Local pharmacies included

catRESTAT, the prescription benefit manager for Caterpillar, Inc.,  sent notices on Monday to Pete Johnson of Johnson’s Drug Store in Wyoming and Betty Hoy of the Bradford Pharmacy announcing that they can continue to participate as preferred pharmacy providers for the 2010 plan year.  
The new CAT prescription drug plan did not make allowances for small town pharmacies.  Under this plan the only two pharmacies in Stark County would no longer be preferred providers to Caterpillar employees.   
This action was challenged and brought to the attention of Caterpillar, explaining the negative impact it could have on two local and loyal businesses.  It was good news on Monday when Pete Johnson and Betty Hoy learned that they would be a part of Caterpillars preferred provider network.
In the letter the two pharmacies were notified that they can continue to participate as a preferred pharmacy provider for the 2010 plan year under the current RESTAT contract.
The letter also stated that as a preferred pharmacy provider, they should continue to adjudicate claims to RESTAT for all participants covered under the Caterpillar prescription drug plan.  Caterpillar members will not pay a non-participating pharmacy charge when using these pharmacies or any other preferred pharmacy provider.
Notifications are scheduled to be sent to Caterpillar members in our area the week of November 16. RESTAT sent notices today to Pete Johnson of Johnson’s Drugstore and Betty Hoy of the Bradford Pharmacy announcing that they can continue to participate as preferred pharmacy providers for the 2010 plan year. The earlier CAT prescription drug plan was did not include such small town pharmacies.

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