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Walgreens reaffirms support for National Guard, military veterans

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens last week reaffirmed its support for National Guard and reserve members and their families with the signing of a statement of support by Walgreens chief human resources officer Kathleen Wilson-Thompson.

According to the drug store operator, Walgreens has a comprehensive strategy in place to hire and transition military talent. In addition to working with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the company is working with numerous veteran service organizations to raise awareness and support for military members, their spouses and qualified veterans. As part of its outreach strategy, Walgreens also announced a new veteran outreach email box available at [email protected] that will serve as a resource to help link potential Walgreens applicants with the company’s military and disability outreach community recruiter.

"We’re proud to be a part of an organization designed to help American employers support the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve," Wilson-Thompson said. "Transitioning to civilian life is challenging for many returning service members, and it is our hope that we can help provide insight and assistance to help veterans obtain civilian employment."

Walgreens has a long history of supporting American troops and veterans, from providing a store in the Pentagon beginning in the 1940s, to decades of donation and product drives, and extending company benefits to employees called to active service. Under the Walgreens military leave policy, employees called to active service receive their full salary, less military pay, for 42 months from the last day worked. In addition, they have the option of continuing medical, prescription and dental coverage at active employee rates.

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KFF: Americans still cutting corners to avoid rising healthcare costs

BY Michael Johnsen

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Americans still are forgoing or delaying health care on account of the economy, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which recently released its May Health Tracking Poll.

One in four Americans reported they have had problems paying medical bills in the past year, and as many as 60% said they have cut corners to avoid healthcare costs.

"The public is most likely to report relying on home remedies or over-the-counter drugs instead of going to see a doctor (38%) and skipping dental care or checkups (35%)," the report read. "Twenty‐nine percent report that because of the cost, they have postponed needed health care; 25% say they have skipped a recommended medical test or treatment; and a similar share (24%) did not fill a prescription for a medicine. Smaller shares report they cut
pills in half or skipped doses of medicine (16%) or had problems getting mental health care (8%) in the past year due to the cost."

And the general consensus is all could get worse before it gets better as healthcare costs continue to rise. Among Americans ages 18 to 64 years with private health insurance, about half (52%) reported that their health insurance premiums have been going up lately, and 28% said this has been a financial burden for them. In terms of deductibles and copayments, about 42% reported that these costs have been rising, and about half of that group said it’s a financial burden, the foundation noted.

When those ages 18 to 64 years with private health insurance are asked which form of healthcare costs personally cause the greatest financial burden, roughly equal shares said health insurance premiums (19%), the plan deductible (18%) and copayments for doctor visits and prescription drugs (16%), according to the report.

To download the report, click here.

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D.Lee says:
Jun-26-2013 02:06 am

Sad to hear that people are cutting corners because of rising health care costs that they are unable to pay. Many people go for home remedies or over the counter drugs instead of going to a doctor. The medical fees, expensive medicines etc are making them to do so. The financial burden of health care is increasing and causing people a lot of problems. https://urgentcareguru.com/clinic/2162

N.CHARLIE says:
Jan-22-2013 07:41 am

I wonder when all these statistics will reach our governments ears, we obviously need some help coping with the rising healthcare costs. These days I'm seriously thinking to pursue a healthcare career, I really want to understand which is the cause for the current healthcare and how could I change this situation.

Kathryn Menefee says:
Jun-27-2012 11:28 am

The reason that healthcare costs continue going up is the expensive and inefficient U.S. healthcare delivery system. The consequences of the fee-for-service model put an unnecessary financial burden on patients and employers and raise the overall cost of healthcare. Read a recent blog by Bob Fabbio about healthcare spending in the US, http://blog.whiteglove.com/what-does-2-trillion-buy-how-about-our-nation%e2%80%99s-healthcare/

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Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the domestic epidemic, are teaming with health departments and local AIDS organizations to provide free HIV testing at 47 Walgreens stores in 20 cities across the nation in June in support of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the companies announced last week.

“These testing events provide valuable and vital opportunities to help the communities we serve,” stated Glen Pietrandoni, Walgreens senior manager of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. “Walgreens has supported people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic through its ability to offer accessible pharmacy, health and wellness guidance to patients, wherever they live. Our pharmacists are developing relationships, listening to concerns and providing education and support.”

“This is a powerful example of what can be achieved when the public and private sector come together in response to HIV/AIDS,” added Tina Hoff, SVP and director of health communication and media partnerships for the Kaiser Family Foundation, a founding partner of Greater Than AIDS.

An additional 138 Walgreens stores in the participating communities will help publicize the free testing through in-store messaging, including posters, post cards and in-store audio. And Walgreens will help promote National HIV Testing Day with special messages on June 27 on its Times Square digital display.

More than 50 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations are coordinating the testing and providing results on-site at participating Walgreens locations, as well as supporting outreach. Free HIV tests will be available June 27 to 29 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at select Walgreens locations in Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; San Francisco; St. Louis; Washington; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

This marks the second year Walgreens has teamed with Greater Than AIDS and local organizations to bring free HIV testing to communities with more than twice the number of stores and markets participating in 2012 than last year. 

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