Kroger is currently in contract negotiations with Express Scripts (ESI).  These negotiations are ongoing and we are hopeful that a settlement will be achieved for the new year or early in 2023.  EmpiRx, our Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), uses a portion of this ESI Network. 

As it currently stands, effective 1/1/2023, prescriptions will not be covered if filled at Kroger Pharmacy and its affiliates: Bakers, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Food Co, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, King Sooper, Kroger, Owens Market, Pay-Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith’s Food and Drug

Members are our top priority and we want to ensure their pharmacy needs are met as efficiently as possible. Before Jan 1st, members currently using those pharmacies will receive a personalized mailing which provides alternate retail pharmacy locations to fill prescriptions in their immediate area.   However, If the member chooses to continue filling their prescription at Kroger pharmacies, they will pay the full cost of their medication.

Our PBM call center representatives are available 24/7/365 to assist members with transferring existing prescriptions and answering any questions members may have (1-877-241-7123)

We are actively monitoring the negotiations and will continue to ensure members are able to fill prescriptions at retail network pharmacies.

The Impact for The UFCW National Fund is as follows:

  • 19010 – UFCW National Fund & Welfare Fund – Shaw’s – 1 employer, 1 member
  • 19041 – UFCW National Health & Welfare Fund – 32 employers, 813 members
  • 19011 – UFCW National Fund – Albertson’s / Smith’s Food and Drug – NO impact with their termination 12/31/2022

We will be reaching out to employers as well as members and will keep you informed as the status of negotiation changes.

Please email ufcwfundsupport@ufcwnationalfund.org with any questions

Happy Holidays
Glenn Di Biasi
Fund Administrator