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Health insurance information to be made available on SoloHealth kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — SoloHealth and eHealth, parent company of eHealthInsurance, on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership to help expand consumer awareness and enrollment in individual, family and Medicare health insurance plans. 

The partnership makes eHealth’s plan selection and comparison tools available, in selected geographies, to many of the more than 130,000 people who use the SoloHealth Stations every day across America. SoloHealth Station users will be able to explore their health insurance options via eHealthInsurance.com.

“We are excited to partner with eHealth to make insurance options more easily available and accessible to our consumers engaging daily with our SoloHealth Stations across the nation,” stated Bart Foster, CEO SoloHealth. “With state health insurance marketplaces opening today, we are pleased to be part of spreading awareness and information to empower consumers to take control of their healthcare and find plans that fit their personal needs.”

“We’re pleased to be partnering with SoloHealth, whose convenient, easy-to-use kiosks engage with millions of consumers in a contextually relevant manner when health care is top of mind,” commented Bill Shaughnessy, president and COO eHealth. “The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand health insurance access to more Americans, and consumers need to have simple and effective tools to better understand their options and enroll in the individual, family and Medicare plans that best meet their needs.”

 

 

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HDMA re-elects chair and vice chair, names two new board members

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Tuesday announced the re-election of David Neu, president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. as chairman of its board of directors. Ted Scherr, president and CEO of Dakota Drug, also was re-elected as vice chairman.  

Additionally, HDMA welcomed two members to the Board. Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical, was elected to replace Paul Julian, EVP and group president of McKesson Corporation, on the board and executive committee. 

And Mary Tim Smith, CFO R&S Northeast, was elected to replace Greg Duche, CEO R&S Northeast.   

“We are pleased to have Dave and Ted continue on as chairman and vice chairman; both bring a wealth of leadership experience to their roles,” stated HDMA president and CEO John Gray. “I also want to welcome Mark and Mary to their new positions, and thank Paul Julian and Greg Duche for their years of service. With a variety of issues now facing the distribution industry, the board will have no shortage of discussions on critical supply chain and legislative priorities.”

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Advil named ‘Official Pain Reliever of the NHL’

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and the National Hockey League on Monday announced Advil as the Official Partner and the Official Pain Reliever of the NHL and the 30 NHL athletic trainers in North America for the 2013-14 season. Under the agreement, Advil is also an Official Partner and the Official Pain Reliever of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. 

“The Advil brand has joined the NHL family at a very exciting time,” stated Dave Lehanski, SVP integrated sales for NHL. “With the most ambitious series of big events in league history planned for this season — six outdoor games over 61 days — we are delivering unprecedented fan engagement while offering our partners more opportunities to activate than ever before.”

"The NHL deal provides a terrific platform for driving the launch of our new, fast-acting Advil line,” commented Brian Groves, U.S. chief marketing officer at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “We see the players and the league as embodying the fast-acting Advil promise of fast recovery from tough pain."

As an official partner of the NHL, Advil will receive significant media exposure, including prominent in-ice brand position, camera-visible dasherboards and placement at accompanying fan festivals of league tent-pole events. Advil will also benefit from custom integration throughout all NHL-controlled media properties, including NHL.com, NHL Network and NHL Social, in addition to the league’s U.S. national broadcast partner, NBC Sports Group.

 

 

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