CARY, N.C. – Prescription Benefits Manager Paramount Rx saved U.S. customers $500 million on their prescriptions in 2019 through its Community Cares Rx prescription discount program. The program’s free prescription discount card helps provide immediate savings to millions of underinsured and uninsured American families, strengthening communities by giving people an easier path to affordable prescriptions.
According to a recent study from the Commonwealth Fund, more Americans are underinsured today compared to 2014. Underinsured patients often forego medical care to avoid high deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, making prescription savings programs like Community Cares Rx more important than ever.
“As healthcare costs continue to rise, many of our customers are looking for ways to save on prescriptions,” said Ron Richmond, senior vice president of provider relations at Paramount Rx. “We understand the complex cost decisions facing the underinsured or uninsured, and our goal with the Community Cares Rx program is to help offset the cost of prescriptions and support customers in getting the care they need.”
Building on its commitment to health and wellness initiatives, Paramount Rx sponsored several wellness initiatives in 2019, including complimentary health screenings at Giant Eagle Pharmacy and Hannaford Pharmacy events, as well as free flu vaccinations at H-E-B Feast of Sharing events.
Hundreds of customers received a complimentary screening at Hannaford Pharmacy’s events, which was the pharmacy’s largest wellness pilot program to-date.
“As a community pharmacist, I really enjoy getting out from behind the counter and engaging the public,” said Matt Alter, Hannaford Health Pharmacist of the Year. “Having done these health screenings for the past two years, I feel that my customers have a greater appreciation for a pharmacist’s accessibility and ability to help guide them with their medical decisions. I am proud Hannaford is focused on providing this service to our community.”
Hannaford Health plans to expand its wellness program with additional health screening events in the spring.
According to the American Heart Association, the key to a healthy heart and lifestyle is incorporating a variety of practices into your daily routine that keep both your body and mind fit. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so you can do your part and protect your heart:
- Make healthier diet choices – Eating a varied diet not only helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight; it also encourages an ideal blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels. The Heart Foundation recommends specific dietary changes to help prevent heart disease, including lowering salt and alcohol intake. Eating too much salt can increase your blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing heart disease. Here’s a pro tip: reduce your salt intake by flavoring foods with herbs and spices instead!
- Get more exercise – Everyone knows that you’re supposed to exercise daily, but do you know how exercise impacts your heart health? Walking is a great way to get into the habit of regularly exercising, and Harvard Health reports that walking for just 10 minutes a day helps keeps your heart healthy. In a time crunch? Take a stroll on your lunch break or get up and move during a television commercial to keep your blood flowing.
- Do more of what you love – While healthy habits shape a faster and stronger you, health goes beyond physical attributes. Keeping a healthy mind also plays a role in your heart health. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, stress, anger and anxiety can increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. Prioritize your favorite hobbies, listen to music and surround yourself with your loved ones. A positive outlook on life can lead to a longer lifespan.
Maintaining healthy habits that keep your heart healthy can be a challenge, but with the right mindset for the future, you can become a healthier you. Prescription discount programs like Community Cares Rx can help you get on the right track, and save you money on prescriptions along the way. To learn more about consumer prescription savings programs, visit www.paramountrx.com.
As modern medicine and technology evolve, we’re constantly adopting new approaches to healthcare. In 2019, cybersecurity, telehealth and wearable health monitors topped the list of emerging industry trends.
What can patients expect in 2020? A recent study from the National Business Group on Health previewed the top healthcare trends to keep an eye out for this year:
- Overall, there will be a continued commitment to quality care.
- As the stigma around mental health continues to dissipate, employers will start providing employees with the support they need. In fact, 48 percent of employers surveyed said they aim to offer mental health issues training.
- Virtual healthcare solutions will grow exponentially. Patient care through apps and video technology will become increasingly popular at various levels of the healthcare system, from sleep management to prenatal care.
- Rx Prices will continue to rise as more high-cost procedures and medicines hit the market in 2020.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe the cost of prescription drugs is “unreasonable” and should require more government regulation, underscoring the importance of strategies to keep costs down.
Paramount Rx is working to help ease the burden of rising prescription costs, with programs like Community Cares Rx that could help you save an average of 50 percent on your prescriptions. Online tools are also available to help you find the best possible price on your medications. Print out a free prescription discount card at www.communitycaresrx.com. A digital version of the card is also available via text or email.
For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide cost savings on prescription medications, please visit www.paramountrx.com.
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Knowing the facts about immunizations is imperative to the health of you and your family. Last month, the CDC celebrated the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance dedicated to highlighting the importance of immunizations for infants and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs. From birth, children are at risk of many diseases that can be prevented with vaccinations. It’s important for parents to stick to an immunization schedule for their children – and because of these schedules, many of the diseases that vaccinations help prevent against are considered rare.
Before a vaccine was introduced in 1963, there were 4 million measles cases with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths throughout the U.S. every year. The measles virus is one of the most infectious diseases known to humans but by 2000, because of widespread vaccinations leading to the reduction of outbreaks and deaths, the virus was declared eliminated in the U.S.
However, recent news of measles outbreaks is making headlines each week. The U.S. is seeing a record number of measles cases and according to the World Health Organization, there has been a 300 percent rise globally in measles cases so far this year, compared to the same period in 2018. Already in 2019, health officials reported the highest number of measles cases since 1994, with more than 700 people infected.
In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week and the importance of immunization programs, here are four reasons why everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated, from the CDC.
- Vaccines are safe and effective – Receiving vaccines may involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, but that temporary inconvenience protects you and your children.
- Vaccines protect your loved ones – Not everyone is able to be completely vaccinated, as some babies are too young and people with certain allergies, illnesses or compromised immune systems may not be able to receive vaccinations. To help keep them safe, it’s important that anyone around them who can be vaccinated, are.
- Vaccines save time and money –A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools or daycare facilities. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills, or long-term disability care. In comparison, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. If you need help navigating pricing for vaccines or prescription drugs, visit communitycaresrx.com
- Vaccines protect future generations –Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future will have one less thing to worry about.
New legislation in state governments may play a role in vaccination requirements in the future, but there is no time like present to protect your family from preventable diseases.
For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit www.paramountrx.com.