(Seattle, WA) – Regence announces the launch the Regence BlueAdvantage HMO, for Medicare-eligible individuals in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The new HMO plan includes a low monthly plan premium, predictable copayments; more benefits than traditional Medicare and prescription drug coverage. The HMO features a care delivery model that focuses on preventive care and access to health services which are safe, evidence-based and quality driven. Regence BlueAdvantage HMO includes wellness benefits and protection from unexpected out of pocket costs.

“Regence is a locally based company with a long history of serving Medicare members in Washington, and we designed Regence BlueAdvantage HMO with their needs in mind. It’s perfect for members who want the convenience of coordinated care with a primary care physician and the ability to easily predict their out of pocket costs,” said Lisa Brubaker, senior vice president of Government Programs for Regence. “Affordable premiums are a top priority for our members, and with our new HMO they also get good value with more benefits than Original Medicare like SilverSneakers, wellness programs, and Part D coverage.”
Regence currently offers Medicare beneficiaries a choice of Medicare Advantage plans that serve as an alternative to traditional fee-for-service Medicare.  Regence plan offerings include Medicare Advantage PPO plans, Medicare Part D stand-alone plans and Medigap.  A key benefit of the new Regence BlueAdvantage HMO is a $0 medical deductible, a low annual out of pocket maximum, predictable copays for covered services, world-wide coverage for emergencies or urgent care and access to a broad network of hospitals and physicians.

The low monthly plan premium for the Regence BlueAdvantage HMO includes the following benefits:

• Wellness: Members enjoy benefits designed to keep them healthy and well, including SilverSneakers Fitness Program, coverage for an annual physical exam (in addition to the annual wellness visit), a routine vision exam, Medicare preventive care, the Regence Advantages discount program and access to the our free members-only web site myregence.com.

• Broad network access: Members choose a primary care physician for their medical services or for referrals to their specialists, offering members a care delivery model focused on prevention and quality care.   Members have worldwide coverage for urgent and emergency care.

• Pharmacy: Low copays for generic prescription medications, convenient 90-day Rx Mail-order options at lower cost than retail pharmacies, a strong national pharmacy network and formulary based on scientific evidence to ensure affordable access to safe and effective medications.

For more information about the Regence BlueAdvantage HMO, Medicare-eligible individuals may call Regence at 1-888-734-3623.

About Regence BlueShield
Regence BlueShield is a leading health plan in Washington with nearly one million members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence BlueShield is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and is affiliated with Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Together, the companies serve more than two million members in the Northwest/Intermountain Region. The Regence affiliated companies are committed to improving the health of its members and communities, and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or www.twitter.com/RegenceWA.