UC High Option is a Medicare supplement plan, covering costs Medicare does not cover.

2018 changes: Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Anthem Blue Cross will administer pharmacy benefits for UC High Option and UC’s other preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans.

Anthem currently administers medical and behavioral health benefits for UC’s PPO plans, and will continue in that role in 2018. Although UC and OptumRx have worked hard to improve member experience and to address problems with enrollment and authorizations, UC determined that Anthem would be a better fit as pharmacy benefits administrator for UC’s PPO plans moving forward.

More information and answers to your questions will be provided as soon as they’re available, and highlighted in Open Enrollment materials.

OptumRx will continue as the pharmacy benefits administrator for UC’s PPO plans through 2017. If you have questions about your current PPO pharmacy benefits, visit the OptumRx website or call OptumRx at 855-798-4682.

ID cards

You will receive separate ID cards for your medical and pharmacy benefits. You may also print a copy of your ID card from the Anthem or OptumRx website or call Anthem (844-437-0486) or OptumRx (855-489-0651) to request your ID number.

How the plan works

  • You must use Medicare providers; providers who accept Medicare assignment cost less.
  • For services covered by Medicare, Medicare benefits are primary and then the benefits of this plan are calculated to coordinate up to the Medicare allowed amount.
  • You pay the deductible ($50 per member) for the non-Medicare-covered services that the plan covers.
  • Behavioral health benefits are provided by Medicare and Anthem Blue Cross. Beginning in 2017, members will be covered for outpatient services not covered by Medicare from all in- and out-of-network licensed behavioral health providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, MFTs and MFCCs. Please check with your provider to be sure they are available under this plan. 

Best fit for you if:

  • You are willing to pay higher premiums for nearly 100% coverage
  • You want direct access to Medicare providers without need for referrals

Plan costs

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