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CVS To Help Customers Learn About Health Law’s Coverage Options

CVS Caremark plans to launch an outreach campaign this fall that will include having so-called "navigators," or specially trained guides, working in stores to give people individualized help.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: CVS Plans To Help Customers Sign Up for Obamacare
CVS Caremark Corp. will roll out an outreach campaign this fall to help uninsured Americans find out about their insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Federal and state governments are planning to launch online insurance exchanges or marketplaces starting Oct. 1 that will allow people to shop for private health insurance or Medicaid if they qualify. Coverage would start Jan. 1 (Dooren, 7/25).

Politico: CVS Caremark Will Help Promote Obamacare
CVS Caremark is joining the effort to encourage Americans to sign up for Obamacare insurance programs, company executives announced Thursday. CVS officials told POLITICO that they're planning to use pharmacies at their 7,400 North American stores as a gateway for the uninsured to learn about new coverage options — especially subsidized insurance coverage available to low-income people on state-based insurance exchanges (Cheney, 7/26).

CQ HealthBeat: Chain Drug Stores: Major Force In Enrolling Uninsured
CVS Caremark plans to roll out a program at its 7,400 retail drug stores and 6,500 clinics to educate customers about coverage opportunities under the health care overhaul law. The program includes trying to have "Navigator" organizations set up on site to give people individualized help in learning about the law, their coverage options, and the costs involved (Reichard, 7/25).

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