HHH, San Benito Medical Associates, CareMore Offer County’s First Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advanatge plans offer extra or tailored benefits for customers

It was recently announced that San Benito County residents will now have access to a Medicare Advantage Plan thanks to the collaborative efforts of Hazel Hawkins Hospital, San Benito Medical Associates (SBMA) and CareMore Health Plan.

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide customers with Part A and Part B benefits. In addition to standard Medicare coverage, these types of plans typically offer extra or tailored benefits within their networks at group rates; these can include, plan depending, transportation, vision and dental coverage, and specialized programs such as nutrition support and/or exercise programs and other options.

Some Medicare Advantage plans cost nothing more per month than original Medicare, while others come with a higher monthly premium. According to Modern Healthcare, approximately 18 million senior and disabled Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans as of September 2015.

CareMore, a subsidiary of Anthem, serves more than 80,000 Medicare members throughout Southern California, Northern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Richmond, Va., under federally-approved Medicare Advantage contracts.

There are several plans available, and like all healthcare options whether or not a Medicare Advantage Plan is right for individuals and which plan would be best, depends greatly on their personal needs, preferences and circumstances.

Those interested in a exploring the benefits of one of CareMore’s Medicare Advantage plans in San Benito County can contact CareMore Regional Sales Manager Roslyn Jacobs at (408) 476-5114 or CareMore sales at their toll-free number, (844) 730-0405.   

Marty Richman

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Marty (Martin G.) spent his teen years in northern New Jersey. He served more than 22 years on active military duty, mostly in Europe, and is a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Nuclear Weapons Technical Officer. Marty then worked 25 years in various engineering and management positions in the electronics and energetic materials industries supporting the communications, computer, aerospace, defense and automotive sectors. He is a graduate, summa cum laude, from The College of Hard Knocks, among his numerous awards and accomplishments. He was a regular weekly Op/Ed columnist and feature writer for The Hollister Free Lance for seven years and a member of its editorial board for five years. Marty is a frequent commentator and contributor to BenitoLink on a wide variety of local, state, national and international subjects.   Marty was elected to represent the City of Hollister District 4 on the City Council in November, 2018. Marty and his wife, Joyce, have been residents of Hollister since 1996.