A new Medicare Advantage plan will soon be available in West Texas, starting with the Medicare Annual Enrollment period this fall and becoming effective Jan. 1, 2023. Enrollment will begin Oct. 15.
The Covenant Health Advantage HMO plan is offered by Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, which was honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of only three “Best” insurance companies for Medicare Advantage in Texas in 2022.
Developed in collaboration with the Covenant Health system, Covenant Health Advantage HMO plans will offer access to hundreds of in-network providers and cornerstone facilities across West Texas. Members may select a plan with or without prescription drug benefits — both offering a $0 monthly premium, $0 deductible and affordable copays.
“Health care is a lifelong journey,” Covenant Health Regional Chief Executive Walt Cathey said. “It is our promise to our community to provide access to high-quality health care, at a price they can afford. The new Covenant Health Advantage HMO plan allows us to keep costs low for those in our community.”
Covenant Health Advantage HMO not only offers all the benefits of original Medicare, but it also includes many bonus benefits to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses, such as:
- Dental. Covenant Health Advantage HMO plans feature dental benefits through MetLife for no additional premium.
- Vision. The plans provide vision benefit coverage for a routine annual exam, plus an annual allowance toward the purchase of contacts, frames and lenses. Providers must be in network.
- Hearing. The plans offer members essential hearing services not covered by Original Medicare, including a routine hearing exam and an allowance every three years toward the purchase of hearing aids.
- Fitness. Plans include fitness benefits with the Silver&Fit® program. This program helps empower members to improve their health with fitness options, digital tools and healthy aging resources.
- Over-the-counter (OTC) allowance. Plans feature a quarterly purchase allowance from participating retailers for eligible over-the-counter items such as bandages, cold and allergy medicines, and pain relievers.
- And more. Routine transportation and meal delivery services are available in both plans.
“We are dedicated to providing convenient access to high-quality, coordinated patient care with an exceptional experience,” said Jeff Ingrum, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health Plan. With a 40-year history of integrating the delivery of high-quality care with affordable coverage, Baylor Scott & White Health Plan offers multiple plans to make healthcare more accessible to Texans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rated the organization’s established North and Central Texas HMO plan, BSW SeniorCare Advantage™, an overall 5 out of 5 stars for 2023, the highest rating possible. (Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system). The star ratings reflect a plan’s performance and quality outcomes to help seniors shop for health insurance.
To learn more about 2023 Baylor Scott & White Health Plan Medicare Advantage coverage options, including Covenant Health Advantage HMO, prospective members can call 1.800.782.5068/TTY: 711 (8 AM – 5 PM CT Monday-Friday) to speak with a licensed insurance agent or can visit MyBSWMedicare.com. Medicare beneficiaries may also enroll in Covenant Health Advantage HMO through the CMS Medicare online enrollment center at medicare.gov.
Covenant Health Advantage HMO is offered by Baylor Scott & White Care Plan, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and subsidiary of Baylor Scott & White Health Plan. Enrollment in Covenant Health Advantage HMO depends on contract renewal with Medicare.
About Covenant Health
As a faith-based health care system, it is Covenant Health’s vision to create Health for a Better World. As the Best Hospital in the Panhandle Plains region as voted by U.S. News and World Report, Covenant Health has consistently provided exceptional health care to West Texas, and eastern New Mexico for more than 100 years. Our clinically integrated health network of eight hospitals, and more than 6,000 caregivers allows us to provide our patients with better access to care using more innovative technology and procedures, while focusing on new age approaches to health care like education and preventative medicine. To learn more about Covenant Health, please visit covenanthealth.org or our Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, pages.
About Baylor Scott & White Health Plan
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan brings together the best in patient-centric care to serve nearly 400,000 members to help provide access to affordable healthcare in 171 counties throughout North, Central and West Texas. To learn more about Medicare Advantage plans, as well as commercial group and individual plan offerings, visit BSWHealthPlan.com.
About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com