Aetna Urges Medicare Beneficiaries to Shop and Save for 2017 — Before December 7


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 Access

For 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**.

MAPD: Our Stars Are Shining, with More Plans than Ever
beneficiaries deserve quality care, and Aetna proudly has the highest
percentage of Medicare members enrolled in plans rated 4 or higher
overall stars among publicly traded companies***. In the 2017 star
ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Aetna
MAPD plans achieved an overall enrollment weighted average rating of 4.0
stars out of 5 stars. Aetna has increased the number of members enrolled
in plans with a star rating of 4 or higher to 91 percent, representing a
four-percentage point increase from last year.

“We are focused on supporting our member’s personal health journeys and
enhancing care coordination, patient safety and satisfaction, and of
course, on improving our members’ overall health care experience,”
Cocozza said.

For 2017, Aetna is offering MAPD plans in 38 states plus Washington,
D.C., including 134 new counties and 6 new states – Michigan,
Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. Aetna
also offers standard Medicare Supplement and other senior supplemental
products in all 50 states.

“From Maine to Arizona and Florida to Washington, there’s a good chance
Aetna and its companies – Coventry, Health America (HAPA), Altius and
First Health – are there, and we look forward to continuing to serve
more Medicare eligible people in the years ahead,” Cocozza said.

More information about the full range of offerings for Medicare
beneficiaries is available at
or by calling 1-888-247-1051 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a

*Top-100 drugs most commonly prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries
based on CMS data available at
drugs most commonly prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries based on CMS
data available at
publicly traded companies with over 250,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees.

Aetna Medicare is a PDP, HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our
SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our
plans depends on contract renewal. See Evidence of Coverage for a
complete description of plan benefits, exclusions, limitations and
conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by
service area. This information is not a complete description of
benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations,
copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy
network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may
change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare
Part B premium. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating
system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one
year to the next. Other Pharmacies are available in our network. Members
who get “Extra Help” are not required to fill prescriptions at preferred
network pharmacies in order to get Low Income Subsidy (LIS) copays. The
formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any
time. You will receive notice when necessary. Aetna Medicare’s pharmacy
network offers limited access to pharmacies with preferred cost sharing
in: Suburban NY and TX; and Rural ME, NY, UT and WY. The lower costs
advertised in our plan materials for these pharmacies may not be
available at the pharmacy you use. For up-to-date information about our
network pharmacies, including pharmacies with preferred cost sharing,
non-members please call 1-855-338-7027 (TTY: 711) or consult the online
pharmacy directory at

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