Kroger said it has made several attempts since February to negotiate with the pharmacy benefit manager for a "more equitable and fair contract that lowers cost, increases access, and delivers greater transparency, but there has been little to no progress to date". Kroger said more than 90% of Kroger Health's customers will not be affected by a termination of the deal, but if a new agreement is not reached by Dec. 31, most Express Scripts' commercial customers won't be able to fill prescriptions at Kroger stores.
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For years health equity advocates have pointed to the role that food insecurity, among other factors like housing and job, plays in poorer health outcomes in the country. The White House's first conference in 50 years addressing hunger could be a first step by the nation's highest office in addressing the impact of food on health. That, at least, is the belief of one company which participated at the event Wednesday.