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April 2019 Newsletter

HCCUA NEWSLETTER April 2019 

Dear HCCUA Members:  

Diabetes has been cited as the most challenging health problem in the 21st century. Over 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes speed up the aging of our bodies and accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

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Prescription Assistance Services

With the ever increasing cost of prescription medications, HCCUA wants you know that there are many ways to reduce or even eliminate many of your medication expenses. We have a whole department dedicated to work with you to identity prescription savings and fee waiver opportunities and navigate the system, freeing up extra money to spend on meaningful healthcare. 

Most Americans are not aware of the help that is available to reduce, or in some cases eliminate their costs for brand name and generic medications. Our staff at HCCUA is well equipped and educated in researching and identifying programs to assist in these types of situations. We will not only help you find the appropriate options, but will assist with the application process and paperwork. Best of all, this comes at no additional charge to you! 

HOW CAN WE HELP? 

Our staff will work with you to identify which medications you are currently taking and programs that are available to help you reduce your costs. Here are some of the ways that we can typically help (where and when available): 

  • Free Medications 
  • Discount Medications 
  • Small Co-Pays 
  • Mail Order Options 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

If you currently need prescription assistance, please complete the following documents in which you receive in your Welcome Kit and return them in the enclosed prepaid envelope: 

  • Prescription Assistance Form 
  • Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information 
  • Membership Billing Confirmation Letter 

When we receive the completed forms from you, we will then contact you to set up an initial appointment to speak with one of our Prescription Specialist. The specialist will then verify all your information, explain how the process works, and answer various questions you might have. Then all you have to do is sit back and let us go to work for you. It’s that easy! 

If you have any additional questions please call us at Member Services 866-227-5400 

Eggplant Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants, cut into 1/2″ rounds

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 c. marinara

1 c. shredded mozzarella

1/2 c. mini pepperoni

1/2 c. shredded Parmesan

1/4 c. finely sliced basil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush both sides of eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill eggplant until tender and slightly charred on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Top each round with marinara, mozzarella and mini pepperoni. Keep the eggplant on the grill to allow the cheese melt, about 30 seconds more. Remove eggplant from grill. Top with Parmesan and basil and serve.

March 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Have you ever wondered what causes childhood stress? As an adult it can be hard to imagine a child suffering from stress. Unfortunately, studies show that 10 – 20 % of school aged children experience anxiety which could potentially lead to chronic stress.

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Licensed Clinical Counseling

It’s time to take charge! Don’t let every day stresses bring you down. Learn how to make regular stresses work in your favor to reduce dangerous effects and prevent stress from escalating. By practicing stress management skills you can learn how to alter a stressful situation, change your reaction, learn how to take care of yourself, and, most importantly, make time for rest and relaxation.

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February 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Love is the answer! Research suggests that people who experience being loved are more likely to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, have a greater resistance to the common cold, recover faster after illness and injury, and decreased anxiety and depression.

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Ground Turkey Bolognese

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. angel hair pasta

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. ground turkey

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1/2 c. dry white or red wine

1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

2 tsp. dried oregano

freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook angel hair according to package directions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, make bolognese: In a large skillet or pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, wine, parsley, and dried oregano.
  4. Let simmer until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Toss with cooked angel hair.
  6. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley

The Importance of Staying Active

As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever! Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Furthermore, exercise is not only good for your body, but it is also good for your heart, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness.

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