Major pharmacies to tout benefits of healthcare reform law for seniors

Prominent pharmacies such as CVS Caremark and Walgreens will promote the healthcare reform law's benefits for seniors, federal health officials announced.

The joint effort between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and major pharmacy chains means Medicare beneficiaries will have better access to details about the administration's health law, HHS stated.

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The information will be available in brochures or, in the case of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, online.

"Our pharmacy partners are helping their customers make informed healthcare decisions," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday at a CVS location in Jacksonville, Fla.

Opinion remains divided on the Affordable Care Act, which the Obama administration continues to tout. The Supreme Court upheld most of the law on June 28.

"These partnerships will help people with Medicare learn more about new preventive services such as mammograms and the new Annual Wellness visit that are available at no charge for everyone with Medicare," Sebelius said.

Participating retailers are CVS, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people enrolled in Medicare are eligible for free preventive medical services. Some are also saving more on prescription drugs.