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Walgreen Joins in Exodus of Workers to Private Exchanges
yahoo/Reuters ^ | September 13, 2013 | Beth Pinsker

Posted on 09/17/2013 9:25:31 PM PDT by grundle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walgreen Co is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Friday.

The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees cash to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.

The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts October 1.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: obamacare
Obama's bogus promise that people could keep their health insurance is #23 on this list: Obama’s blindly obedient supporters have chosen to ignore these 284 well sourced examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.
1 posted on 09/17/2013 9:25:31 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Private sector gets government gang banged once again.


2 posted on 09/17/2013 9:29:13 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: grundle

Somehow this must be George Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 09/17/2013 9:33:22 PM PDT by BAW (My people skills are fine. It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.)
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To: grundle

It’s US against Obama. Who is going to win.


4 posted on 09/17/2013 9:33:29 PM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: grundle
I have my insurance renewal coming up real soon at work. I can't wait to see how F’ed it's going to be. And the only reason I look forward to it, is that it's heavily populated with Obama supporters and I can't wait to see the looks on their faces....
5 posted on 09/17/2013 9:34:24 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: FreeperCell

As long as Obama has a pad of executive order blanks on his desk and his appointed lackey as head of the DOJ, he will win.


6 posted on 09/17/2013 9:40:47 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Farnsworth; MinuteGal

“I have my insurance renewal coming up real soon at work. I can’t wait to see how F’ed it’s going to be. And the only reason I look forward to it, is that it’s heavily populated with Obama supporters and I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces....”

Ditto. I’m in the same situation, although retired. Waiting to see how the axe is going to fall. Also chock full of Obama supporters who are in for a very rude surprise.


7 posted on 09/17/2013 9:43:37 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: grundle

“This is a big (blank) deal” - Joe Un-classy, Uncouth Biden


8 posted on 09/17/2013 9:45:22 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: doc1019

It’s going to be interesting. He is acting as a king. We can disobey which we will. But he is fighting God. He is fighting the universe. I think he will be brought down. He did not create this universe. And he doesn’t know that yet. Look for the liberals to get really freaky over the next year.


9 posted on 09/17/2013 9:53:31 PM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: Farnsworth

My regular doctor saved my life. He perceived a potential problem, tested for it and detected very early. He said if I had different insurance he could not have gotten the test approved. I could not have afforded the test myself. I can’t imagine not being able to go to him because of a new plan.


10 posted on 09/17/2013 9:59:17 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Farnsworth

Your coworkers will not blame Barry. The meme will be that the mean old republicans aren’t funding it...and that is why rates are going up.


11 posted on 09/17/2013 10:27:28 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: flaglady47

It’s a sad day in America.


12 posted on 09/17/2013 10:32:59 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: grundle

“Private Exchanges”??

Is that the new term for the government ObamaCare exchange?


13 posted on 09/17/2013 10:34:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: gunsequalfreedom

but....but...dear leader said we could keep our plan, doctor and our cost reduced by $2500??? He lied? Oh dear....


14 posted on 09/17/2013 10:34:48 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: lacrew

yes, but we all know the Reps don’t have the balls to defund it.


15 posted on 09/17/2013 10:35:51 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: dragnet2

If the company is going to give the employees money for the insurance why don’t they just keep giving the insurance. I know because they will not be giving the employee the full amount to cover the insurance because it will be twice as expensive. Obama is a F****** liar I hate him.


16 posted on 09/17/2013 10:44:15 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Farnsworth

Rub it in their faces. These bastards voting are the reason why we’re in this mess in the first place.


17 posted on 09/17/2013 10:46:26 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Farnsworth

I have my insurance renewal coming up real soon at work.”

A lot of my doctor client patients have had a change in their benefits already in August or September. Never seen so many changes during the year as we have had this year, generally happens just beginning January 1 of the new year. Without exception all their co-pays have greatly increased, some as much as 60 per cent. Haven’t a clue about what has happened to their monthly premium costs. All thus far are covered under various relatively large employers across the state of Texas.

New benefits are on-line but they are very difficult to understand. Seems like most are based on the group size, from 1 to 50 employees and then over 50 employees.

Other thing I have noticed is that most everything has to be done on the internet or electronically now. Calls to customer service to resolve problems result in very long hold times so they are trimming their customer service staff.


18 posted on 09/17/2013 10:58:22 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: grundle

This is a really interesting approach. Walgreens’ employees are relatively young and healthy. The fact that they’re able to work means that as a group they’ll have few pre-existing conditions, and they’ll also be infrequent users of the mandatory mental health coverage. Essentially, as a group they’ll be much cheaper to ensure even with all the federal requirements because they’ll have very few of the really expensive claims the patients in the fed exchange will have.

So, the feds are trying to subsidize the high cost patients they’ll be insuring by soaking the young and healthy ones, and the young and healthy ones are moving out of the scheme. The net effect will be to make the OCare exchange policies more expensive.

It’s a classic example of why managed economies ultimately end up creating unfree societies. In order to make them work you have to deny their members the freedom to go elsewhere. If this type of plan becomes a growing phenomenon, look for the feds to pass a law making it illegal for the lambs to move away from the wolf.


19 posted on 09/17/2013 11:38:20 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: funfan
If the company is going to give the employees money for the insurance why don’t they just keep giving the insurance.

And you know what's going to happen.
Many will use the money for a new car payment or similar, forego the insurance and cross the illness bridge when they come to it. You and I picking up the bill.

20 posted on 09/18/2013 2:48:55 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Farnsworth

Ditto that. I have gotten several pages explaining changes and definitions of terms.. Mine is already outrageous. Funny how they tell us everything but the price! Guess they are waiting til the last minute.


21 posted on 09/18/2013 3:11:49 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots
I was already noticed by my insurance carrier that I had the option to renew my policy early keeping it exactly the same for 1 year or modify it to meet Obamacare’s requirements. If I opted to modify it for Obamacare changes the premium doubled.
22 posted on 09/18/2013 3:22:01 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: liberalh8ter

I don’t understand... If it doesn’t meet obamacare standards don’t you have to pay the IRS penalty? So that will be an additional 5 grand. My insurance is crappy to start with and very expensive. They are withholding the price because we can work elsewhere. I will look for another job if it is more than two hundred a month increase. That would make it almost one quarter of my monthly pay.


23 posted on 09/18/2013 3:51:14 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots
According to the letter I received, I could choose to renew my policy now, effective 12/2013 to 12/2014 keeping my policy exactly the same or I could choose to make it a 2014 ACA compliant policy. If I chose to go with the ACA policy, it doubled the premium. It doesn't say t in the letter, but I believe it has to do with having a policy in force at the time of the deadline. I had 30 days to make the choice and the insurance company was diligent in calling to make sure I did.

When the policy comes up for renewal (Jan 2015), I will have to conform to the ACA nightmare in full if nothing is done to stop the ACA.

24 posted on 09/18/2013 4:48:07 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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Walgreens, the Progressive Insurance of drug stores.


25 posted on 09/18/2013 4:52:17 AM PDT by Dedbone
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To: Farnsworth

I don’t think reality really matters. Everybody knows Obamacare will cause huge delays and skyrocketing rates...when that happens, I guarantee the Rats will be out in front of TV cameras, stating that ‘we need more funding to provide these services’. It will be implied that conservatives are the sugar daddies that aren’t ponying up enough funding.

I’m cynical.


26 posted on 09/18/2013 6:11:07 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: max americana

Amen brother. We are in the sh!t because the stupid out number the thinking


27 posted on 09/18/2013 10:30:02 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Grams A
I work for a school system, so I'm wondering if they will opt to pay the fine and force us on to Obama kill and not care.
I don't think Texas has any exchanges.....it's F’ed up and THAT is exactly what Obama wanted, cluster frack America good and proper.
28 posted on 09/18/2013 10:33:28 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: momincombatboots

Oh but it’s free right? Free if you never worked a day in your life, free if your a stinking bum, free if your an illegal.
Working folks, middle class...bend over and enjoy it. I’m in if someone wants to push the reset button.


29 posted on 09/18/2013 10:36:41 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: lacrew

“I’m cynical.”

You ain’t alone brother, you ain’t alone.


30 posted on 09/18/2013 10:37:47 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: GeronL

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Insuring people...it has everything to do with obtaining and using the ‘revenues’ generated through the health care system...and that is vast and plentiful.

When you look at Gov. controlled entities they are all vast revenue sources politicians and parties seek these funds to use for leverage on the Global Stage.


31 posted on 09/18/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT by caww
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To: Farnsworth

never show mercy to libtards


32 posted on 09/18/2013 10:57:11 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: FreeperCell

“But he is fighting God”

Yep. Several of his agendas make that quite clear.


33 posted on 09/18/2013 12:32:15 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Farnsworth

Only know about benefits for Houston ISD and Fort Bend County ISD and none of them appear to have changed yet but it likely is still a bit too early.

Do know that Aetna has really cut the doctor’s contract rates for the TRS Care (retired teachers) Medicare replacement policies so a lot of providers will be opting out of that network.

We’ll have to see how much freight the taxpayers will be willing to accept if school system costs go up any more.


34 posted on 09/18/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

I’m not retired, but I have Humana and they STINK!


35 posted on 09/18/2013 1:48:58 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Farnsworth

Know some folks who have their commercial insurance through Humana and they seem to share your opinion. Several others who have the Medicare replacement policy think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. Of course, part of the military is covered by Humana so it appears to be a real mixture of options and opinions.

Humana Military mental health benefits are carved out to Value Options which in the past was a pretty good managed care group to work with but has become very ticky tacky as of late. Particularly difficult to navigate through the Humana Military/Value Options system.


36 posted on 09/18/2013 2:17:56 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

Well it’s my own fault for taking the “free” package. Co-pay is high, drug coverage is high, it just stinks. ood luck with yours, I’ll know in a couple months if caca hits the fan


37 posted on 09/18/2013 2:20:26 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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