LATHAM — With the annual enrollment period less than two weeks away, BlueShield of Northeastern New York announced a broad suite of Medicare Advantage options for 2021, including new $0 premium plans designed with convenient benefits to help people achieve affordable overall health and well-being.

The locally based, not-for-profit health plan will offer a total of seven comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans in 2021.

New for 2021, the $0 Freedom No Rx (HMO) plan and $0 Freedom Nation (PPO) plan, will provide a comprehensive network of providers and hospitals at an affordable low rate for Medicare-eligible consumers. BlueCross BlueShield’s new PPO offers an unmatched local network of providers and hospitals with an expansive national network through the BlueCard® network sharing program.

With affordable coverage options for all budgets and health care needs, BlueShield Medicare Advantage plans feature: Access to one of the most robust medical networks in the region, including all Capital Region hospitals and most providers and specialists; Access to worldwide emergency and urgent care; Preventive dental, vision and hearing coverage included in every plan; $0 copay for virtual visits with Doctor On Demand®; $0 COVID-19 diagnostic tests as prescribed by doctors; $0 copay for preventive vaccines including flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis; $0 Part B diabetic monitoring supplies including lancets, glucose monitors, and test strips; $0 gym membership to more than 16,000 fitness locations through SilverSneakers®; Rewards after receiving certain preventive services, including their annual wellness visit, colorectal cancer and/or breast cancer screening; $100 annual allowance for over the counter drugs and supplies with convenient home delivery.

Most notably, BlueShield Medicare Advantage plans offer members around-the-clock support through its exclusive Blue Concierge Service.

With the annual enrollment period running from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, individuals have a variety of options to switch or enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan for 2021.

Individuals can: Call BlueShield’s dedicated Medicare Advantage number at 1-877-258-7453 (TTY 711), 8 a.m.–8 p.m., seven days a week; Schedule a virtual visit with a BlueShield representative; • Email a BlueShield representative at SalesCenterNENY@bsneny.com; Visit bsneny.com/enrollmedicare to complete the application online.

To ensure the safety of its members, BlueShield’s Medicare Centers be open by appointment only. Individuals should call BlueShield’s dedicated Medicare Advantage number to schedule their appointment. BlueShield’s Medicare Centers are located at 1704 Western Avenue in Guilderland and 29 Kendall Way in Malta. Additional information about COVID-19 safety guidelines are available at bsneny.com/medicarecenters.

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