Innovative APWU Health Plan Program Gets National Notice

Mar 11, 2011, 10:00 ET from APWU Health Plan

GLEN BURNIE, Md., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2010 the APWU Health Plan in a joint venture with UnitedHealthcare introduced an innovative diabetes management program to its Consumer Driven Option members.  The program is the first of it's kind in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and was an immediate success.  The goal of the program is to offer financial incentives to promote good diabetes management.  With the APWU Health Plan's Diabetes Management Program, members have no out-of-pocket expense for the treatment of diabetes which includes office visits, lab tests, generic drugs, insulin, pen needles, syringes, lancets as well as insulin pumps and supplies.  

UnitedHealthcare along with the UCLA School of Public Health are partnering to do a five-year study in an effort to help diabetic and pre-diabetic people better manage their condition.  

"We need strong studies that expand on existing research to assess which innovative strategies are most effective at helping people with diabetes manage the disease and reduce complications," Edward Gregg, Ph.D., chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

The APWU Health Plan is proud to be at the forefront of healthcare and setting standards that will be used in the future of healthcare.