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Geisinger – Updated Geisinger Extra flier now available, Transfer prescriptions in our pharmacy portal

Geisinger – Updated Geisinger Extra flier now available, Transfer prescriptions in our pharmacy portal

  • On October 15, 2020
Updated Geisinger Extra flier now available
The September edition of the monthly Geisinger Extra flier is now available in English and Spanish. As a reminder, this flier is updated on a monthly basis and is stored on the brokerHUB. Download them today.
If you haven’t registered for Pennie, there’s still time

Did you miss the deadline to pre-register with the state exchange? Pennie has opened anew producer pre-enrollment registration. But don’t wait – the deadline for the new registration period is Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Complete your producer pre-enrollment registration here.

Want more from Pennie? Check out their broker resource page.

Transfer prescriptions in our pharmacy portal
Do your clients use Geisinger pharmacies? Managing prescriptions online just got easier. Check out our how-to video to learn about transferring prescriptions online or from your mobile device. It’s fast, it’s easy and it could save time and money. Watch our how-to video here.
Mammograms are saving lives

Today, fewer American women are dying from breast cancer. As a result of advancements in cancer treatments and screenings that find cancer earlier, the death rate for all women continues to decline. Increased screening has saved lives and improved women’s quality of life when they are confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis.

A mammogram is a non-invasive X-ray used to check breasts for breast cancer and other abnormalities. It is considered the international gold standard for detecting breast cancer early. Mammography detects most cancers in women who show no symptoms or who are considered low risk. A yearly mammogram helps to detect breast cancer earlier, when it is most treatable, leading to less aggressive treatment and a higher rate of survival. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Mammograms save lives and it’s one of the easiest steps women can take to be as healthy as possible.

Women age 40 and over at average risk for breast cancer are encouraged to have annual mammograms. Women with specific risk factors may start earlier than age 40. For more information or to schedule your annual mammogram, reach out to your primary care provider.

Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day
Washing your hands with soap and water has always been a simple and effective way to prevent the spread of illness. However; lately, there has been an increased focus on the importance of handwashing.

Did you know that washing your hands can not only prevent the spread of viruses but can also prevent food born illnesses? Remember to always wash your hands before eating, cooking or handling food, after using the bathroom or changing a diaper, after coughing or sneezing and when arriving home. Thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water can help keep you, your family and your community healthy all year round. October 15th is Global Handwashing Day and was designed to increase awareness of the effectiveness of handwashing and proper handwashing techniques. Handwashing education has shown to:

  • Reduce the amount of people who get sick with diarrhea by up to 40%
  • Reduce gastrointestinal related absences from school by up to 57%
  • Reduce respiratory illness in the general population by up to 20%
Ways to celebrate and promote Global Handwashing Day on October 15th:
  • Sing the chorus of your favorite song while you wash your hands
  • Donate soap to a homeless shelter or food pantry
  • Treat yourself to a new bottle of scented hand soap
  • Donate to charities that increase clean water and soap access to countries and areas that need it
  • Do soap related arts and crafts with your family
  • Post about why you wash your hands-on social media. #globalhandwashingday

Fast Facts

  • Following President Trump’s puzzling tweets earlier this week, negotiations are still on-going between House Democrats and the White House in regard to passing a stimulus package before Election Day.
  • NAHU Legislative Council Vice Chair Mark Gaunya testified in front of IRS officials about proposed regulation that would allow HRA funds to cover direct primary care (DPC) arrangements and health-care sharing ministry (HCSM) memberships.
  • President Trump and first lady Melania Trump contracted COVID-19 two weeks ago. Over 30 people around the president have tested positive since then, including GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee. Could coronavirus throw a wrench in the plan to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day?
  • The IRS again extended the deadline for employers to provide employees with 1095-C forms until March 2, 2021.
This week’s fast facts are brough to you by the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters
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