Enrolled Through the Insurance Marketplace? Pharmacies May Help With Prescriptions

Elizabeth Davis
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Update 2/11/14: Walgreens has extended their program through April 15, due to the March 31 enrollment deadline.

If you’ve enrolled in coverage via the health insurance marketplaces, but haven’t received your insurance cards yet, several pharmacies are offering deals on prescriptions in January.

Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walgreens, CVSBi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, and others are all offering ways for insurance marketplace customers to get their prescriptions this month. You’ll need proof of enrollment (usually a confirmation email or letter, or temporary ID card), but all of the above pharmacies are offering to fill a transitional supply at no upfront cost through the end of January. This may be a two-week up to a 30-day supply.

The details vary by pharmacy, so you will want to call ahead to confirm. Also, be aware that “no upfront cost” may mean that you will be charged your co-pay under your plan once you are fully enrolled. The offers are intended to help you get your prescriptions with no gap in coverage, but keep in mind that if you have a co-pay that’s a percent of the cost or a high prescription deductible, you may still end up paying more depending on the pharmacy you choose.

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