Walmart Dives Deeper Into Medicare Waters With Brokerage, Clover Plan

Through its longstanding Medicare Part D partnership with Humana Inc., Walmart has always had its toe in the insurance market. But two moves unveiled this month indicate the retail giant is digging deeper into the health care space: (1) the launch of its own Medicare insurance brokerage, and (2) a new co-branded Medicare Advantage offering with tech-focused insurer Clover Health, which is planning to go public (see brief, p. 8).

For the 2021 plan year, San Francisco-based Clover Health on Oct. 1 introduced two new PPO plans: LiveHealthy: Clover Powered, Walmart Enhanced, and LiveHealthy LI: Clover Powered, Walmart Enhanced. The options will be available to about 500,000 Medicare-eligible beneficiaries in eight Georgia counties. The venture-backed firm in August said it plans to triple its geographic footprint, increasing its MA service area to 108 counties in eight states (RMA 9/3/20, p. 1). Clover currently services 57,000 MA enrollees in 34 counties across seven states.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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