HHS, Pharmacies To Promote Reform Law’s Benefits for Seniors
HHS will work with CVS Caremark, Sam's Club, Thrifty White, Walgreens and Wal-Mart to give Medicare beneficiaries more details about preventive services available under the federal health reform law, HHS said (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 8/15).
Under the partnerships, the pharmacies will distribute in-store pamphlets containing information on no-cost preventive services, including:
- Colonoscopies; and
- Blood pressure and wellness checks.
The pharmacies also will provide Medicare beneficiaries with information on prescription drug discounts (Cravey, Florida Times-Union, 8/15).
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will make the brochures available online, rather than in their stores ("Healthwatch," The Hill, 8/15).
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, "Too many seniors go without care and don't realize these services are available at no charge" (Florida Times-Union, 8/15). According to CMS, just 6.5% of eligible Medicare beneficiaries have taken advantage of the no-cost annual wellness visit made available by the ACA (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 8/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.