UnitedHealthcare Offers Consumers Even More Ways to Save with 2014 Medicare
*31 million Americans to have access to a UnitedHealthcare $0-premium
standard Medicare Advantage plan in 2014
*Walmart joins preferred retail pharmacy network and Pharmacy Saver
program, allowing members to save on medications at nearly 20,000 retail
*Company opens six additional MedicareStores to serve consumers during Open
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- October 7, 2013
UnitedHealthcare today announced its 2014 portfolio of Medicare plans, which
features new ways for beneficiaries to save money on their Medicare coverage.
With the addition of Walmart to the company’s preferred retail pharmacy
network and Pharmacy Saver program, customers who enroll in UnitedHealthcare’s
stand-alone Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans that include drug
coverage can save money on their medications at nearly 20,000 retail locations
UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, many of which carry the AARP brand, have
been designed to help meet the diverse needs of the more than 51 million
current beneficiaries as well as baby boomers who are aging into Medicare at
the rate of 10,000 per day.
Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare has the
largest membership in the industry in each of its core Medicare product
offerings: Medicare Advantage plans, Part D prescription drug plans and
Medicare supplement plans.
“We’re the preferred choice of more beneficiaries than any other company
because our plans offer benefits that help our members maintain their health
and quality of life while also saving money,” said Jack Larsen, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.
Beneficiaries can find additional benefits and services not available through
Original Medicare in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans, which will
be available in 44 states, the District of Columbia and most major
metropolitan areas in 2014. These benefits include an annual physical, a
routine vision and hearing exam, hearing aids at a substantially discounted
price, and access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Benefits vary by plan.
In the company’s 2014 coverage area, 93 percent of Medicare-eligible
individuals – more than 31 million people – will have access to a standard
UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan with a $0 premium beyond the Medicare
Part B premium.
Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health coverage during the
Open Enrollment Period, which begins Oct. 15.
Walmart Adds 4,500 Retail Locations to UnitedHealthcare Preferred Network,
Walmart and Sam’s Club will join UnitedHealthcare’s preferred retail pharmacy
network in 2014, making it even more convenient for consumers enrolled in the
company’s stand-alone Part D plans to save money on their medications. Members
enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s AARP MedicareRx Part D plans are projected to
save more than $100 million on their copays this year by using preferred
With the addition of Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, UnitedHealthcare’s
preferred retail pharmacy network will include nearly 20,000 retail locations
nationwide. Walmart and Sam’s Club are joining the other well-known and
respected retailers that already participate: Walgreens – the nation’s largest
retail pharmacy chain – Kroger, Target, Safeway, Publix, Hy-Vee, H-E-B,
Wegmans, Ahold stores including Stop & Shop, Giant and Martins, and the
Delhaize group of stores including Hannaford.
The savings opportunities are maximized for customers enrolled in the AARP
MedicareRx Saver Plus plan. These members will be able to access many of the
most commonly used generic drugs for as low as $1 when purchased at pharmacies
in the preferred retail pharmacy network. The Saver Plus plan is one of the
lowest-cost Part D plans available nationwide in 2014.
The preferred retail pharmacy network savings are also available to people who
join the AARP MedicareRx Preferred and Enhanced plans, both of which will have
no deductible in 2014, allowing members to begin accessing their prescription
drug coverage with their very first prescriptions of the year.
Customers who choose a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan that includes
drug coverage can continue to take advantage of savings through the Pharmacy
Saver program in 2014. Pharmacy Saver operates as a distinct program, allowing
Medicare Advantage-Part D members to access hundreds of generic prescription
drugs for prices even lower than the copayment, often as low as $2.
UnitedHealthcare updated Pharmacy Saver for 2014 to increase cost-savings
opportunities, namely through the addition of Walmart to the program. All of
the retailers that participate in UnitedHealthcare’s preferred retail pharmacy
network also participate in Pharmacy Saver.
UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage-Part D customers will also be able to save
money on an expanded list of medications, including those used to treat some
of the most common conditions among older adults, such as diabetes, high blood
pressure and high cholesterol. For the first time, the generic version of
Actos, a diabetes medication, has been added to the Pharmacy Saver drug list
at select retail locations. Additional Pharmacy Saver retailers, including
Target and Delhaize, have added the generic version of Lipitor to their drug
lists, meaning more members will have access to the medication at a lower
UnitedHealthcare will have a broad network of more than 65,000 pharmacies in
2014, including many independent and community pharmacies, to provide members
the convenience and flexibility of having a choice in where they access their
Stand-alone Part D plan members who prefer the convenience of receiving their
medications through the mail can also take advantage of cost-savings in 2014.
Most can access a 90-day supply of tier 1 generic medications for a $0 copay
when purchased from OptumRx, UnitedHealthcare’s preferred mail-service
New MedicareStores Open in Communities Nationwide
UnitedHealthcare will open six MedicareStores during the Open Enrollment
Period and continue to operate 13 of the stores that have been open throughout
2013. The MedicareStores are part of UnitedHealthcare’s growing nationwide
retail footprint, with more than 25 storefronts now located in 12 states.
Stores will be located in the following cities: Apple Valley, Calif.; Baldwin
Hills, Calif.; Chula Vista, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakewood, Colo.;
Las Vegas; Tucson, Ariz.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; The Villages,
Fla.; North Charleston, S.C.; St. Louis; Ferguson, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas;
Houston; and Racine, Wisc.
The UnitedHealthcare MedicareStores are located in malls and other popular
shopping destinations, making it easy and convenient for Medicare
beneficiaries to get answers to their questions and support in making an
enrollment decision. Rather than schedule an appointment with a licensed agent
in their home or enroll over the phone, people can stop by the stores at a
time that is convenient for them and receive personalized, one-on-one support
from a licensed UnitedHealthcare agent.
The MedicareStores are designed to be a community resource whether visitors
are looking to learn about Medicare or are ready to enroll in a plan. At the
stores people will find educational resources, such as Medicare Made Clear
guides that explain the ABCs of Medicare and videos geared toward caregivers
who are helping their parents or other loved ones with Medicare enrollment.
Beneficiaries can also find information about UnitedHealthcare Medicare plans
and work with a licensed agent to enroll right at the store.
For information about UnitedHealthcare MedicareStore locations, call (877)
596-3258 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m.-8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.
More information about UnitedHealthcare’s 2014 Medicare offerings is available
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and
other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million
people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its
affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare
contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in the plan
depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.
You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
Other pharmacies are available in our network. Members may use any pharmacy in
the network, but may not receive Pharmacy Saver pricing. Pharmacies
participating in the Pharmacy Saver program may not be available in all areas.
Members may use any pharmacy in the network but may not receive Preferred
Pharmacy pricing. Pharmacies in the Preferred Pharmacy Network may not be
available in all areas. Copays apply after deductible.
Drugs and prices may vary between pharmacies and are subject to change during
the plan year. Prices are based on quantity filled at the pharmacy. Quantities
may be limited by pharmacy based on their dispensing policy or by the plan
based on Quantity Limit requirements; if prescription is in excess of a limit,
copay amounts may be higher.
The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete
description of benefits. For more information contact the plan. Limitations,
copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network,
provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on
January 1 of each year.
^1 Internal UnitedHealthcare data, August 2013
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