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2009 Annual Benefit Changes for Anthem Blue Cross 51+

Feb 18, 2009

Every year, Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) combs through their products and plans to find ways to make them more valuable for members and groups alike.

In particular, Anthem took a close look at preventive care. They believe that preventive care is extremely important for maintaining good health.  That's why they continue to cover these services in all standard plans for children and adults, including screenings, immunizations and other services to detect medical conditions in advance. To support these services, they also removed the $250 maximum on physical exams.

When deciding which services are considered preventive, Anthem listens to recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the American Cancer Society, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In light of this, they’ve added colorectal cancer screenings to their preventive service list.

Click here for a spreadsheet listing January’s benefit changes for the 51+ market. Changes to the Preventive Care Guidelines (i.e., the addition of Colorectal Cancer Screenings) became effective January 1, 2009.  Other benefit changes will become effective upon renewal.

Benefit summaries are now available at Please note that changes for 126+ RENEWING business will not take effect until April 1, 2009. 

If you have any further questions, please contact your B&P representative.
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