RxBLUE Basic PDP and Plus PDP Products Ending Dec. 31, 2013

ATTENTION: We will no longer offer our RxBLUE prescription drug plans in 2014.

However, we will continue to cover our existing RxBLUE PDP members through December 31, 2013.

Medicare Supplement Members: The non-renewal of RxBLUE PDP does not affect your Medicare Supplement policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why isn't Blue Cross offering RxBLUE?

    Every year we evaluate our plan benefits and carefully consider our options. This year has been especially challenging with all the demands from healthcare reform and our obligation to our 1.4 million members. This was a very difficult decision.

  • Is my BlueChoice 65 Medicare supplement policy affected by this closure?

    No. Your Medicare supplement coverage will remain intact. The RxBLUE closure only affects our Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

  • What are my options now?

    As an RxBLUE member, you will continue to have your existing Medicare prescription drug coverage through Dec. 31, 2013. You will need to join another Medicare drug plan in order to have prescription drug coverage in 2014.

    Here are some important dates to remember:

    • Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2013 is the annual enrollment period available to all Medicare beneficiaries to join a new plan so your new coverage goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
    • Dec. 8, 2013 - Feb. 28, 2014 is the special enrollment period that gives RxBlue PDP members extra time to evaluate your options.
    • If you enroll in a new plan before Dec. 31, 2013 you will prevent any gap in prescription coverage.
    • If you enroll in a new plan in January, your new coverage goes into effect in February.
    • If you enroll in a new plan in February, your new coverage goes into effect in March.
    • If you don't enroll in a new plan by Feb. 28, 2014, you won't have prescription drug coverage and may be subject to a late enrollment penalty if you sign up later.
  • How can I find other Medicare drug plans in Louisiana?

    • Download and view a List of Medicare drug plans in Louisiana.
      RxBLUE members received this list as well as a letter with complete instructions.
    • Members may also call RxBLUE Customer Service toll-free at 1-888-223-2583 or our TTY number at 1-800-947-5277.

    RxBLUE members can also get help in other ways:

    • Call Louisiana's Senior Health Insurance Information Program at 1-800-259-5300. Counselors are available to answer your questions, discuss your needs, and give you information about your options. All counseling is free.
    • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Tell them you got a letter saying your plan isn't going to be offered next year and you want help choosing a new plan. This toll-free help line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
    • Visit www.medicare.gov and get answers to your questions. Click "Find health & drug plans" to compare plans in Louisiana.
    • Refer to your Medicare & You Handbook for a list of these plans in Louisiana.
  • Is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as stable as always?

    Yes. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana maintains strong financial reserves for the protection of its members. These reserves are like an emergency fund to safeguard our members in the event of a natural disaster, a major flu epidemic or some other type of catastrophe.

 

Please click the links below for more detailed instructions and information on alternative plan options.

For more information about 2013 RxBLUE PDP policies, please click on the link below:


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is incorporated as Louisiana Health Service & Indemnity Company, a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor.

*Express Scripts, Inc. is an independent company that serves as the pharmacy benefit manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

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