Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS

Posted on October 17, 2021


For Immediate Release                                                                                                            Contact:  Edward Byrnes 

Date:  October 15, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS


SYRACUSE, NY – A NEW zero-premium option, $40 Part B monthly refunds, savings on select insulin, and a meal delivery service are among the 2022 benefit highlights for Medicare Advantage Plans from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. And that’s in addition to longtime favorites including benefits for Dental, fitness, hearing and vision, eyewear allowances, over-the-counter benefits, telehealth, a 24/7 Nurse Care Line, and worldwide coverage for urgent and emergency care when members travel. 1.   


“We listened to our members and designed plans with more of what matters. And cutting costs wherever we can.” said Heather Smith, Excellus BCBS vice president for Medicare Sales. “Plus, our members get the support that comes with a more complete approach to care and local teams that are here for them 24/7. It’s all part of how Blue brings more to Medicare, so our members can move forward with more confidence in their coverage.” 


New for 2022

  • $0 Medicare BlueActive (PPO) plan with Part B refund ($40/month)
  • Reduced PCP/specialist copays across most plans
  • Preventive dental included on most plans
  • Eyewear allowance of at least $120 on most plans
  • Part D Senior Savings Plan, insulin savings program available on most non-$0 plans 
  • Lower premiums for many plans
  • Meal delivery service provided by Mom’s Meals® available on Medicare BlueSecure (PPO) and Medicare BlueEnhanced (PPO) plans


“Our local sales teams are not only selling Medicare, they live and give back right in our hometown – and they are here to help.  And this year it's about making Medicare work harder,” said Smith. “That means options that provide comprehensive care – hospital care, medical service and prescription drug coverage – all in one plan and all with predictable costs.”


Call to learn more:  

800-201-0484 /(TTY:711) 8am-8pm Mon.–Fri., and seven days a week from Oct. 1–Dec. 30. 



View 2022 Medicare plan costs and benefits and additional tools and information.




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1. Benefits vary by plan.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit

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