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Kmart Pharmacy now offering low-price Medicare copays

BY Gina Acosta

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Just in time for open enrollment, many Medicare Part D members can now turn to Kmart Pharmacy for copays as low as $1.

The retailer has become a preferred partner in many 2017 Medicare Part D plans. In addition to preferred pricing, members may receive the benefit of a team of expert pharmacists who provide personalized care and trusted advice for their healthcare needs. Kmart pharmacists offer care beyond the counter, including advice on everything from prescription coverage to over the counter medications.

"Kmart Pharmacy is central to Sears Holdings' health and wellness strategy, which expands beyond prescription services to provide both treatment and preventive care," said Phil Keough, president of Kmart Pharmacy. "We are thrilled to offer the added benefit of being a preferred pharmacy and the ability to offer low copays to customers enrolled in Medicare Part D plans that offer preferred cost sharing. Kmart Pharmacy is well positioned through our pharmacists and techs to help create better outcomes for our pharmacy members and payor partners by driving medication adherence and persistency via face to face counseling and intervention."

Kmart Pharmacies are in the preferred retail pharmacy network for 2017 Medicare Part D plans available nationwide and in Puerto Rico offered by the following companies:

  • UnitedHealthcare (AARP MedicareRx Plans)
  • Aetna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • SilverScript Insurance Company

With a Medicare Part D plan, members can receive coverage for any commercially available vaccine available at Kmart including shingles (herpes zoster) and pneumonia. A Kmart Pharmacist can also suggest immunizations that are appropriate based on a free immunization screening.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D ends Dec. 7.

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