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UnitedHealthcare’s Healthy Pregnancy Mobile App Helps Expectant Mothers Take Steps Toward Healthier Deliveries

Mother’s Day is an ideal time for expectant mothers to become aware of the technology UnitedHealthcare has designed to help pregnant women take steps toward a healthier pregnancy and delivery.

The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy mobile app is an interactive program that provides expectant women with personalized content and 24/7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery. The app is available to people enrolled in most UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plans. Employers can offer it to their employees at no additional cost as part of their benefit plan.

People eligible for the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy program can download the app onto their iPhone® or Android® devices. The app offers personalized features and pregnancy-related information, while integrating with UnitedHealthcare’s maternity care platform as another way to connect with maternity nurse support throughout the prenatal and postnatal phases.

The app provides important resources for expectant parents, including the ability to:

  • connect with a registered nurse 24/7 for support and information, access health care cost estimates and plan benefit information;
  • monitor and track weight, set reminders to take vitamins, track appointments and events;
  • take a health assessment and discuss the results with a nurse; and
  • receive customized weekly updates based on the baby’s gestational age, search for information about pregnancy symptoms and concerns and use a “kick counter” to track the baby’s movements.

FORTUNE Rates UnitedHealth Group “World’s Most Admired Company” in Insurance and Managed Care

For the eighth consecutive year, UnitedHealth Group is the top-ranking company in the insurance and managed care sector on FORTUNE’s 2018 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.

The company ranked first in seven out of the nine key attributes of reputation – innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products and services. UnitedHealth Group was also rated No. 1 in innovation for the ninth straight year.

Three Ways to Get the Most From Your Pharmacy Benefits

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Up to half of adults don’t follow their medication regimen. The main reason? Forgetfulness. The next three reasons – running out of medication, being away from home, or skipping doses to save money – can be alleviated with a little planning and research.

Nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than a third of people over 45 take three or more prescription drugs. That can be a lot to juggle. Drug costs are no joke, either. In 2015, the U.S. spent $310 billion on prescription drugs – that’s about $1,000 per person.

Knowing how to get the most from your prescription benefits can help you manage the logistics and costs of your family’s medications.  

1. Ask your experts to help you save money

Enlist your team of prescription pros – your doctor, pharmacist and health plan – for help:

  • Find a network pharmacy. Do this by checking your plan’s directory online or call the number on the back of your ID card. You may pay less at these pharmacies.
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe the medication that meets your needs at the lowest expense to you. Your health plan may provide tools so your doctors know what each prescription will cost you.
  • Check your enrollment materials or visit your health plan’s website for information on how to download your health plan’s app to manage your medications on the go and use drug-pricing tools with your health plan’s app or website to see how much your medications will cost.
  • Explore options with your doctor and pharmacist. Your best value may come from home delivery, receiving a 90-day supply at once.

2. Avoid a scramble

Sidestep the pitfalls of running out of medicine by:

  • Having medication on hand before you travel or switch to home delivery. Aim to have a month’s supply before a home-delivery transition.
  • Setting automatic refill reminders with your pharmacy, so you aren’t caught unprepared.
  • Contacting your pharmacy several days before you run out of medication to request a refill. Your pharmacist may need to contact your doctor for approval, or your doctor may want to evaluate your condition first.
  • Understanding preauthorization – for some medicines, your doctor will need to provide additional information to confirm the reason you are taking the medication to ensure it’s covered under your pharmacy benefit.

3. Lean on apps, auto-reminders and online tools

Today, medication information is more accessible than ever. Check your enrollment materials or your health plan’s website for information on how to manage your pharmacy benefits online or on the go via your plan’s app.

Following your medication regimen is an important part of staying healthy.  Don’t be shy about asking how to get medicine you can afford, in a way that’s convenient for you.