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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Receives Approval for Medicare Advantage BlueMedicare Plans in 2008
Date:10/10/2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) today announced it has received federal approval for all of its 2008 Medicare Advantage BlueMedicare(SM) product offerings. This includes a new Private Fee for Service (PFFS) product, expansion of PPO and HMO products to additional counties, and new Part D prescription drug plan benefits.

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BlueMedicare PFFS and the BlueMedicare Rx Part D prescription drug plan will be available statewide. The BlueMedicare PPO will continue to be available in Palm Beach, Broward, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and will be a new offering in Escambia, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota counties. The BlueMedicare HMO will continue to be available in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and will now also be offered in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.

"Every year, we strive to offer Florida Medicare beneficiaries products that provide quality service at an affordable price," said Barbara Benevento, group vice president of senior programs, BCBSF. "By offering new BlueMedicare product options and expanding availability of existing products we are increasing access to high quality, comprehensive coverage plans for more beneficiaries."

BCBSF's new BlueMedicare Private Fee for Service product allows PFFS members to use any provider-not only in Florida, but nationwide-who accepts Medicare and agrees to accept the terms and conditions of the BlueMedicare PFFS plan. No referrals are needed and pharmacy coverage is included. Members will have $0 co-pay for generic drugs and a mail order benefit of a 90-day supply for only two co-payments.

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