Americans looking for help understanding the new health coverage options made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will find assistance and health screenings at select CVS/pharmacy retail stores through March 2014.
More than 350 “Project Health” events will be held at CVS/pharmacy locations across the United States. In addition to information about the health care exchanges as part of the ACA, participants will receive free screenings, on-site consultations with bilingual (English and Spanish) nurse practitioners or physician assistants, referrals to low- or no-cost medical facilities, and one-on-one medication reviews with CVS pharmacists.
CVS/pharmacy decided to make health insurance experts available again in 2014, after participants in 2013 remarked that they were “extremely helpful,” said Helena Foulkes, president of CVS/pharmacy.
"We are focused on helping our customers make informed decisions about their health care and will continue to do so as the new health care marketplace is rolled out,” Foulkes added.
Enrollment for the health care exchanges lasts until March 31.
The screenings measure blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, and total cholesterol. Children 7 and older may participate in screenings with parental consent.
The free, comprehensive health screenings offered at Project Health events afford customers access to vital health care services at convenient times and locations, Foulkes said. Additionally, the screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors customers may be unaware of, she said.
About 155,000 people received free screenings at Project Health events in 2013. Among those consumers, 51 percent were found to be overweight or obese; 41 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings; 32 percent had abnormal glucose readings; 41 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels and; 11 percent had risk factors for osteoporosis.
Patients needing follow-up care will be referred to a medical facility that offers affordable services from a physician or nurse practitioner.
CVS/pharmacy will conduct Project Health events in or near Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, New York City, Philadelphia, Tampa and Washington through March. Events will also be held at select stores in Puerto Rico in March and April.
Services will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with no appointment required.