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2023 Medicare Advantage Options

You have the option to choose between our PPO plans and our HMO plan, depending on where you live in South Carolina. Take a look at the differences. 
Looking for 2022 Plans?

Plan Type Total PPO Total Value PPO Blue Basic PPO Secure HMO
Availability Available in 27 SC Counties [i] Available in 27 SC Counties [i] Available in 27 SC Counties [i] Available in Greenville & Richland Counties [i]
Monthly Premium $15 – 25 premiums $0 premium $0 premium $0 – 10 premiums
Extra Benefits Preventive and Comprehensive Dental included Preventive and Comprehensive Dental included Preventive and Comprehensive Dental included Primary care provider coordinates care (no out of network benefits)

BlueCross Total is open to residents in 27 South Carolina counties who have both Medicare Part A and Part B. Our service areas are:

BlueCross Total Upstate ($19 monthly) — Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York counties.

BlueCross Total Midlands/Coastal ($15 monthly) — Aiken, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties.

BlueCross Total Lowcountry ($25 monthly) — Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.

BlueCross Total Value is open to residents in 27 South Carolina counties who have both Medicare Part A and Part B. Our service areas are:

BlueCross Total Value Upstate ($0 monthly) — Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York counties.

BlueCross Total Value Midlands/Coastal ($0 monthly) — Aiken, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties.

BlueCross Total Value Lowcountry ($0 monthly) — Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.

BlueCross Blue Basic PPO is open to residents in 27 South Carolina counties who have both Medicare Part A and Part B. Our service areas are:

($0 monthly) — Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chesterfield, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Kershaw, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter and York counties.

BlueCross Secure HMO:

Greenville ($0 monthly) Richland ($10 monthly)

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Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Program

Prescription Drug Coverage

Unlike Original Medicare, our plans include coverage for Medicare Part D prescription drugs. You're also eligible for our free therapy management program designed to help you keep your medications on the right track by:

  • Making sure all your medications are the right choice for your medical conditions.
  • Teaching you how to get the most from your medications.
  • Lowering your risk for potential harmful drug reactions and side effects.
  • Teaching you why it’s important to take your medications on time.
  • Helping you potentially find ways to save money.

Extra Benefits with Medicare Advantage

Fitness Membership

Access online programs, no-cost fitness center memberships and home fitness programs through our Silver&Fit® program.

E-Shop for Your Health

You receive $35 – $55 per quarter in over-the-counter (OTC) items with free shipping. Order placed once per quarter via phone, catalog or vendor website. New for 2023 you can use an OTC benefits card at your pharmacy. See your evidence of coverage (EOC) for details.

Vision, Hearing & Dental

Get excellent eye care and eyewear with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and VSP® Vision care.

Care Support

A dedicated nurse is available to help you manage chronic conditions and coordinate your care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Plan Coverage

Do I have to choose a network primary care provider (PCP)?

If you have a Total or Total Value PPO plan, it's not required. 

As a member of BlueCross Total Value, you do not have to choose a network primary care provider (PCP); however, we strongly encourage you to choose a PCP and let us know whom you have chosen. Your PCP can help you stay healthy, treat illnesses and coordinate your care with other health care providers. You do not need a referral to visit a specialist.

If you have a Secure HMO plan, you must have a PCP on file with us. 

It is very important that you choose a network PCP and tell us whom you have chosen. Your PCP can help you stay healthy, treat illnesses and coordinate your care with other health care providers. Your PCP will provide most of your care, and when you need more specialized services, he or she will coordinate your care with other providers. Your PCP will help you find a specialist and will arrange for covered services you get as a member of our plan.

How can I find a list of in-network doctors? 

You can find an up-to-date list of primary care providers, specialists, durable medical equipment suppliers and hospitals in our network using our online finder tools. 

Find a Doctor or Drug
 

Download Total/Total Value/Blue Basic (PPO) Provider Directory
Download Secure (HMO) Provider Directory

How do I compare plans and enroll?

Comparison & Enrollment Tools 

It's easy to shop and compare plans using our online enrollment tools. 

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Review Documents

You can also take a look at our resources based on your plan of interest: 

Total PPO:

Total Value PPO: 

Blue Basic: 

  • You can compare BlueCross Blue Basic to other plans using our Summary of Benefits. Please note the Summary of Benefits does not list every service that we cover, or list every limitation or exclusion.
  • To get a complete list of our benefits, please review the Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC): BlueCross Blue Basic ANOC
  • To get a complete list of our benefits, please review the BlueCross Blue Basic Evidence of Coverage for your plan.

Secure HMO: 

Can I change plans after I enroll?

Enrollment in this plan is generally for the entire year. You may leave this plan or make changes during the Annual Election Period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) occurs each year between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare or join another Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare may also allow you to change plans under special circumstances, such as

  • If you permanently move out of your plan’s service area.
  • If you get help from your state Medicaid program paying Medicare premiums or cost-sharing.
  • If you qualify for extra help paying for prescription drugs.
  • If you enter, live in or leave a nursing home.

The Medicare program rates how well health plans perform in different categories (for example, ratings in customer service and detecting and preventing illnesses). By visiting the website www.Medicare.gov,* you can compare the ratings for plans in your area by selecting “Find Health and Drug Plans.” You can also get a copy of our plans' ratings by calling us at 1-855-204-2744 (TTY 711), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

*This link leads to a third-party site. That party is solely responsible for the privacy policy and contents of its site. 

Prescription Drug Coverage

Where can I get my prescriptions?

BlueCross has formed a network of pharmacies that you must use to receive BlueCross Total Value prescription drug benefits. In general, you must use network pharmacies to access your prescription drug benefit, except in special circumstances. 

The pharmacy network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. For an up-to-date list of the pharmacies in our network, see our your plan's Pharmacy Directory on the Forms & Policies page, or search by pharmacy name or location using the Pharmacy Locator. If you would like a Pharmacy Directory mailed to you, please call Customer Service at 1-855-204-2744.

Which prescriptions are covered?

BlueCross Total has a list of Covered Prescription Drugs (formulary). The formulary may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. For the most current information, see our Comprehensive Total/Secure Formulary or Total Value Formulary (list of covered prescription drugs effective Jan. 1, 2022) or our drug search tools: Total/Secure Drug Search and Total Value Drug Search.* Restrictions may apply. For a list of upcoming changes, see the Formulary Change Notice. For information about our preferred vendor for blood glucose test strips, see our Preferred Test Strips Vendor Notice.

*These links lead to third-party websites. Those parties are solely responsible for the privacy policies and contents of their sites. 

Do certain drugs have additional requirements?

Some covered drugs may have additional requirements or limits on coverage. These requirements and limits may include prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy. You can find links to our plan's prior authorization and step therapy criteria here:

  • Prior authorization: requires you or your physician to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means you will need to get approval before you fill your prescriptions. If you don’t get approval, the plan may not cover the drug.
    • Secure HMO/Total Value (PPO)
    • Total Value (PPO) 
  • Quantity limits: For certain drugs, the plan limits the amount of the drug that will be covered.
  • Step therapy: In some cases, the plan requires you to first try certain drugs to treat your medical condition before another drug will be covered for that condition.
    • Secure HMO/Total (PPO)
    • Total Value (PPO)

 

Do I qualify for subsidized prescription drug coverage?

You may be able to get Extra Help to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. To see if you qualify for getting Extra Help, call:

Learn about the Medicare Extra Help program here. This program provides additional help for people with limited income. You can also view the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)* Best Available Evidence (BAE) policy.

*CMS is an independent organization with health information you may find helpful. 

How do I enroll in the MTM program?

It’s easy to get started in the MTM program. If you are eligible, you are automatically enrolled, and you will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to participate. There is no added cost for participating, and you may decline individual services or opt-out of the program at any time. Learn more about the MTM Program here.

Have More Questions?

Use our online enrollment and comparison tools to shop for plans.

Note: this link will direct you to another site and prompt you to share your zip code for plan information. 

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is a Medicare Advantage PPO and HMO plan with a Medicare contract. BlueCross Essential, Rx Value and BlueCross Rx Plus are stand-alone prescription drug plans with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in BlueCross Total, BlueCross Total Value, BlueCross Blue Basic, BlueCross Secure, BlueCross Essential, BlueCross Rx Value or BlueCross Rx Plus depends on contract renewal.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year.

Out-of-network/non-contracted providers are under no obligation to treat BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Medicare members, except in emergency situations. For a decision about whether we will cover an out-of-network service, we encourage you or your provider to ask us for a pre-service organization determination before you receive the service. Please call Customer Service or see your Evidence of Coverage for more information, including the cost-sharing that applies to out-of-network services.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or health status in our health plans, when we enroll members or provide benefits. Free language interpretation services are available for those who cannot read or speak English. Read our Non-Discrimination Statement and Foreign Language Access policy.