Montgomery, AL – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and United Healthcare of Alabama have been approved to provide new prescription drug benefits for state residents on Medicare. State officials say Medicare recipients who do not have Medicaid outpatient drug coverage will be able to enroll for the prescription drug program in early May. The program will begin offering ten to 25 percent discounts on prescription drugs in June. The federal government is paying for the program, and national drug card sponsors also will offer discounts.
Montgomery, AL – Some restaurant owners in Montgomery are not happy about a new law regarding smoking. The new law says that restaurants must clearly display whether they allow smoking in their establishments. Restaurants that do allow patrons to smoke cannot allow anyone under the age of 18 on the premises. Some say that provision goes to far, and was not something they had to consider when first opening their business. Montgomery restaurants have until August to decide if they will allow customers to smoke.