Seniors, Boomers Can Soon Pick Up Medicare Information at Local Pharmacy
HHS announces partnership with pharmacies to help spread the news on new health benefits under new health law
Aug. 16, 2012 - Seniors will soon be able to go to their local pharmacy to learn more about Medicare and the benefits
available to them under the Affordable Care Act. The announcement yesterday by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was timely as a new study was
released showing increasing numbers of senior citizens are using the clinics popping up in pharmacies across the country.
Sebelius announced partnerships with several pharmacies at a CVS in Jacksonville, Florida, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius where
she also discussed the Medicare preventive services. She also received a free blood pressure reading at the CVS MinuteClinic.
These partnerships with CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Walmart, and Sams Club will provide Medicare
beneficiaries a range of educational materials on newly available preventive services, as well as savings on prescription drug spending in the
donut hole coverage gap.
Our pharmacy partners are helping their customers make informed health care decisions, said Secretary Sebelius. These
partnerships will help people with Medicare learn more about new preventive services such as mammograms, and the new Annual Wellness visit
that are available at no charge for everyone with Medicare.
Some examples of how pharmacy partners are working to increase awareness of preventive services available under Medicare
include the following:
CVS Caremark is distributing material about new preventive services covered at no cost to beneficiaries at its more
than 7,300 CVS/pharmacy stores and 600 MinuteClinic locations, through brochures, register receipt messages and online.
Thrifty White Pharmacy is providing information on preventive services through its 85 locations throughout the Midwest.
Walgreens is distributing information in nearly 8,000 pharmacies and over 350 Take Care Clinic locations, as well as
using in-store announcements and providing this information as part of its Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP.
HHS is working with Walmart and Sams Club to provide healthcare information to their shoppers online.