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. 

The heavier you are, the greater the risk you will develop type 2 diabetes. Whereas type 1 diabetes is a disease of insulin deficiency, type 2 diabetes typically develops because the body is insulin resistant and requires more insulin than normal. Our body’s cells are fueled by glucose, and insulin acts as a key that allows glucose from the blood to enter our cells. If the pancreas does not produce insulin, or the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin, glucose remains in the blood instead of being used by the cells, resulting in abnormally high blood glucose which is harmful to the body. 

Education and self-care practices are important aspects of glucose management that help people with diabetes stay healthy. There probably is no one way to eat that works for everyone. For some, all but nixing carbs is the ideal way to normalize blood glucose levels. For others, eating a higher-carb diet and covering the carbs with insulin or oral medications wins. This is why meal plans should be geared to fit each person’s individual lifestyle. 

Keep in mind that what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you and vice versa. You may need to experiment a bit to see how different methods affect your blood glucose levels. Consider making an appointment with a registered dietitian who can review your individual needs and circumstances and help you tailor a nutrition plan that is right for you. In the end, the best meal plan is a healthy one that you are able to follow. 

For diabetics physical activity is essential in helping maintain normal glucose levels. You should become familiar with how your blood glucose responds to exercise. Checking your blood glucose level frequently before and after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You can also use the results of your blood glucose checks to see how your body reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood glucose from going too high or too low. 

For those of you that may be insulin dependent or constantly checking your glucose blood levels, you might want to take some interest in our Prescription Assistance Services if you have not already. Included as part of your HCCUA e-Newsletter we better explain how these services can help you get medications for a lower cost and at times at no additional charge to you. 

We also like to find healthy recipes for our members, such as recipes from Deelish.com that that have wonderful flavors and are good for you. Sometimes substituting certain ingredients for others is all we need to do to make a recipe better for your health. Many of these recipes also include nutritional value which can help you keep on track as well. Try Green Goddess Bowl with Chicken and Quinoa which is high in protein and full of flavors. We would enjoy for members to send us healthy recipes that you enjoy and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Sincerely, 

Kristine Eckardt, Director of Member Communications 

HCCUA 


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