Walmart expands ReliOn brand, announces price reduction for items
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has launched an effort to help diabetes patients save on their disease management products.
Walmart’s said it is seeking to achieve its goal to help U.S. diabetes patients save up to $60 million annually by expanding its ReliOn brand, which now includes the ReliOn Prime meter (touting a suggested retail price of $16.24) and blood-sugar test strips (which will retail for $9 for 50-count strips). What’s more, Walmart said it will provide increased savings on a variety of ReliOn items to help patients ease the cost of diabetes management, including gloves, lancets, syringes and more.
"Many people with diabetes struggle to manage their disease due to its terrible financial burden," Walmart president of health and wellness John Agwunobi said. "We’ve worked closely with our suppliers and found a way to significantly reduce the cost of diabetes products for all of our customers, whether they have insurance or not, so they can better manage their disease."
Walmart noted that its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, has donated more than $2 million to diabetes-focused organizations across the United States over the last fiscal year, including the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Today Advisory Council, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Southeastern Diabetes Education Services.
Harris Teeter raises more than $200,000 for USO, Wounded Warrior Project
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced the grocer raised more than $222,500 in May during its donation card campaign for USO and Wounded Warrior Project. The campaign encouraged customers to help make a difference to troops, their families and wounded warriors by making a $1, $3 or $5 donation to the Support Our Troops campaign.
“We’re grateful to the entire Harris Teeter family for their passion and dedication throughout the Support Our Troops campaign,” stated Jonathan Sullivan, development EVP for WWP. “By asking for donations at the register, Harris Teeter not only helped raise over $222,500 that will go directly to much needed programs for wounded service members and their families; they also helped raise awareness for the challenges these families face.”
Using the money donated by Harris Teeter’s shoppers, USO will be able to provide 8,900 care packages to deployed military members and deliver 14,833 phone cards to deployed troops. The WWP will outfit 12 wounded soldiers with quipment, including a specially equipped bicycle, riding gear, bike jersey and T-shirt to participate in the Soldier Ride program for a week and provide a computer to explore information technology as a potential career field to 79 injured service men and women enrolled in the Transition Training Academy.
CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, NACHC form ‘Innovations in Community Health’ program
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has teamed up with the National Association of Community Health Centers through a $3 million multiyear partnership.
The charitable arm of CVS Caremark said that beginning next year, the "Innovations in Community Health" program will make grants available to community health centers across the country to support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives to manage chronic diseases. Funding through the grant program will support a variety of programs, including:
Healthcare models that promote coordinated care for patients managing chronic diseases;
Healthcare models that include education and tracking methods for promoting medication adherence for patients managing chronic diseases; and
Technology and IT services that enable healthcare providers to more effectively plan therapies or promote communication among a network of healthcare providers serving collaborative care for patients managing chronic diseases.
Applications for "Innovations in Community Health" grants will be open to NACHC members in select states. NACHC will distribute the application to members the week of July 30.
"The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is committed to supporting organizations that are providing greater access to healthcare and medical services, and this partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers will go a long way in that effort," CVS Caremark Charitable Trust VP Eileen Howard Boone said. "We know that while treatment outcomes are improving, the rates of chronic disease are increasing and health centers play a vital role in providing affordable, quality health care services for those who need it most."
More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases, and that number is expected to grow in the next decade, CVS Caremark noted. With its focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma, the "Innovations in Community Health" grant program aligns with CVS Caremark’s purpose to help people on their path to better health.
"With the recent Supreme Court ruling on healthcare reform, we now know that millions more will gain insurance coverage in the near future. However, as we also know from the experience in Massachusetts, there will be gaps. Further, we also know that having insurance coverage alone will not ensure effective management of patients with multiple chronic conditions," NACHC president and CEO Tom Van Coverden said. "By working with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, we will be able to provide the crucial support to community health centers across the country ensuring not only access to health care, but also improving the lives of thousands of Americans."