Sept. 29, 2018 

Time Is Running Out for APRx
To Get Group Health Proposal
Survey Responses, Employee Data Critical to Build Plan;
Conference Calls Scheduled to Provide More Info
Employer health insurance can be a major overhead expense for the pharmacies that provide a health plan for employees. Small plans often mean high premiums, extensive deductibles and cost-sharing, plus the prospects of steep premium increases.  American Pharmacies believes it can develop a pooled employer group called a MEWA -- short for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrange-ment -- that would qualify via its larger size for health coverage with lower costs and less volatility in year-to-year premiums.

But time is running out to make this prospect a reality that produces a health plan for 2019. The idea of an APRx-sponsored group plan has received significant interest in survey responses so far, but we are not getting the level of participation and detailed employee data that underwriters need to actually produce a policy with rates and coverages. We have until mid-October to submit employee data for the underwriting process, so anyone submitting census forms after October 15 will not be eligible to participate in a plan whose coverage begins Jan. 1, 2019 .

If you have not taken the survey, please do so as soon as possible. If you have taken the survey and indicated interest in an APRx group health plan, please fill out the employee census form and submit it as soon as possible to Just click on the link below to begin the survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

We understand that this proposal is moving fast and that you may need more details or have questions about the group plan. We've developed a Q&A document that explains the proposal in more detail and we are scheduling four conference calls next week to give you a firsthand opportunity to get any information you need to make a decision. Simply dial in during any of the four call periods shown below using the listed access codes.

Call-in Number:  469-423-5245
Monday, Oct.  1 @ 4-5 pm CST | Access Code:   #5488552
Tuesday, Oct.  2, 6-7 pm CST | Access Code:  #43068819
Wednesday, Oct.  3, Noon - 1 pm CST | Access Code:  #70583231 
Thursday, Oct.  4, 6-7 pm CST | Access Code:  #45665943

Your APRx Board

Mike Muecke, R.Ph.
Alton Kanak, R.Ph.  
Vice Chairman
Joe Ochoa, R.Ph.
Lynn Everett, R.Ph.     
Steve Hoffart, Pharm.D.
Vance Oglesbee, R.Ph.
Bruce Rogers, R.Ph.
Your APRx Staff

Mike Gohlke, President

Miguel Rodriguez
General Counsel    
Laird Leavoy,
Sr. VP, Sales & Operations

John Cooper, 
VP of Sourcing & Consulting Services

Ryan Gevara, VP of Sales 

Torey Eckhardt
National Accounts Manager

Brandon Beavers
Pharmacy Business Consultant

Chris Benest
Pharmacy Business Consultant

Kristin De Felice
Pharmacy Business Consultant

Austin Zook
Pharmacy Business Consultant

Cooper Foster
Pharmacy Business Consultant

Raul DeArmas
Pharmacy Business Consultan t

Chuck Waters
Dir. of  Marketing, Comm.,
 & Member Services

Charlotte Hutchison
Marketing & Communications

Paxton Barnes
Business Development Analyst

Jeff Jacobs
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Cristina Rucobo
Sales & Operations Analyst  

Brennan Brown
Pricing Analyst

Paula Gray
Administrative Assistant

Rick Goebel
Managed Care Consultant