Walgreens and GoHealth Launch National Effort to Help Simplify Enrollment Process and Educate Consumers Considering Health

  Walgreens and GoHealth Launch National Effort to Help Simplify Enrollment
  Process and Educate Consumers Considering Health Insurance Marketplaces

   Companies partner to connect customers with experienced brokers to learn
     about, compare and select insurance plans that best meet their needs

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- October 3, 2013

With an ongoing need for consumer education and awareness to help people
understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act,
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) and Chicago-based GoHealth today announced
a nationwide initiative and collaboration to assist customers, and to help
provide a resource for those considering the new health insurance
marketplaces.

Walgreens store personnel are directing individual customers who inquire to
the GoHealth Marketplace, a resource where they can shop and compare health
insurance plans, enroll and find other important tools and information.
Consumers can access the GoHealth Marketplace online from
www.walgreens.com/healthcarereform or via phone at 855-487-6969. Walgreens
also is providing informational brochures and other materials in stores.

“As an accessible, community health care provider serving more than 6 million
people each day, Walgreens can help connect those customers who may be
considering new health insurance options with resources and information,” said
Brad Fluegel, Walgreens senior vice president and chief strategy officer. “Our
goal is to help ensure people fully understand the marketplace, and working
with GoHealth, to provide personalized consultation from experts who can help
them make informed decisions.”

Customers receive one-on-one support from licensed GoHealth advisors who can
help guide them through the selection and enrollment process (over the phone
or online). Asanapproved Web-Based Entity, the GoHealth Marketplace offers
all plans available on the federaland state marketplaces– and can assist
individuals regardless of income level or subsidy eligibility.

“A partnership with Walgreens gives us an opportunity to reach a population
that needs our help,” said Clint Jones, CEO of GoHealth. “Educating and
enabling consumers to enroll is core to our mission of helping individuals and
families obtain the right health insurance coverage for their unique needs.”

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 51 percent of Americans
say they don’t understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them or
their family. Public confusion is especially prominent among the uninsured, as
62 percent say they don’t have enough information about the health law.^1

“We know people will have a lot of questions and many may feel overwhelmed,”
Fluegel said. “This collaboration furthers our ongoing efforts to help those
who may be entering the marketplace to be better prepared and make informed
choices. GoHealth is an ideal partner for this program, and together we look
forward to creating a seamless experience that simplifies the process and
provides the information and support people need to get, stay and live well.”

The www.walgreens.com/healthcarereform website serves as a resource providing
an overview of key reform changes including coverage dates, summaries of who
and what conditions will be covered and other important information. There are
also links to GoHealth to request assistance, obtain cost estimates and to
enroll.

“Walgreens should be commended for recognizing the direct connection between
health insurance coverage and a consumer’s overall health,” added Brandon
Cruz, President of GoHealth. “Using our technology and benefit advisors to
simplify the health insurance enrollment process allows more Walgreens
customers easy and comprehensive access to the coverage available to them.”

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and
daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides
more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and
wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of
pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and
mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health
outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care
organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public
sector. The company operates 8,117 drugstores in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems
is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager
of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store
convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About GoHealthInsurance:

GoHealthInsurance and its customer-facing website GoHealthInsurance.com is a
health insurance technology platform, working with over 300 health insurance
carriers and more than 10,000 licensed agents across the United States. Since
the company's founding in 2001, the GoHealth platform has helped nearly 30
million Americans shop and compare health insurance quotes.

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^1
http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-august-2013/

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