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Priority Health expands Medicare services

October 22, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Priority Health expands Medicare services
Nearly 50 percent of seniors live with two or more chronic diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2010. ©iStockphoto.com

The start of the annual Medicare open enrollment period has prompted Priority Health to announce it has added seven counties to its Medicare service area and 5,000 more care providers to the Priority Health Medicare Advantage network this year.

With the seven additional counties — Arenac, Calhoun, Cheboygan, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee and Ogemaw — Priority Health now serves 58 counties, or most of the counties in the Lower Peninsula, including all of southeast Michigan.

The addition of more doctors to the Priority Health Medicare Advantage physician network this year included the University of Michigan Health System, expanding the network to more than 19,000.

Priority Health offers four Medicare Advantage plans: PriorityMedicare Value (HMO-POS), PriorityMedicare (HMO-POS), PriorityMedicare Merit (PPO) and PriorityMedicare Select (PPO). PriorityMedicare Merit, the newest plan, which is described as “a value-priced PPO.” The announcement states that it “is great for snowbirds who like the freedom of seeing a doctor no matter where they travel.”

“By continuing to grow, we have the opportunity to provide the highest quality health care to those across Michigan who need it, and do so at an affordable price,” said Wayne Wilson, vice president of Medicare for Priority Health.

The annual enrollment period for Medicare runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Priority Health is a nonprofit HMO that insures more than 600,000 people. It is owned by the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids.

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