Public policy: Advancing public health | CVS Health

Improving public health

From our initiatives to end tobacco use, to our 5-year $100 million commitment to improve the health and wellness of residents in underserved communities, CVS Health will continue working with policymakers to help tackle the country’s most pressing public health challenges.

We support:

  • Modernizing the pharmacy through expanded services and technology: We support allowing pharmacists, pharmacist technicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to be able to practice at the top of their professional licenses to provide essential health services and supports in retail and virtual settings.

  • Public and private sector efforts designed to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH): Approximately 60% of a person’s life expectancy is influenced by everyday activities that occur outside of the doctor’s office. These non-medical factors include individual behaviors, as well as social and environmental conditions that impact overall health risk, quality of life, and well-being.

  • Improving access to mental and behavioral health treatment: Behavioral health conditions are frequently co-morbid with physical conditions, and both must be addressed to improve health and well-being and reduce costs to the health care system.

  • Improving maternity care by providing Medicaid coverage one-year postpartum: Maternal and infant health care determines the well-being of the next generation. An estimated one-third of pregnancy-related deaths occurs one week to one year after a pregnancy ends and nearly half of women lose full benefit health insurance at 60 days postpartum. Extending postpartum coverage can help women receive the crucial postpartum care they need to improve maternal health outcomes in the months following a pregnancy.