United Food and Commercial Workers Unions offers Medicare Advantage option
Effective January 1, 2021, United Food and Commercial Workers Unions (UFCW) will offer a Medicare Preferred (PPO) medical plan from Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem).
Retirees with Medicare Parts A and B are eligible to enroll in the Medicare Preferred (PPO) medical plan from Anthem.
The plan includes the National Access Plus benefit, which allows retirees to receive services from any provider, as long as the provider is eligible to receive payments from Medicare. In addition, UFCW retirees pay no cost share for both in-network and out-of-network services. The Medicare Advantage plan offers the same hospital and medical benefits that Medicare covers and also covers additional benefits that Medicare does not, such as an annual routine physical exam, hearing, vision, chiropractic care, LiveHealth Online* and SilverSneakers®.*
The prefix on UFCW member ID cards will be MBL. The cards will also show the UFCW logo and National Access Plus icon.
Providers may submit claims electronically using the electronic payer ID for the Anthem plan in their state or submit a UB-04 or CMS-1500 form to the Anthem plan in their state. Claims should not be filed with original Medicare. Contracted and non-contracted providers may call the Provider Services number on the back of the member ID card for benefit eligibility, prior authorization requirements, and any questions about UFCW member benefits or coverage.
Detailed prior authorization requirements also are available to contracted providers by accessing the Provider Self-Service Tool on Availity.*
* Availity, LLC is an independent company providing administrative support services on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross. LiveHealth Online is the trade name of Health Management Corporation, an independent company, providing telehealth services on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross. Tivity Health, Inc. is an independent company providing the SilverSneakers fitness program on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross.
January 2021 Anthem Blue Cross Provider News - California