(News USA) – If you’ve ever struggled to find a driver to get to a doctor’s appointment, or been left without healthy food at home, or been isolated from family and 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 whole person.
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 a reduced sense of well-being. Humana identified areas in need and created a healthy food card benefit for select Medicare Advantage plans in several states. The benefit, for select eligible members with eligible dual 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 a cash benefit. cash every month, based on need and plan.
- Advantages of transportation. For older people, transportation can be a major factor in maintaining independence while preserving social connections. Several Humana health plans cover non-emergency medical transportation to help you get to doctor’s appointments. If transportation has been an issue for you, ask your health 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 with Medicare and is included at no additional cost to most Humana Medicare Advantage members. Members have access to 15,000 participating US fitness centers with cardio equipment, pools and free weights as well as fitness classes and social events. The program also includes yoga, walking groups and on-demand video lessons.
- far from alone. The health effects of weak social connection, which the pandemic has amplified, can be as dangerous as obesity or smoking. Humana provides many resources to keep aging adults connected with family and friends, and the opportunity to form new relationships. FarFromAlone.com provides a toll-free friendship line, mental health resources, and many more resources in members’ local communities. Humana Neighborhood Centers are also available in many areas and offer cooking classes, trivia, and walking groups to help you stay connected.
Be sure to learn about plan options safely 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; or go to www.Humana.com/Medicare to learn more about Humana plans. Humana 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 meets your specific health care needs.
Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO SNP, PPO, PPO SNP, and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Humana is also a managed care plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in any Humana plan is subject to contract renewal.