Blue Shield Medicare Plans in San Diego, CA

Blue Shield is a very popular health insurance provider in San Diego and that remains the same when talking about Blue Shield’s Medicare plans. They offer fantastic Supplement plans including Plan F and Plan G with additional benefits like dental and vision.


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Why Choose Blue Shield for Your Medicare Plan in San Diego?

Read top reasons to choose Blue Shield for Medicare. Use this table of contents to navigate through the information on this page. 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. Reputation and Experience

Blue Shield has years and years of experience and a good reputation. As they say, “Blue Shield puts care first, not profit.” Blue Shield has been offering plans throughout the country since the 1930’s and has been serving California since 1939.

HealthyMarks Medicare has learned time and again that reputation and experience offer more than can be easily seen. Our team has taken notice every time a client has suggested Blue Shield as their favorite insurance carrier. Blue Shield is obviously doing great work here in San Diego.


2. Convenience with Bundling Blue Shield products

Blue Shield has robust Supplement and Advantage plans that allow you to see the doctors you want to see. These plans are well priced and competitive with the carriers in San Diego. Blue Shield’s Supplement plans are often priced better than other carriers because of the discounts offered through bundling.

Furthermore, you can add on Blue Shield dental and vision plans all in the same place. One carrier can help you with your medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs. Blue Shield makes it easy to enroll in extra dental products or vision insurance products during your first enrollment and during your renewals.

3. Excellent Customer Service and Online Tools

Nothing can be more frustrating than troubleshooting with an insurance carrier. Blue Shield has always made it easy for members to quickly see what plans they are enrolled in and what plans are available to them. The Blue Shield enrollment process is by far the best in town making it easy for both the brokers and the members to make edits and confirm the enrollment paperwork is done properly. Blue Shield makes working with them easy.


“It was a pleasure working with Alexa to guide me through the obstacles of signing up for Medicare. I had trepidation as my father had opted to never sign up. Alexa made the process easy and she was available to answer all my questions. Now that I am signed up with my supplemental plan, I am paying $2000 less per month on health insurance. As an extra service, Alexa laughed at my bad jokes.”

Sharon H. - Medicare Client

Supplement Plans from Blue Shield

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Plan G and “G Extra” or “G Innovative”

Blue Shield offers a handful of Supplement plans including plan A and Plan N.

Plan N is popular because it minimizes the out of pocket costs for members but has a $198 deductible for many of its services.

Plan G is where many members decide to go because it covers 100% of the costs for your services except has a $198 deductible for Medical expenses, blood drawing and testing, and any home healthcare expenses.

If you are turning 65 soon, I suggest you select the Plan G or Plan G Extra also known as Plan G Innovative.

What added benefits do you receive from Plan G Extra?

The plan G extra plan offers Teladoc services, over the counter items provided by CVS, and hearing aid benefits. With all Supplement plans you have foreign travel coverage.

Also with Supp plans from Blue Shield, you receive multiple savings by bundling your plans with dental and vision coverage. SilverSneakers is also included at no cost.

Plan F and Plan F Innovative

If you turned 65 before Jan 2020, but you haven’t done your initial enrollment on Medicare because you had coverage from your employer, you can get access to special Plan F plans.

These Plan F and Plan F Extra are better than what is available after Jan 2020 because these plans have been discontinued.

The major benefit plan F has that Plan G doesn’t is the $0 deductible on Medical Expenses, Blood drawing and testing, and Home Healthcare expenses. Plan G has a small $198 deductible for these services.

What added benefits do you receive from Plan F Extra?

The plan F extra plan offers Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), and hearing aid benefits. With all Supplement plans you have foreign travel coverage.

Also with Supp plans from Blue Shield, you receive multiple savings by bundling your plans with dental and vision coverage. SilverSneakers is also included at no cost.

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Savings for Bundling All with Blue Shield Plan

Blue Shield is still able to offer savings when you bundle the additional services.

Welcome to Medicare Rate Savings

If you are new to Medicare, Blue Shield wants to welcome you with a big additional savings. You can save $25 each month for the first 12 months on your SUpplement plan rates. To qualify you must enroll with Blue SHield during your initial enrollment period. The savings will be added to your plan dues automatically.

New Member Dental and Vision Savings

You can save $3 each month for the first 6 months of your Medicare membership if you enroll in a dental offering and a vision offering during your initial enrollment. So if you bundle your supplement plan with dental and vision coverage you will save on the Supplement plan for the first 12 months and you’ll save $3 a month on your dental and vision plans for the first 6 months.


If you are comfortable setting up an automatic withdrawal from your personal checking or savings account each month, congrats, you have qualified for another savings. By choosing this method you will save an additional $3 per month on your plan dues. This is a savings that sticks with you for the lifetime of your Medicare insurance. These savings are due to an increased efficiency from administering Medicare Supplement plans and those savings are passed along to the subscriber.

Household Savings Program

If you and your spouse are enrolled in the same Blue Shield Supplement plan and additional benefits, you can enroll together under one agreement. You may be eligible for 7% monthly savings by combining your medical dues and coverage. You must share the same home and mailing address to qualify. Ask your HeatlhyMarks representative for more details.

Additional Benefits with a Blue Shield Medicare Plan

Blue Shield plans have additional features that are both widespread and flexible in what you can add on to your basic medical like dental, vision, drugs, and SilverSneakers.

Emergency Response

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24/7 push of a button help in the event of a fall or any other emergency. Get a lightweight and waterproof button to connect directly to the LIfeStation Monitoring Center.

Dental Benefits

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You have access to two Dental PPOs. The plans are named “Dental PPO 1000” and the “Dental PPO 1500” These PPO dental plans from Blue Shield have a very large network of nearly 47,000 general dentists and specialty dentists throughout California. You have access to 3 annual cleanings. There are no waiting period for your annual checkups, cleanings, fillings, x rays, and any other basic services. You also have a wide range in major restorative dental services like crowns, endodontics, periodontics, etc.

Vision Benefits

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By selecting the Dental 1500 and your vision package, you are able to access more than 7000 ophthalmologists in California. This includes the convenience of getting services from LensCrafters, Target Optical, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco. You will have a $0 co-pay for your annual eye exam and only pay small copays for lenses or other needs. include exames frames and eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Hearing Aids Benefits

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You receive hearing aid tests once a year and access to great hearing centers and hearing aids for a copay.


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Teladoc is a service offered by Blue Shield for their Plan G Extra plan that offers primary care physicians by a phone call or online video call. Doctors on these phone calls are able to diagnose and offer many medical services for common conditions. Doctors are able to prescribe medications for you over the phone. This service is an additional service and is not intended to replace your care from a physician. Don’t target to get regular check ups.

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With a Supplement plan like Plan G and Plan N, you’ll have coverage for any emergency situation you may experience outside of the United States. Travel with comfort knowing your medical expenses will be taken care of.

Nationwide Providers

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By selecting a Supplement plan from Blue Shield, you’ll have access to doctors throughout the United States at an in-network cost. This is a great benefit if you plan on traveling or living in two different locations during your retirement.

Over the counter items through CVS

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This is a unique benefit for Blue Shield that offers over the counter items to members via an online catalog. You are able to receive medications such as aspirin, vitamins, cough medication and bandages, at the OTC Catalog. Check to see the summary of benefits and learn more about this additional service.

Prescription Drug Coverage for Blue Shield Supplement Plans

As with all Supplement plans, you will need to enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug plan to complete your Medicare coverage.

Blue Shield offers 2 great Drug plans for you to choose from all within the same enrollment process.

Blue Shield Drug Plans: Rx Plus and Rx Enhanced

The first plan is called the “Rx Plus”. This plan is inexpensive but covers the costs for most generic and preferred drugs. You can be confident in this plan if you do not take many prescription drugs.

The other plan is called the “Rx Enhanced” plan. Although this plan’s premium is much more than the first plan, you will have access to a larger drug formulary (a formulary is a list of drugs Blue Shield will cover) and you will pay less out of your pocket for those drugs.

If you start on the Rx Plus, you can later in life upgrade to the Rx Enhanced if your drug needs change over the years.

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 Blue Shield Medicare Supplement plans. Just a great added benefit.

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FAQS – Blue Shield Medicare Plans

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  • 1. Can I receive Worldwide Coverage for Urgently Needed Services with Medicare?

    Yes, with many Supplement and Advantage plans, you will have access to emergency services anywhere in the world. You can be confident that you are able to travel and still receive emergency care.

  • 2. Can I enroll in a Medicare plan with Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)?

    Yes, Blue Shield offers PERS on their “Plan F Extra” plan. SCAN offers PERS for any of their Advantage plans. And UnitedHealthcare™ also has PERS for those who enroll with their plans.

  • 3. Can I enroll in a Medicare plan with access to Tele-health services?

    Yes, Blue Shield offers Teladoc on their “Plan G Extra” plan. UnitedHealthcare™ offers a 24-7 nurse line as well as virtual medical visits with a licensed physician. SCAN also offers access to telehealth care from the comfort of your home.

  • 4. Does Blue Shield offer Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans?

    Yes, Blue Shield offers Plan A, Plan N, Plan G, and Plan F. These plans are very popular because of the additional benefits you can add on to it.

  • 5. Does Blue Shield offer Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans?

    Yes, Blue Shield offers two Part D prescription drug plans you can add alongside your Supplement plan.

  • 6. Does Blue Shield offer an Advantage plan?

    Yes, Blue Shield has an advantage plan that offers access to major hospitals in San Diego. This advantage plan is limited on the doctors you may visit. Our team will always check to see which Advantage plans are best for you and the doctors you visit. If you are interested in this Blue Shield Advantage plan, reach out to our team to learn more.

  • 7. Do all plans receive “Medicare Star Ratings”?

    All Part D Prescription Drug plans and all Advantage plans will always have a star rating. Many plans do not receive star ratings. Although some Supplement plans do receive star ratings, not all do. Blue Shield’s Supplement plans do not offer star ratings. Dental and Vision plan add-ons also do not have Medicare Star ratings.

  • 8. Does Blue Shield offer Medicare Services in San Diego?

    Yes, Blue Shield offers a great Supplement plan and an Advantage plan in San Diego.

  • 9. Can I save money by bundling my medicare services?

    Yes, for example, if you enroll in a Blue Shield plan, you can pair it with a Prescription Drug plan, dental insurance, vision insurance, and more. By bundling services with Blue Shield you can receive a small discount on your monthly premium.

  • 10. Can I get dental, vision, and hearing insurance coverage through Medicare?

    Yes, when you enroll in Medicare you can pair additional services to your plan for an additional cost. For example, Blue Shield offers “Plan G Extra” which offers vision and hearing aid services. You can also add on a dental insurance plan for an additional cost.

  • 11. Can you add dental insurance to your Plan F or Plan G from Blue Shield?

    Yes, you can add one of two PPO dental insurance plans offered by Blue Shield. Click here to learn more.

  • 12. Do I get access to SilverSneakers when I enroll in Medicare?

    Many carriers offer SilverSneakers to their members when they enroll in one of their plans. Blue Shield and SCAN Advantage plans offer access to SilverSneakers when you enroll in a Supplement plan.


Blue Shield Medicare Facility Locations in San Diego

Scripps Mercy Hospital

4077 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103

Scripps Green Hospital

10666 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 554-9100

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

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