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How Will CVS and Walgreens’ Beef Affect Your Prescription Health Insurance?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

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Cutthroat rivals in the drugstore industry, Walgreen’s and CVS are now locked in a feud that has the potential to affect where many people with employer-sponsored defined benefit health insurance plans.

CVS Caremark, which runs prescription drug programs for many large corporations, recently forbade its members from filling their prescriptions at Walgreen’s locations. In response, Walgreen has stopped accepting patients with CVS plans. In other words, a pharmacy can now be considered out-of-network, and you may have to pay full price for your medications.

Due to this rivalry, companies that offer group health insurance with prescription coverage might switch to one of the outsiders (Walgreen has its own plans, though they are little used): Medco and Express Scripts are among them. As a result, you may have to switch pharmacists.

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How Pharmacists Can Lead To Affordable Health Insurance

Monday, January 25th, 2010

One of the best ways to remain in good health is to have a closer relationship with your health care provider. He or she can help you get past medical misunderstandings, which could have a negative impact on your health if not corrected. Obviously, health insurance is less expensive when you are healthy.

Unfortunately, that kind of personalized attention has become less common. Co-payments and co-insurance percentages may mean that you don’t see your primary care physician as often as you should. Your local pharmacist can help fill in the gap. For the price of your prescription, you can speak with him or her about it. Ask any questions you have about your medication! Although pharmacists aren’t medical doctors, they nevertheless have education and a body of knowledge about the topic.

Studies have shown that one of the causes of wasted healthcare expenses is the accidental misuse of medication. If you have a chronic condition that must be managed with prescriptions, a lack of clarity regarding the instructions could land you in the hospital. Patients with athsma, high blood pressure, and Type-2 diabetes are among those who could benefit. Walgreens is launching a program of “medication coaches” with the latter. The program could make a dent in the $290 billion medical insurance companies and patients spend each year on illnesses that are preventable with proper medication management.

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