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American CareSource Holdings Increases ACS Network's Convenience and Quality With MinuteClinic Signing
Date:7/27/2009

DALLAS and WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- American CareSource Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANCI), the nation's leading ancillary health care system, today announced the expansion of its ancillary services provider network with the signing of MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care centers in the United States with about 500 locations in select CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states. Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the leading provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation.

"Our primary objective is to provide our clients, and ultimately the consumer, with more cost effective, convenient, local alternatives to hospital- and physician office-based services," said David S. Boone, Chief Executive Officer of American CareSource. "MinuteClinic can provide care for common conditions when a primary physician is not available and the hospital emergency room is not appropriate. This agreement allows us to provide high quality services while controlling costs and expanding our provider network."

"This is an important development in the growth of our business nationwide as we expand access to care to new customers," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient setting, we are working with Ancillary Care Services to help reduce health care insurance expenses for its members as well as time spent away from members' families and the workplace."

MinuteClinic opened the nation's first retail health care center in Minneapolis in 2000, and today the Convenient Care Association (CCA) identifies approxima
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