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Meijer pharmacies offer ACA guidance
October 2nd, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer has partnered with health benefits provider Priority Health to help customers get information on their health insurance options as open enrollment with the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The supercenter retailer said Tuesday that in tandem with Priority Health it has launched a "Health Reform and You" website at meijer.com/aca and is providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
"We know patients will have questions about their health care, and we consider it important to be able to help them get the answers they need regarding the Affordable Care Act," Nat Love, Meijer Drug Store vice president, said in a statement. "Meijer is committed to providing options to help our customers lead healthier lives. We want to help them find the information they will need to make the best choices for the health care of their families while addressing any questions or confusion they may have."
As of Oct. 1, anyone without access to employer-sponsored health insurance will be able to purchase health coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace via state exchanges, where consumers can compare health plans and determine which medical coverage to purchase. They also can also determine eligibility for tax credits to help pay for coverage or subsidies to help lower out-of-pocket costs.
Under the ACA, individuals are required to enroll for insurance by Dec. 15 to qualify for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014. The law requires that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty on annual taxes.
"By partnering with Meijer, we are leveraging our joint commitment to provide consumers with the tools and information they need to navigate this new era of health care," stated Marti Lolli, director of health reform at Priority Health, a nonprofit health plan provider in Michigan.