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Birds Eye launches Recipe Ready line for quick meal preparation

BY Jason Owen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Birds Eye, part of the Pinnacle Foods brand portfolio, announced on Friday a line of new pre-made, blended vegetable varieties for quick meal-time preparation.

Birds Eye Recipe Ready vegetable blends are ideal for use in stir-fry dishes, fajitas and tacos and go well with chicken, pasta, hamburgers and more, the company stated.

Birds Eye vegetables are harvested at the peak of ripeness and delivered within four hours to be flash frozen, locking in color, nutrition and taste, the company stated. This allows at-home chefs to purchase ingredient-ready, fresh frozen vegetable assortments.

Recipe Ready comes in more than 20 varieties, including Broccoli Stir Fry, Stew Blend, Classic Marsala Blend, Primavera Blend and others. To see the full list, visit BirdsEye.com/recipe-ready.

Recipe Ready is available nationwide in 8- and 16-oz. packages for a suggested retail price of $1.59 to $2.59.


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Tenn. BCBS adds BioPlus to specialty pharmacy network

BY Alaric DeArment

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy a participating provider in its network, BioPlus said.

The specialty pharmacy company said that it was added to the health insurer’s specialty pharmacy network.

"At BioPlus, our focus is always on delivering improved patient outcomes in a cost-effective way that benefits patients, payers and physicians," BioPlus CEO Stephen Vogt said. "BioPlus not only provides access to specialty medications, but also provides patient education and support, which results in improved drug adherence and a better quality of life for patients."

 

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Reports: Projections of newly insured Medicaid patients cut amid GOP resistance to health-reform law

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK – Only half of the uninsured Americans expected to gain health coverage next year will do so due to a Supreme Court decision that allows states to decide individually whether to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that the government had lowered its projections of people who would obtain coverage next year, from 22 million to 11 million, adding that Republican leaders in nearly half of the states have opposed the Medicaid expansion. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 2.9 million uninsured people will gain private coverage through employers, individual insurance plans and health insurance exchanges.

The government also forecasted slower spending growth among newly insured people who obtain private coverage, including people who enter state health insurance exchanges. The marketplaces will start enrolling people at the beginning of October, and retail pharmacy chains like Rite Aid and CVS have stepped up efforts to educate incoming patients about them.

 

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