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Walgreens to Advance First Month of Prescriptions to Backlogged Obamacare Enrollees

Walgreens, the largest pharmacy chain in the country, announced Tuesday it will advance up to one month of most prescriptions for backlogged Obamacare enrollees, saying it wanted to ensure continuous coverage for its customers.

The offer is aimed those who have enrolled in Obamacare but not yet received an insurance number. Problems with the backend of the Affordable Care Act federal exchange have led to cases of inaccurate or partial information being sent to insurance companies, and in some cases no application at all, causing concerns that enrollees will arrive at the emergency room or pharmacy only to discover they don’t, in fact, have insurance.

Customers are instructed to bring proof of enrollment to a Walgreens pharmacy. Walgreens will verify enrollment and fill most generic prescription, and then process the claim upon the completion of enrollment with the policy provider, at which point customers will owe any applicable copay. The offer is available until the end of January.

[h/t Reuters]

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