Tag: Wellness

Health Plans Protect Against Diabetes

Today is Diabetes Alert Day, an important day because awareness is the first step in preventing this serious condition that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. Awareness is critical because more than 7 million people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Continue reading

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National Nutrition Month: Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles All Year Long

March is national nutrition month. So what better time to highlight how health plans are developing and implementing innovative programs to encourage healthy nutrition and wellness. Continue reading

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Cigarettes Out at CVS

As of today, all CVS stores in America have removed cigarettes from their shelves, a move that makes an important statement about the danger of smoking. At the same time, CVS has announced a new smoking cessation campaign, designed to assist people ready to tackle their tobacco addiction. Efforts like this are a critical component of wellness programs that health plans have made a priority. Continue reading

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Health Plans’ Continued Commitment to Tobacco Cessation

Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day focused on highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use. Health plans have a long-standing commitment to tobacco cessation and recognize it as a high priority. Continue reading

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Study on Tobacco Cessation Coverage Overlooks Issues Related to ACA Implementation

A recent study from Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute on tobacco cessation coverage subsequent to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overlooked many issues related to implementation of the ACA preventive services provision. Continue reading

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AHIP Partners with CDC to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in People with Prediabetes

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) today announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) around the country. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Press Releases

The Million Hearts Initiative Celebrates One Year Anniversary

This month marks the one year anniversary of the Million Hearts InitiativeTM, the public-private initiative targeting the prevention of cardiovascular disease launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the joint leadership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Continue reading

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Health Plan Innovations in Worksite Wellness

Americans spend a large part of their day—and their lives—at work. Health insurance plans and many employers recognize that the workplace provides an ideal setting for implementing programs and initiatives to improve the health of employees; and as a result, curb health care costs, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and boost morale. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Studies and Reports

Issue Brief Finds Twelve States Have an Obesity Rate Above Thirty Percent

A new issue brief released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) found that 12 states currently have an obesity rate above 30 percent. Continue reading

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One Step to Helping Bend the Cost Curve – Wellness Programs

As health care costs continue to rise, employers and health plans are examining ways to lower costs through wellness programs and incentives. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert