New Medicare Advantage plans now available in Wisconsin

October 8, 2018

New Medicare Advantage plans now available in Wisconsin
Collaboration offers affordable health plan options to Medicare consumers

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN Bellin Health and ThedaCare are collaborating with Minnesota-based HealthPartners to offer new Medicare Advantage plans. The plans will give residents in northeast and central Wisconsin more options when selecting a Medicare health plan this fall.

The new plans are part of Robin with HealthPartners, a collaboration between the three non-profit organizations who share a mission of helping people live healthier lives through access to expert, local care. Robin brings together Bellin Health and ThedaCare’s high-quality network of local clinicians with a trusted health insurance provider, HealthPartners, to create health plan solutions for employers and consumers in Wisconsin.

“This can be a confusing time of year as consumers begin weighing their Medicare coverage options,” said Chris Woleske, president and CEO of Bellin Health. “Consumers are looking for care and health plan coverage from partners they know and trust, and that’s exactly what Robin offers. We’re excited to collaborate with ThedaCare and HealthPartners to offer Robin to the Medicare market.”

Imran Andrabi, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare, added, “Our goal is to provide Medicare consumers in Wisconsin with high-value health plan options that meet their health and care needs at prices they can afford. Robin with HealthPartners plans help members access quality care in their communities and manage overall health care spending.”

Wisconsin consumers can enroll in Robin with HealthPartners Medicare Advantage plans during Medicare’s annual election period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Coverage will start Jan. 1, 2019.

Robin with HealthPartners Medicare Advantage plans offer consumers a full range of covered benefits and coordinated care. The plans also include travel benefits, routine vision and hearing exams, gym membership or home fitness kits, convenient online care and other programs to help members get and stay healthy.

“Our collaboration brings new choices for seniors that are designed to make care and coverage easy to access and affordable,” said Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners. “Supporting our members’ health and well-being is our top priority.”

About the plans

Consumers eligible for Medicare and living in the Wisconsin 15-county service area can choose from two Robin Medicare Advantage plans:

  • HealthPartners® Robin Birch (PPO), a $0 premium/month plan

  • HealthPartners® Robin Maple (PPO), a $20 premium/month plan

What is Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage plans, sometimes called Medicare Part C, are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare pays these companies to cover Medicare benefits.

Medicare Advantage plans combine Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B (medical) and Part D (prescription drug) coverage into one plan. The plans typically have low or $0 monthly premiums.

A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan is a type of Medicare Advantage plan. In a PPO, beneficiaries pay less to use doctors, hospitals and other health care providers that are in the plan’s network. Both Robin with HealthPartners Medicare Advantage plans are PPOs.

How to learn more

Learn about upcoming informational community meetings, compare plan details or enroll online at
healthpartners.com/robin/medicare. Visit robinmedicare.healthpartners.com for more information about Medicare and tips for choosing a plan.

Or, consult a licensed HealthPartners representative by calling 833-256-7046, TTY 711. From Oct. 1 through Mar. 30, call from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, seven days a week to speak with a representative.

From Apr. 1 to Sept. 30, call 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday to speak with a representative. On Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, leave a message and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

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 About HealthPartners

HealthPartners is a Minnesota-based non-profit health organization with years of experience serving and understanding Medicare communities. It provides a full range of health care delivery and health plan services including insurance, administration and health and well-being programs. HealthPartners serves more than 1.8 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. The care system includes more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 20 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.

 About Bellin Health

Bellin Health is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908 and currently has more than 4,000 employees. Known for its emphasis on preventive healthcare, Bellin Health is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health and primary care medicine. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 31 Bellin Health primary care physician clinics and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Wis., Bellin Fitness and Bellin College. Through its Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners collaboration, the health system was also a participant in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Pioneer Accountable Care Program, generating $14 million in savings since 2012. For more information, visit www.bellin.org.

 

 About ThedaCare

ThedaCare serves patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves more than 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose, as well as 32 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac and orthopedic programs, as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org.

 

Contacts:

HealthPartners
Emma Pederson, Communications Consultant

emma.j.pederson@healthpartners.com or 952-883-5252

 

Bellin Health

Kelly McBride Moore, Communications Specialist

kelly.mcbridemoore@bellin.org or 920-433-7814

 

ThedaCare

Michelle Tanem, Director of Strategic Communications

michelle.tanem@thedacare.org or 920-585-6385

Other providers are available in our network. For accommodations of persons with special needs at meetings, call 833-256-7046 (TTY 711).

HealthPartners is a PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HealthPartners depends on contract renewal.

Last updated October 2018

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