Wal-Mart offers 30 days of prescriptions to backlogged Obamacare enrollees

Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:50pm EST

Visitors wait to speak with Certified Application Counselors about Affordable Care Act insurance, known as Obamacare, at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami, Florida October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Visitors wait to speak with Certified Application Counselors about Affordable Care Act insurance, known as Obamacare, at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami, Florida October 2, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it will provide a month's supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to participants of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law who have not yet received a plan identification number.

The move by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, comes a day after Walgreen Co instituted a similar practice.

The U.S. government has struggled to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A plethora of enrollment problems have affected the site's website, HealthCare.gov, since its October launch. Many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information required to process forms.

Wal-Mart said it will fill up to a 30-day supply of prescriptions through the end of January for customers who have enrolled in Obamacare, but do not have an ID yet from an insurer.

It was not immediately clear if Wal-Mart would seek reimbursement once customers obtain their Obamacare IDs, though Walgreen said it would do so.

A Wal-Mart representative was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (6)
PeachBottom wrote:
But, according to the GOP and their master the Tea Party, NOBODY wants the ACA. The Tea Party controlled GOP actually let the government shut down because of their threat to defund the ACA. Their lies will be remembered in 2014 and 2016.

Dec 31, 2013 8:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pentatonic wrote:
upfront being key word,this law is all about money for insurance,drug companies,this is good evidence of it,
can’t wait to get there hands on it,already competeing
for it,most of these drugs are very toxic(vioxx anyone)
and pollute the envirornment,most ailments can be helped
through natural means.

Dec 31, 2013 10:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
c2183rdcav wrote:
Good for Walmart…..they have done more for people via low prices than all of the social programs in the last 20 years.

Jan 01, 2014 4:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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