CVS pharmacies take additional steps to ensure patient access to prescriptions during COVID-19 outbreak
JOPLIN, Mo. -A lot of people count on CVS pharmacies for their prescriptions, and with a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the company is taking action to ensure patients get the care they need. Beginning immediately, CVS pharmacies will waive charges for home-delivery of prescription meds.
“Oh it’s a super good idea, especially because this is my pharmacy. It’s where I’m getting my refills,” shared Jimmy Ramirez, a Joplin CVS shopper.
“I like what CVS is doing, and I think that other companies oughta be, we just oughta be proactive,” said Rodney Noran, another Joplin CVS shopper.
For many, the novel coronavirus instills fear.
“I’ve really been worried about it a lot because a lot of people started getting infections and everything like that, so we have to be prepared for that,” said Ramirez.
But shoppers like Noran say it’s important to keep a balanced view and to heed the advice of officials like the CDC.
“I don’t think we’re going to be impacted like Italy, or the rest of the world. I don’t think we’re going to see that level of impact, but I think you need to do what they’re telling you to do. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and all that education I just think that helps us cut it down,” said Noran.
Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members. It’s also waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions administered through CVS Caremark.
In a statement, Troyen Brennan, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for CVS said:
“When you’re in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we’ll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers.”
While much remains unknown, having easy access to prescriptions gives shoppers one less thing to worry about.
“I think we are gonna weather it well. I think the president has prepared us, I think God’s prepared us and, you know, I think we’re gonna be okay.”
CVS is also working with state governments to make the 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions option available to Medicaid members.
Caremark is working with all clients to waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications.
This announcement builds on the commitment that was announced last week by Aetna to ensure that all diagnostic testing and telemedicine visits would be available with no co-pay.
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CVS HEALTH ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES FOCUSED ON PATIENT ACCESS
Latest enhancements will help prevent interruption of medication availability
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND, March 9, 2020 – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is taking additional steps across the company to address the COVID-19 outbreak and protect patient access to medication.
“Being committed to the welfare of those we serve means being responsive to evolving needs and acting swiftly. This is particularly true in times of uncertainty,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “The latest steps we’re taking will help ensure patients of all ages have every option available to them when it comes to filling prescriptions.”
Beginning immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, this is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.
Building on a recent announcement that COVID-19 diagnostic testing and all telemedicine visits are available with no co-pay, Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members and is working with state governments to make the same option available to Medicaid members where allowable. Self-funded plan sponsors will also have the ability to offer this option. In addition, Aetna will waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark.
Caremark is working with all clients to waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications. Most Caremark clients already offer a 90-day benefit for maintenance medications and the option of home delivery from CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy with no delivery cost.
“When you’re in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we’ll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers,” Brennan continued.
Through its frequently updated COVID-19 resource center, CVS Health is providing the latest information on precautions consumers should take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and who should seek medical attention. Anyone presenting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.
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