Health Insurance Changes

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Wag Girl

La Crosse, WI

#1 Sep 17, 2009
What do people think of the health ins changes for next year?
just me

Scottsdale, AZ

#2 Sep 18, 2009
i think its horrible to take away hom's.ppo's cost is much higher.who thinks of this? we pay we should be able to decide for us which is best, a ppo is going to cosy more.why do they care what we have we pay for it not them.i dont know what walgreens is thinking.they used to be so muc for there employees now look whats going on.com e people on top knock it off and get back on board KEEP HMO'S

TXA

Since: Aug 09

Houston, TX

#3 Sep 18, 2009
Keep HMO's? Are you kidding?

Before I moved to a non-HMO area I was paying nearly $300 a pay period for coverage although the single rates are lower. Still, while it lasted, it was good...paid for a heart procedure when I needed it.

Now with a PPO yes you do have to keep up with deductibles, etc but it's better than having COBRA or no insurance at all like a good number of folks do. At least they introduced a new plan and eliminated the lifetime maximum, plus added some other goodies. I have to wonder what my old coworkers think about it, since I wondered when they were going to eliminate the HMO option...we were only down to one in the market I was in.

That being said, I'd stay away from the consumer driven health plan myself...my joke is they're trying to drive you off a cliff. Ever seen the deductibles on that one?

Cheers!
just me

Mattoon, IL

#4 Sep 19, 2009
TXA wrote:
Keep HMO's? Are you kidding?
Before I moved to a non-HMO area I was paying nearly $300 a pay period for coverage although the single rates are lower. Still, while it lasted, it was good...paid for a heart procedure when I needed it.
Now with a PPO yes you do have to keep up with deductibles, etc but it's better than having COBRA or no insurance at all like a good number of folks do. At least they introduced a new plan and eliminated the lifetime maximum, plus added some other goodies. I have to wonder what my old coworkers think about it, since I wondered when they were going to eliminate the HMO option...we were only down to one in the market I was in.
That being said, I'd stay away from the consumer driven health plan myself...my joke is they're trying to drive you off a cliff. Ever seen the deductibles on that one?
Cheers!
you are quite the jokester TXA!
paul

Westminster, CA

#5 Sep 19, 2009
In regards to the change to PPO from HMO, This is nothing new from Walgreens. This past Spring they came out with a benefit change to the retirement medical coverage. I'm a 10 year employee and they decided to cut my medical retirement and give me nothing. They said it was about money. They were able to cut out a number of employees off of the medical retirement a huge amount of money. They will save money but screw the employees that lost these benefits. Here comes the change from HMO to PPO . This is all about saving money to line their pockets. Think about most employees are in the HMO . Why ? Because it is alot cheaper. They even say it will save them a lot of money per employee. Bottomline , Walgreens is trying to screw their employees. This is just the beginning. I'm sure more cost saving ventures are ahead. Do you think corporate is worried about their benefits. No because they're already making huge salaries. This is affecting all store level employees, better to readjust your budget, because you will be paying more!!! No surprise . Thankyou Mr Walgreens.
Lien

Westminster, CA

#6 Sep 19, 2009
What is next to come ? more cuts in retirement benefits, cuts in medical plans. Walgreens is trying to sugar coat it ie. free preventative care, What happens when we are hospitalized for something. Get ready to open up your pocketbook. Shame on Walgreens the Pharmacy their employees don't trust. Thanks p.s. what a catchy phrase
Carramea

AOL

#7 Sep 19, 2009
I have heard no HMOS next year. Thats ok I dont like gatekeepers when I want a specialist. However benefits keep spiraling down. We were bought out by Walgreens and we lost our good coverage for rx drugs. And what company has no long term disability. Cutting our personal days etc.......oh yea no vision and we have to pay for our flu shots. This preventative care is BS. will they pay for healthclubs, Weight Watchers? I think not it will just mark you for pre existing or obesity
just me

Scottsdale, AZ

#8 Sep 19, 2009
I THINK IF EVERYONE!!CALLS MAYBE THEY WILL CHANGE THERE MINDS....I NEED LOTS OF MEDICAL ATTENTION AND SUPPLIES EVERY 3 MONTHS.I WILL BE SCREWED IF I HAVE TO PAY EVEN 20%..WALGREENS NEEDS TO REALLY LOOK AT WHAT THERE DOING TO EMPLOYEES
cleo409

Vale, NC

#9 Sep 25, 2009
I don't really know how much more they can take from employees. I know, I know. We are all supposed to be grateful we have a job. But, as an assistant, my overtime was cut and I will have made $6K less this year than last year. Now, they are going to cut out the one good insurance option we have. I will now have to worry about paying a deductible of $800, and after that I get to pay 50% of mental health bills for my daughter. I will never be able to afford it. With Aetna, I paid 40 per visit, that's it. Now I have to worry about all this extra money. I am sure profit sharing will be next. Of course, I dropped out of that program. I can't afford the extra money coming out of my paycheck. Is it a guarantee it will even be there for me to retire 35 years from now? The way it is going, there will be nothing left to offer me at retirement.
bill

Westminster, CA

#10 Sep 26, 2009
MAYBE WE SHOULD START TO UNIONIZE THE STORES. CHICAGO AND SAN FRANCISCO HAVE UNIONS STORES . HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR BENEFITS? DOES ANYBODY THAT WORKS FOR THESE STORES CAN RESPOND TO WHETHER THEIR INSURANCE OPTIONS CHANGED. BY THE WAY THEY ARE PAID MUCH BETTER WITH LESS DEMANDING CLOSING-OPENING DAY SCHEDULES.
wondering

Evans, GA

#11 Sep 26, 2009
Yes, I would be very interested in the experiences of those in Chicago or San Francisco. Maybe this is something that would get their attention!
just wondering

Houston, TX

#12 Sep 26, 2009
One thing for sure is that they cant threaten to move the work to a foreign country like industry has done for the past three decades. We should have known last year when we all had to watch the anti union ppl that something bad was going down.
Wag Girl

La Crosse, WI

#13 Oct 2, 2009
Still haven't heard anything more about the new Health Ins (rates and where to go). Thought we were to have the info by October 1st?
Wag Girl

La Crosse, WI

#14 Oct 2, 2009
Go to walgreenshealthaction.com

There is a lot of good info there except what the rates are.
JustANumber

Glenview, IL

#15 Oct 2, 2009
Go to walnet or storenet, login with your authenticator id and go to about me and to benefits and policies. On that main part of the page, not the left side, it has a link to the 2010 information. It came out on the 1st. Its rediculous that we have to hunt for this information. If you don't choose one they automatically put you into the consumer driven plan at the smoking rate.
Carra

AOL

#16 Oct 3, 2009
Just a number we Optioncare people cant even get on Walnet, we dont have authenticator IDS...... We got sent your plan info by mistake!....... All I know is no HMO but we never had the choice anyhow !!
happytohaveajobe xa

Boise, ID

#17 Oct 4, 2009
what ever the company decides to do we will live with it the crap that has gone on over the last few months should clue you into what is really going on. how many weird firings or people leaving the company over the last few months have you seen? Bitch about anything and you are gone. Mr. Wasson is clueless about his company and it will show in a matter of months that he is living in a walgreen world that is not the actual world . Good luck to you all . my guess is that lawsuits from every corner will take the company down. Going into hiding God bless you all

TXA

Since: Aug 09

Houston, TX

#18 Oct 6, 2009
Maybe it's all the pharmacists they promoted to the midlevel/top positions...:-) I remember when they were doing that, just because they 'knew' someone in a VP position, etc.

I don't know about it all. On the one hand, I'm glad I do have health insurance...HMO's for me (family rates) were getting too expensive, especially since I'm the only one working. I don't like the PPO too much, since it has deductibles & stuff, but it's better than nothing, and at least they've improved on the basic plan. Since I really can't go anywhere right now, I'll take what I can get. My brother-in-law was recently laid off, and he has two kids, so I know it could be worse.

Lawsuits will eventually take everything down. Sue this, sue that...only thing you'll really have is satisfaction, provided the lawyer doesn't take it as part of the fees they charge.
Wag Girl

La Crosse, WI

#19 Oct 6, 2009
If I recall correctly the info that we received in the middle of September said that we would be receiving more info in the mail at the end of Sept. That never happened, so we need to search around on storenet or wherever for it. Got it all figured out now. For us we will be paying about $1.00 less than what we are paying for the HMO now. I personally feel the HMO's are better, but that is just my opinion. I'm just thankful to have insurance in these tough times.
tired of the crap

Madison, WI

#20 Oct 6, 2009
they are changing to ppo's to get rid of the regional hmo's. corporate wide-so hmo's are gone. this is just a cost saving move once again. they don't care if you have to spend $1500 out of pocket instead of $200 per year on your medical-and the yearly raise at the dist centers has not even come close to the cost of living expenses. once again walgreen's takes from the employee. and as far as a free day off in 2010 for the 7000th store-it more than likely won't happen. although they sure encourage us to take voluntary time off unpaid to make budget. just like july 6 of this year when they closed to save money and again screwed the employee. they are all about numbers and could care less about employee. this lousy co-pay and deductible insurance is just another example to go along with their rediculous work rate expectations. they will and are disabiling people at their dist centers. THEY DON'T CARE. they would prefer if you leave and then they can hire new, diverse (foreign) people to come in and take jobs at a lower rate with fewer benefits-more bottom line met. it's sickening. we have been offered 2 plans that aren't even useable in some areas-thus we have to choose the onethat is. in many places that is called a monopoly. i think it could be illegal, not sure. this health care issue has got me thinking that i will contact my congress person/senator or even the president to tip them off as to how lousy this move is by walgreens. our government is trying to get better health care for the people and walgreens is taking it away all for their bottom line. i think the u.s. government would be interested in this tactic by them....all to save a bottom line and more than likely turn a higher profit to give to their upper management. and of course as low level employees we have no say and quite obviously no choice but to take it or quit. walgreen employees should have a right to organize and have much more say in these decisions-after all they can be life altering.

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