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The National Urban League and League of United Latin American Citizens Urge Express Scripts to Reach Agreement with Walgreens
Date:12/19/2011

h stores in virtually every community, 63 percent of all Americans, 75 percent of African Americans, and 78 percent of Latinos live within 3 miles of a Walgreens, and Walgreens fills one out of every three prescriptions in the country.

In the letter, the leaders of the NUL and LULAC emphasize the need to discuss the dispute, stating, "It is with great concern that we contact Express Scripts regarding Express Scripts' unwillingness to reach a fair and reasonable agreement with Walgreens in your recent contract negotiations. We strongly urge you to put Walgreens' customers, your customers and the health of our communities at the forefront of this issue."

Background

For the past year, Walgreens has been working to negotiate a three-year contract renewal agreement with Express Scripts Inc. to remain in the network and serve patients whose health plans contract with ESI. To date, Express Scripts has rejected their efforts. ESI is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company that administers pharmacy services for health insurance plans and programs such as the U.S. military's health care plan (TRICARE), certain Medicare Part D plans and numerous employer-provided plans. An agreement is necessary to protect access to pharmacy services for hundreds of millions of Americans.

About the National Urban League (NUL):

National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910, the National Urban League – headquartered in New York - and the National Urban League Policy Institute – headquartered in Washington D.C., spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia provide direct services that impact and improve the lives of more tha
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SOURCE League of United Latin American Citizens; National Urban League
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