Anthem partners with Walmart for over-the-counter drugs


Anthem partners with Walmart for over-the-counter drugs

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Health insurer Anthem has partnered with retail giant Walmart to expand access to over-the counter (OTC) medicines and other health services for Medicare-eligible individuals.

Launching in January 2019, the Anthem-Walmart program will enable consumers who are enrolled in Anthem’s affiliated Medicare Advantage plans to use OTC plan allowances to purchase OTC medications and health-related items, such as first aid supplies, support braces, and pain relievers at retailer’s stores and website.

Anthem said the collaboration is set to advance both companies’ mutual goals of reducing healthcare costs.

“Creating a better healthcare future requires us to think differently about how we can develop innovative and meaningful healthcare solutions for consumers,” said Felicia Norwood, executive vice president and president, government business division, Anthem. "We are pleased to join with Walmart to create an initiative that combines Anthem’s deep understanding of the needs of senior consumers, with Walmart’s unwavering commitment to saving people money and developing a seamless shopping experience. We believe that programs like this can make a tremendous difference for healthcare consumers who often live on a fixed income or are managing chronic medical conditions.”

Sean Slovenski, senior vice president, health and wellness, Walmart US, said: “Walmart is committed to making healthcare more affordable and accessible, and we are in constant pursuit of new ways to deliver on this commitment. We are thrilled to be working with Anthem to provide its Medicare Advantage members with convenient access to our broad assortment of high-quality over-the counter products – all available at everyday low prices.”

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