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Kroger banners Ralphs, Food 4 Less enlisting customer help in battling diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES – As part of their Diabetes Awareness Month activities, supermarket partners Ralphs and Food 4 Less are inviting their customers to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement.
 
"Ralphs and Food 4 Less are proud to support the ADA's efforts," stated Kendra Doyel, VP corporate affairs for Ralphs and Food 4 Less. "We hope our support of the ADA and our ongoing commitment to help stop diabetes will encourage, inspire and empower people to live healthy lifestyles."
 
From Oct. 14 through Nov. 10, Ralphs and Food 4 Less are offering their customers the opportunity to help in the fight to stop diabetes by donating their spare change in specially-marked coin boxes located at the check stands in all Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in Southern California. Also collecting funds to help stop diabetes will be 14 Food 4 Less stores serving the greater Chicago area, and 22 Foods Co stores serving Central and Northern California.
 
All funds raised will be donated to the American Diabetes Association in support of its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
 
Ralphs and Food 4 Less are also supporting Diabetes Awareness Month by serving as a Presenting Sponsors of this year's ADA Los Angeles Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising and awareness walk on  Nov. 14 in Griffith Park. In addition to financial support, Ralphs and Food 4 Less are donating diabetes friendly snacks for walk participants to enjoy.
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NCPA, HHS collaborate on Medicare Part D enrollment

BY Michael Johnsen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Monday announced a collaboration with members of the National Community Pharmacists Association designed to raise awareness around Medicare Part D open enrollment. 
 
“This partnership will help connect you all with the resources you need for open enrollment,” Burwell told attendees of the NCPA Annual Convention here Monday morning. “Each of you is on the frontline of care delivery, and that's why our partnership is so crucial. … Together, we can help more Americans access affordable, quality healthcare.”
 
The collaboration includes webinars and community events for the pharmacy community, a resource guide available through NCPA and access to navigators and assistors that can help Medicare patients select the plan that's right for them. To help NCPA members explore the new collaboration, HHS participated with the NCPA Annual Convention on the show floor. 
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New CVS Health Medicare plans feature $0 deductibles, lower premiums

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan options for 2016, CVS Health's SilverScript Insurance Company is providing Medicare beneficiaries a choice from two SilverScript plans that offer $0 deductibles, lower premiums than the 2015 SilverScript plans in many states and low co-pays for several frequently prescribed drugs. In addition, the 2016 SilverScript prescription drug insurance plans earned an overall 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in part for their high quality, clinical outcomes and customer service. 
 
"As part of our commitment to helping people on their path to better health, we simplified and consolidated our Medicare PDP offerings in 2016 to provide comprehensive and even more affordable coverage. In fact, our plan premiums are among the lowest offered among national Part D plans," said Mitch Betses, SVP Medicare Part D Services for CVS Health. "In addition, the recent 4-star rating awarded to us by CMS demonstrates the high level of value and quality of care our SilverScript plans offer, and we remain committed to supporting our members in delivering worry-free coverage as we continue our legacy as one of the first plans available when Medicare Part D began 10 years ago."  
 
SilverScript will provide two Part D plan options in 2016: SilverScript Choice and SilverScript Plus. SilverScript Choice offers comprehensive coverage with low premiums and co-pays, and SilverScript Plus provides additional coverage in the coverage gap (donut hole). The Plus plan is designed for people who take several medications on a regular basis and are likely to reach the coverage gap during the 2016 plan year. 
 
Both SilverScript PDPs offered in 2016 will feature a $0-deductible, low copays for many drugs and competitive premiums. SilverScript premiums in 30 states are lower than they were in 2015 with premiums in eight of those states below $20, and SilverScript Choice plans have the lowest PDP premium in four states. Additionally, in 2016, SilverScript is introducing a new formulary to keep co-pays low for some frequently prescribed drugs. 
 
Enrollment for the 2016 plan year begins on Oct. 15, 2015 and runs through Dec. 7, 2015. 
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