There has been an injunction filed in state court to prevent the Louisiana’s Office of Group Benefits from entering into a $2 billion pharmacy contract with CVS Caremark. Local Pharmacist Connie Mabile is reassuring local state workers that Mabile’s Corner Pharmacy will continue to provide prescription service.
Mabile said Friday that they will still be a provider under the CVS contract. She added they are watching the court case. KALB TV reported, “A temporary 10-day restraining order has been granted by Judge Kelly Balfour in the 19th Judicial District Court.” The contract would potentially impact over 200,000 state workers, including teachers and other state employees, on where they go to fill prescriptions and get vaccines. A hearing on the injunction will be held in Alexandria on Wednesday.
Mabile told the Journal, “I have a third party to process my prescriptions, to provide coverage. My ability to continue as a provider will not be affected by the outcome of the hearing. I feel very confident that I will still be a provider. Of course, that is subject to change.”
Locally the change by the Office of Group Benefits will effect the parish’s largest employer, the Red River School Board in addition to highway workers and all other state employees. Mabile told the Journal she wants to assure local teachers and other state workers that they will be able to continue having their prescriptions filled locally under their state health coverage.