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Three UPMC for Life Plans Available in Lancaster Area for 2015


PITTSBURGH (Oct. 15, 2014) – Three UPMC for Life plans, including two $0 premium plans,* are available to Medicare-eligible residents of Lancaster County.

UPMC for Life – the Medicare plan of Pittsburgh-based UPMC Health Plan – has partnered with physicians and hospitals in the Lancaster County region to provide easy access to quality health care for the area’s residents.

UPMC for Life HMO is a $0 premium plan* with no drug coverage that is ideal for people who have prescription drug coverage through Pennsylvania’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) or the Veterans Administration (VA). Members on this plan have a reduced Medicare Part B monthly premium.

UPMC for Life HMO Deductible with Rx is another $0 premium plan* that has a $750 deductible for medical services and includes prescription drug coverage. People who are generally healthy and looking for low-cost coverage will find this an ideal choice. Members of this plan will have a reduced Medicare Part B monthly premium. 

The UPMC for Life PPO High Deductible with Rx plan has a $39 monthly premium and provides members with the option of in- and out-of-network providers for medical care. It also provides brand-name and generic prescription drug coverage and carries an annual deductible of $1,250.

 “UPMC for Life continues to grow because it has so much to offer to Medicare beneficiaries, including those in South Central 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.”

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.

Additional benefits for all UPMC for Life plans include routine vision care with your provider of choice, as well as Assist America. Assist America provides help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for members travelling more than 100 miles from home or to a foreign country. Most plans also have preventive dental benefits for cleanings and exams.

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. They are dedicated to answering members’ questions and to getting their problems solved with just one phone call.

UPMC for Life maintains an “Excellent” accreditation rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest honor a managed care plan can receive.    

*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.

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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.