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Seniors likely won’t sway from benefit plan

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT A plan by health insurer Humana and Walmart to offer a cheap prescription drug plan to seniors who shop at the mass merchandiser may be a little off the mark, if results of the survey of Medicare beneficiaries is to be believed.

(THE NEWS: Many seniors are satisfied with Medicare Rx benefit, survey shows. For the full story, click here)

The survey indicated that an overwhelming majority of beneficiaries are satisfied with their coverage and found prices affordable.

Price isn’t the only thing that customers take into consideration, even when economic times are difficult. According to a customer service satisfaction survey by J.D. Powers and Associates, consumers gave significantly higher marks to independent pharmacies than they did to chains — particularly in areas such as the shopping experience and staff — while Walmart actually got a score below the average for mass merchandisers.

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BI, Latino Commission on AIDS launch website

BY Alaric DeArment

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim and the Latino Commission on AIDS have launched a website targeted at Latinos living with HIV, the two announced Thursday.

 

The website, MenteCuerpoHAART.com, is a Spanish-language version of an already existing English-language version, MindBodyHAART.com. The site is designed to help patients, their families and doctors understand issues affecting health care and treatment of HIV and find resources on prescribed medications and clinical trials, and communicate with medical providers.

 

 

“We face many health challenges in our communities,” Latino Commission on AIDS president Guillermo Chacon said. “It is important that we respond to the crisis of HIV/AIDS, perpetuated by the stigma, poverty, immigration status, fear, access to health care and barriers related to language.”

 

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Tiger Balm sponsors Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure

BY Michael Johnsen

HAYWARD, Calif. Prince of Peace Enterprises on Thursday announced its sponsorship of the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure under its Tiger Balm external analgesic brand.

 

“Tiger Balm stands with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” stated Kenneth Yeung, Prince of Peace president. “We are proud to sponsor the 15th anniversary of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale race and to use our involvement to help raise awareness of this important cause among fans and users of Tiger Balm products.”

 

 

The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Komen Affiliate’s service area covers Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Up to 75% of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals, clinics and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific programs around the world.

 

 

Tiger Balm representatives will distribute free samples of Tiger Balm neck and shoulder rub and free workout towels featuring the Susan G. Komen and Tiger Balm logos at the race. Visitors also can receive free T-shirts with the Tiger Balm logo. Tiger Balm also is sponsoring a photo booth kiosk where individuals or groups can pose for free souvenir photos to mark the significance of the day.

 

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