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CVS Caremark’s SilverScript unveils new Medicare PDP options for 2013

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — SilverScript Insurance, a CVS Caremark company, announced on Monday that a variety of new Medicare prescription drug plan options are available for 2013.

Enrollment for the 2013 plan year begins on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries can choose from three SilverScript plans whether they are looking for affordable yet comprehensive coverage, are concerned about coverage in the "donut hole" or don’t currently take a lot of prescription drugs yet still want good basic coverage in case their circumstances change during the plan year:

  • SilverScript Choice — a $0-deductible plan with a low monthly premium that is below $30 in most states. The plan also features $0 co-pays for all tier-1 drugs, including most generic drugs, at any preferred pharmacy in the network or through the CVS Caremark mail-service pharmacy during the initial coverage stage. The preferred pharmacy network offers a wide selection of pharmacies across the country including many independent, community-based pharmacies, major retail pharmacy chains and CVS/pharmacy stores;

  • SilverScript Basic — a low monthly premium plan with a deductible designed for people who take few or no prescriptions, but still want comprehensive coverage should their prescription needs change; and

  • SilverScript Plus — a $0-deductible plan with a higher monthly premium that provides coverage during the Coverage Gap ("donut hole"). This plan is designed for people who take several medications on a regular basis and are likely to reach the Coverage Gap during the 2013 plan year.

"As part of our commitment to helping people on their path to better health, we asked Medicare beneficiaries what they wanted in a prescription drug plan related to cost and coverage including the ideal monthly premium, deductible and co-pay," said Adam Miller, EVP of Medicare Part D services for CVS Caremark. "Based on what we heard from consumers, we developed the SilverScript Choice PDP, which is among the lowest-cost plans in many regions when considering both premium and deductible. It is important for beneficiaries to remember that when they are selecting a plan, they should pay attention to the total cost. They should consider the monthly premium, whether there is a deductible or not and co-pay amounts."


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Nuk USA supports National Breast Cancer Foundation via new campaign

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Nuk USA announced that it will donate a portion of sales from its entire breast-feeding product line to the National Breast Cancer Foundation now through December 2013.

As part of its support for NBCF, the Nuk brand is inviting breast cancer survivors to share their stories of hope on the Nuk USA Facebook page, in an effort to inspire other women and show they can fight breast cancer, overcome the disease and still become moms.

"This 15-month program demonstrates our commitment to this worthy cause and supports our commitment to breast-feeding as a wonderful way to nurture [a] baby," Nuk USA VP marketing Walter Lehneis said. "Through this campaign, we hope to amplify the benefits of breast-feeding, as well as help moms succeed with simple, easy to use breast-feeding products."

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Hy-Vee participates in walk to promote health and wellness

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A Midwestern supermarket-pharmacy chain is taking part in an event that’s part of a program whose stated goal is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the country.

Hy-Vee announced that more than 100 of its stores would take part in the second Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday. Hy-Vee stores will help organize the one-kilometer walks in their communities and offer prizes to encourage people, businesses and schools to participate.

More than 291,000 residents took part in 5,645 walks last year to kick off the five-year Healthiest State Initiative, pushed by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

"We know a one-kilometer walk, in and of itself, isn’t going to have a big impact on an individual’s health," Hy-Vee assistant VP health and wellness and Healthiest State Initative executive director Helen Eddy said. "But when hundreds of thousands of Iowans join their neighbors and co-workers and classmates to walk together, it sends a powerful message about our commitment to making Iowa the healthiest state."


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