Walgreen's Revamps Employee Health Care Package

The pharmacy chain is expected to announce that it will provide payments to employees so they can shop around for their own insurance. That is in lieu of supplying a company-sponsored benefit plan.

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NPR's business news begins with a prescription for change at Walgreens.

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MONTAGNE: The pharmacy chain is revamping its employee health care benefit package. Walgreens is expected to announce today it will provide payments to employees so they can shop around for their own insurance. This is in lieu of supplying a company-sponsored benefit plan.

Walgreens cites rising healthcare costs, plus expenses associated with the Affordable Care Act as a reason for the change.

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