A Medicare managed care company is aiming a new plan at beneficiaries who have high cholesterol readings.

The Arizona arm of Health Net Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., says the new Medicare Advantage special needs plan provides extra benefits to keep high cholesterol from leading to chronic illness.

Health Net’s goal for the new Medicare special needs plan is to boost the percentage of members following their prescribed treatment plan for high cholesterol to at least 75%, from about 40% today.

The new Health Net Sage plan is available to Medicare beneficiaries in Maricopa and Pima counties in Arizona who have cholesterol levels of 200 or higher, Health Net says.

Members pay no monthly premium, and no co-pay to visit their primary care doctor or to fill generic prescriptions.

Qualified Medicare beneficiaries may be eligible to enroll in or switch to a special needs plan year round; these plans are not subject to the same enrollment and lock-in rules that govern regular Medicare Advantage plans.