Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Plans

Anthem Blue Cross is a fantastic insurance carrier with lots of experience serving the San Diego community. Anthem Blue Cross offers multiple Supplement Insurance options including a Plan F and Plan F Innovative plan that is only available through their carrier. Anthem also offers Advantage Plans under their MediBlue plans with a large network of San Diego doctors.


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Why Choose Anthem Blue Cross for Medicare in San Diego

Read 3 top reasons to choose Anthem Blue Cross for Medicare. Contact us and we will help you decide if this is the right plan for you. Don’t do it alone, we can help!

1. Plan F and Plan F Innovative

Only with Anthem can you sign up for the retired Supplement Insurance – Plan F. This plan was retired at the end of 2019 and it isn’t available to people now turning 65 or people turning 65 in the future. However, for those who qualify for Plan F, and for those who turned 65 before 2020, Anthem is the only carrier still offering it.

Plan F is a great option for those of you who turned 65 before 2020 and have not yet enrolled in a Supplement plan. For those of you who have continued your insurance under your employer, Anthem may be the best Medicare carrier for you.


2. Robust Additional Benefits with “Anthem Extra”

When signing up for your Anthem Supplement Insurance, you’ll have the ability to add dental, vision, and hearing aids benefits to your plan for only a small additional fee. You’ll have tons of plans to choose from so you’ll be able to pair all your plans in one place.

Supplement plans have the same benefits no matter which carrier you select. This means the additional benefits they offer become a major factor in selecting your insurance carrier. 


3. Multiple Supplement and Advantage Options

Anthem Blue Cross is a quality insurance carrier with a reputation for providing quality care for its insured. You will have multiple plans to choose from and you’ll have a carrier known for covering your medical needs at the right price.

Advantage plans offer access to only a specific network of doctors. It is important to study the plan benefits and the plan pricing. It is just as important to verify you will be able to visit the doctors that matter most to you.


“I recently turned 65 and was in need of help evaluating Medicare. Before our enrollment meeting, I had saved and never looked at this stack of papers I received in the mail from multiple insurance companies. It was overwhelming and not helpful. Keaton and Alexa visited me at my home and changed the situation completely. I was able to quickly wrap my head around my Medicare options and make a selection. Thanks for your help!”

Ron B. - Medicare Client

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Medicare Plans from Anthem Blue Cross

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Supplement Insurance Plan F and Innovative F

New to Medicare? Turned 65 a few years ago? — Enroll in Plan F or Innovative F and SAVE $240! Only with Anthem Blue Cross can you enroll in Plan F which was discontinued in 2019. If you turned 65 before 2020 and you’ve been enrolled in a qualifying group insurance policy, Anthem is the best option for you to enroll in a Plan F or Innovative F.

Even better, receive $20 off your monthly premium for the first 12 months of your policy if you enroll in Plan F.

Plan F is the best Supplement Insurance option because your Part B deductible is reduced to $0. You’ll receive care without paying a deductible for medically-necessary services like doctors’ services and tests, outpatient care, home health services.

Supplement Insurance Plans G and N

Although Anthem Blue Cross does not offer all of the Supplement Insurance plans available it does offer the most popular ones. Since Plan F is no longer available, Plan G has become the most popular choice for those turning 65 in 2021. Plan N is also popular because it too offers great coverage with a low deductible at foreign travel protection.

The major difference between Plan G and Plan N is that Plan G covers Part B “Excess Charges”. A doctor who doesn’t accept assignment may charge you up to 15 percent more than the Medicare-approved amount.

With Plan N, Medicare pays 80 percent, then you receive a bill for the remaining 20 percent. With Plan G, Medicare covers 100% of those costs.

Advantage Plans

Anthem Blue Cross offers a handful of HMO Advantage plans that are well priced for their robust benefits. As with all Advantage Plans, your medical and prescription drug coverage will be bundled into a single plan and a single premium. You’ll have additional benefits like dental and vision insurance bundled on top of your traditional coverage.

These plans provide access to over 60 major medical facilities in San Diego including some Scripps facilities, Palomar Medical Center, and Scripps Memorial, and Scripps Green.

These plans have a limited number of doctors accepting them, so you’ll want to ask HealthyMarks to make sure your primary care physician and the important specialists you visit will accept your plan

Additional Benefits with Anthem’s Medicare Plan

Anthem’s benefits include worldwide coverage, SilverSneakers, dental coverage and more!

Emergency Response

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Arrange and pay for medical transport to the nearest appropriate treatment center or back home when medically needed. Get health-related travel information and help replacing lost prescription medicine, eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Dental Benefits

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With Anthem Extras you get access to over 32,000 dentists without the need for any referral. With the “International Emergency Dental Program” you can be confident you’ll have any emergency dental work taken care of with a qualified dentist.

Vision Benefits

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Anthem’s vision benefits include more than 38,000 doctors at over 27,000 locations. You can also use your benefits at 1-800 CONTACTS® and other major retailers like Target Optical® and LensCrafters®

Hearing Aids Benefits

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Through the “Hearing Care Solutions”network of providers, coverage is provided for an annual hearing exam and if needed you will be offered hearing aids. Your hearing aid benefits offer up to $750 per year toward hearing devices.

Telehealth Services

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Anthem Blue Cross offers 24/7 access to medical help. You can visit a doctor on the phone or through a virtual visit on your phone or computer. Be confident you can always get the services you need when you need them.

Nationwide Providers

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With a Supplement Insurance plan from Anthem, you can visit doctors anywhere in the United States at in-network costs. If you live in two different places throughout the year, this benefit will ensure you can visit all of your doctors.

Travel Assistance

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No matter where life takes you, help is just a phone call away when you need it. With travel assistance, you can get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have an emergency medical situation when you’re traveling outside the U.S., just call our assistance line.

Bundle Benefits

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Anthem Blue Cross offers not only medical insurance, but also multiple products that can help a family. Bundle of your Anthem benefits in one place for one simple payment to cover your additional needs.

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Prescription Drug Coverage for Anthem Blue Cross

Anthem’s Advantage plans offer bundled prescription drugs services and you can also pair a Part D plan with an Anthem Supplement Insurance Plan. However, you can also pair your Anthem Supplement Insurance with a Part D plan from a separate carrier.

Contact us to discuss which Part D plan will be best for you based on the prescriptions you currently take. Our team will review all your options for coverage to ensure you are receiving your prescriptions at the best price possible.

SilverSneakers – Group Exercises

Group exercises designed for all abilities. Thousands of partners and locations and you can visit as many as you wish.

Online workouts and online fitness and nutrition tips. The SilverSneakers GO app with workouts and direction to help you stay fit.

Even if you have never had a gym membership, SilverSneakers is a helpful program to get you in the right place. Social activity with other members to help your well-being.

No additional cost for Anthem Medicare Supplement plans. Just a great added benefit.

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FAQS – Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Plans

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  • 1. How do I get my Medicare Number?

    After you enroll in Original Medicare, you'll receive your Medicare number in the mail.  This can take up to 3 weeks for the Social Security Office to process your application and send you your Medicare number.  Enroll in Original Medicare here:

  • 2. Should I enroll in Medicare by myself or with the help of a broker?

    You should enroll with a Medicare broker like HealthyMarks. There are no drawbacks to working with a broker. The services offered by our team are free to you because insurance companies have agreed that our services are worth it to them. Our goal is to ensure you enroll in the best plan for you.

  • 3. Should I stick with my Large Group Employer health insurance policy or switch to Medicare?

    For companies larger than 100 employees, health insurance policies are no longer age based. The group takes the entire age of the company, averages it out, and provides the same rate for all employees no matter their age.

    Even though you at age 65 will get a better deal than someone at age 30, these group health insurance plans still do not match the price or quality of care you can receive from a 2020 Medicare Supplement plan.

    For example. I have a family member approaching her 65th birthday. She has awesome insurance through her employer Nordstrom. Her company pays half the monthly plan costs meaning she only pays $230 a month. This is extremely inexpensive considering a similar plan on the age based market would cost $800 or more.

    Here is the kicker. The plan is not as good as a Supplement Plan from Medicare. Currently, her deductible through work is $2500. A great Supplement plan like Plan N or Plan G has a deductible of $198. All in with Original Medicare and the Supplement Plan N here in San Diego, she's looking at $256.28 a month and a much better plan with almost no deductible. So for a few extra dollars a month, she can reduce her $2500 deductible to $198, have a more robust and encompassing plan, and visit any network of doctors and hospitals in San Diego.

    In short, Medicare will likely be the better option. You should evaluate both and select the better insurance plan.

  • 4. What are the major parts of Medicare?

    Original Medicare Parts A + B are the basic start to Medicare. To cover more of your medical expenses, you’ll want to pair your Original Medicare with a Supplement Plan or an Advantage Plan. Medicare Part D is to cover prescription drugs.

  • 5. Should I still switch if my awesome health insurance is better than what's available through Medicare?

    Every once in a while I will come across an employee who does have awesome health insurance coverage, even better than what's available through Medicare. This means they are paying less than $300 a month in premiums, they have a deductible less than $200, and they are able to see the doctors they want to see. This is rare but amazing.

    Our Medicare Office Team is the best at evaluating your current plan and whether or not it is better for you to switch or stay. If you are enrolled in a plan better than what is offered through Medicare, you will want to know if you are subject to any late enrollment penalties. If you do not enroll in Original Medicare at the age of 65, you may end up paying more for it in the future due to late enrollment fees. However, you can avoid all penalties if you are receiving your health insurance from your employer. Our team is great at helping you avoid those penalties so you can stay with your awesome insurance.

    In these cases I like to discuss the process of moving to Medicare WHEN the right time comes. Our team is able to make sure you do not incur any penalties by not enrolling in Medicare. We'd love to help you evaluate your plan options and navigate the enrollment process.

  • 6. Are my prescription drugs covered under Medicare?

    Prescription drugs are not covered by Original Medicare. You'll want to cover your prescription drug costs with a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Part D Prescription Drug Plan.

  • 7. Should I still switch to Medicare even if my family is covered by my insurance plan?

    Yes! The savings you receive by switching to medicare is significant. So significant that it is still worth the switch to Medicare even if your family is covered by your current plan. Pairing your entire family into a single health insurance plan offers a handful of benefits. You'll all share a "family deductible" which can help save some out of pocket costs during an unhealthy year. However, pairing your entire family into a single plan does not save you money on monthly premiums.

    The best thing to do is enroll yourself in a medicare plan and enroll your family members in their own plan. You'll save money each month with your new, less expensive, Medicare plan and your family will be able to continue coverage through their individual plan.

    One scenario that may be difficult to evaluate is when you are eligible for Medicare but your employer is covering the costs for both your family members premiums and your own premiums. Our HealthyMarks team is excellent at evaluating these two options and figuring out the best course of action for you. We can calculate how much money you would save by switching to Medicare and how much money are you sacrificing by giving up your employer's contribution towards your dependent's plans. If you employer contributes a lot, you'll likely want to stay with that employers plan cause they are spoiling you and your family. In a majority of cases, employers only offer a small amount of money to cover dependents plan costs. In fact most businesses do not cover dependents at all because they are not required to.

    It is a very easy process to enroll your family members on a great individual plan. Our health insurance team is able to help you move to Medicare and move your family to an individual plan.

    Give us a call today so we can share with you the best path forward so you can save hundreds of dollars each month by moving to a San Diego Medicare plan.

  • 8. Do Advantage plans cover prescription drugs?

    Yes. If you enroll in an Advantage plan you are bundling all of your medical services including prescription drugs.

  • 9. Should I stick with my group health insurance policy or should I switch to Medicare?

    Perhaps you are not enrolled in a plan through the individual exchange but instead you are enrolled with a plan through your company. Similar to individual plans, group health insurance policies for businesses with 100 employees or fewer are also age based. When you approach your 65th birthday your group health insurance policy plan will be very expensive.

    The major difference between an individual policy and one through your company is that your employer is required to contribute some money to cover your monthly costs. By law, your company is required to pay for 50% of your health insurance premiums each month. Even after calculating the costs, 50% of a plan through your employer is more expensive than 100% of a medicare plan.​

    It is also nice to keep in mind how much money you can help your company save when you switch to Medicare. Employers are excited to help employees move to Medicare because they appreciate not paying so much each month for your insurance.

    I personally sell group health insurance policies here in San Diego and I can confidently say that a plan through Medicare, with either a supplement plan or an advantage plan, is going to be better than what you are receiving from your business.​

    However, some companies are extremely generous with their health insurance offering and it can make it difficult to switch over to Medicare. For example, I work with a company in Carlsbad that pays 100% of the employees health insurance costs and 80% of the family's costs. This is an unbelievably generous offer. Even in this scenario, it was worth it to evaluate the newly 65 year old's Medicare options. Both the employer and employee agreed that moving to Medicare was best.

  • 10. Do Supplement plans cover prescription drugs?

    No. You will want to pair your Supplement plan with a Part D prescription drug plan.

  • 11. Should I stick with my current Individual Health Insurance policy or switch to Medicare?

    You can get individual health insurance plans from the California Health Exchange called Covered California. You can also get an individual plan if you contact the insurance carrier directly and sign up with them. However, these plans are very expensive and get more expensive as you get older. The plans monthly premiums are age based meaning the older you get the more expensive they are.

    For example, let's assume you want access to Scripps Doctors in North County. The best option on the individual market for a 64 year old is to select the Silver HMO Trio plan from Blue Shield. This plan premium is $931.84 per month! With this plan you have a $4000 deductible!

    Now let's compare that to Original Medicare with a Supplement plan N here in San Diego. For most people, Original Medicare Parts A + B PLUS a Supplement plan will be less than $300 a month in premium and you'll have a very low deductible. Clearly, you'll want to switch to medicare from your Individual plan.

    Although the individual health insurance market has some solid silver and gold plans that will help you in your time of need, there is no question in my mind that not a single plan on the individual health experience exchange through Covered California is close to the benefits that you will receive from a Medicare Plan.

  • 12. What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

    Medicare is a federal government-sponsored healthcare program for those 65 and over, and for younger people who are disabled. Medicaid is a healthcare program for low-income individuals who could not otherwise afford health insurance.

  • 13. Should I switch to Medicare or Should I stay with the insurance I currently have in San Diego?

    Medicare is an incredible health insurance offering that you should absolutely take advantage of.

    It is our recommendation that you switch to Medicare as soon as you turn 65 years old. As a United States citizen you have been contributing money towards your Medicare policy for your entire working life. Now is your chance to take advantage of this government-sponsored Medicare health insurance plan. The plan premiums, deductibles, and out of pocket costs are all going to be a much better deal for you the consumer when you switch to Medicare. There are almost no examples of a non-Medicare plan that is better than the San Diego Medicare offerings.

    Medicare is fantastic. It is much better than all of the other San Diego health insurance offering you have. So let's take a look at your current situation and why it is going to be better for you to switch to Medicare.

  • 14. Should I switch to Medicare if I have insurance elsewhere?

    Yes. By switching to Medicare you will likely save a lot of money and receive a better plan.

    Whether you are getting health insurance from your employer or even if your spouse is covered too, HealthyMarks would be happy to help you evaluate your options.

  • 15. What doctors will accept Medicare?

    With Original Medicare and a Supplement Plan, you'll have access to just about any doctor you want to visit.  With an Advantage Plan, you'll have a network of doctors that you are required to stay within.

  • 1. When am I eligible for Medicare?

    You can begin the medicare process on the 1st day of the month 3 months prior to your 65th birthday. Your application will be effective the 1st day on the month of your 65th birthday. Your initial enrollment period is 7 months long. This period includes your birthday month, the 3 months prior to your birthday month, and the 3 months after.

  • 2. What is IRMAA and why do some Medicare beneficiaries have to pay more?

    The Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) is an amount you may pay in addition to your Part B or Part D premium if your income is above a certain level. If you are a higher earner, you will likely pay more for your Medicare plans.

  • 1. Why Do I need a Supplement or Advantage Plan when I sign up for Original Medicare?

    Original Medicare is an awesome product however it does not cover all of the costs associated with your health care. As you get older it's important to make sure that you are going to be completely covered for any of your medical needs. A Supplement Plan or an Advantage Plan will make sure that the costs out of your own pocket stay small anytime you need to go to the doctor. The best thing about a Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplement Plan is how little you need to pay out of pocket for your services.

    Although you do not need to sign up for a Supplement or an Advantage Plan I highly recommend it. Especially here in San Diego Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans are going to be extremely beneficial help you see the doctors that you want to see at the coverage that you want and you will pay very little out of your own pocket.

  • 2. How Do I Choose between a Supplement plan and an Advantage Plan?

    Both Supplement Plans and Advantage Plans will serve your needs. However we can identify which plan is better for you by laying out the specific needs you may have. The first thing is that a Supplement Plan will provide you access to any doctor throughout the United States whereas an Advantage Plan will make you sign up for a San Diego network of doctors. You can think of a Supplement Plan as a really robust PPO plan with access to every doctor in America for an in-network cost. You can think of an Advantage Plan as having an HMO network of doctors that you need to stay within to make sure your care is handled a proper out of pocket cost for you.

    Supplement Plans are a bit more expensive because of that robust network of doctors and because most of your out of pocket costs will be covered immediately after a small deductible. Advantage Plans are usually a lot less expensive each month in premiums compared to Supplement Plans. Advantage Plans allow the carriers to get creative to offer unique solutions to their services so they can better serve you and save money. Those savings by the insurance carrier are passed along as monthly premium savings to you the insured. Sometimes these plans can be as inexpensive as only a few dollars a month. Advantage Plans are also unique because they can bundle dental and vision services as well as your prescription drug services into one plan offered by one insurance carrier. An Advantage Plan offers a one stop shop for all of your medical needs for only a few dollars a month.

    If you want access to all the San Diego doctors and doctors throughout the United States, you want that strong PPO in network plan. You should select the Supplement Plan and be confident because all of your costs will be covered. You will have no problem finding doctors who will accept your plan and you can always feel confident that you will have the best health insurance available to you.

    If you are interested in bundling all your prescription drugs needs, your medical needs, as well as dental and vision insurance, Advantage Plans can do this for you. When you select your Advantage Plan, make sure you can visit the doctors that you want to see for in network costs.

    Note that Blue Shield has been offering Supplement Plans alongside Part D Prescription Drug Plans that can be paired with a Blue Shield Dental and Vision VSP Plan. So if you want the power of a Supplement Plan paired with all the added benefits, I suggest Blue Shield here in San Diego.

    As always it is best that you speak to us: San Diego Medicare Brokers. Our HealthyMarks Medicare team can evaluate your needs and make the best decision for your health insurance. Our services are free to you, HealthyMarks has partnered with the insurance carriers in San Diego and they are willing to pay for our services to help you enroll in their plans.

  • 3. Should I pair my Original Medicare with a Supplement Plan or Advantage Plan?

    YES! You should absolutely pair your Original Medicare Plan with additional coverage. Do not sign up for Original Medicare and think you have completed the process. You will be much better off if you pair it with one of the strategies above.

    Do not go this decision alone. HealthyMarks Medicare is a team of professionals who excel at helping new Medicare members better understand their options. Our team wants to help you so you can select the best plan for you and your family. We offer all the best plans from all the best San Diego carriers. Our team is excited to talk to you about your medical needs and do not hesitate to give us a call so we can provide you with any information you need to select the best Supplement Plan or Advantage Plan here in San Diego.

  • 4. What is the IRMAA Extra Premium Charge for Higher Earners?

    IRMAA stands for income-related monthly adjustment amount and is an additional amount that some people might have to pay along with their Medicare premium.

    The Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) is an amount you may pay in addition to your Part B or Part D premium if your income is above a certain level. If you are a higher earner, you will likely pay more for your Medicare plans.


Some of Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Facility Locations in San Diego

Tri-City Medical Center

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Scripps Green Hospital

10666 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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