Day: January 4, 2021

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Aetna’s exclusion of Walgreens impacts low-income patients

A December decision by insurer Aetna to drop Walgreens from its Illinois Medicaid plan is making it harder for thousands of low-income Chicago residents to get their prescriptions filled.

The Chicago Tribune reports Aetna’s decision to exclude the Walgreens chain from its Aetna Better Health of Illinois pharmacy network affects about 400,000 state residents. Many of them are poor and critics say they are already disproportionately those suffering from COVID-19 and unemployment.

In a written statement, Aetna, which owns Walgreens’ rival CVS, responded it has nearly 2,000 in-network pharmacies statewide for Medicaid members, including independent pharmacies and those in national and regional chains such as Walmart and Jewel-Osco.

However, Dr. Thomas Huggett, who practices medicine on Chicago’s West Side, said he has patients who have to travel about three miles to a CVS to get a prescription filled.

Aetna has 271 in-network pharmacies for Medicaid patients in Chicago alone, according

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South Africa hopes to begin virus vaccinations next month

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South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of coronavirus cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses next month, the health minister announced Sunday.

In recent weeks the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against COVID-19.

“We are targeting February,” Dr. Zweli Mkhize told a news conference, while cautioning that before that can happen negotiations must be concluded with vaccine makers including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, as well as with Russian and Chinese laboratories.

To finance its vaccine programme, the administration plans to seek help from the as well as from the country’s main health insurers.

South Africa is also participating in Covax, the World Health Organisation’s mechanism for global vaccine distribution.

Last week the government paid a deposit of 15.8 million euros to enter

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