BCBSVT Part D Prescription Drug Plan Receives Five-Star Rating for 2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) offers the only Vermont-based Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan to receive a highest five-star rating for 2020 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Berlin, Vt., October 21, 2019 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross) is pleased to announce its competitively-priced, highest-ranking Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options for 2020. CMS’s five-star rating measures how well plans perform in the areas of quality of care, access to care, and customer service.

Blue Cross also wants Vermonters to know that the annual Medicare Part D open enrollment period has started -- which runs from October 15 to December 7, 2019 with enrollment effective on January 1, 2020. This is the time when people eligible for Part D may sign up, switch plans or insurance carriers. Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) is available to anyone who receives Medicare Part A and/or is enrolled in Part B. Part D adds drug coverage to original Medicare and helps to lower prescription drug costs and protect from higher costs in the future.

Blue Cross, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the federal government to offer prescription drug coverage, called Blue MedicareRxSM (PDP). Blue Cross is excited to report that Blue MedicareRx (PDP) is the only Part D program in Vermont to achieve a five-star rating for 2020 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The five-star rating means the highest possible ranking for quality, access and member satisfaction. (See disclaimer 1.)

During the annual open enrollment period (October 15 - December 7), Medicare beneficiaries may join any Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or switch from their current Medicare PDP to any another Medicare PDP, regardless of plans’ star ratings.

“We are proud to offer an affordable prescription drug plan that is highly rated by consumers. The five-star rating means that eligible Vermonters can feel confident that Blue MedicareRx offers excellent coverage, access and overall member experience.” says Andrew Garland, Blue Cross’s vice president of client relations and external affairs.

To learn more about plans and eligibility, you may contact the Blue MedicareRx (PDP) team at (888) 496-4178, TTY: 711 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visit www.rxmedicareplans.com.

Contact: Sara Teachout
(802) 371-3254

1. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the Federal Government to provide Part D benefits. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in BlueMedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.