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Albertsons Cos. Expands Affordable Access To Fresh Foods, OTC Meds

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Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies says that customers can now use supplemental benefits to purchase OTC medications and fresh produce in the company’s stores.

The new program provides access to customers using pre-paid cards funded by Medicare Advantage plans, employer incentives, healthcare providers or local governments.

“We are committed to offering solutions that deliver access to healthy produce and meals, reduce food insecurity and provide solutions for chronic condition management,” said Omer Gajial, EVP of pharmacy and health at Albertsons Cos. “Using supplemental benefits enables shoppers to conveniently shop for fresh food and over-the-counter medications contributing to their overall health and well-being.” 

Albertsons Cos. has partnered with technology payments platforms such as Solutran’s S3 to make it convenient for eligible cardholders to use their health plan funds to shop for hundreds of fresh produce and OTC products in Albertsons Cos. stores. Customers can use their pre-paid cards in stores to easily shop for eligible items and make healthier choices.  

“Albertsons Companies stores are a very popular shopping destination for millions of Medicare Advantage members using the Solutran S3 benefits platform,” said Mike Rahman, president of Solutran. “This year, the platform will issue approximately $5 billion in food and over-the-counter benefits.”

Albertsons Cos. also accepts Fresh Bucks, a local government supplemental program supported by S3 which launched in Seattle to help consumers afford fruits and vegetables. The company is working to expand programs like Fresh Bucks to more stores. 

Albertsons Cos. is a food and drug retailer that operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lovers Market.

The company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. 

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