Anthem Blue Cross Collaborates with CVS Pharmacy to Increase Access to Health Products

Anthem Medicare Advantage consumers will be able to use their plan
allowance to purchase over-the-counter medications and health-related
products at CVS Pharmacy stores

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) announced today that, beginning January 2019,
consumers enrolled in its Medicare Advantage health plans will be able
to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medications and health-related
products at CVS Pharmacy stores using their health plan’s allowance. The
addition of CVS Pharmacy to Anthem’s network of OTC retailers is part of
the company’s continued commitment of making healthcare simpler for
consumers and improving their health and well-being.

“Creating an enhanced healthcare experience for Californians and giving
them easier access to the products and services that aid consumers in
leading healthier lives requires us to develop meaningful solutions for
the individuals enrolled in our plans,” said Josh Martin, President of
Anthem’s Medicare West Region. “We are pleased to work together with CVS
Pharmacy because we share the common goal of helping individuals manage
their health in more effective ways. We believe that collaborations like
this can make a tremendous difference for consumers who often are
managing chronic medical conditions.”

With nearly 900 stores in California, CVS Pharmacy provides a convenient
shopping option for consumers enrolled in Anthem’s Medicare Advantage
plans. CVS Pharmacy carries a wide assortment of products and solutions
that help consumers get well and stay well, including first aid
supplies, support braces, pain relievers, and more. To use their OTC
allowance at CVS Pharmacy, individuals must purchase the OTC medications
and health-related items in-store.

“CVS Pharmacy is pleased to partner with Anthem Blue Cross to offer plan
consumers increased access to the products they need to care for
themselves,” said Hank Casillas, Division Vice President, CVS Pharmacy.
“This collaboration ensures that Anthem Medicare Advantage plan
consumers are able to purchase medications and other health-related
products at one of hundreds of CVS Pharmacy locations in California,
helping them achieve their best health.”

Many of Anthem’s 2019 Medicare Advantage plans offer a significant OTC
allowance – as much as $300 per quarter. These types of benefits can be
important to older adults who are often on a fixed income. 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.

Anthem also collaborates with other retailers to give consumers
increased access to OTC medications and health-related products through
the use of a plan’s OTC allowance. If a consumer would like to use one
of these other retailers, the company will work with him/her to find the
option that best fits his/her needs.

Anthem Blue Cross is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem
Blue Cross is an HMO DSNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract
with the California Medicaid program. Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health
Insurance Company is an LPPO CSNP plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem
Blue Cross is an HMO CSNP plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue
Cross is an HMO ISNP plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem Blue Cross
Life and Health Insurance Company is an LPPO plan with a Medicare
contract. Anthem BC Health Insurance Company is an LPPO plan with a
Medicare contract.

About Anthem Blue Cross

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Contacts

Hieu Nguyen
(202) 510-8848
hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com