Updated 10/19/2020

Are you Medicare eligible?

This federal government program is designed for all Americans over age 65, regardless of income. Younger patients with disabilities may also be eligible. You can sign up for traditional Medicare Part B, where the government pays for physicians services directly or you can sign up for one of several private Medicare Advantage plans administered by private insurers that pays for your medical treatment. You can renew your coverage in the traditional Medicare Part B or Medicare Advantage Plan during open enrollment (or change periods) or you can switch plans during open enrollment.

Currently, Essence HealthCare is the only plan that does not participate with Primary Care Physicians (PCP). If an Adult PCP selection is important for your Medicare Advantage Plan decision, please confirm with your Primary Care Physician office of his/her participation before enrolling.

Washington University Physicians participate in the following Medicare options including Traditional Medicare Part B and the listed Advantage Plans below; however, we recommend that you verify with the plan’s customer service representative that your Washington University provider is in its provider network prior to your appointment.

Medicare options

Medicare – Medicare Part B (called traditional Medicare) is managed by the government agency called Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS. This plan issues a red, white and blue enrollment card. For information or to enroll call 800-633-4227.

Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans
888-261-1915

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Missouri  
855-306-9352

Coventry Advantage Plans (excluding Coventry Total Care)
866-557-8753

CoxHealth Medicare Plus
Phone: 866-536-1041

Essence Health Care Advantage Plans
314-209-2700 or 866-597-9560

Essence-CoxHealth Medicare Plus
Phone: 866-536-1041

Health Alliance Advantage Plans (includes MMAI Medicare/Medicaid)
800-851-3379

Humana Advantage Plans
877-844-5983

United Healthcare Medicare Solutions Advantage Plans (800-607-2877):

  • AARP or UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions MedicareComplete Choice PPO, UnitedHealthcare Group Medicare Advantage NPPO and UnitedHealthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO and Care Improvement Plus.
  • AARP or UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions Medicare Complete HMO
  • AARP or UnitedHealthcare Solutions Medicare Complete Essential HMO
  • AARP or UnitedHealthcare MedicareComplete Plus Plan 1 POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete (Special Needs Plan)