Friday, January 13, 2012

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

For the past year, Walgreens has negotiated with Express Scripts for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. Those negotiations were unsuccessful, and the contract expired on Dec. 31. As a result, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1, 2012. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area.

Walgreens and Express Script  worked hard with negotiations. Walgreens offered to hold rates for a new contract flat and did not seek an increase in rates. The response from Express Scripts was to insist on being able to unilaterally define contract terms, such as what does and does not constitute a brand and generic drug. Express Scripts also proposed to slash Walgreens reimbursement rates to levels below the industry average cost to provide each prescription.

One of Express Scripts’ clients is Tricare, which is the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. During negotiations, Walgreens took the unprecedented step of offering Express Scripts an ironclad guarantee that Walgreens prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network.  Walgreens did this in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle.

Walgreens also offered to contract separately with Express Scripts for Tricare from other Express Scripts commercial business, but these offers were rejected. Express Scripts continues to refuse to negotiate a separate contract for the benefit of the Tricare program and its beneficiariesm and are putting military families in the middle.

Many patients under an Express Scripts plan have used Walgreens pharmacies for years and have a personal relationship with their Walgreens pharmacist. In an effort to minimize their disruption and inconvenience, Walgreens unveiled a comprehensive national effort to make this transition as smooth as possible and is doing all it can to help patients continue to use Walgreens when possible, or take care of them as they are forced to leave Walgreens in order to use their in-network coverage.

Walgreens has a Walgreens Prescription Savings Club   They are all about their customers and right now an individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. More than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday Night Lights

I grew up in a small town. There wasn't much to do but get in trouble or go to high school foot ball games. Now I live close to our local highschool and on Friday nights we hear the band playing and the crowd cheering.

It always brings back fond memories of hot dogs and cold aluminum bleachers. My butt gets cold thinking of it on the aluminum bleacher but I remember the letterman jacket I use to wear to make me warm. Good times.

Even though we home school our kids and probably will through out high school we plan on taking them to our local foot ball games. It's a fun past time! Do you go to highschool football games?

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The Author of this post is Velma Baird

My brother and his family came for a visit from Washington, D.C. He had some business to attend to here and decided to bring the whole family. He and his wife have one seven year old daughter and triplet four year old sons! We always have so much fun when they come, but what energy those boys have. They were here for a week, and every day we would try to go somewhere different to keep all the kids entertained. One day we went to a children’s museum downtown and that kept them busy for about three hours. Another day we went to the zoo, and I spent a lot of time answering their questions like I was some kind of expert. They didn’t know the difference. That is what is so wonderful about young children. You get to tell them all kind of things, and they think you are some kind of cool genius. But when we would get home in the late afternoons, I would have to find something for them to do while their mom and I cooked dinner. Thank goodness for our satellite tv. They could always find some funny show on The Disney Channel or Nick, Jr. to occupy them for long enough for me to get dinner on the table. The week went by so fast, and I am pretty sure I am going to need a vacation to get over their visit.


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