Health Care Reform update
The health care reform law—officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA for short) is here to stay. Additional changes resulting from the law take effect January 1, 2014.
Walgreens offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical insurance. It is our intent to continue offering affordable and comprehensive coverage. Here are five of the major parts of the law and what Walgreens is doing.
|Health Care Reform Provision (effective January 1, 2014)||Walgreens|
|Starting January 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. This is called the “individual mandate.”||As long as you enroll in a Walgreens medical plan, you are covered!
We will continue to offer affordable and comprehensive medical plans to our employees.
|To be considered qualified coverage under the ACA, a health plan has to provide a minimum level of coverage called “essential health benefits.”||Our medical plans will meet or exceed the minimum level of coverage required.|
|No limits on essential health benefits.
This means that an insurance company cannot set lifetime dollar limits on how much it will pay for essential health benefits.
|Our medical plans currently meet or exceed the level of coverage required.|
|Waiting periods cannot exceed 90 days.
This is the period of time that must pass before employer-sponsored health insurance starts.
|Our plans will comply.|
|Federal and state online health insurance marketplaces will hold open enrollment starting October 1, 2013. Employers must distribute the Department of Labor (DOL) notice about health insurance.
||We will distribute the Department of Labor notice about health insurance exchanges by the end of September – along with other helpful information that explains what you need to know and do.|
Save money on back-to-school health care
We have NO idea where the summer went either … but it’s that time again: back to school! Whether you’re taking a weepy kindergartener to school for the first time (and maybe a bit tearful yourself!) or have older kids badgering you for new clothes, you need to be on top of the number one priority: your children’s health. That means getting required school physicals and immunizations before the big “first day.”
Schedule appointments now. Depending on grade level, your child may need a school physical or proof of a recent dental checkup. And school-sponsored sports programs may require an annual physical. It can take a while to get appointments for preventive care, so be sure to make them as soon as possible.
Save money through Walgreens. Take full advantage of the benefits you enjoy as a Walgreens team member – benefits that save you real money.
If you are enrolled in a Walgreen Health Plan (either Well Choice or Well Choice Select) or the Walgreen Dental Plan:
- Your Health Care plan covers the full cost of in-network regular school physicals (not sports physicals).
- If your child needs a sports physical, take an additional 10% off the discounted cost of these exams at any Healthcare Clinic℠ if you’re in the Prescription Savings Club.
- Your Health Care plan covers the full cost of preventative immunizations as long as you stay in-network.
- Your Dental Plan pays 100% of the cost of preventive dental care, as long as you stay in-network.
- Take an additional 10% off the discounted cost of regular school physicals, including required immunizations, as well as sports physicals when you go to a Healthcare Clinic℠ if you’re in the Prescription Savings Club.
- You can get a 5% to 20% discount off required immunizations at any participating Walgreens pharmacy if you‘re in the Prescription Savings Club. (Discounts vary by type of immunization.)
To find a Healthcare Clinic(SM) near you, go to Walgreens.com/Clinic or call 855-WALGREENS.
Take Care Clinic(SM) name changes to Healthcare Clinic
The name is changing, but the high-quality, patient-centric care and extensive list of services aren’t going anywhere.
The retail clinics at select Walgreens are changing their name from Take Care Clinics(SM) to Healthcare Clinics. The name change provides a greater awareness of the clinics and the important services they provide, and creates a tighter alignment with the Walgreen brand.
The clinics will continue in full operation during the name change, helping customers and patients view Walgreens as a place where they can receive professional healthcare close to home.
The new Healthcare Clinic website – which you can access from Walgreens.com/Clinic – represents an enhanced digital patient experience:
- All existing features of TakeCareHealth.com will be integrated into the Walgreens site and rebranded as Healthcare Clinic.
- Customers or patients who dial 1-866-TAKE-CARE will be automatically redirected to the new number: 855-WALGREENS.
Health Assessment and Healthy Activity Instruction Guides now available
Check out the 2013 Preferred Medication List (PML)
Looking for the most up-to-date information about preferred prescription drugs under your Walgreens Health Plan? Click here to view the 2013 Preferred Medication List (PML).
Why is it helpful to review this list? Well, your plan has three categories—or tiers—of medications that determine your costs (copays):
- 1st tier: Generics. Generics contain the same active ingredient as their brand-name equivalents and offer the same effectiveness and safety. Some generics use a brand name instead of a chemical name. Both have the lowest copay.
- 2nd tier: Preferred. These medications have higher copays than generics but are less costly than non-preferred medications on the third tier.
- 3rd tier: Non preferred. Because a generic version or a second-tier alternative is available, non preferred medications have higher copays and are not listed on the PML.
- Not Covered. Brand-name medications are not covered by the plan when a generic is available.
See how much you’ll pay for medications in each tier by reviewing the Prescription Drug Overview
Free blood glucose monitors available for limited time!
Age 50 or older? Get your free AARP membership today!
Walgreens is committed to offering team members benefits that promote health, wellness, and financial security, so we’re pleased to offer our team members and retirees a special gift of a complimentary one-year AARP membership.
AARP has designed its membership to help people over age 50 live their best life. Your membership will give you access to a wealth of valuable benefits that you can enjoy including:
- Trusted information and resources on healthy living, retirement planning, and more.
- Everyday discounts on vision and hearing care, gym memberships, dining out, travel, and more.
- Online Tools to help with everything from finances to healthy living.
- Exclusive products and services, including access to affordable dental and cell phone plans.
- Volunteer opportunities in the community.
- Additional spouse or partner membership at no extra cost.
If you’re already an AARP member, completing the online form extends your membership for an additional year – at no cost to you. And if you’re not 50 years old yet, AARP’s sign-up page allows you to give the gift of membership to someone you know who is.
It’s easy to claim this one-time gift. Go to the Employee Purchase Program section on WalNet/StoreNet and click on AARP Complimentary One-Year Membership to get started.
Save on popular weight loss programs and earn prizes to boot!
Did you know that the Walgreens Weight Management Program offers discounted memberships with Retrofit, Jenny Craig®, Nutrisystem® and Seattle Sutton?
The discounts are available to all active team members and their eligible household family members.
As an added incentive for team members, those who enroll will receive a one-time $50 Walgreens Gift Card with minimum participation in one of these programs, or in Weight Watchers® (for a limited time).
Get more details about the contest and our weight management partners and read the official sweepstakes rules.