Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Walmart Collaborate to Give Consumers Increased Access to Everyday Health-Related Products

Anthem will also offer allowances for non-prescription medication and
health products to create more affordability for consumers

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (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
one 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 Josh Martin, President of Anthem’s
Medicare West 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 offer an OTC allowance for one of its 2019 Medicare
Advantage health plans. Individuals enrolled in the Anthem’s 2019
Medicare Advantage plan 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 this Anthem MA plan 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 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 plan will have an
over-the-counter allowance at the amount shown for individuals to
purchase OTC items:

  • Anthem MediBlue Dual Advantage (HMO SNP): $50 per quarter

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)
866-3979, 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

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO plan with a Medicare
contract and a contract with the Colorado Medicaid program. Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a
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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain
Hospital and Medical Service, Inc. HMO products underwritten by HMO
Colorado, Inc. Independent licensee of the Blue Cross 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 and Blue Shield Association.
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