CareSource Announces New Medicare Advantage Options for Ohioans

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DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CareSource, a nonprofit health plan, will begin serving Ohio consumers with Medicare Advantage coverage. The health plan is now offering a lifetime of care to Ohioans with coverage including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, MyCare Ohio and Medicare Advantage.

CareSource’s Medicare Advantage plans, an alternative to traditional Medicare, will be the only new option offered in 14 Ohio counties for 2017 coverage. There are 1.1 million Ohioans eligible to enroll in CareSource Medicare Advantage plans in the upcoming annual election period, which takes place from October 15 through December 7.

CareSource enters the Medicare Advantage market in Ohio after serving the state for 27 years with a unique, mission-based model for providing health care coverage. With 1.3 million members in Ohio, CareSource is the state’s largest Medicaid managed care plan, Health Insurance Marketplace plan, and MyCare Ohio plan.

“The new CareSource Medicare Advantage plans allow us to extend our mission to more Ohioans,” said Steve Ringel, President Ohio Market. “With the addition of Medicare Advantage, CareSource is truly offering care throughout our members’ lives.”

During the annual election period for Medicare Advantage, Medicare eligible consumers can change health plans or move from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage coverage begins January 1, 2017.

CareSource Medicare Advantage Plans offered:

  • CareSource Advantage Zero Premium™
  • CareSource Advantage® 
  • CareSource Advantage Plus™

Ohio counties in the CareSource Medicare Advantage service area:

Butler, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Montgomery, Trumbull, Warren

Why CareSource Medicare Advantage?

CareSource Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) provide all the benefits of Part A and Part B, plus prescription drug coverage (Part D) and other enhanced benefits.

Enhanced benefits may include:

  • Expanding provider network
  • $0 Copay for preventive services received in-network
  • Silver&Fit® health fitness benefit
  • No referrals for specialists
  • Enhanced dental, vision, and hearing
  • 24/7/365 nurse advice line

To learn more about CareSource Medicare Advantage plans:

  • Visit CareSource.com/Medicare
  • Call 1-1-844-818-4471 (TTY: 1-800-750-0750 or 711) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from October 1 to February 14, and Monday through Friday the rest of the year.
  • Attend a free, Medicare Advantage Seminar. Complete list available at https://www.caresource.com/medicare/oh/
  • Free Medicare Made Easy booklet available at CareSourceDecisionGuide.com
  • Your local State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

CareSource is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in CareSource Advantage Zero Premium™ (HMO), CareSource Advantage® (HMO), and CareSource Advantage Plus™ (HMO) depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-payments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change January 1 of each year. Benefits, premiums, co-payments, and deductibles may vary based upon plan selection. The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other, pharmacies, physicians, and providers are available in our network. You must use in-network providers except in emergency or urgent care situations. If you obtain routine care from out-of-network providers, neither Medicare nor CareSource will be responsible for the cost, unless specifically authorized by CareSource. You must use in-network pharmacies to access the prescription drug benefit, except under non-routine circumstances when you cannot reasonably use an in-network pharmacy. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Silver&Fit® is a registered trademark of American Specialty Health, Inc.

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today, CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.5 million members across four states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.

Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 3,100 employees located across the country. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members’ lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.

For more, visit caresource.com, follow @caresource on Twitter, or like CareSource on Facebook.

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Fran RobinsonManager, Media Relations937-531-2374

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