EmblemHealth Maintains Walgreens Pharmacies in Pharmacy Network

BROOKLYN, N.Y. & DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 17, 2011 - EmblemHealth, Inc. and Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) have reached an agreement that allows EmblemHealth and Connecticare members to continue to have access to the Walgreens pharmacy network in 2012.

Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness solutions and services, said, “This agreement ensures that EmblemHealth and Connecticare members will have convenient and timely access to their medications near their homes or when they travel around the country, and is evidence of the commitment Walgreens has in working with health plans and other payers to continue serving our patients and customers.”

About EmblemHealth

EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 2.9 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs, dental and vision care. Our network of quality doctors and other health care professionals is available throughout the region, includes leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states. For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.

About Walgreen Co.

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,786 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.



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