October 18, 2016
Health Partners Medicare Expands to Lancaster, Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Offering innovative, unique plans as part of a new wave of expansion to increase access to quality health care for area residents
Philadelphia, PA — Nationally recognized for its innovative approach to health care, Pennsylvania-based, managed care organization Health Partners Plans (HPP) will offer its popular Medicare Advantage plans to residents of Lancaster, Lehigh and Northampton counties for coverage effective January 1, 2017. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the expansion for the not-for-profit health care organization, broadening its reach beyond Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The expansion will allow more than 237,000 Medicare beneficiaries the option to choose Health Partners Medicare for their health care coverage.
“We are excited about this opportunity to expand our business and offer high-quality plans to meet the unique health care needs of seniors and other Medicare eligibles in Lancaster, Lehigh and Northampton counties,” says William S. George, president and CEO. “This expansion marks another wave of continued growth for Health Partners Plans. For more than 30 years, we’ve been committed to improving the health outcomes of our members and serving the communities where they live. We look forward to welcoming new members and emphasizing what our current enrollees already know — that your family is our focus.”
HPP is a nimble, innovative health plan recognized for its novel programs that improve member health while addressing its social determinants. Most recently, the health care organization formed a groundbreaking partnership with a Pennsylvania-based, nonprofit food access program, Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), to address the lack of affordable, nutritious foods for its most chronically ill members. The first-of-its-kind collaboration provides three medically nutritious meals a day, seven days a week, to HPP members with chronic illnesses, a benefit that is included in its Health Partners Medicare Special plan for up to four weeks. The food is prepared and distributed to members’ doorsteps — all at no cost to them. HPP also provides vital nutrition counseling and comprehensive care management to teach members how to better manage their illness independently.
“We’ve taken an innovative, holistic approach to caring for members while bridging the gap between nourishing food and comprehensive care, which is unprecedented in the health care industry,” says George. “These are the types of out-of-the-box programs that have always differentiated us from competitors and we can’t wait to introduce all we have to offer in Lancaster, Lehigh and Northampton counties.”
Starting October 15, Health Partners Medicare will begin accepting enrollments in the region for 2017. Health Partners Medicare offers comprehensive plans to fit any health need and budget. Each of the three plans offered in the expansion counties are designed to give members all the benefits of Original Medicare while providing the high-quality, novel care Health Partners Plans is known for.
- Health Partners Medicare Value (HMO) – a $0 premium plan with prescription drug coverage.
- Health Partners Medicare Prime (HMO) – an enhanced plan providing extra benefits and prescription drug coverage with a low premium
- Health Partners Medicare Special (HMO SNP) – our popular Special Needs Plan, including prescription drug coverage, open to anyone who has both Medicare and Medicaid
Each plan includes $0 or low-cost PCP visits, an extensive network of doctors and leading area hospitals, specialist visits with no referrals, friendly 24/7 phone support, unlimited days for inpatient hospital stays and fitness center and Weight Watchers® memberships. Plans also include access to an innovative service that connects plan members with doctors by phone or video for help with non-emergency medical issues.
ABOUT HEALTH PARTNERS PLANS
Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving more than 271,000 members in Greater Southeastern Pennsylvania. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and its KidzPartners (Children's Health Insurance Program) plan. Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is “doing it right” at HealthPartnersPlans.com, HPPMedicare.com, twitter.com/HPPlans and facebook.com/healthpartnersplans.
Health Partners Medicare is an HMO plan with Medicare and Pennsylvania State Medicaid program contracts. Enrollment in Health Partners Medicare depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Health Partners Medicare Special is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Health Partners Medicare complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Monet T. Irving
Manager, Corporate Communications
H9207_HPM-907-17 Accepted 10/2016