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Blue Cross-Blue Shield status change for Grand Marais Pharmacy

Grand Marais Pharmacy on Highway 61 in Grand Marais. File photo by Rhonda Silence
Grand Marais Pharmacy on Highway 61 in Grand Marais. File photo by Rhonda Silence

In January, WTIP reported that Grand Marais Pharmacy was no longer a “preferred provider” for patients with health insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. At that time we sat down with pharmacist Leslie Condon to learn more. 

Condon encouraged patients to contact Blue Cross Blue Shield to let the company know this would create a hardship in our rural community. The pharmacy also had a petition to sign at its counter. 

The pharmacy contacted WTIP to share the information that the Grand Marais Pharmacy has been able to re-achieve preferred status with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. 

Pharmacist Condon says this means that the pharmacy is once again a preferred pharmacy in the Blue Cross network. 

Condon said, “The pharmacy would like to thank the entire community for rallying to support our local pharmacy. Your letters, phone calls and petition signatures went a long way toward gaining back the pharmacy preferred status.” 

The January interview about the Blue Cross-Blue Shield situation, as well as the challenges of being a rural pharmacy, can be heard here.