UnitedHealthcare Expands Pharmacy Saver, Bringing Cost-Savings Opportunities to More Medicare Plan Members

Target, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Publix, Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Sweetbay Supermarket Join Growing Program, Offering Members $2 Prescription Drugs

Additions Double Number of Pharmacy Locations Where Members Can Save on Prescriptions

MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, announced that its Medicare plan members will be able to save money on their prescriptions at thousands more retail locations in 2011. Five additional retailers are joining the company’s recently launched Pharmacy Saver program, doubling the number of locations where members can access 30-day supplies of select prescriptions for only $2.

Target Corporation, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Inc., Publix Super Markets, Inc., Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Sweetbay Supermarket are joining Pharmacy Saver, allowing customers enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s market-leading Medicare plans to take advantage of the program at their locations. When combined with The Kroger Co., Safeway Inc. and Prescription Solutions, which previously confirmed their participation in Pharmacy Saver, these additions mean that members can access hundreds of generic medications at a reduced out-of-pocket cost, sometimes as low as $2 for a 30-day supply, anywhere in the country by mail as well as at more than 6,000 pharmacy locations in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

“The rapid growth of Pharmacy Saver is a direct reflection of our commitment to finding new ways to bring important cost-savings benefits to our members,” said Tom Paul, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “We’re pleased the addition of these new retailers will give even more members the opportunity to save money on their prescriptions next year.”

How the Pharmacy Saver Program Works

UnitedHealthcare collaborated with the pharmacies participating in Pharmacy Saver to create this unique program, which applies to the company’s Medicare Part D members in 2011, including those who receive their prescription drug benefits in conjunction with a Medicare Advantage plan from UnitedHealthcare, such as AARP® MedicareComplete.

Pharmacy Saver reduces members’ out-of-pocket costs on select prescriptions purchased at pharmacies participating in the program to prices even lower than their co-payments, sometimes as low as $2 for a 30- or even 90-day supply. Through Pharmacy Saver, members enrolled in the company’s Medicare plans can save money on hundreds of prescription drugs, including eight of the top 10 generic drugs most commonly used by UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare plan members.

Members can take advantage of the cost savings available through Pharmacy Saver at many of America’s popular pharmacies. The program offers members the flexibility and convenience of saving money on their prescriptions regardless of how they prefer to purchase them – through the mail or at one of more than 6,000 pharmacy locations nationwide.

In 2011, members can access select prescriptions at a reduced cost at the following pharmacies:

  • Target Corporation
  • H-E-B
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Food Lion, Harveys, Bloom and Sweetbay Supermarkets
  • The Kroger Co. and its wholly owned affiliates that have in-store pharmacies: Kroger, Ralphs, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith's, Fry's, QFC, Baker's, Owen's, JayC, Hilander, Gerbes, Pay Less, Scott's and Fred Meyer
  • Safeway Inc. and its wholly owned affiliates: Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Genuardi's, Carrs, Dominick's, Pavilions and Tom Thumb
  • Prescription Solutions mail order pharmacy, a UnitedHealth Group company

Pharmacy Saver Enhances Value of UnitedHealthcare’s 2011 Medicare Portfolio

Since launching its Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in 2006, UnitedHealthcare has delivered on its Savings Promise to members – a commitment that they will get the lowest available price on their medications. That lowest price could be their co-pay, or the pharmacy’s retail price, or the company’s contracted rate – whichever is the best deal for the member. Pharmacy Saver is the latest evolution of the Savings Promise, which UnitedHealthcare will continue to enhance in 2011 by working with more pharmacies to bring additional savings to members.

“Many seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries are looking for ways to stretch their dollars,” said Paul. “With just over two weeks remaining in the Annual Election Period (AEP), we would encourage Medicare beneficiaries to learn more about how Pharmacy Saver can help them save money on their prescription drugs next year. Combined with the other features of our Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, this new program can help our members get the most value for their money in 2011.”

UnitedHealthcare’s 2011 Medicare product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of health and prescription drug plans that help seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries manage their health-care costs. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in and make changes to their Medicare coverage for 2011 until the AEP deadline on Dec. 31.

New Website Provides Resources and Information

More information about Pharmacy Saver is available at www.UnitedPharmacySaver.com, including lists of prescription drugs that are available at a reduced cost at each of the pharmacies participating in the program.

UnitedHealthcare representatives, available at 1-877-648-1541, TTY 711, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week, can also answer questions about Pharmacy Saver.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, OptumHealth, Ingenix and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,752 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $16 billion, operates 329 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B is celebrating its 105 anniversary in 2010. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at every day low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 76,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.

About Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee, Inc. operates 231 retail supermarkets and drug stores in eight Midwestern states. For FY 2010 Hy-Vee recorded total sales of $6.9 billion, ranking it among the top 30 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Hy-Vee’s 56,000 employee-owners carry out the company’s mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

About Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 146,000 employees, with 2009 sales of $24.3 billion. Currently Publix has 1,036 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 13 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.

About Food Lion Family

The Food Lion family, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys or Reid’s. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. The Food Lion family employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Sweetbay Supermarket

Sweetbay Supermarket provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, built from the ground up and developed from research in core markets to express the vibrant, exciting and diverse tastes, colors and aromas of food important to Floridians. Sweetbay offers outstanding value, quality and variety, routinely partnering with Florida growers, to bring shoppers the freshest food available in the state. Sweetbay Supermarket was launched in November 2004 in Largo and is headquartered in Tampa. Sweetbay has 105 stores in Florida. For more information, go to www.sweetbaysupermarket.com.

Plans are insured or covered by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliates, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor.

Other pharmacies are available in our network.

The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.


Matt Burns, 952-931-6242
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