Anthem, Walmart Announce New Collaboration

August 20, 2018

Anthem Inc has announced it will work with Walmart to help lower health care costs for Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries and also increase access to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and services that can improve health.

“Creating a better healthcare future requires us to think differently about how we can develop innovative and meaningful healthcare solutions for consumers,” Felicia Norwood, executive vice president and president of the Government Business Division at Anthem, said in a statement.

“We are pleased to join with Walmart to create an initiative that combines Anthem’s deep understanding of the needs of senior consumers, with Walmart’s unwavering commitment to saving people money and developing a seamless shopping experience. We believe that programs like this can make a tremendous difference for healthcare consumers who often live on a fixed income or are managing chronic medical conditions.”

The program created by Anthem and Walmart will enable patients who are enrolled in Anthem’s MA plans to use OTC plan allowances to purchase OTC medications and health-related items, including first aid supplies, support braces, and pain relievers at Walmart’s 4,700 stores and on The companies hope that their collaboration will improve access to these items while reducing out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries enrolled in Anthem’s affiliated MA plans. 

“Walmart is committed to making healthcare more affordable and accessible, and we are in constant pursuit of new ways to deliver on this commitment,” Sean Slovenski, senior vice president of Health and Wellness at Walmart US, expressed in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with Anthem to provide its Medicare Advantage members with convenient access to our broad assortment of high-quality over-the counter products – all available at everyday low prices.”

The Anthem-Walmart program is expected to launch in January of 2019.

Julie Gould

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