CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — With the addition of 18 counties, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has expanded its Medicare Advantage Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network from four to 22 counties across the state. The company’s Medicare Advantage PPO product, BlueAdvantage, now includes approximately 9,000 new physicians and several major hospitals throughout Tennessee.

Originally, BlueAdvantage was only available in Knox, Anderson, Louden and Sevier counties. With the expansion, the following counties now have access: Bradley, Campbell, Carroll, Davidson, Dyer, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Marion, Polk, Roane, Shelby, Sullivan, Warren and Weakley.

“During these difficult economic times, it’s reassuring to know that our PPO plans have added more hospitals and doctors to provide more health care choices for seniors and others eligible for Medicare,” said Robert Slattery, vice president and general manager of Medicare Advantage for BlueCross. “With the freedom for seniors to see any doctor under the PPO plans and the ability to save money on things such as out-of-pocket expenses, gym memberships and even LASIK surgery, BlueCross is trying to help seniors better manage their health as well as their budgets.”

BlueCross’ BlueAdvantage portfolio offers plans ranging from Medicare Advantage Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) Medical-Only plans and Medicare Advantage Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) With Prescription Drug plans to Medicare Supplement Plans, which helps pay out-of-pocket costs under original Medicare.

Open enrollment is Nov. 15 – Dec. 31. For more information on BlueCross’ BlueAdvantage PPO plans, visit http://www.bcbst-medicare.com/.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.