Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health
Phone:732-751-3451
Email:RCavanaugh@meridianhealth.com

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

This fall is your opportunity to change your Medicare coverage during the annual open enrollment period, which starts October 15 and ends December 7. This is the time of year when everyone with Medicare can join or change their health plan or prescription drug plan for 2016. Depending on needs, you can switch coverage from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa. You also can switch your Part D plan. Any changes you make will take effect January 1, 2016.

We would like to inform you that Meridian Health is a participating provider in the following Medicare Advantage plans:
• Aetna
• AmeriHealth Insurance Company of NJ
• Geisinger Gold Medicare Advantage Plan
• Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Meridian Health hospitals are comprised of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.

Meridian Health and Geisinger Health Plan offer seniors in Monmouth and Ocean counties access to Geisinger Gold, the highest-rated Medicare Advantage plan in New Jersey.* Featuring better management of chronic conditions and better health care outcomes than what is available with traditional Medicare and Medigap coverages, Geisinger Gold offers Medicare beneficiaries to a variety of plans with a range of benefits and premiums.

This is an important time to think about whether or not you are getting the most from your Medicare benefits. Individuals who are interested in receiving more information can call 1-800-846-1583.

*The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015-2016, whivch listed Geisinger Gold HMO in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Health Plan.


About Meridian Health

A leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge. In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.

About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger Health Plan’s HMO, Geisinger Choice’s PPO and Geisinger Gold’s HMO are among the highest-rated private and Medicare health plans in the nation.* The plan serves approximately 510,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, and Children’s Health Insurance Program and medical assistance recipients. For more information, please visit www.thehealthplan.com.