Administered by Anthem Blue Cross

This medical plan is a complement to your existing Medicare coverage; you must receive services from Medicare providers.   

How the plan works

  • You can choose any Medicare doctor or hospital you wish; providers who accept Medicare assignment cost less.
  • Medicare pays benefits first. Then this plan calculates benefits on the Medicare allowable amount, less what Medicare paid.
  • The plan covers some services that Medicare does not cover (called Benefits Beyond Medicare). The plan covers 80% of Anthem allowed charges for these services. See the plan benefits booklet for more details.
  • If your provider does not accept Medicare assignment, they can bill you for up to 15% over the Medicare allowable rate.
  • Behavioral health services are provided by Anthem Blue Cross and Medicare. Members are 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 providers to be sure they are available under this plan.

Best fit for you if:

  • You want direct access to Medicare providers without need for referrals
  • You are willing to pay variable costs per service

Plan costs

Retiree plan costs chart»

ID cards

If you are new to UC Medicare PPO, you and each of your family members will get an ID card from Anthem Blue Cross that you can use to access medical care and behavioral health services. You may also print a copy of your ID card from the Anthem website or call Anthem (844-437-0486) to request your ID number.

Moving outside California?

UC offers a Medicare Coordinator Program (administered by Via Benefits) to retirees and to families whose members are all eligible for or enrolled in Medicare and live in a state outside California.