SignalHealth Partners with Medicare Experts to Serve Yakima SeniorsOctober 12, 2015
Strong provider network, quality healthcare coverage and customer service key to selecting Health Alliance Medicare
SignalHealth, a clinically integrated health care network, has partnered with Illinois-based Health Alliance Medicare to offer a new Medicare Advantage plan to Medicare-eligible seniors throughout Yakima County. Health Alliance Northwest has established a Yakima team and local office to assist seniors with coverage and service.
“It is important to SignalHealth, a network started by Memorial, that seniors are able to have quality alternatives when considering Medicare Advantage plans. Partnering with Health Alliance Medicare, which successfully developed a similar offering in Wenatchee a few years ago, ensures seniors receive health care from local doctors they know and trust,” said Dr. Richard Spiegel, CEO of SignalHealth.
“In Health Alliance Medicare, we have found a fitting collaborator to launch our new Medicare Advantage plan.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help provide additional Medicare options for Yakima County’s seniors,” said Health Alliance Vice President of Sales and Retention Jana Perry.
Since 2011, SignalHealth has worked to create a wide network of hospitals and providers, including physicians, midlevel providers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors, with more being added all the time, to serve Yakima Valley’s seniors. Here’s just a sampling of the hospital and clinician groups participating in the Health Alliance Medicare SignalAdvantage network:
- Memorial Family of Services
- Community Health of Central Washington
- Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics
- Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
- Orthopedics Northwest
- Yakima Urology Associates
- Comprehensive (Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health)
- Healthy Now Convenient Care Clinics
Those seeking additional information about Medicare coverage can also stop by the Health Alliance Medicare office in Yakima from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s located at 1701 Creekside Loop #100, Building 11.
“We provide health care coverage and customer service the way they ought to be. To us, that just seems right,” Perry said. Spiegel added, “We encourage seniors to speak with Health Alliance, local insurance brokers and their physicians about the benefits of such a plan.”
Timing will be important. While health insurers nationwide posted Medicare Advantage 2016 plans at the start of the month, October 15 marks the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), when people on Medicare need to choose their plan for next year. The AEP ends December 7.
Here are answers to some of the most common Medicare questions.
What is Medicare Advantage? Medicare Advantage plans allow members to save money while gaining extras over and above Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement.
What do Medicare Advantage plans cover?
- Doctor and specialist visits
- Outpatient surgery and rehab
- Yearly physicals and eye exams o Wellness shots and screenings
- Hospital stays
- Skilled nursing facility care
- Home health care and hospice o Prescriptions
Will I be able to see my doctor? Check out “Find a Doctor” at HealthAllianceMedicare.org to see if your doctor is in the Health Alliance Medicare network. More physicians and clinics are being added all the time.
How can I obtain more information? Health Alliance Medicare representatives can give you the information you need. Call 1-877-642-3331 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. TTY/TDD 711.
Health Alliance Medicare is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Health Alliance Medicare depends on contract renewal. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other providers are available in our network.
This information is available for free in other languages. Please call our customer service number at 1-877-642-3331 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from October 1 to February 14 and weekdays the rest of the year.
Esta información está disponible sin cargo en otros idiomas. Para obtener información adicional, llamar a nuestro número de servicio al cliente al 1-877-642-3331 (TTY: 711). Nuestro horario es de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m., los 7 días de la semana, 1 de octubre a 14 de febrero, y lunes a viernes el resto del año.