Expanded Hospice benefits now available to 1.5 million KentuckiansNavigator News
Anthem recently expanded access to hospice on employer-based and individual health plans.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – June 20, 2019 – Hospice care is critical to providing quality of life and comfort to those receiving care, and serves as a valuable resource to their families. Recognizing hospice’s many benefits beyond end-of-life care, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently enhanced its hospice care benefits to help consumers access these services sooner, improving the total quality of care they receive.
Anthem’s employer-based and individual health plans now offer consumers 12 months of hospice coverage and will also cover hospice services concurrent with continued medical treatments to treat and/or potentially cure the illness. As with most health plans, palliative care such as hospice was previously only covered once curative treatments had been discontinued.
“Hospice care focuses on quality of life, providing comfort and symptom management to patients with a terminal prognosis, as well as support for the whole family with caregiver education and emotional and spiritual support,” said Bluegrass Care Navigators CEO Liz Fowler. “We appreciate that Anthem recognizes the many benefits that the entire family will have by accessing hospice services sooner, even as a patient continues curative medical care.”
“At Anthem, we’re committed to offering consumers affordable access to quality health care services,” said Dr. Jeff Reynolds, medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky. “Helping consumers benefit from hospice care earlier and reassuring them that seeking hospice services does not mean giving up on life can be incredibly powerful.”
Bluegrass Care Navigators provides hospice care to more than 900 patients daily across 32 Kentucky counties. The organization has supported Kentuckians facing serious illness with hospice care for more than 40 years, and is a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient, and a two-time Circle of Life Award Winner.
Hospice coverage on Anthem Medicare and Medicaid plans remain unchanged because these benefits are determined by the agencies that oversee them.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky:
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About Bluegrass Care Navigators
Bluegrass Care Navigators provides hospice care in 32 counties across central, eastern and northern Kentucky. In addition, the agency supports those facing serious illness or chronic disease with private duty nursing, home primary care, transitional care, adult day health care, and palliative care services. For more information visit our homepage at www.bgcarenav.org or call 855-492-0812.