New Medicare Advantage Plans Coming to Iowa and Illinois


Many Medicare-eligible residents in Iowa and Illinois will have greater choice when selecting their Medicare health insurance coverage this fall.

Pending regulatory approval, HealthPartners UnityPoint Health will offer Medicare Advantage plans beginning October 15 – the start of Medicare’s open enrollment period. The plans will be available to consumers in select counties in Iowa and western Illinois.

A campaign launches today that will introduce HealthPartners UnityPoint Health to consumers and create awareness for Medicare Advantage plans. The campaign runs through Medicare’s open enrollment period — October 15 through December 7 — which is when people eligible for Medicare can review and change their plans.

“There are benefits to having health care and medical insurance all in one place. This is why we’ve brought together the trusted care of UnityPoint Health, with the proven benefit coverage of HealthPartners,” explained Troy Caraway, UnityPoint Health senior vice president of the insurance division. “And, our Medicare Advantage plans will further simplify care.”

Medicare Advantage plans offer affordability, convenience and simplicity. They combine medical benefits and prescription drug coverage into one plan.

Other Medicare plans are often sold separately, which means consumers may need to use as many as three different plans to cover all of their health care needs.

Medicare Advantage plans also typically have lower out-of-pocket costs.

“If you receive care at UnityPoint Health and are eligible for Medicare, a HealthPartners UnityPoint Health Medicare Advantage plan is a great option for you,” said Caraway.

“Our plans will make it easier for people to get the care they need,” said Andrea Walsh, HealthPartners executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “There is less paperwork and more affordable choices through Medicare Advantage.”

The Medicare Advantage plans will be available starting Oct. 15, 2016 for coverage Jan. 1, 2017. Full product and premium details will be available Oct. 1, 2016. Individuals eligible for Medicare in 2017 can enroll anytime during their initial enrollment period.

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