Baystate Health, Health New England Announce Integrated Medicare Advantage Plan

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health and Health New England have partnered to create a new Medicare Advantage plan with prescription-drug coverage called Baystate Health Preferred HMO. The new plan is available starting Jan. 1, 2023 to Medicare-eligible people in Hampden and Hampshire counties who have or choose a Baystate Medical Practices primary-care provider (PCP).

Because Baystate Health owns Health New England, the organizations built this plan together to leverage their unique ability to coordinate members’ care and coverage. Medicare Advantage plans offer an alternative to traditional Medicare and focus on providing high-quality care. Many of these plans provide comprehensive medical and prescription-drug coverage and may include added benefits such as dental care, vision care, fitness, and other supplemental benefits.

Hampden and Hampshire County residents can enroll by clicking here during Medicare’s annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

“Together with our colleagues at Health New England, we created this plan to provide seamless care and coverage for patients of Baystate Medical Practices’ primary-care providers,” said Marion McGowan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baystate Health. “The plan brings the peace of mind that comes with knowing your healthcare providers and your health plan are working together.”

Richard Swift, president and CEO of Health New England, added that “the new Baystate Health Preferred HMO plan brings the power of integration between health plan and healthcare provider to our members. It offers added benefits and savings along with access to Baystate Medical Practices’ talented PCPs. In an integrated health system, your care and coverage are coordinated, making it easier for you to get the care you need.”