HHS partners with pharmacies to educate Medicare beneficiaries about new health benefits

  HHS partners with pharmacies to educate Medicare beneficiaries about new
  health benefits

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WASHINGTON -- August 15, 2012

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced
partnerships with several pharmacies to help customers learn about new
Medicare benefits available to them under the Affordable Care Act – the health
care law. These partnerships – with CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Thrifty White,
Walmart, and Sam’s Club – will provide Medicare beneficiaries a range of
educational materials on newly available preventive services, as well as
savings on prescription drug spending in the “donut hole” coverage gap. At a
CVS in Jacksonville, Secretary Sebelius discussed the new preventive services
and received a free blood pressure reading at the CVS MinuteClinic.

“Our pharmacy partners are helping their customers make informed health care
decisions,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These partnerships will help people with
Medicare learn more about new preventive services such as mammograms, and the
new Annual Wellness visit that are available at no charge for everyone with

Some examples of how pharmacy partners are working to increase awareness of
preventive services available under Medicare include the following:

  *CVS Caremark is distributing material about new preventive services
    covered at no cost to beneficiaries at its more than 7,300 CVS/pharmacy
    stores and 600 MinuteClinic locations, through brochures, register receipt
    messages and online.
  *Thrifty White Pharmacy is providing information on preventive services
    through its 85 locations throughout the Midwest.
  *Walgreens is distributing information in nearly 8,000 pharmacies and over
    350 Take Care Clinic locations, as well as using in-store announcements
    and providing this information as part of its Walgreens Way to Well Health
    Tour with AARP.
  *HHS is working with Walmart and Sam’s Club to provide healthcare
    information to their shoppers online.

Other pharmacies or partners can find information on how to work with CMS to
educate consumers about the benefits available to them at:

To learn more about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE
(1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. This announcement is
available on the CMS web site at:

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
News Division
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