Blue Cross Offers Tips for Choosing a Medicare Plan
Only one week left in Annual Enrollment Period

Nov. 30, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  For Medicare-eligible Louisianians, there’s still time to sign up for Medicare Advantage (MA) coverage. The Annual Enrollment Period ends on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

For those still seeking coverage, Blue Cross offers the following tips on choosing a plan:

Know your Medicare options
With Original Medicare (Parts A and B), you get coverage for hospital care, doctor visits, skilled nursing facility care, home health care services and preventive services.

Original Medicare doesn’t cover all of your health care expenses, leaving you responsible for about 20 percent of your costs. It also doesn’t include prescription drug coverage (Part D), which you can buy separately.

With Medicare Advantage (Part C), you get Parts A and B, plus extra benefits. These plans are offered through private insurance companies.

Consider Medicare Advantage
If you are looking for an all-in-one plan with extra benefits, Medicare Advantage might be right for you. Depending on the plan you choose, you could get a fitness center membership, plus vision, hearing and dental services. Some MA plans even include prescription drug coverage.

You will still need to pay your Medicare Part B premium, but the good news is that MA plans have low or $0 monthly premiums. You really can get more for less!

Don’t go it alone. Ask for help.
There is no cost or obligation to have an experienced agent walk you through your plan options and answer your questions.

Be sure to ask your agent to review the 3 P’s to make sure your Medicare plan is the right fit for you.

  1. Provider
    Can you see your choice of network doctors and specialists … all without a referral?
  2. Pharmacy
    Will you have prescription drug options covered from your first dollar of expense – with no deductible?
  3. Plan Value
    How can you keep more money in your pocket every month while enjoying extra benefits like telehealth services or fitness programs?

Hometown Productions produced a video (2:53) with Blue Cross Medicare Benefit Specialist Ann Booth sharing tips for the final week of Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period. 

Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to use the following resources to learn more about Medicare and their plan options for 2022:

Medicare Made Easy Videos and Virtual Chats
Visit the Blue Cross Facebook page to view our virtual chats with Medicare experts and learn annual enrollment tips. Blue Cross’ Medicare Made Easy YouTube playlist features short videos from in-house experts, including a Medicare 101 video. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana YouTube channel also has videos about various health topics from Blue Cross’ clinical team, including doctors, nurses, social workers and pharmacists.

Free, Expert Guidance by Phone
With fewer options for in-person assistance, Medicare beneficiaries can still get the help they need from Blue Cross experts who can answer their questions and help them find a plan that best meets their needs. It doesn’t cost anything to work with an agent, and there is no obligation to enroll. Plus, one of the best things about working with an agent is that it can become a relationship, not just during enrollment.

To learn more about Medicare and Blue Cross plan options, visit or call 1-800-568-1417 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We have been recognized twice as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at