Plans designed to help people navigate health from home, in-person, online and across every touch point in between
More plans, including HMOs, have access to the UnitedHealthcare Medicare National Network
Most people will see stable or reduced Medicare Advantage premiums and nearly 2.5 million members will have $0 premiums
Nearly all plans offer $0 copays for telehealth visits, labs, routine vision and hearing exams, colonoscopies, mammograms and cardiac rehab
Company offers broad access to plans that cap insulin costs at $35 per month and eliminates out-of-pocket drug costs on most Dual Special Needs Plans
UnitedHealthcare® today introduced its 2021 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, showcasing affordable coverage, exclusive benefits, expanded plan access and a simplified member experience that connects people to quality care – when and where they need it.
“It is more important than ever during times like these to provide stability and peace of mind for people when it comes to their care and coverage,” said Tim Noel, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We have listened intently to our members, and to deliver on the stable, comprehensive coverage they expect and deserve, we are committed to delivering Medicare plans with more: more $0 and low-premium plans and $0 copays; more benefits and access to care – all adding up to more value for the people we serve.”
Currently, more than 6.5 million peoplei are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans. In 2021, the company will expand its service area to reach nearly 3.2 million additional people in nearly 300 counties – the company’s largest footprint expansion in five years.i
Highlights of UnitedHealthcare’s 2021 Medicare Advantage plans include:
More Access to Care from Anywhere to Bring Peace of Mind
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed moment that is profoundly altering the health care landscape. At-home health care went from being a convenient care option to, at times, the only option for many people,” said Noel. “And while COVID-19 changed so much for so many of us, it did not change UnitedHealthcare’s unwavering commitment to helping people access the care they need, whether in a clinical setting or at home.”
Offerings that help enable more access to care include:
Simple, Affordable Products
“In listening to the people we serve, we know the key is affordable, predictable coverage that is easy to use and understand,” said Steve Warner, senior vice president of Medicare Advantage, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We purposefully design our products to meet consumers’ expectations around affordability and simplicity.”
Plans and product features that will help deliver cost savings and a simpler consumer experience in 2021 include:
“The breadth of UnitedHealth Group allows us to develop unique products with benefits that add real value to people’s lives – and their pocketbooks,” said Warner. “Our portfolio of plans offers something for everyone – from people seeking everyday wellness support to those ready to ramp up their fitness routines to those managing chronic conditions – and everyone in between.”
Extra benefits and features that help improve physical and financial well-being include:
More Plan Options to Meet Diverse Needs
The only company to offer Medicare plans with the AARP name, UnitedHealthcare serves nearly one in five people in the Medicare program through its portfolio of plansvi.
This includes approximately 4.5 million through its Medicare Supplement plans. In 2021, people with eligible UnitedHealthcare Medicare Supplement plans across 35 states will have access to a variety of value-added programs and features offered at no additional cost, including a nationwide dental discount program with no waiting periods or annual limits, a hearing aid discount program; 24/7 nurse line; Renew Active by UnitedHealthcare, which offers access to an extensive network of participating gyms and fitness locationsvii as well as access to AARP Staying Sharp® online brain health program; and an AARP Smart DriverTM course – an online or in-person driving refresher course that may allow for reduced insurance premiums.
UnitedHealthcare also serves approximately 4.1 million people through its stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans, including the AARP® MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, which offers $0 tier 1 copays at more than 9,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations.
People can make changes to their Medicare coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
For more information on UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, visit UHCMedicareHealthPlans.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
[i]Refers to UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans (i.e., non-special needs plans).
[ii]CMS enrollment data, August 2020. Enrollment across all plans.
[iii]Network size varies by market
[iv]New Renew Active states for 2021 – Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia.
[v]Based on gym and fitness location network size.
[vi]CMS enrollment data, August 2020.
[vii]These are additional insured member services apart from the Medicare Supplement Plan benefits, are not insurance programs, are subject to geographical availability and may be discontinued at any time. Availability of fitness program may vary by area. Fitness program network only includes participating facilities and locations. None of these services should be used for emergency or urgent care needs. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Note that certain services are provided by Affiliates of UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or other third parties not affiliated with UnitedHealthcare.