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Creating—and sustaining—the innovation that is Medicare

More than 50 years ago, the federal government turned to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield System to make the vision and hope of Medicare a reality for the nation’s elderly. Community by community, BCBS companies were there to help give birth to this innovation, and they have brought security and stability to millions ever since.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are working to ensure that Medicare continues to modernize so it can remain successful for generations to come. BCBS companies provide coordinated, patient-centered care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.

BCBS companies cover 3.2 MILLION beneficiaries in the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE program. 

Source:  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2018

1.5 MILLION beneficiaries access affordable prescriptions through BCBS MEDICARE PART D coverage. 

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2018

4.1 MILLION beneficiaries are protected by BCBS coverage in the MEDIGAP/MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT program.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2018

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WE SUPPORT FOUR STRATEGIES TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE'S PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE QUALITY AND EXPAND CHOICE

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SUPPORT FLEXIBILITY

Allow more flexibility in benefits to better address chronic disease and improve care.

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IMPROVE QUALITY

Emphasize greater care coordination and improvements in patient health.

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PROMOTE CHOICE

Provide affordable coverage options and decision-making tools that meet the healthcare needs of enrollees.

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MODERNIZE MEDICARE

Use new technologies and expand payment based on quality, not quantity, of services.

BCBS companies are supporting Medicare beneficiaries through Medicare Advantage.

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