Buffalo, NY

Vets helping vets: A new Medicare plan targeting the needs of veterans

Univera Healthcare will offer a Medicare Advantage plan in 2023 targeting the needs of local veterans.

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Karen Bodley

“We all know how important it is to honor the service of local veterans,” said Karen Bodley, vice president, Medicare at Univera Healthcare. “It’s also important to have health coverage that meets their needs and pairs well with existing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs coverage – at no extra cost to them.”

In addition to $0 premiums and low copays for doctor visits, Univera Medicare Freedom (HMO-POS) includes:

  • $0 copays for behavioral health visits
  • 12 one-way rides* annually to health-related locations at no cost
  • $35 Part B monthly premium refund 
  • Access to an expansive network of doctors and hospitals  

Visit UniveraMedicare.com for more.

What our veterans told us

Before deciding on plan benefits, Medicare employees at the Health Plan asked co-workers who served in the military for their perspectives on gaps in care faced by them and/or their fellow veterans. The employees’ feedback was clear: Veterans could benefit from more access to care, more help with transportation, and more coverage for behavioral health.  

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Brian Brady

“For a lot of veterans, especially for those who are older, lack of transportation to doctor appointments can serve as a barrier to care,” said Brian Brady, Buffalo, a veteran and an investigative clinical pharmacist at Univera Healthcare. “They often lean on relatives, neighbors or others for rides, or just don’t bother. Now these veterans won’t have to worry about that as much.”

Although Univera Medicare Freedom (HMO-POS) was designed with veterans in mind, anyone Medicare eligible can enroll in the plan.

Other improvements to Medicare

In addition to new benefits for Univera Medicare Freedom (HMO-POS), Univera Healthcare also added enhancements to its other 2023 Medicare Advantage plans:  

  • A new $19 PPO plan with access to doctors locally and coverage when you travel
  • New $500 Flex Card to use toward dental, vision and hearing costs
  • Lower cost sharing and reduced premiums
  • $0 copays for preventive dental services, including exams, cleanings and X-rays 
  • Comprehensive dental benefits with a $1,000 annual allowance   
  • Annual eyewear allowance of $150 or more depending on the plan

For more information, please visit UniveraMedicare.com.
*50-mile limit per ride.


Peter Kates, cell (716) 983-8765; Peter.Kates@univerahealthcare.com

Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that serves members across the eight counties of Western New York. With more than 500 Buffalo-based employees and a local leadership team, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. Univera is part of a Rochester-based health insurer that serves more than 1.5 million members across upstate New York. Its mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care, and its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. To learn more, visit UniveraHealthcare.com.


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