Kmart Pharmacy partners with eHealth to help seniors determine the best Medicare insurance plan for them

Comparing drug coverage under Medicare insurance plans is now easier than ever for Kmart Pharmacy patients

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kmart Pharmacy announced today (Nov 3, 2016) a new partnership with eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH), the nation’s leading online marketplace for Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, to help eligible seniors determine the best Medicare insurance plan for them.

The partnership provides Kmart Pharmacy patients and members access to eHealth’s Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Comparison Tool. The tool is specifically designed to help patients find the Medicare drug plan with the highest estimated-savings based on their needs. Patients can simply enter their zip code and drug regimen to compare available plans and enroll in the Medicare insurance plan that provides them with estimated best coverage for their prescription drugs. “Kmart Pharmacy is excited to offer this free eHealth tool benefit to our senior members and caregivers alike,” said Phil Keough, president, Kmart Pharmacy. “Navigating Medicare can be confusing, and the added pressure of a looming open enrollment deadline can be overwhelming – which is why it is important we provide our patients with resources like eHealth.

Our experienced pharmacists are available to help patients better understand their options, provide detailed plan information and help answer questions they may have.”Medicare’s annual enrollment period is happening now through Dec. 7, 2016. During the enrollment period, Kmart Pharmacy encourages patients to review their prescription coverage by utilizing eHealth’s Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Comparison Tool. Prescription drug coverage under Medicare insurance plans may change each year and patients’ individual prescription needs may also change, so comparing plans could potentially save patients hundreds of dollars per month. For patients evaluating available prescription drug plans, it is important for them to consider each plan’s annual deductible, premium and co-payments, as well as which plans cover the prescriptions.

Kmart Pharmacy is preferred in many Medicare prescription drug plans – however, it does not endorse any specific Medicare insurance company and accepts most major Medicare prescription drug plans. It participates in several regional and national preferred pharmacy networks that offer additional savings for beneficiaries, including low co-pays on generic medications. Your local Kmart pharmacist can tell you in which plans your Kmart Pharmacy participates in as a preferred provider.

Please visit KmartPharmacy.com/ for more information and additional resources. To learn more about Medicare Part D or to enroll, visit medicare.gov.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

About eHealth
eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) owns eHealth.com, the nation’s first and largest private online health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from leading insurers side by side and purchase and enroll in coverage online. eHealth offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by many of the nation’s leading health insurance companies. eHealth (through its subsidiaries) is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. eHealth also offers educational resources and powerful online and pharmacy-based tools to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate Medicare health insurance options, choose the right plan and enroll in select plans online through Medicare.com (www.Medicare.com), eHealthMedicare.com (www.eHealthMedicare.com) and PlanPrescriber.com (www.PlanPrescriber.com).

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

Tricia Perrotti
Kmart
212-775-2536
Tricia.Perrotti@searshc.com

Hallie Herrmann
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Hallie.Herrmann@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Kmart announces free flu shots with most insurance plans available at all Kmart Pharmacy locations

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new online survey of Kmart shoppers, conducted on behalf of Kmart Pharmacy by the company’s Member Feedback and Insights team, found that more than a third [36 percent] of shoppers choose not to get a flu shot, and almost a quarter [23 percent] state that price plays a significant role when deciding if they should get vaccinated. Kmart offers $0 [no cost] flu shots with most insurance plans, making it easy to arm you and your family against the seasonal flu. $0 flu shots are available in stores now at all Kmart Pharmacy locations. No appointment is needed to get vaccinated.

“We want our members and their families to have every opportunity to take care of their health, and the best protection against the flu is an annual flu shot,” said Phil Keough, president, Kmart Pharmacy. “We are proud that Kmart is a top destination for convenient access to not only the flu shot, but all vaccines, which are covered on most insurance plans. Our experienced pharmacists make a difference to our shoppers, listening to their needs, sharing expert advice and providing attentive patient care.**”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who is eligible get a flu shot. With the CDC no longer recommending the popular, needle-free FluMist vaccine,Kmart Pharmacy makes it easier than ever to get the whole family vaccinated, quickly and hassle-free by offering no cost flu shots including Trivalent and Quadravalent [high-dose] vaccines.

For those thinking it is better to get the flu than the flu vaccine, they should think otherwise. The flu can be a serious disease and Kmart Pharmacy is setting the record straight about the facts and myths related to flu:

  • Myth: The flu shot does not protect me from the virus: The Kmart Pharmacy survey found that approximately 33 percent of survey respondents typically do not get a flu shot because they believe the vaccine either won’t protect them or will give them the flu. This is a common misconception – the flu shot simply cannot cause the flu. In fact, the flu vaccine is intended to create a stronger immune system to keep you from not catching the bug, and lessens the chances of spreading the flu virus to others.
  • Myth: I never get the flu so I do not need a flu shot: Although some individuals are more susceptible to developing serious flu-related complications than others, including children under the age of five and adults age 65 or older, no one is immune from getting the flu. The vaccine not only helps protect you, but others around you as well.
  • Myth: I can’t get the flu shot because I’m pregnant: The Kmart Pharmacy survey found that nearly 72 percent of survey respondents think it is not safe for pregnant women to get the flu shot. False. The flu shot is perfectly safe for pregnant women, who are especially more susceptible to developing serious illness from the flu.
  • Myth: Antibiotics can help treat the flu: More than a third [35 percent] of survey respondents also believe the flu can be treated with antibiotics. However, most flus are viral illnesses, not bacterial, so antibiotics are not usually the best treatment option, which is why receiving the vaccine ahead of flu season is so important.

Shoppers are also encouraged to join Kmart Pharmacy’s Shop Your Way® Pharmacy Rewards Program. Members receive $10 back in points1 (valid for 14 days) for every five qualifying prescriptions filled – including pet prescriptions and immunizations – in a rolling 12-month period. Pharmacy Rewards members receive points for each flu shot purchased. Current and new Shop Your Way® members must enroll for the program at any Kmart Pharmacy or online at KmartPharmacy.com/rewards.https://pharmacy.kmart.com/newrx-pharmacy-rewards

Please visit KmartPharmacy.com/flu for more information and additional resources. To find a Kmart Pharmacy location near you, visit KmartPharmacy.com.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online by Sears Holdings on behalf of Kmart Pharmacy from Aug. 9 through Aug. 17, 2016 among over 10,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Tricia Perrotti
Kmart
212-775-2536
Tricia.Perrotti@searshc.com

Andrea Abate
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Andrea.Abate@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Kmart Pharmacy survey: 41 percent typically do not get a flu shot

Survey finds more than forty percent of adults typically do not get a flu shot

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-8-28— /EPR Retail News/ — Flu season is coming, which means coughing, fevers, body aches and misconceptions about the flu vaccine are on the horizon. A new online survey of Kmart shoppers, conducted on behalf of Kmart Pharmacy by Sears Holdings Member Feedback and Insights team, found that while nearly all (94 percent) agree some people are particularly vulnerable to getting the flu or having a serious case of the flu, 41 percent typically do not get a flu shot.

Getting a seasonal flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu – and Kmart Pharmacy is out to debunk some of the most common flu-related myths preventing people from staying healthy each year:

  • The flu shot does not protect me from the virus: The Kmart Pharmacy survey found that approximately one in three (31 percent) people typically do not get a flu shot because they believe the vaccine won’t protect them. The flu vaccine is intended to create a stronger immune system to keep you from not catching the bug, and also lessens the chances of spreading the flu virus to others.
  • I never get the flu so I do not need a flu shot: No one is immune from getting the flu. Some individuals are actually more susceptible to developing serious flu-related complications than others, including children under the age of five, adults age 65 or older, and pregnant women. While the Kmart Pharmacy survey found that only 28 percent of people think getting the flu shot will not protect others around them, everyone should receive the flu shot. The vaccine helps protect others around you.
  • My decision to get the flu shot only affects me: If you were to contract the contagious virus, there is a chance you could infect your family, your friends, and your co-workers. More than half of respondents (55 percent) said they have missed work themselves or know someone who missed work last year due to the flu. Sick employees are likely not working at an optimum level and can expose others to germs in the workplace. The end result is costly to both employees and employers.

“Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to prevent the seasonal flu, and we encourage families to take this important step to protect themselves,” says Phil Keough, president, Kmart Pharmacy. “Stop in today and visit one of our professionally trained immunizing pharmacists who are ready to administer flu shots as well as other CDC-recommended vaccinations.*”

Kmart is now offering no-cost flu shots (with most insurance)** to customers at participating Kmart pharmacy locations – including Quadravalent and high-dose flu shots. No appointment is necessary and Shop Your Way® Pharmacy Rewards members receive points for each flu shot purchased. Announced earlier this year, the new Shop Your Way® Pharmacy Rewards Program gives members $10 back in points 1(10,000 points) for every five qualifying prescriptions filled in a rolling 12-month period.

The CDC recommends people start getting vaccinated soon after the flu vaccine becomes available. Kmart Pharmacy wants to keep families healthy this flu season and invites them to stop by their nearest Kmart Pharmacy location for a flu shot today. Learn more at kmartpharmacy.com/flu or cdc.gov.
Kmart Pharmacy also offers onsite flu shot clinic services. Ask your local Kmart pharmacist how to schedule a flu shot clinic at your workplace.

Survey Methodology
This United States survey was conducted online by Sears Holdings on behalf of Kmart Pharmacy from July 29 through Aug. 6, 2014among over 10,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. Through a network of retail partners and service providers, members can shop, compare, purchase items and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also enjoy special pricing, exclusive sales, events, access to celebrity brands and sweepstakes. And through the unique social community on shopyourway.com, members can research and browse products, create wish lists, poll friends and family and even get advice from experts to help choose the products and services that best meet their needs.

There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sara Taylor Andrea Abate
Sears Holdings Zeno Group for Kmart
847-286-0774 312-396-9713
Sara.Taylor@searshc.com Andrea.Abate@zenogroup.com

*Vaccine administration is dependent on local Pharmacy State Rules and Regulations.
** No co-payment unless required by your plan. Cash price of the Trivalent flu shot is $27.99. 

1 Subject to Shop Your Way® Pharmacy Rewards program terms and conditions. Points are valid for two weeks once received on the purchase of non-pharmacy merchandise. This offer is not valid for and cannot be used by any patient who is a beneficiary of a federal healthcare program, such as Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part B, Medicaid, TRICARE or Plan de Salud del Gobierno de PR (PSG). Offer not valid in LA for controlled substance prescriptions or in AR, MA, NJ, NY, Virgin Islands and Guam. By accepting Shop Your Way® member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way® terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

SOURCE Kmart

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