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Expanded AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage now covers 17 N.J. counties

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AmeriHealth New Jersey is expanding its Medicare Advantage program to cover a total of 17 counties statewide. The company already offers the program in five counties. Under Medicare Advantage, health insurance companies contract with the government to provide the Medicare program, which is for seniors aged 65 and older.

AmeriHealth said individuals already covered by AmeriHealth's Medicare Advantage HMO Plan in the original five counties will see a premium decrease.

"We are always looking for new ways to offer the people of our state affordable, quality options," said Mike Munoz, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We saw an opportunity to increase access for Medicare beneficiaries, and at the same time reduce costs for our existing members."

The company said that its AmeriHealth 65 Preferred HMO Plan provides all Medicare Part A and Part B benefits as well as coverage beyond what is offered by the government-run Medicare program. AmeriHealth provides a network of 3,000 primary care doctors, 50,000 specialists, and 100 hospitals in addition to extra benefits like vision, dental and hearing. Prescription drug coverage is also available

The AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage program is now available in the following counties: Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset, Union, Atlantic, Bergen, Monmouth, Morris and Warren.

AmeriHealth said its Medicare Advantage premiums vary by county and that in nine of the 17 counties AmeriHealth is the lowest priced product.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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