Aetna (NYSE: AET) urges Medicare-eligible Americans to take the time to review the many 2017 plan options available to them during open enrollment before time runs out on December 7. "Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans and stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans (PDP) change every year, and plan providers such as Aetna have never worked harder to be competitive. For 2017, Aetna has increased the number of $0 premium plans we offer and 93 percent of our current members have access to them," said Nancy Cocozza, president of Aetna Medicare. "We encourage Medicare consumers to shop and compare PDP and Medicare Advantage plans offered in their area. They may find lower premiums, more attractive networks, richer benefits, better formularies and hundreds of dollars in savings." Part D Plans: Benefits and a Network Designed for Affordability and Convenient AccessFor 2017, Aetna is proud to announce that Publix, Wegman's and Kmart pharmacies will join our preferred pharmacy network. The preferred distinction means extra savings for members, with Tier 1 generic co-pays as low as $1. "Whether Medicare members participate in a stand-alone Aetna Part D prescription drug plan or an Aetna MAPD plan, they can save money by filling their prescriptions at these fine locations, or more than 22,000 other preferred pharmacies including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Kroger, Costco, Albertson's, Winn Dixie, Safeway and others," Cocozza said. The preferred network pharmacies are part of Aetna's broad network of over 60,000 retail pharmacies, which supports all three Aetna PDPs that are available nationwide. Aetna has a range of PDPs including low premium options, plans with $0 deductibles, plans with $1 copays, and plans with coverage in the coverage gap. Also, all Aetna PDPs cover at least 96 of the top-100 drugs most commonly prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries*. In addition, nine of the top 10 generics used by Medicare beneficiaries are covered on Aetna's Tier 1, including: lisinopril, amlodipine, metoprolol, simvastatin, atorvastatin, metformin, levothyroxine, omeprazole and furosemide**.