Veterans Advantage Inc., a nationwide membership program providing new service benefits for U.S. Active Duty Military, Veterans, National Guard & Reservists and their families, today announced that its prescription drug benefit plan continues to represent a significant cost effective alternative for the country’s military veterans and their families who have Express Scripts plans, and are now denied prescription drug insurance coverage at Walgreen’s, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain with more than 8,200 outlets in the United States operating under the Walgreen’s and Duane Reade names.
“Prescription drug expenses continue to be a national crisis, and this latest coverage shortfall reveals another way Veterans Advantage can help military families ease their financial burdens,” said Scott Higgins, founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, a Vietnam veteran. “We are committed to offsetting high drug costs for all who served our country and their families.”
The national membership program’s response is to reports that Walgreen’s customers are being greatly impacted by the loss of Express Scripts coverage, best known as the pharmacy benefit manager for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a federation of 38 separate health insurance organizations and companies in the United States, that directly or indirectly provide health insurance to over 99 million Americans. Veterans Advantage’s free Prescription Drug Discount Card is accepted at all Walgreen’s Pharmacy locations, and represents a valuable savings alternative for all military veterans, National Guard, Reservists and their family members looking to fill their prescription at the national drug store chain.
“Through a host of reasons, including geographic, consumers should not be shut out of getting their prescription drugs from one leading pharmacy chain or another,” Higgins added. “That’s why we feel it is important for Veterans Advantage’s prescription drug plan – with its 56,000 pharmacies covered nationwide, including Walgreens – continue to deliver the power of choice and continued savings at these locations for our members.”
The Veterans Advantage Drug Discount Card program is made possible through the participation of U.S. pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The program provides members with average savings of 30% off, with savings as high as 75% on some medications. The Card may also be used as a supplement for insured prescription plans to cover non-formulary prescriptions or used as a Medicare Part D supplement.
As a further benefit for its members, Veterans Advantage’s prescription drug savings plan covers pre-existing conditions, and has no restrictions or eligibility requirements, no age no income requirements/limits, no waiting periods, no exclusions, no claim forms to file, no annual or lifetime limits/maximums. It includes discounts on brand and generic medications, and has open formulary, so all medications are eligible for discounts.
Finally, through the Veterans Advantage “Health & Wellness” benefits savings package, VetRewards Card members receive $50,000 in complementary medical travel coverage, and host of preventative health solutions: everyday savings on leading health clubs fees, discounts on vitamins and supplements from GNC.com, contact lens discounts, and athletic footwear, apparel and gear from Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Foot Action, Champs Sports, Eastern Mountain Sports, Coleman and Orvis.
About Veterans Advantage
Veterans Advantage, organized by U.S. Military Veterans in 1999, has established the nation’s leading card benefits program dedicated to “Giving Back to All Who Serve.” The program’s mission is to deliver new respect, recognition, and rewards for U.S. Active Duty, Military Veterans, Retired Military, Active and Retired National Guard & Reservists, and their family members, who have served in all branches and periods of service. Those who enroll receive a benefits package with a personalized military ID card, benefits directory, bonus offers, and significant savings benefits as a thank you for service to the country from top patriotic companies. The prescription drug discounts come to members as part of Veterans Advantage‘s “Free Bonus with Membership” package, which also includes $55,000 of Travel & Accident insurance, VIP Concierge Services and personal financial planning services from John Hancock. Qualified applicants can enroll at http://www.veteransadvantage.com.