Uninsured get pharmacy help from CVS

December 15, 2008

For a $10 enrollment fee, customers can fill 90-day prescriptions on any of 400 generic drugs for $9.99.

Key Points

CVS has introduced a new pharmacy program to offer the uninsured affordable prescriptions.

Starting in October, consumers who obtain a CVS Health Savings Pass for a $10 annual enrollment fee can fill a 90-day prescription for one of more than 400 common generic medications for $9.99 at a CVS. In addition, the Health Savings Pass will provide access to services and screenings at MinuteClinic, the largest retail healthcare clinic in the United States, at a 10 percent discount for cash-paying patients. Both companies are divisions of CVS Caremark.

"The country is facing a very challenging economic environment. People are struggling with healthcare costs, especially the uninsured and the underinsured," Tom Ryan, CVS Caremark chairman, president, and CEO, said. "As the largest provider of pharmacy healthcare in the nation, we felt it was the right time to offer consumers another way to make their healthcare more affordable."