CVS’ new insurance bill pay service comes at critical time
CVS Caremark has long stressed its commitment to reinventing pharmacy, and news of a bill pay service for health insurance premiums is in line with that mission and is yet another first that the trailblazer can add to its ever-growing list.
As the article states, customers can now visit their local CVS/pharmacy to pay their health insurance premiums at no additional cost. CVS/pharmacy is the first national retail pharmacy to offer this service.
The service in and of itself is notable, but of course, the timing of launch is what makes it especially important. It is no secret that health care is going through a period of intense change as millions of previously uninsured Americans gain coverage due to healthcare reform.
CVS Caremark has played a key role in providing the uninsured with information about new health insurance coverage opportunities. In fact, in September 2013 the company unveiled a companywide information and outreach program that comprised of retail events and brochure displays at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic locations to help customers navigate their insurance options.
Why? A CVS Caremark survey had found that pharmacies would be a primary resource to meet the needs of uninsured Americans, with 68% of those surveyed expecting retail pharmacies to offer health insurance information in store and/or online. Among those asking for help, Hispanics and the youngest group surveyed (ages 18 years to 35 years) were significantly more likely to say they need help understanding the exchanges.
This new bill pay service is a natural evolution in helping those newly enrolled patients transition and have access to an easy way to pay their premiums in store.
Softlips looks to jazz up lip care market with new Softlips Cubes
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Softlips has introduced its new Softlips Cube, a dome-shaped balm that delivers a 5-in-1 formula to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen to lips.
Packaged in a glass-like cube, the Softlips Cube was designed to be a fun and original shape that women can easily access in a purse.
"In 1992, Softlips launched its first lip balm targeting women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas," stated Katherine Tocheff, director of marketing lip care, the Mentholatum Co. "Softlips Cube is a natural evolution, a stylish multi-functional lip balm for women who are always on the lookout for new exciting lip care products."
The suggested retail price for the Softlips Cube lip balm is $3.49. It is available in three flavors: Softlips Pomegranate Blueberry, Softlips Fresh Mint and Softlips Vanilla Bean.
Jelly Belly’s beer-flavored bean now available in bulk
FAIRFIELD, Calif — Ale or Lager? Stout? Lambic? Pilsner? These are the questions candy makers at Jelly Belly Candy Co. asked themselves before creating what they say is the world’s first beer-flavored jelly bean.
In the end, the company opted to pay homage to its German ancestry with a Hefeweizen-inspired ale flavor, and Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly beans took shape. The new flavor is now available in bulk and a single-flavor 3.5-oz Grab & Go bag.
According to the company, the golden jelly bean with an iridescent finish has a mildly bready aroma and has notes of wheat and a touch of sweetness. And while it is beer-flavored, it is alcohol free. The new flavor ships in 10-lb. bulk cases or 12-ct. caddies of the 3.5-oz. Grab & Go bags.