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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Announces Flexible, Affordable Blue MedicareRx(SM) Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Annual Open Enrollment Period is November 15 - December 31

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced today that it will offer three Medicare Part D prescription drug plans with added savings, coverage and convenience for people eligible for Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries in Oklahoma can sign up for or switch Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage during the 2008 annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15 and continues until December 31, 2007.

People eligible for Medicare can select one of three Blue MedicareRx(SM) plans -- Basic, Basic Plus and Enhanced -- to fit their personal needs and budget. Each plan covers more than 2,600 prescription drugs, including eligible generic drugs. With monthly premiums starting at $26.60, Blue MedicareRx plans offer different cost saving options which include no deductible, no co-payment for generic drugs and benefits during the coverage gap.

"People eligible for Medicare and their families, should take time during open enrollment to research the best plan that covers their current and future prescription drug needs," said Dr. Joe Nicholson, Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. "Our Blue MedicareRx plans offer convenient and cost-saving prescription drug solutions from a company people know and trust."

By enrolling in Blue MedicareRx, individuals will have access to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield nationwide network of more than 56,000 pharmacies which includes major retail pharmacies, such as Walgreens, CVS and Wal-Mart.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma have developed a Decision Guide to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families determine which plan is right for them. By calling 1-888-844-3781 or visiting to request a free Blue MedicareRx Decision Guide, people can

-- compare monthly premiums,

-- review a comprehensive formulary and

-- estimate their prescription drug costs.

To enroll or switch to a Blue MedicareRx plan, eligible individuals can simply submit their enrollment to their local authorized Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma agent, visit or call 1-888-844-3781 (TTY/TDD users call 1-888-844-3792) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Sunday from November 15 until December 31. To research Medicare prescription drug coverage options, visit or call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227, TTY/TDD users call 877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma:

(SM) Service Mark of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an Association of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma refers to HCSC Insurance Services Company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company. These companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and offer or provide services for Medicare Part D products under HCSC Insurance Services Company's contract S5715 with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Contact: Linda Sponsler

(918) 551-3341

Chad Friesen

(918) 551-3368

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
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