthcare is not available on all plans. Other
pharmacies/providers are available in our network.
Participation in the Renew Active™ by UnitedHealthcare program is
voluntary. Consult your doctor prior to beginning an exercise program or
making changes to your lifestyle or health care routine. Equipment and
classes may vary by location. Services, including equipment, classes,
personalized fitness plans provided by fitness centers, and brain
activities provided by BrainHQ, are provided by third parties not
affiliated with AARP or UnitedHealthcare. AARP and UnitedHealthcare do
not endorse and are not responsible for the services or information
provided by this program. Availability of the Renew Active™ program
varies by plan/area.
Renew Active by UnitedHealthcare is not available in all plans.
HouseCalls may not be available in all areas.
Statistics can be attributed to UnitedHealthcare internal data unless
i 2018 CMS data and 2017 adjusted NAIC data.
Includes all UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan types.
Refers to UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans (i.e.
non-special needs plans).
iv Renew Active will be newly
available to people enrolled in select Medicare Advantage plans in
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah.
CMS enrollment data, August 2018.
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