Healthcare News


Selections from What’s Trending This Week — January 9, 2015

1. RAD:

Cover Virginia: Anything is Possible

An affordable health plan doesn’t have to be out of reach. Application assisters around the Commonwealth are ready to support you and answer your questions about the health insurance application.

Find an assister in your area today and #‎GetCovered before the open enrollment period ends on February 15.

To view more of Cover Virginia‘s commercials, visit Virginia Community Healthcare on Vimeo.

npan scam card2. BAD:

Alert: Discount Rx Card Mailings on the Rise in Central Virginia

In Central Virginia, pharmacy discount cards from the National Prescription Assistance Network have been appearing in mail boxes, with the promise of huge savings at the drug store. However, experts warn that with this offer, consumer privacy is at risk.

On the National Prescription Assistance Network’s privacy policy, it states that they do not follow HIPAA laws that the medical community must follow. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) notes that the National Prescription Assistance Network has complaints that range from advertising issues to problems with products and services. The company has an “F” rating and goes by at least 20 other different names.

To read WWBT’s original 12 On Your Side consumer watch story, click here.  The story first ran this past summer, but it appears that during the current Open Enrollment period, the company has stepped up its direct mail marketing efforts.

Source: NPR, Gillian Blease/Getty Images/Ikon Images
Source: NPR, Gillian Blease/Getty Images/Ikon Images

3. FAD:

Fad or Flawed?: Diets of 2015

Is a new diet on your list of resolutions for the new year? U.S. News & World Report has come out with a ranking of the 35 most popular diets of 2015, citing input from a panel of doctors, nutritionists, and health experts.

For a diet to be top-rated, it was evaluated on the following criteria: relatively easy to follow; nutritious; safe; effective for weight loss; and protective against diabetes and heart disease.

This year’s top-ranked diet is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). To see a full list of the rankings, click here.