Proposal touts pharmacy savings

The biggest knife for slicing TRICARE costs off future defense budgets is not new and higher enrollment fees or deductibles proposed for retirees and their families who use one of the military’s health insurance options of TRICARE Prime, Standard, Extra or, for the elderly, TRICARE for Life. Those phased increases, as detailed here last week, […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kwame Griffith, a graduate pharmacy intern at Walgreens in Clovis, enters orders into the Walgreens system Thursday. Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving the Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s […]

Clovis pharmacist recognized

CNJ staff A Clovis pharmacist has been recognized by the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumna. Debra Herman, director of pharmacy at La Casa Family Health Center, will be presented with the award during the UNM Pharmacy College’s graduation ceremony May 15. Herman graduated with a doctorate degree from UNM […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Gloria “Sug” Knox

Gloria “Sug” Knox, 76, of Portales died Monday, March 6, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center. She was born April 4, 1929, in Floydada, Texas, to Valley and Bonnie Shultz. She graduated from Floydada High School. She was married Jack Knox on April 4, 1946, in Floydada. She worked for several years as a pharmacy […]

La Casa offers clarity on Medicare program

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers La Casa de Buena Salud healthcare officials are offering enrollment help for those who have not signed up for the new Medicare prescription drug program. Debra Herman, pharmacist clinician and director of pharmacy services for La Casa de Buena Salud, said since the start of enrollment in the Medicare program […]

Some medical benefits moving online

Tom Philpott: Military Update Every month, about 400,000 users of the military’s retail pharmacy network — those who have other health insurance — have to file paper claims with TRICARE to be reimbursed for co-payments and other costs incurred that their primary insurance won’t cover. The paper hassle is about to end, said Navy Cmdr. […]

6/12 Honors, Reunions, Organizations

Honors Schumpert Wade Schumpert of Clovis has been named to the Dean’s List at Lubbock Christian University for the spring semester of 2005. To qualify for the list, students must be taking a minimum of 12 semester hours and achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the entire semester. Hale Roberta Ann […]

Right to choose extends to both sides

By Steve Chapman Abortion-rights advocates cherish the right of choice. But not all choices are created equal. People who uphold a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions want to deny others the right not to take part in those decisions. The demand for freedom has been turned into a pretext for compulsion. The […]

Budget tightening leads to drug changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Phyllis Ramm, wife of an Air Force retiree, got a surprise Aug. 7 when she called the Keesler Air Force Base pharmacy to refill routine prescriptions. She learned that some popular brand-name drugs no longer would be dispensed on base, after patients get a final 30-day supply. The Air Force […]

Pentagon rejects raising retiree drug costs, for now

Tom Philpott Defense Department officials have defeated a White House budget initiative that would have raised prescription fees for military retirees, their spouses and survivors next October. The plan included imposing first-ever co-payments on retiree prescriptions filled at base pharmacies. Higher pharmacy fees remain a possibility by October 2005. The Office of Management and Budget’s […]

Walls, Lola

Lola Fern Walls, 81, of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 19, 1922, in Clovis, to Wilburn and Eula Mae Mickey Faris. She married Kent Aaros Walls on March 8, 1938, in Portales. She was a resident of Clovis for most of her […]