Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Walmart Collaborate to Give Consumers Increased Access to Everyday Health-Related Products
MANCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2018--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire (Anthem) will be working with Walmart to give 2019 Medicare Advantage (MA) plan consumers the ability to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medications and health-related products through Walmart’s multiple shopping options, including in-store and online, using the OTC allowance available through many of its MA plans.
“Anthem strives to develop meaningful products and solutions that create a better healthcare experience for our consumers as well as improve their health and well-being,” said Tomas Orozco, President of Anthem’s Medicare East Region. “This initiative combines Anthem’s deep understanding of the needs of older adults with Walmart’s unwavering commitment to saving people money and developing a seamless shopping experience. We believe this agreement can make a significant difference for Medicare-eligible consumers who often live on a fixed income, manage chronic conditions, or both.”
Anthem will also significantly increase the OTC allowance for many of its 2019 Medicare Advantage health plans to as much as $142 per quarter, which may roll over to the next quarter but not the next calendar year. Individuals enrolled in Anthem’s 2019 Medicare Advantage plans will be able to use this increased benefit to purchase OTC medications and health-related products, such as first aid supplies, support braces, and pain relievers.
The Anthem-Walmart program, launching in January 2019, and the increased OTC allowance are expected to reduce healthcare costs for individuals because both will help give consumers the ability to purchase more items through their health plan benefits since Walmart is dedicated to offering products at low prices. This may lead individuals in Anthem’s MA plans to buy fewer items on their own.
This collaboration is also designed to give people improved access to health-related products covered under Anthem’s MA plans since more than 90 percent of Americans live within ten miles of Walmart’s more than 4,700 stores. Individuals have the option of shipping purchased items to their home or a nearby store when they shop on Walmart.com or use an app designed for this program.
These types of benefits can be important to older adults who seek more value for their money. According to the Social Security Administration, nearly a quarter of married seniors and four out of 10 unmarried older adults rely on their Social Security benefit, which averages just over $1,400 a month, for at least 90 percent of their income.
The following 2019 Anthem Medicare Advantage health plans will have an over-the-counter allowance at the amounts shown for individuals to purchase OTC items:Anthem MediBlue Select (HMO): $70 per quarter, which may roll over to the next quarter for up to $280 per year Anthem MediBlue Coordination Plus (HMO): $142 per quarter, which may roll over to the next quarter for up to $568 per year
Anthem believes consumers will see the value in shopping at Walmart to purchase the health-related products covered under their health plans – given the retailer’s commitment to value – but if an individual wants to use a different retailer, the company will have other shopping choices available that may better meet his/her needs.
For details about Anthem’s Medicare plans, consumers can call (855) 878-1101, which is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1 to Sept. 30; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, Oct. 1 to March 31. Consumers can also visit the company’s online store at https://shop.anthem.com/medicare.
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. HMO plans are administered by Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. and underwritten by Matthew Thornton Health Plan, Inc. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/anthemBCBS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnthemBlueCrossBlueShield.
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