Cigna out to buy Express Scripts

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   Posted 3/8/2018 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Should-we-laugh-or-cry Dept.! I heard on FM news today that the deal is going for govt. review ... / Old Hat (37 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

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   Posted 3/8/2018 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure, I have never had a problem with my Cigna PPO Health Insurance Plan, they've never forced me to use a pharmacy other than the CVS Specialty (which is common for a biological). Maybe they will force me in the future to use their mail order pharmacy for everything, which I wouldn't be too happy about. I really like my local pharmacy.

All of these insurance companies are worried that Amazon is getting into the business, especially the pharmacy business.

Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the World yesterday and bumped Bill Gates off the list. Bezos is the first 100 Billion Dollar man.

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   Posted 3/8/2018 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems a lot of buyouts/mergers are happening with big insurers (like Cigna) are looking to cut costs of medications by buying up businesses like Express scripts that are pharmacies. I think cutting costs has more to do with their bottomline and profitability than passing savings on to us.

I currently have a BlueCross BlueShield policy that uses Expressscripts. It's preferred that I use Expressscripts for my pharmacy, but I just go to my local RiteAid pharmacy and pick them up in person. Living very rural like I do, parcel deliveries aren't typically delivered up to my house, especially in winter months. I live on a class IV dirt road (not maintained by the city/state) up a steep driveway covered in ice and snow. Needless to say, those little 2-wheel drive post office/ups trucks dare not go up here lol. Studded snow tires only. Best to pick up things at the pharmacy, myself.
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