New Medicare Advantage Health Plans to Launch in New Hanover County

October 21, 2019

New Hanover County residents have new Medicare options in 2020. FirstMedicare Direct is offering two new plans in collaboration with New Hanover Health Advantage, a New Hanover Regional Medical Center affiliate. These Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans build on the strength of NHRMC’s network of providers and facilities to provide cost effective care that improves the health of our community.

“Our plans were developed to bring more Medicare choices to our community with a focus on enhancing benefit coverage and ensuring the delivery of high-quality care,” said Leelee Thames, MD, MBA, President of New Hanover Health, a NHRMC affiliate.

The Annual Enrollment Period starts October 15, 2019. Membership to the plans are open to New Hanover County residents with coverage starting January 1, 2020. New Hanover Health will hold morning and evening community forums on November 19 for anyone interested in learning more.

New Hanover Health is partnering with FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company, a subsidiary of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, which offers FirstMedicare Direct HMO plans with 4 (out of 5)-stars. Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.  

For more information on New Hanover Health’s partner Medicare Advantage products with FirstMedicare Direct, visit or call 1 (877) 279-1732. For more information about New Hanover Health Advantage and the community forums, visit:



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