BCBSTX Expands Medicare Advantage Market Area, Choices

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas: Medicare, Group & Retail

BCBSTX Expands Medicare Advantage Market Area, Choices As you may have just heard, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is increasing its footprint in the Medicare Advantage (MAPD) market. In addition to expanding the market area to 59 Texas counties, new MAPD products will be introduced.



Are You Ready for Medicare AEP?
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) opens Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.
Certification required: As a reminder, you must complete both the AHIP certification Leaving site icon and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas' (BCBSTX) annual training  Leaving site icon to begin marketing/selling our Medicare Advantage/PDP products.
Take advantage of Medicare training: In just 30 minutes, these webinars can help you prepare to sell Medicare, and learn how to help clients select and enroll in a plan.
Next sessions:

  • Aug. 12 – Certify with BCBSTX
  • Aug. 17 – Virtual selling and DocuSign
  • Aug. 19 – BCBSTX Supply Portal

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Next Small Group deadlines:
  • Oct. 1 renewals: paperwork is due Sept. 1
  • Nov. 1 renewals: paperwork is due Oct. 4
  • See all 2021 PDF due dates.

Why it matters: The expansion increases access to and choice for new coverage options for Medicare-eligible individuals throughout Texas and the growing population of adults aging into Medicare. These changes will be implemented for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which opens Oct. 15.

  • Some of the new markets are located in rural and underserved areas.
  • Some new MAPD plans (HMO and PPO) include $0 premiums and enhanced benefits beyond traditional Medicare.   

More information coming: The expanded market areas and new products will be discussed in detail during the upcoming Producer Road Shows beginning in September. Watch for your invitations.

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