GOUVERNEUR, NY, – Kinney Drugs, a 100% employee-owned leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, is now part of the OTC Network. Certain health plans offer restricted-spend wellness programs powered by the OTC Network. Most participating plans are Medicare or Medicaid plans (as illustrated by the chart below). These plans provide OTC Network payment cards and/or digital barcodes to their members for the purchase of a wide array of retail products. The cards are preloaded with a predetermined dollar amount (which varies by plan) and the funds can only be used to purchase eligible items. More than 1.4 million products are eligible for purchase, including over-the-counter medicines, health & wellness products, and (in some cases) healthy foods. Product eligibility varies by health plan. Customers do not need to get prescriptions filled by Kinney Drugs to use their OTC Network benefits.
If consumers are unsure if their health plan participates in the OTC Network, they can refer to their provider or their health benefits card. Card designs vary by plan and program, but all cards will contain one of the following brand marks, which will be located on the bottom right side of the front or back of the card as shown in the examples below:
The OTC Network also offers a mobile application that allows uses to check their account balances and quickly scan items in-store to determine if they are eligible for payment via the OTC Network. Additional information about the OTC Network can be found at www.kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/
“We are very excited that Kinney is now participating in the OTC Network, as it provides a valuable benefit to thousands of patients in dozens of plans,” said John Marraffa, R.Ph., President of Kinney Drugs.
About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of eight divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases; (5) Kinnect™, an on-site clinical care pharmacy; (6) Aristacare, an infusion therapy pharmacy; (7) HomeLife specialized nursing support for in-home infusion services; and (8) Kinney Homecare, a durable medical equipment company. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with approximately 4,450 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Learn more at www.kinneydrugs.com.