Amerigroup and Walmart Collaborate to Give Consumers Increased Access to Everyday Health-Related Products
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2018--Amerigroup 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.
“Amerigroup 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 the company’s Medicare West Region. “This initiative combines Amerigroup’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.”
Amerigroup will also significantly increase the OTC allowance for one of its 2019 Medicare Advantage health plans to $200 per quarter. Individuals enrolled in the Amerigroup’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 Amerigroup-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 this Amerigroup MA plan to buy fewer items on their own.
This collaboration is also designed to give people improved access to health-related products covered under this Amerigroup 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 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 Amerigroup Medicare Advantage health plan will have an over-the-counter allowance at the amount shown for individuals to purchase OTC items:Amerivantage Classic (HMO): $200 per quarter
Amerigroup 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 Amerigroup’s Medicare plans, consumers can call (888) 820-8962, 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 shop.amerigroup.com/medicare/.
Amerigroup Community Care of New Mexico, Inc. is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Amerigroup Community Care of New Mexico, Inc. depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. We do not discriminate, exclude people, or treat them differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in our health programs and activities. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-866-805-4589 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-866-805-4589 (TTY: 711). This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Other providers are available in our network. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.
Amerigroup is part of the Anthem Government Business Division (GBD). Through the GBD, Anthem serves 7.4 million seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families and other state and federally sponsored beneficiaries, and National Government Services enrollees (including the Federal Employee Program) in 26 states, making us one of the nation’s leading providers of health care solutions for public programs. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability.
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Hieu Nguyen, 202-510-8848
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