UnitedHealthcare Makes Hearing Devices Available at No Out-of-pocket Cost for Beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County

MINNETONKA, Minn. — 

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, will offer its AARP MedicareComplete Medicare Advantage HMO and HMO-POS plan members in Miami-Dade County access to high-tech, custom-programmed hearing aids at no out-of-pocket cost. Because Original Medicare does not cover the substantial cost of hearing devices, this new feature could potentially save UnitedHealthcare members in the Miami area thousands of dollars in 2012.

“We design our plans with the goal of helping our members live healthier, more secure lives, which is why we feel it’s important to make a critically needed but underutilized product like hearing aids more readily available,” said Lissette Garcia, executive director of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in South Florida. “We have significantly lowered the price of the devices without sacrificing quality, offering our members improved hearing, which can help them stay engaged with their families, friends and communities.”

Beneficiaries can save additional money through plan features such as a $0 monthly premium beyond the Part B premium required by Medicare, $0 co-pays on primary care and specialist visits, and coverage of SilverSneakers fitness benefits.

The nearly 379,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the county can enroll in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans – AARP MedicareComplete Plan 1 (HMO) and AARP MedicareComplete Plus (HMO-POS) – during the Annual Election Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). The plans offer the stability and peace of mind millions of consumers have come to expect from UnitedHealthcare, the national leader in Medicare health and prescription drug plans by enrollment.

Affordable, Convenient Solutions to Help Improve Hearing and Quality of Life
An estimated 75 percent of people who can benefit from hearing devices do not use them, largely due to the high cost.1 If left untreated, hearing loss can contribute to additional health problems such as social isolation, depression and dementia.

UnitedHealthcare, working with hi HealthInnovations, a new UnitedHealth Group business, is introducing a suite of hearing devices that will be available to members enrolled in the company’s Medicare Advantage plans in most regions of the country at a sharply lower cost than what Americans with hearing loss have come to expect.

Medicare beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County who enroll in UnitedHealthcare’s AARP MedicareComplete HMO and HMO-POS plans will have access to new high-tech, custom-programmed hearing aids for a $0 co-pay. The devices will also be available at a significantly discounted price to members enrolled in the company’s Part D prescription drug plans and some of its Medicare supplement plans.

Hearing device benefits vary by plan. As always, beneficiaries should carefully review plan details before making an enrollment decision.

New Medicare Enrollment Dates
In addition to its offerings in Florida, UnitedHealthcare will offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2012 for individuals in 46 states and the District of Columbia. UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, with more than 2.2 million members.

Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans during the Annual Election Period (AEP), which is beginning and ending earlier than usual this year. The AEP will begin Oct. 15 – one month earlier than in previous years – and end Dec. 7 instead of Dec. 31.

Beneficiaries in the Miami area can learn more about UnitedHealthcare’s 2012 Medicare offerings at www.UHCMedicareSolutions.com.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.

The family of UnitedHealthcare® Medicare Solutions plans includes Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans featuring the UnitedHealthcare®, or AARP® brand names. Plans are insured or covered by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliates, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor.

AARP encourages you to consider your needs when selecting products and does not make specific product recommendations for individuals.

AARP and its affiliate have not vetted hearing care products available under these insurance plans. The AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, AARP MedicareComplete and AARP MedicareRx plans carry the AARP name, and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers.

1http://www.asha.org/aud/Articles/Research-Needs-in-Accessible-and-Affordable-Hearing-Health-Care-for-Adults/ 

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UnitedHealthcare Makes Hearing Devices Available at No Out-of-pocket Cost for Beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County