CVS Health announces additional COVID-19 resources focused on patient access

CVS Health is taking additional action throughout the company to address the COVID-19 outbreak and protect patient access to medication. 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – CVS Health is taking additional action throughout 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.”

Effective immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people at higher risk for COVID-19 to stay home as often as possible. CVS at home prescription delivery is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.

In a recent announcement, COVID-19 diagnostic testing and all telemedicine visits are available with no co-pay.

Aetna, a CVS Health company, will offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members and is working with state governments to make this option available to Medicaid members where allowable.

In addition self-funded plan sponsors will also have the ability to offer this option.

Aetna will also waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark.

Caremark is making sure they work 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 convienience 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 custombers,” Brennan continued.

CVS urges anyone who presents COVID-19 symptoms to contact their health care provider immediately.

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