Newsroom | 05 April 2018

America’s Favorite TV Doctors of America Are Now On-Call

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Ellie Polack, 860-902-4906
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  • Cigna reunites Patrick Dempsey, Donald Faison, Neil Patrick Harris and Kate Walsh for next chapter of program
  • Initiative connects people directly with TV Doctors of America stars to encourage preventive care

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., 05 April, 2018 - With a mission to save 100,000 lives by encouraging Americans to get their annual check-upi, global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) has reunited the stars of its TV Doctors of America campaign to give Americans personalized, mobile reminders to schedule their annual check-ups.

The new pilot, which supports Cigna's Go, Know and Take Control message, encourages people to call or text to “page” Cigna’s TV Doctors at 1-833-PAGE-DOC (833-724-3362). In their response, the campaign stars, Patrick Dempsey, Donald Faison, Neil Patrick Harris and Kate Walsh, will emphasize the importance of preventive care. Each user will also be given the opportunity to opt-in to receive a personal reminder from one of the four celebrities 30 days later to schedule their annual check-up.

“After seeing an 18 percent increase in annual check-ups among Cigna customers over the past two yearsii, we were inspired to find a simple and more personalized way to connect with the people we serve,” said Stephen Cassell, Vice President, Global Branding, Cigna. “Scheduling an annual check-up is an important way to stay healthy and Patrick, Neil, Kate and Donald are all powerful champions of this potentially life-saving message.”

This is part of Cigna’s mission to help save 100,000 lives each year by encouraging Americans to prioritize preventive care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 100,000 lives could be saved if everyone got the recommended preventive care they needi, which often starts with seeing a doctor for an annual check-up. However, Americans use preventive services at only about half the recommended rateiii, despite it being covered by most health insurance plansiv.

This program encourages Americans to schedule their annual check-up and know their four health numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index. These numbers are responsible for the majority of preventable chronic disease and are the main drivers of health care costv.

To learn more about the TV Doctors of America initiative or Page a TV Doc, visit cigna.com/takecontrol .

Disclaimer
Return call will be from a TV Doctor, not a real doctor. This is not a medical line. For medical emergencies, please dial 911. Standard mobile phone carrier and data usage charges apply. Call will be made in accordance with mobile settings and app permissions.

About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit https://www.cigna.com/ .

REFERENCES

i CDC Prevention Checklist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017; http://www.cdc.gov/prevention/
ii Data pulled February 2018: Includes claims paid out by Cigna health plans for adult wellness, child wellness, breast cancer screening, colon cancer screening and flu vaccinations in comparing September 2014 - August 2015 to September 2015 - August 2017. (excludes Medicare Prime and State of Illinois accounts).
iii CDC Preventive Health Care Tip Sheet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017; http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/toolstemplates/entertainmented/tips/preventivehealth.html
iv Includes eligible in-network preventive care services. Some preventive care services may not be covered, including most immunizations for travel. Reference plan documents for a list of covered and non-covered preventive care services.
v Annual out-of-pocket health care savings comparing 200,000 study participants over three years whose four health numbers — BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar — were within a healthy range versus those study participants who did not know their four health numbers. Source: Cigna Affordability Study, 2014.