AGP Washington Launches Medicare Plans

Amerigroup Washington, Inc. Launches Medicare Plans in Washington State

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013) – Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., announced its Washington health plan will offer new, low-cost Medicare options for King and Snohomish county residents. Members can select their Medicare plans during the Annual Election Period (AEP), Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

Amerigroup Washington, Inc., an Amerigroup Corporation ("Amerigroup") subsidiary, has launched a Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP), Specialty+Rx (HMO), and a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD), Balance+Rx (HMO), for residents of both counties. These plans include no monthly premium.

To enroll in the D-SNP, members must be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. This plan combines the services offered by original Medicare and Medicare Advantage with Medicare Part D (drug coverage) and most Medicaid services. Benefits are coordinated through one health plan with a single provider network.

The MAPD plan incorporates Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (medical) into one convenient product. This plan also incorporates drug coverage under Medicare Part D. MAPD plans offer certain preventive health care services at no extra cost to help keep beneficiaries healthy, detect diseases at an early stage and avoid preventable illnesses.

Although enrolling during AEP, the plans will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Amerigroup Washington, Inc. is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Amerigroup Washington, Inc. depends on contract renewal. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on Jan. 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

Premiums may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.

About Amerigroup

Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve health care access and quality for our members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. Together with WellPoint’s affiliated health plans, we serve approximately 7.3 million beneficiaries in 19 states through our government business division, making us the nation’s leading provider of health care solutions for public programs. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability.

About Amerigroup Washington

Amerigroup Washington began serving members July 1, 2012. We serve 32,000 members through Washington’s Healthy Options Medicaid program and Washington’s Basic Health plan. Our associates share genuine pride in making a difference in the lives of people who might need a little extra help, and we are fortunate to call these combined efforts our work.