Thursday, October 18, 2012

Support Your Family's Health with WellPoint

Have you taken the time to learn all the benefits that come with your health insurance? I am not talking about the obvious basics like what type of coverage you have or what your co-payments are - I think most of us make a point to know those things immediately. But have you delved in deeper to find out what additional programs your insurance carrier offers? Programs that are designed to help you stay healthy? I can honestly say that I have not learned about all that our health insurance provides, but after learning about WellPoint, it is definitely something I am already looking into.

"WellPoint is one of the largest health benefits companies in the nation. The company has affiliated health plans in 14 states that fall under the names Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Anthem BlueCross in California, Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia. While you may typically think of health insurance within the context of paying the bills, the industry is recognizing that you need more than just that. You need help keeping both you and your family healthy and out of the doctor’s office in the first place. Like never before, plans are tailored to meet your needs with programs, tools and services that work with you to personalize your health care experience and that revolve around your schedule, no one else’s."

WellPoint plans do more than just provide health insurance coverage; they also provide tools to help you live a healthy life. Some of their offering range from a 24/7 NurseLine to the Future Moms maternity program and even a Fitness tool.

24/7 NurseLine
If you are a parent this has undoubtedly happened to you at some point (or it soon will): it is after business hours and you have an important but non-emergency medical question for your pediatrician's office that cannot wait until the next day. What do you do? Our pediatrician does have a doctor on call after hours, but I would never call and wake them up unless it was an emergency. WellPoint affiliated plans provide you with a NurseLine where you can get your questions answered by an experienced registered nurse anytime of day or night. What I like about this is that you can a nurse directly on the line without having to go through automated messages or someone screening the calls.

Future Moms
The Future Moms maternity program gives personalized support to expectant moms. I cannot tell you how much I wish I had something like Future Moms available to me when I was pregnant with my first son. That first pregnancy is tough when you have absolutely no clue what is going on and what is normal and what isn't. It would have been great to have additional support. In addition to support during your nine months to help you have a healthier pregnancy and delivery, there is also post delivery support to help with screening for postpartum depression that may arise.

OK moms, how many of you can't seem to find the time to work exercise into your busy schedule? Probably most of you - I know I sure have trouble with it. WellPoint and its affiliated health plans have partnered with FitOrbit to offer convenient and affordable ways for you to achieve your personal fitness goals. FirOrbit will give you access to a real personal trainer, a customized meal plan which includes recipes and shopping lists and a personalized fitness plan. I love that the fitness plan is setup so that you can do it anytime and anywhere - basically anywhere you can sneak in a few minutes of exercise.

I think it is great to have insurance plans that are looking out for your well being and providing tools to help you live a healthy lifestyle. If you are part of the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield plans listed above, you should call to see if you can enroll in these extras. And if you are not part of those plans, research your own plan and see if they offer similar services. In our hectix lives, it is really nice to have some extra help and support.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Motherhood engaged me for this post. 


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