• 90% of eligible consumers to have access to pharmacy benefits with $0 tier 1 retail copays; nearly 80% to have access to a plan with no Rx deductible
• 98% of members will have stable or improved benefits in 2022 and most will see stable or reduced Medicare Advantage premiums, including nearly 3 million members with $0 premiums
• Expanding access to the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage provider network to connect more people to quality, supported care when and where they need it
• Increasing access to $0 Rx retail copays and healthy food benefit for D-SNP members
UnitedHealthcare® today introduced its 2022 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, offering expanded access to plans with differentiated value, simple and affordable benefit design and an unparalleled member experience – all defined by what consumers say matters to them most.
“Medicare Advantage plans continue to evolve in new and exciting ways. But what we consistently hear from our members and Medicare consumers overall, is that they crave stability of benefits and a hassle-free experience that gets them the care and coverage they need at a price they can afford,” said Tim Noel, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We challenge ourselves every year to strike that balance of meaningful innovation in our offerings with plan predictability, broad value and the distinctive experience our members have come to expect from UnitedHealthcare. And I believe we hit the mark on that again this year.”
Currently, more than 7.3 million peopleii are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans. In 2022, the company will expand its service area to reach 94% of Medicare consumers nationwide and maintain the industry’s largest Medicare Advantage footprint – including 3.1 million more people in 276 additional counties with access to a standard plan.
With deliberate emphasis on lowering prescription drug costs, improving core and ancillary benefits, and driving an exceptional member experience, highlights of UnitedHealthcare’s 2022 Medicare Advantage plans include:
“Access to affordable prescription drugs continues to rank high on the list of central expectations of our members,” said Noel. “From everyday medications to lifesaving drugs like insulin, our 2022 plans are designed to cover what people tell us they need.”
Most standard plans include prescription drug coverage and access to more than 67,000 network pharmacies, with offerings that deliver cost savings, price predictability and transparency, including:
“Consumers want coverage that is simple to use and understand, while offering more for their Medicare dollar,” said Noel. “So, we are bringing more plans to more people that offer low and $0 premiums; $0 copays; and enhanced benefits that drive value in ways that matter to people.”
Plan features that will help make predictable, affordable coverage a reality for more Medicare Advantage consumers in 2022 include:
“We feel best about the plans we put into the marketplace when we know they are rooted in differentiated offerings supported by an exceptional member experience,” said Noel. “This year, we want our members to know that every expanded benefit, every enhanced program and every investment in a new offering is because we have been listening intently and shaping our plans to deliver on what we hear from consumers.”
Added benefits and features that drive distinction for UnitedHealthcare members in 2022 include:
The only company to offer Medicare plans with the AARP name, UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 1 in 5 people in the Medicare program through its portfolio of plansiv. UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest Medicare Supplement provider, serving approximately 4.4 million people through its Medicare Supplement plans.
“Our Medicare Supplement plans are some of the highest-rated by consumers, and we take pride in our competitive and stable rates,” said Noel. “In 2022, we will introduce new lower premium Medicare Supplement plans to meet the growing and varied needs of consumers.”
In 2022, people with eligible UnitedHealthcare Medicare Supplement plans across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will have access to a variety of value-added programs and features offered at no additional cost. Most plans include a nationwide dental discount program; hearing and vision discount programs; 24/7 nurse line; Renew Active by UnitedHealthcare, which offers access to an extensive network of participating gyms and fitness locationsv as well as access to AARP® Staying Sharp® online brain health program; and an AARP Smart DriverTM course – an online or in-person driving refresher course that may allow for reduced insurance premiums.
UnitedHealthcare also serves approximately 3.6 million people through its stand-alone and group Part D prescription drug plans. The AARP® MedicareRx Walgreens plan from UnitedHealthcare offers $0 tier 1 copays at more than 9,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations, and a 20% premium reduction in 2022.
People can make changes to their Medicare coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
For more information on UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plans, visit UHCMedicareHealthPlans.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
iRefers to UnitedHealthcare’s standard Medicare Advantage plans (i.e., non-special needs plans).
iiCMS enrollment data, August 2021. Enrollment across all plans.
iiiNetwork size varies by plan and by market and exclusions may apply.
ivCMS enrollment data, August 2021.
vThese are additional insured member services apart from the Medicare Supplement Plan benefits, are not insurance programs, are subject to geographical availability and may be discontinued at any time. Availability of fitness program may vary by area. Fitness program network only includes participating facilities and locations. None of these services should be used for emergency or urgent care needs. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Note that certain services are provided by Affiliates of UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or other third parties not affiliated with UnitedHealthcare.