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UHC, Walgreens partner on Part D plan


MINNETONKA, Minn. – UnitedHealthcare on Monday introduced its 2017 Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans, building on its 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 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,” stated Kent Monical, SVP UnitedHealthcare’s Part D plans.

“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,” added Brad Fluegel, Walgreens SVP, 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 new AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, insured through UnitedHealthcare, is designed to appeal to cost-conscious consumers who are looking for Part D prescription drug coverage and appreciate access to the plan's preferred retail pharmacy chains that are included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

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 targers 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, UnitedHealthcare noted.


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