UnitedHealthcare today introduced its 2017 Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans, building on its market-leading 2016 medical plan growth by featuring continued stability in its Medicare Advantage plans’ premiums and benefits as well as a new low-premium prescription drug plan introduced in collaboration with Walgreens.
The new AARP® MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, insured through UnitedHealthcare, is designed to appeal to consumers who are looking for the peace of mind that Part D prescription drug coverage offers and appreciate the convenience of shopping at their neighborhood Walgreens or Duane Reade, the plan’s preferred retail pharmacy chains that are included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA).
With its low $22.50 premium as well as $0 co-pays for tier 1 medications and $0 deductible for tier 1 and 2 medications purchased at Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies, the plan is an ideal choice for cost-conscious consumers looking to maximize the affordability of their Part D coverage. The $22.50 premium makes it one of the lowest-cost Part D plans available nationwide in 2017.2
“The AARP MedicareRx Walgreens plan is a great choice for people seeking affordable coverage and convenient access to their medications at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide where they can save money on their co-pays, or through home delivery from OptumRx,” said Kent Monical, senior vice president of UnitedHealthcare’s Part D plans.3
“This collaboration reflects our shared commitment to helping people access the medications they need, while providing the pharmacy services and support they depend on, at affordable prices,” said Brad Fluegel, Walgreens senior vice president, chief healthcare commercial market development officer. “Prescription drug costs continue to be a concern for many Medicare beneficiaries. By working closely with UnitedHealthcare and other business partners, we’re developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of patients.”
The AARP MedicareRx Walgreens plan joins the other AARP Medicare Rx stand-alone Part D plans – AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP) and AARP MedicareRx Saver Plus (PDP). Together the plans offer prescription drug coverage to fit a wide variety of consumer needs and preferences, ranging from beneficiaries taking multiple prescriptions to manage several chronic conditions, to baby boomers in good health who want the peace of mind of having prescription drug coverage.
UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Medicare Advantage plans demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to providing people with a choice of innovative health and well-being products that help them access the quality care they need and enjoy the superior experience they deserve.
“People who are done with complicated should choose one of our Medicare Advantage plans for their 2017 health care coverage,” said Steve Nelson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We strive to offer superior service so people can get the most out of their benefits and access the care they need more easily, all while saving time and money so they can enjoy their life.”
UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, many of which carry the AARP brand, have been designed to help meet the diverse needs of the more than 57 million current Medicare beneficiaries as well as baby boomers who are aging into Medicare at the rate of 10,000 per day.6
In addition to its Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, UnitedHealthcare is the leading provider of Medicare supplement insurance, serving more than 4.2 million beneficiaries through a wide variety of competitively priced plans. The company offers the only Medicare supplement plans endorsed by AARP.
UnitedHealthcare serves one in five Medicare beneficiaries through its Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription drug and Medicare supplement plans.
More information about UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Medicare offerings is available at www.UHCMedicarePlans.com.
People in the following communities can also visit a nearby UnitedHealthcare MedicareStore or MedicareStore-branded mall kiosk for personalized, one-on-one support with their enrollment decisions from licensed UnitedHealthcare agents: Los Angeles; Seattle; Tucson, Arizona; Las Vegas; Colorado Springs; Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Indianapolis; St. Louis; Syracuse and Buffalo, New York; Fort Myers and The Villages, Florida.