Express Scripts Introduces Medicare Part D Plan Offerings for 2019

Walmart joins CVS and Kroger in the preferred pharmacy network for Express Scripts' popular, low-premium Saver plan, introduced in 2018

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 9, 2018 - Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) today introduced its Express Scripts Medicare®Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) offerings for 2019, offering seniors three high-value options for coverage and savings.

The company's popular, low-premium Saver plan, which made its debut in 2018, will continue to provide affordable access to more than 2,800 commonly used medications while offering an expanded preferred pharmacy network that will now include Walmart in addition to CVS Pharmacy® and the Kroger Family of Pharmacies.

"Saving money never gets old," said Jennie Knisley, Vice President, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Express Scripts. "The success of our Saver plan is a testament to the high value it offers to seniors who need a plan with an affordable monthly premium that still meets all of their prescription needs. For seniors with more complex medication needs, our Value and Choice plans are here to provide more comprehensive coverage options that can help give enrollees greater peace of mind over their medication costs."

The Saver plan offers a premium as low as $23.90 per month1 -- less than $1 per day -- and a $0 deductible on Tier 1 and Tier 2 generics. Copays are $1 for a one-month supply of Tier 1 generic medications and $4 for Tier 2 generic medications when filled at one of the 16,000+ preferred retail pharmacies nationwide.2 The copays for a 90-day supply of Tier 1 or Tier 2 generic medications are just $2 and $8, respectively, via home delivery from the Express Scripts PharmacySM.

The Express Scripts Medicare Value and Choice plans provide broader medication access and preferred pharmacy options. Rated 4 stars by Medicare in 2018, the Value and Choice plans3 each provide a more comprehensive formulary with more than 2,900 and 3,200 medications respectively and cover up to 75 percent of specialty medication costs, after the deductible. The Choice plan also provides coverage in the Gap for a select group of Tier 3 brand drugs above the standard Gap coverage.

Both the Value and Choice plans will continue providing additional cost savings through a network of 26,000+ preferred pharmacies including Walgreens, the Kroger Family of Pharmacies and local, independent pharmacies nationwide.

"Whether you take medications every day, or just a few medications occasionally, Express Scripts Medicare has a plan to suit your needs, that is built on more than a decade of experience caring for millions of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide," said Knisley. "Most importantly, all enrollees have 24/7 access to Express Scripts pharmacists to answer prescription medication questions, and access to our specialist pharmacists and nurses who have enhanced condition-specific training and experience, and offer patients with ongoing personalized care and support to ensure optimal health outcomes."

Enrollment for the 2019 plan year runs from October 15, 2018 through December 7, 2018. Coverage begins on January 1, 2019.  The Saver and Value plans are offered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Choice plan is offered in all regions except Puerto Rico.

To learn more about the Express Scripts Medicare plan options, visit:, or call toll free 1.866.544.3794. TTY users should call 1.800.716.3231.


Express Scripts Medicare® (PDP) is a prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Express Scripts depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call 1.866.544.3794 (TTY: 1.800.716.3231) for more information.

Other pharmacies are available in our network.

1. Saver plan's monthly premiums vary by region from $23.90 - $25.40. 2. Express Scripts Medicare's pharmacy network includes limited lower-cost, preferred pharmacies in rural areas in AK; the Saver plan also includes limited lower-cost, preferred pharmacies in rural areas in IA, MN, MT, ND, NE, SD and WY; and in suburban areas in PR. 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 whether there are any lower-cost preferred pharmacies in your area, please call Customer Service at 1.800.866.3794; TTY: 1.800.716.3231, or consult the online pharmacy directory at 32018 rating for contract S5660; 3 stars for contract S5983 (NY). 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. Medicare Star Ratings for plans can be found at © 2018 Express Scripts. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Express Scripts

Express Scripts is a healthcare opportunity company. Empowered by our legacy as an industry innovator, we dare to imagine – and deliver – a better healthcare system with improved health outcomes and lower costs. From pharmacy and medical benefits management to specialty pharmacy care and everything in between – we uncover opportunities to make healthcare work better.

Our home base is St. Louis, but our reach extends to millions of Americans across the nation. We stand alongside our clients and partners, collaborating to develop personalized solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

We believe healthcare can do more. We are Champions For BetterSM.

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