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Updated: August 22, 2022 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

40 Under Forty 2022: Benjamin Barner

Photo | Erika Sidor Benjamin Barner
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022 winners (from left) Joel Kent, Carla Delacruz Davila, Maggie Becker, and Benjamin Barner pose at the construction site of the new Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester (special thanks to Sherri Pitcher and Fontaine Bros., Inc.)
Benjamin Barner, 36
  • Title Senior director pharmacy
  • Company Fallon Health, in Worcester
  • Residence Walpole
  • Birthplace East Greenbush, N.Y.
  • Colleges University of Rhode Island, UMass Amherst
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Since his first job as a pharmacy technician at 16, Barner has spent 20 years not only climbing the ranks, but consistently striving to break down barriers to pharmacy-related health care. Now, as senior director at Fallon, Barner’s vision has fueled a string of initiatives which have helped make Fallon a leader in pharmaceutical benefits.

Barner pushed hard for his organization to adopt the prescription savings program Rx Savings Solution, making Fallon the first health plan in Mass. to offer such a program to Medicare beneficiaries. In early 2022, he helped lead an effort to expand access to at-home COVID tests to Medicare members, one of the first initiatives of its kind in the country. In perhaps his most notable accomplishment, Barner oversaw the implementation of a new pharmacy benefits manager in 2022. The project was Fallon’s largest vendor implementation project in 10 years, involved a team of 200, and stood to impact more than 200,000 members. Despite all odds, Barner completed the transition seamlessly and is now saving the company more than $80 million compared to the previous benefits contract. 

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