Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio Continues Commitment to Ohioans with SilverSneakers Benefit

Members of Anthem’s Medicare Advantage plans can participate in SilverSneakers health programs at no cost as part of plan benefits

CINCINNATI, Ohio--()--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio (Anthem) will continue offering access to SilverSneakers®, as one of the many benefits included in its 2018 Medicare Advantage plans. This is part of Anthem’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of its current members and those Anthem hopes to have the privilege of serving in the future. SilverSneakers – offered by Tivity Health – is a fitness program tailored to older adults and is celebrating 25 years of partnering with consumers to help them achieve better health.

“I had a stroke about five years ago, which was a significant wake up call for me, and my doctor told me I had to change how I live my life”

Anthem’s members have expressed time and again that their involvement in SilverSneakers has made a significant impact on their health and well-being.

“I had a stroke about five years ago, which was a significant wake up call for me, and my doctor told me I had to change how I live my life,” said Larry Farrier, an Anthem member and active SilverSneakers participant from Mentor, OH. “Since that stroke, I’ve made SilverSneakers a normal part of my routine. Having access to the fitness program through my Medicare Advantage plan has really put me back on the right path. My advice is to look for opportunities that help you get out there and be more active. Don’t wait for a stroke, like I did, to point you in the right direction.”

SilverSneakers by Tivity Health teams up with healthcare stakeholders, such as Anthem, to help millions of baby boomers and beyond meet their personal goals and overcome health stereotypes. The program helps older adults take greater control of their health by engaging participants in more frequent exercise, strength training, aerobics, and flexibility training through a variety of venues and programming.

“Larry is an example of why Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio offers access to SilverSneakers and other benefits to improve health; we want to give our members solutions to the health care challenges they face every day,” said David McNichols, President of Anthem’s Medicare Central region. “We know many consumers are doing their research right now on Medicare Advantage plans for 2018. These individuals think it’s important that their health plan have benefits that help them live healthier lives.”

Anthem offers SilverSneakers – as well as many other health plan benefits – to members enrolled in the following plans:

  • Anthem MediBlue Essential (HMO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Enhanced (HMO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Prime Select (HMO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Access (PPO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Access Plus (PPO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Access Basic (Regional PPO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Access Core (Regional PPO)
  • Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (DSNP)

Individuals who are interested in joining one of these health plans can enroll during this year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The AEP began October 15, 2017, and continues through December 7, 2017 and gives consumers enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B the opportunity to sign up for Anthem’s 2018 Medicare Advantage plans.

Anthem is organizing events throughout Ohio, which consumers can attend to get more information about SilverSneakers, other health plan benefits, and the Medicare Advantage plans that give members access to those benefits:

  • Nov. 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Hilton Garden Inn; 700 Beta Dr., Mayfield
  • Nov. 16, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Cornell Ridge; 3847 Cornell Dr., Dayton
  • Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Central Connections; 3907 Central Ave., Middletown
  • Nov. 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Holiday Inn Independence; 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence
  • Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to noon; Holiday Inn; 7007 N. High St., Worthington

These are just a few enrollment-related events happening in Ohio. Please call 877-830-0951 to find out about more events in the area.

For details about Anthem’s Medicare plans in your area, call (855) 866-4242 or visit Anthem’s Medicare online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.

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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Community Insurance Company an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnthemBCBS_News and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AskAnthem.

About SilverSneakers

SilverSneakers, by Tivity Health, is the nation’s leading community fitness program for older Americans. The program was founded in 1992 and is available to more than 14.5 million Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. This year, SilverSneakers is celebrating its 25th anniversary, decades of improving the physical, social and mental health of millions of older Americans. To learn more about the program’s legacy and anniversary, or to check eligibility or enroll, go to silversneakers.com.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio
Hieu Nguyen, 1-202-510-8848
hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

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