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CVS Caremark and Walgreens Announce New Network Pharmacy Agreement

Effective June 18, 2010, Walgreens and CVS Caremark have come to terms on a new agreement that will keep Walgreens in the CVS Caremark retail pharmacy network. The joint press release announcing this agreement can be viewed on the Caremark website.

Below is a list of commonly asked questions regarding this new agreement between CVS Caremark and Walgreens and what it means to BlueCross members.

Q. Does this mean that I can still fill my prescriptions at Walgreens?

A. Yes. Walgreens retail pharmacies will be not dropped from the CVS Caremark retail pharmacy network on July 9, 2010, as previously reported.

BlueCross members can continue to fill prescriptions at any Walgreens retail pharmacies, as well as the other 64,000 pharmacies in the CVS Caremark national network.

Q. What should I do if I have already transferred my prescription to another pharmacy?

A. You can leave your existing pr

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escription transfers at your new pharmacy or you are welcome to transfer the prescription back to your local participating Walgreens pharmacy.

Q. Will I have to pay more for prescriptions at Walgreens because of this new agreement?

A. No. As long as you fill your prescription at an in-network pharmacy, your regular copayment or coinsurance will not change. There are over 64,000 pharmacies in the CVS Caremark national network for you to choose from.

Q. What if I use home delivery to fill my prescriptions?

A. You can continue to use home delivery to fill your prescriptions, or use any of the pharmacies in the CVS Caremark national network, including Walgreens. However, check with your employers’ benefits administrator or call BlueCross Customer Service at the phone number on your BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee member ID card to determine your specific plan details.

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CVS Caremark Termination of Walgreens¹ Pharmacy Network Participation

On June 9, 2010, CVS Caremark – the Pharmacy Benefits Manager for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – made the decision to terminate Walgreens’ participation in the CVS Caremark retail pharmacy networks effective July 9, 2010 (subject to state law and contractual obligations).  This came two days after Walgreens informed CVS Caremark that it would not participate in CVS Caremark’s pharmacy retail networks going forward for members covered under new or renewed plans. As a result, BlueCross members will no longer be able to fill or refill their prescription at a Walgreens retail pharmacy, and will need to transfer that prescription to another pharmacy within the CVS Caremark retail pharmacy network before July 9, 2010.

BlueCross understands the impact this change could have on its members and is working closely with CVS Caremark to guarantee that effected members are communicated to quickly and offered options for their prescription drug needs, including:

  • Delivering to BlueCross members – via U.S. Mail – with a list of alternative retail pharmacies in the network so they can preserve uninterrupted access to their phar

    macy benefit and their prescriptions.

  • Directing BlueCross members to other nearby network pharmacies through the “Find a Doctor” feature on bcbst.com or the “Find A Local Pharmacy” tool on CVS.com (registration required).
  • Providing BlueCross members with answers to commonly asked questions through an FAQ found in the Pharmacy section of bcbst.com, www.bcbst.com/learn/pharmacy/.

Note that this change does not affect the Walgreens’ specialty pharmacy benefits (SpecRx) as BlueCross holds this contract directly with Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. Additionally, this change does not affect BlueCross’ contract with Walgreens’ mail order service for non-ERISA groups.

BlueCross and CVS Caremark are committed to ensuring that no disruption in pharmacy benefits is experienced by members due to the termination of Walgreens’ participation in the CVS Caremark retail pharmacy networks.  Frequent communications through email, U.S. Mail and bcbst.com are planned to assist all BlueCross customers – members, groups and brokers – during this transition period.

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BARBEQUE PORK RIBS

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 ½ teaspoons salt

4 pounds pork spareribs, cut into 4 racks

Tennessee BBQ sauce

Combine chili powder, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder

Oregano, paprika, pepper and salt in small bowl.  Mix well.

Rub spice mixture onto ribs.  Cover; marinade in refrigerator

At least 2 hours or overnight.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place ribs in foil-lined shallow roasting pa

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Prepare grill for direct cooking and make following BBQ sauce.

Place ribs on grid.  Grill, covered, over medium heat 10 minutes.

Brush with sauce.  Continue grilling 10 minutes or until ribs

Are tender, brushing with sauce occasionally.  Serve any

Remaining sauce on the side for dipping.

TENNESSEE BBQ SAUCE

3 cups prepared barbeque sauce

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup honey

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Dash of hot pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well

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PASTRY FOR A SINGLE CRUST PIE
3 BEATEN EGGS
¼ CUP SLICED GREEN ONION
¼  TEASPOON SALT
¼  TEASPOON PEPPER
DASH OF NUTMEG
¾ CUP CHOPPED CHICKEN, CRABMEAT, OR HAM
1 ½ CUPS SHREDDED SWISS, CHEDDAR, MONTEREY
JACK, OR HAVARTI CHEESE
1 TABLESPOON  ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
1 ½ CUPS MILK OR HALF AND HALF
B

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AKE PIE CRUST FOR 5 MINUTES IN 450 DEGREES OVEN.
REDUCE OVEN TO 325 DEGREES.  STIR EGGS, MILK,ONIONS,
SALT, PEPPER  AND NUTMEG.  STIR IN MEAT.  ADD CHEESE
AND  FLOUR.  ADD MILK AND MIX WELL.  POUR INTO HOT
PASTRY AND BAKE 35-45 MINUTES OR UNTIL GOLDEN
BROWN.  LET STAND A FEW MINUTES BEFORE CUTTING.

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