Blue Shield of California announced its new Medicare Supplement Plan G Extra, the latest addition to its Medicare Supplement plan portfolio that offers innovative services such as coverage for over-the-counter items, access to physicians via smartphones, and a gym membership at no additional cost.
Blue Shield’s Medicare Supplement Plan G Extra is available to Medicare beneficiaries throughout California that’s designed to be affordable, according to the company’s announcement. This new plan is said to “have all the benefits offered by Medicare Supplement Plan G plus additional services” such as:

  • Over-the-Counter (OTC) items benefits: including up to $100 allowance per quarter at CVS for eligible OTC health and wellness products such as cold and allergy medicines, first-aid supplies, and pain relievers.
  • Physician consultation benefits: available by phone or video via computer or mobile application.
  • Hearing aid benefits: including an annual hearing test and savings on Vista brand mid-level and premium-level hearing aids.
  • Vision benefits: including coverage for the cost of eye exams, frames, eyeglass, or contact lenses that are not traditionally covered by original Medicare.
  • SilverSneakers® Fitness Program: includes a fitness benefit at no extra cost.

“We are thrilled to introduce our new, innovative Medicare Supplement Plan G Extra, providing additional benefits for Medicare beneficiaries throughout California,” said Krista Bowers, general manager, senior markets, Blue Shield of California. “The Medicare landscape continues to change and evolve, and we are excited to offer members of the Medicare community this new product.”

Medicare’s Annual Election Period is October 15, 2019 to December 7, 2019. For more information about Blue Shield’s Medicare offerings, please visit:

Source: Blue Shield of California