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Premiums Reduced for UPMC for Life Offerings for 2015


PITTSBURGH (Oct. 2, 2014) –UPMC for Life – the Medicare Advantage product of UPMC Health Plan – is lowering monthly premium costs for four of its 2015 plans while continuing to offer a $0 premium plan.*

Included among the plans with premium reductions is UPMC for Life HMO Deductible with Rx. This plan previously had a $37.50 monthly premium that has now been reduced to $18. UPMC for Life’s most popular product –UPMC for Life HMO Rx – will have a premium reduction from $84 to $78.

All of UPMC for Life’s Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefits than Original Medicare alone, including low copays for primary care physician visits and complimentary membership at a participating fitness club through Silver & Fit. Also, for the first time, most plans will offer preventive dental coverage. All UPMC for Life members are able to receive medical care at UPMC facilities as well as at community hospitals.

“UPMC for Life continues to grow because it has so much to offer to the Medicare beneficiaries of Western Pennsylvania,” said Diane P. Holder, President of UPMC Health Plan. “That includes having the top-ranked hospitals** in our network, benefits that go beyond Original Medicare, and access to our award-winning*** Health Care Concierge team.

“UPMC for Life focuses on helping its members to get the care they need where and when they need it.”

Most UPMC for Life plans include preventive dental coverage for cleanings and exams, which is a new benefit this year. UPMC Dental Advantage Medicare includes a $15 copay for one oral exam and cleaning every six months. It also offers a $15 copay for one bitewing x-ray every three years. 

All UPMC for Life members can take advantage of the Silver & Fit Exercise and Healthy Aging Program. This program provides membership at participating fitness facilities at no additional cost to the member. Moreover, for those who prefer to work out at home, the program provides home fitness kits including walking, Pilates, yoga, dance, and cardio strength.

Again this year, UPMC for Life will continue to offer its $0 premium plan* – UPMC for Life HMO. This plan is considered ideal for persons who have prescription coverage through PACE or the Veterans Administration.

Additional benefits for all UPMC for Life plans include Assist America, which provides help when travelling more than 100 miles from home or to a foreign country. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As always, all UPMC for Life members can take advantage of UPMC Health Plan’s Health Care Concierge program. Concierges are local customer service representatives who are knowledgeable about Medicare and are dedicated to answering members’ questions and to getting their problems solved with just one phone call.

Other reduced premiums for 2015 include UPMC for Life PPO High Deductible with Rx, from $40 to $39; and UPMC for Life HMO Rx Enhanced, from $224 to $223.


*You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
**U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Hospitals, 7-15-14
***The UPMC Health Plan Call Center earned the 2013 Team Award for Best Customer Experience Program from the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI). For more information, visit www.icmi.com.

The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium, and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year.

UPMC for Life has a contract with Medicare to provide HMO and PPO plans. Enrollment in UPMC for Life depends on contract renewal. UPMC for Life is a product of and operated by UPMC Health Plan, Inc., UPMC Health Network, Inc., and UPMC Health Benefits, Inc.


About UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan, the second-largest health insurer in western Pennsylvania, is owned by UPMC, an integrated global health enterprise. The integrated partner companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division – which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC WorkPartners, LifeSolutions (EAP), UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), and Community Care Behavioral Health – offer a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance, and workers' compensation products and services to nearly 2.3 million members. Our local provider network includes UPMC as well as community providers, totaling more than 125 hospitals and more than 11,500 physicians throughout Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.