The Blue Shield 65 Plus plan covers a range of health care services, such as routine hearing, routine chiropractic visits, Medicare Part D prescription medications, emergency care, and mental health visits, according to Blue Shield of California. The plan is available to patients who are retired, are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B and live permanently in one of the areas serviced by Blue Shield 65 Plus. Patients enrolled in the program must choose a primary care physician.
Blue Shield 65 Plus offers its members access to a network of doctors, pharmacies and hospitals, plus the opportunity to use urgent and emergency services outside the plan area, if necessary. Patients receive coverage for mental health issues such as substance abuse, depression and counseling, notes Blue Shield of California. As part of prescription medication coverage, members can fill prescriptions through a network of Blue Shield 65 Plus retail pharmacies, such as Rite Aid and Walgreen chain locations. Those who take long-term medications for chronic conditions can also use the plan's mail service program.
Blue Shield 65 Plus provides members with benefits such as free health education courses, wellness services and health management programs. Through a partnership with SilverSneakers Fitness, members can join the health club with a free basic membership valid at participating locations.