Alignment Health Plan is one of 48 Medicare plans nationally to be recognized for cost-sharing effectiveness and value in the design of its 2016 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
Alignment Health Plan’s AllCare Preferred (Stanislaus County), Heritage Preferred (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) and My Choice HMO (San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties) are the only plans in their respective markets to qualify for the 2016 Senior Choice Gold Award.
“As we develop products to support our members, we believe it is our responsibility to do the best we can by offering benefits and programs that are well-rounded,” said Dawn Maroney, president of Alignment Health Plan. “Individuals on Medicare have been paying for this program for many years, and being recognized in many of the markets we serve gives us validation of doing a job well-done.”
Alignment Health Plan, formerly known as Citizens Choice Health Plan, is a subsidiary of Alignment Healthcare. Award recipients were selected from more than 110 Medicare managed care plans based on cost-sharing comparisons conducted by HealthMetrix Research Inc., a national independent managed care research firm.
“Alignment Health Plan has demonstrated a commitment to delivering maximum value in the design of their plan benefits, copayments, deductibles, and premiums,” said HealthMetrix Research President Alan Mittermaier. “Informed beneficiaries can rely on this award as an indication of overall high value and quality.”
The award selections were based on estimated 2016 cost-sharing comparisons conducted in more than 100 cities during October 2015 by HealthMetrix Research. The annual comparisons estimate the out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries based on health status categories (healthy/episodic/chronic) and corresponding utilization of the most common plan benefits (physician office visits, emergency or urgent care, hospital care, prevention care, prescriptions). The comparisons identify the Medicare plans with the lowest and highest estimated annual out-of-pocket costs based on the approved 2016 member copayments, deductibles and premiums that appear in the Medicare Plan Finder database (www.medicare.gov).