If you are a Walgreens Pharmacy customer AND you have your doctor ordered benefits through Express Scripts, as of January 1, 2012 your Express Scripts coverage might not cover your doctor ordereds at Walgreens anymore.
Why is that?
First off, a bit of background on Express Scripts. Express Scripts is essentially a middle man between your health insurance or employer (whoever pays for your doctor ordereds) and Walgreens. Basically, they take care of your doctor ordered needs and get a “cut” of the action for handling those kinds of claims.
Express Scripts has been trying to protect it’s own interest by cutting out your neighborhood pharmacy and instead urging customers to use their own mail delivery service instead. This takes them out of the middle man spot and makes them your doctor ordered provider. It’s also a huge conflict of interest.
In negotiations with Walgreens, Walgreens offered to hold current rates and not to increase rates for Express Scripts customers. They also took an unprecedented step to offer TriCare customers (military) through Express Scripts an ironclad guarantee that they would meet or beat any price from any other pharmacy within TriCare’s network. Walgreens offered this to ensure that our military had access to affordable and convenient doctor ordered options at all times.
Express Scripts response was to basically demand Walgreens agree to terms that are so far from the industry standard and so slanted towards Express Scripts that Walgreens simply could not agree.
Therefore, as of January 1, 2012 Walgreens and Express Scripts customers are being forced to part ways.
There are options though. Customers that want to keep their doctor ordereds at their local Walgreens pharmacy are urged to join the doctor ordered Savings Club at Walgreens. For just $10 a year, a family membership covers your spouse, dependents 22 and younger AND pets. You’ll receive discounts on your doctor ordereds, flu shots, nebulizers and diabetic supplies. As well as bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services.
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