Kroger Co. announces bridge plan for Affordable Care Act prescription coverage

Plan affects enrollees who've yet to get ID number

CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. has joined Walgreen, CVS and Walmart in offering bridge prescription coverage for customers who enrolled for new health plans through the Affordable Care Act but have yet to receive identification numbers from their new health plans.

“To ensure that our customers can get their medications without interruption, we are offering to fill certain prescriptions at no upfront cost for up to 30 days for customers who have signed up for the public health exchanges but have not yet received their plan ID card," said Lincoln Lutz, Kroger's vice president of pharmacy.

Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. announced they would provide temporary coverage Monday. Walmart made a similar announcement Tuesday.

The companies are asking customers to provide verifiable evidence of their enrollment in a public health insurance marketplace. The companies are planning to bill insurance companies for the medications after ID numbers are issued, or bill customers directly if no insurance payments are received.

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