Well -- sort of. According to MarketWatch, Walgreens has signed up with a private partner to help potential pharmacy customers navigate how to buy insurance under the new system.
Judging by the folks I see in Walgreens, these stores, at least in urban areas, attract a population that could use more access to health insurance and who might need some help navigating the thicket. I see no sign that the Go-Health website has a Spanish section however. Past of the reason Walgreens is trusted in my neighborhood is that the managers are two older Spanish-speaking women, like much of the clientele.
Of course Walgreens' enthusiasm for the ACA is not altruism. They are counting on millions more paying customers with insurance. Apparently drug/convenience store chains are in a battle for market share. Ever wondered why in cities so frequently you can see a Walgreens on one corner, a Rite-Aid across the street and CVS down the block? (Downtown Oakland comes to mind.) Martin Hiltzik explains:
According to Hiltzik, the pharmacy in these stores occupies 10 percent of the floor space but brings in 50 percent of the profits, so it is worthwhile to these chains to expand their specialized medical interventions and try to compete on service levels. There's roiling activity in the chain pharmacy business.
Hiltzik's article is fascinating. He offers a rule of thumb about the proliferation of chain drugstores:
I guess my zip code is still not middle class -- we're short on Starbucks I think, though we're rich in drugstores. But that's true only if I don't count the independent coffee joints as Starbucks precursors.
On the other hand, insurance didn't become a maze for no reason. It profits insurers to keep us a little confused and dependent. There are big changes afoot.