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UnitedHealthcare Announces 2013 Medicare Plans

People enrolled in all three of the company’s AARP MedicareRx Part D plans – Enhanced, Preferred and Saver Plus – can access prescriptions for lower copays if they purchase their drugs at one of more than 14,600 retail locations across the country that are included in the preferred pharmacy network. These savings are maximized for members enrolled in the Saver Plus plan, who can access many of the most commonly used generic drugs for as low as $1 at pharmacies in the preferred network.

“Our Part D offerings help customers get the most value for their health care money in 2013,” said Mike Anderson, chief pharmacy officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “The lower copays and low premium on our AARP MedicareRx Saver Plus plan make it a great option for value-conscious Medicare beneficiaries who are looking for prescription drug coverage from a company they trust.”

UnitedHealthcare will continue to offer broad coverage with more than 65,000 network pharmacies in 2013 for people who value greater choice and flexibility in where they access their prescription drugs. In addition, members who prefer the convenience of receiving their medications through the mail can also take advantage of cost-savings. Most can access a 90-day supply of commonly used generic drugs for a $0 copay when purchased from OptumRx, UnitedHealthcare’s preferred mail-service pharmacy.

In 2013, UnitedHealthcare will continue to offer its AARP MedicareRx Enhanced (PDP) and AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP) plans to help meet Medicare beneficiaries’ diverse needs. With a stable premium, no deductible and copays as low as $2, the Preferred plan is expected to maintain its status as the most popular Part D plan by enrollment. Today nearly 4 million people are enrolled.

Medicare Advantage Plans Feature Stable Premiums, Continued Cost-Savings Opportunities UnitedHealthcare will offer Medicare Advantage plans for individuals in 47 states and the District of Columbia in 2013. In areas where the company offers standard Medicare Advantage plans, more than 92 percent of Medicare-eligible individuals – approximately 32 million people – will have access to a UnitedHealthcare plan with no monthly premium above the Part B premium payment required by Medicare. UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 2.5 million members.

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans will continue to provide more benefits and services than are available through Original Medicare, such as coverage of gym memberships, dental and vision care, and custom-programmed hearing devices. The company’s care provider network of doctors and hospitals is among the largest in the industry, giving members easy access to care from some of the most highly regarded health care providers.

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