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UPMC for Life Stands Out as a Pennsylvania Plan Named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage” for 2022

UPMC for Life's Five Star Rating from Medicare Places Them Among the Highest-Rated Medicare Advantage Plans in the Nation

Pittsburgh (Oct. 25, 2021) – UPMC Health Plan today announced that UPMC for Life, the insurer’s Medicare Advantage product, was included among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Plans" for Pennsylvania.

U.S. News & World Report utilized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Star Ratings data for its rankings, including CMS’s recent five-out-of-five overall Star Ratings of both UPMC for Life’s HMO and PPO plans for 2022.

“We are honored that UPMC for Life made the U.S. News & World Report list,” said Angela Perri, Chief Medicare Officer, UPMC Health Plan. “This rating places us among the highest quality Medicare Advantage plans in the country and confirms what our members already know: Our entire team’s commitment to providing affordable access to outstanding clinical care and award-winning member services is unparalleled.”

For an insurance company to be eligible for the list of U.S. News & World Report's Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage, all Medicare Advantage plans offered by the insurance company in that state had to be rated overall with at least three out of five stars by CMS. U.S. News & World Report then averaged the CMS Star Ratings for each of the eligible plans and those companies with an average overall rating of 4.5 or more stars earned recognition as a Best Insurance Company for Medicare Advantage.

CMS rates all Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans each year to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families in comparing plans based on quality and performance. The CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System measures the experience Medicare beneficiaries have with their health plan and health care system. Ratings range from a low of “1” star, which is poor, to the highest possible “5” stars, which is excellent.

Enhanced Plan Benefits for 2022
Earlier this month, UPMC for Life announced new plans and improved benefits for its Medicare Advantage plans in 2022. Incorporating feedback from its members has enabled UPMC for Life to offer even more robust benefits and affordable plan options. These include:

UPMC for Life plans offer a “whole person” approach to health care with additional programs that can help members stay healthy, live independently, keep their health care costs low, and reach their health care goals. Members have access to the following benefits and programs:

Ways to Help Members Save Money
In 2022, UPMC for Life will continue its commitment to reducing the financial stress on members when accessing the health care system through the following:

Enrollment Details
The 2022 Annual Election Period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2021. Medicare beneficiaries can add or drop Part D prescription coverage, switch their current plan, change to a Medicare Advantage plan, or change to Original Medicare. Changes in coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2022. UPMC for Life’s 5-star rating from Medicare means that Medicare beneficiaries also have the ability to enroll in a UPMC for Life HMO or PPO plan even after the Annual Election Period is over through a Special Election Period. Medicare beneficiaries can use this Special Election Period only once between Dec. 8, 2021, and Nov. 30, 2022.

Medicare beneficiaries interested in UPMC for Life can enroll by phone or online from the comfort and safety of home. For information on the 2022 plans, go to upmchealthplan.com/medicare or call UPMC for Life toll-free at 1-877-381-3765 seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. TTY users should call 711.

Each year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. UPMC for Life has a contract with Medicare to provide HMO, HMO SNP, and PPO plans. The HMO SNP plans have a contract with the PA State Medical Assistance program. Enrollment in UPMC for Life depends on contract renewal.



About UPMC Insurance Services

Serving 4 million members, UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Insurance Services includes commercial products from UPMC Health Plan for groups as well as individuals. Commercial products also include workers' compensation and employee assistance from nationally known Workpartners®. Government products include Medicare Advantage (UPMC for Life); special needs plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medical Assistance (UPMC for Life Complete Care and UPMC Community HealthChoices); Medical Assistance (UPMC for You); and Children's Health Insurance Program (UPMC for Kids). Community Care Behavioral Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit managed care behavioral health organizations, offers a full range of services to Commercial and Medical Assistance members. For more information, visit upmchealthplan.com.