(United States) – If you have ever had trouble finding a taxi to your doctor’s appointment, or if you did not eat healthy food in your home, or if you have been isolated from your family and your friends for a long time, you are not alone. Humana recognizes that these situations are barriers to good health – especially as we age – and offers benefits in its Medicare Advantage plans to meet the needs of the person as a whole.
During this annual Medicare enrollment period, which begins October 15 and ends December 7, it’s important to consider what you need in life to stay healthy. For example:
- Healthy Food Map. Food insecurity leads to higher rates of chronic disease, leading to increased medical costs and decreased sense of well-being. Humana has identified areas in need and created a healthy food card benefit for certain Medicare Advantage plans in several states. The benefit, for some eligible members with double-eligible special needs plans, can be used to purchase healthy groceries from various national retailers and comes in the form of a wallet card loaded with an in-benefit benefit. cash each month, as needed and on plan.
- Advantages of transport. For older people, transportation can be a major factor in maintaining independence while preserving social bonds. Many of Humana’s health plans cover non-emergency medical transportation to help you get to your doctor’s appointments. If transportation has been a problem for you, check with your health insurance plan or insurance agent about transportation benefits in your area.
- Silver sneakers. Regular physical activity can help aging adults live independently, minimize the risk of falls and fractures, reduce anxiety and depression, and control arthritis pain. The Silver Sneakers health and fitness program is designed for people on Medicare and is included at no additional cost for most Humana Medicare Advantage members. Members have access to 15,000 participating fitness centers across the United States with cardiovascular equipment, swimming pools and free weights as well as fitness classes and social events. The program also includes yoga, walking groups, and video-on-demand classes.
- Far from being alone. The health effects of a weak social bond, which the pandemic has amplified, can be as dangerous as obesity or smoking. Humana provides many resources for keeping aging adults in touch with family and friends, and the ability to form new relationships. FarFromAlone.com provides a free friendship line, mental health resources and many other resources in local member communities. Humana Neighborhood Centers are also available in many areas and offer cooking classes, trivia, and walking groups to help stay connected.
Be sure to educate yourself about safe plan options using digital resources, including educational events and one-on-one meetings with licensed sales agents. Beneficiaries can also visit www.Medicare.gov; call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; where to go to www.Humana.com/Medicare to learn more about the Humana plans. Humana’s authorized sales agents are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week at 1-800-213-5286 (TTY: 711). With these resources, you’ll be able to confidently select a Medicare Advantage 2022 plan that suits your specific healthcare needs.
Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO SNP, PPO, PPO SNP, and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Humana is also a coordinated care plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state’s Medicaid program. Enrollment in a Humana plan is dependent on contract renewal.