Members Can Save Money on Most Prescriptions at Kroger, Rite Aid,
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2013--
Most of WellPoint’s 2014 affiliated Medicare drug plans and medical
plans with drug coverage will help members save money on their
prescription medications through the use of a preferred pharmacy network.
The preferred pharmacy network is composed of Kroger, Rite Aid and
Walmart pharmacies and their affiliates, including the following: for
Kroger, FredMeyer, King Soopers, City Market, Fry’s, Smith’s, Dillons,
Ralphs, QFC, Baker’s, Scott’s, Owen’s, Pay Less, Gerbes and JayC; for
Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market and Sam’s Club. Together, these
pharmacies offer more than 11,000 locations nationwide. The preferred
pharmacy network is part of all of WellPoint’s affiliated Part D
standalone Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) and most of its affiliated
Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MAPD).
Members may utilize any of the company’s retail network pharmacies.
However, they will receive savings of around $5 to $8 per copay on most
drugs (depending on plan type and drug tier) for using preferred network
pharmacies. Additionally, all standalone PDP plans and a few MAPD plans
will feature preferred generics for a $1 copayment.
“Launching this preferred pharmacy network not only saves members on
their drug purchases, which helps them improve their adherence and their
health, but also allows WellPoint’s affiliates to offer standalone PDP
plans with more attractive premiums than in years past,” said Leeba
Lessin, executive vice president and president of WellPoint’s Medicare
Representatives of WellPoint affiliates will staff booths at certain,
high-volume locations of these stores during Medicare’s Annual Election
Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7) to talk about and sell affiliated PDP and MAPD
plans where applicable. Plans are effective Jan. 1, 2014.
WellPoint affiliates currently serve more than 1.8 million Medicare
members. Plans are sold under different brand names across the country.
Many PDP plans, for instance, are sold under the UniCare brand.
Consumers and affiliated plan members should visit their local brand’s
Web site to learn more about the pharmacy network available in their
About WellPoint Inc.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our
members' health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and
shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members
and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have
nearly 36 million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 68
million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves
members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City
area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield
licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and
as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate
counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs
of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service
areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire
Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service
areas). We also serve customers in several additional states through our
Amerigroup subsidiary and in certain markets through our CareMore
subsidiary. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online
sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products.
Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com
WellPoint affiliates are PPO plans, HMO plans and PDP plans with a
Medicare contract. Enrollment in WellPoint affiliates depends on
contract renewal. 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 Jan. 1 of each year. You must
continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Other pharmacies are
available in our network.
Source: WellPoint Inc.
Doug Bennett Jr., (502) 889.2103