CVS clinics soon will accept all Medicaid plans in SC

jholleman@thestate.comApril 5, 2013 

— By the end of this month, CVS MinuteClinics will accept all South Carolina Medicaid patients.

The 28 clinics inside CVS pharmacies in the state in the past accepted only two specific Medicaid plans – BlueChoice Health Plan and First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina.

The company is broadening its Medicaid coverage by adding Absolute Total Care today and WellCare Health Plan on April 30. The MinuteClinics offer assessment and treatment for common illnesses and minor injuries, as well as vaccinations.

Dr. Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic, and Tony Keck, director of the state Medicaid department, are scheduled to discuss the importance of the changes during a tour of a MinuteClinic in Columbia today.

Because MinuteClinics are open evenings and weekends when most physician offices are closed, their participation in Medicaid plans should make standard services more convenient for Medicaid recipients.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which manages the Medicaid program, is working to make it easier for patients treatment for minor problems without going to emergency rooms.

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