You should go to the doctor, dentist and optometrist every year for checkups, but what about a checkup for your mind?
Everyone deals with tough times, but even happy events like a new job, a marriage, or a new baby can add stress. That is when taking an hour for a session, or two, or three, with a counselor, might help you navigate new or persistent challenges in your life and increase your overall well-being.
The state’s group insurance program provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all benefit eligible employees regardless of their enrollment in any other program. The provision for this benefit is detailed in each of the medical plan contracts posted on the Medical page.
There are several ways to access the GuidanceResources(R) information and programs.
Visit the Counseling page of the OGI website for program and contact information
Our health is our most precious asset, and it is both empowering and reassuring to have authority over our healthcare decisions. As costs have increased some, but not all, patients are becoming more conscious consumers of healthcare.
Think about the last time you purchased a car, a cellphone or a television. How much research did you do before you actually made the purchase? It was probably more research than you did the last time your doctor recommended an MRI or knee replacement. A key difference is that far more tools are available to compare the price and quality of electronics and vehicles, but the healthcare industry is coming along.
Price transparency in healthcare enables patients to shop for the most effective, lowest-cost health care available. It also gives patients helpful information to have engaging conversations with their Primary Care Physician (PCP) and specialists about the types of procedures/services they are recommending and the site of care for those services.
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Members enrolled in the State’s health plan can access the Cost Advisor program on the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal, http://members.bcidaho.com, to estimate out-of-pocket costs for upcoming procedures and services. The attached FAQ document provides good information about how to access this program.
Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visit members.bcidaho.com.
Myth: Eating healthy can be expensive. Fact: Being unhealthy can be expensive.
While no one would choose to have a chronic health condition, they do happen for a number of reasons. The State’s health plan has programs in place to help members manage and even improve their chronic conditions which also helps them manage their costs for healthcare related expenses.
Members also have access to the Blue Cross Disease Management Program whose goal is to empower members and/or caregivers, in concert with their physicians and other care providers, to effectively manage disease and prevent complications through adherence to medication regimens, regular monitoring of applicable labs/vital signs, a healthy diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. The program offers support to members and dependents who are managing an acute or complex illness or are at risk for or have a chronic condition such as:
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
coronary artery disease, or
Type 2 diabetes makes up 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. The good news is that you can take simple steps to lower your risks with a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking and keeping your blood pressure in check. #BestInHealth #DiabetesAwareness
You might also be eligible to receive your diabetes medications and supplies at no charge through the Diabetes No Copay Program. Call the number on the back of your member ID Card or login to the Blue Cross member portal for more information.
Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visit members.bcidaho.com.
Life is busy. Work is busy. Kids are busy. But none of that seems to matter when you are sick.
Here are a couple of things you can do to take care of yourself, your family and your pocketbook.
Flu season is here and Flu Vaccines are covered at 100% on all plans. This is also a great time to check with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) about other immunizations that you or family members may be due to receive. A list of immunizations that are covered at no cost to you are included in each plan contract posted on the Medical page of the OGI website.
Did you know Pediatric Vision is now covered at 100% on the PPO and Traditional plans (subject to deductible on the High Deductible plan) when using an in-network provider? Check out the Vision page of the OGI website for information or the Pediatric Vision Care Benefits page included in each plan contract posted on the Medical page.
Breast Cancer Awareness Knowledge is Power
There are more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today. Let’s keep the numbers growing by arming ourselves with knowledge about breast cancer. Talk to your doctor to learn about risks and early detection. #BestInHealth #BreastCancerAwareness
Make sure you have your current email address attached to your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account to receive communications about your account, benefit highlights and wellness challenges. Login to members.bcidaho.com – Select “My Account” – select “Account Maintenance” – enter the new email address in the “Change Email Address” section – select “Change Email”
Need to establish a relationship with Primary Care Provider (PCP)? Check out the provider search feature on the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal for lists and locations of in-network providers.
Do you know how often you should visit the dentist or how long you should brush your teeth? It’s easy to remember with the 2-2-2 rule! Brush and floss 2 times a day for 2 minutes and visit the dentist 2 times a year. This rule applies to kids and adults alike.
Most people know that good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease – and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. But, a healthy mouth can also ward off medical disorders. An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor.
Plan history has shown that at least 40% of state employees enrolled in the dental plan aren’t visiting a provider even once a year. Imagine the time and pain of costly dental and/or medical issues that could have been averted if those issues had been caught early on or prevented altogether.
Don’t have a regular dentist to get your cleanings every six months? You can find dentists in the searchable provider feature on the Blue Cross of Idaho Member Portal.
Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visitmembers.bcidaho.com.
Have questions about other covered services? You can review the dental contract on the OGI website: https://ogi.idaho.gov/dental/ or call the customer service number on the back of your Blue Cross of Idaho member ID card.
Cavities are preventable. Model good oral healthcare habits for your whole family.
MDLive is a time and money saving healthcare alternative for minor conditions like cold and flu, pink eye, or allergies when your doctor isn’t available right away. MDLive treats over 50 routine medical conditions by mobile app, video or phone. You’ll have 24/7/365 access to U.S. board certified doctors (including pediatricians) via phone or video chat.
Traveling? Take your doctor with you! Getting sick is never fun – and it’s even worse when you’re on the road. Besides missing the comforts of home, there’s also the hassle and anxiety of finding care in an unfamiliar city. But with your telehealth benefit, you can bring your doctor along with you. Get care whenever you need it, wherever you are, for non-emergency conditions.
And, if medically necessary, a prescription can even be called into a pharmacy near you.
Now visiting the doctor is easier than ever with a new lower PPO copay of $10 per visit. Traditional and HDHP plan telehealth visits are subject to coinsurance and deductible.
Get Started today – it’s quick and easy! Download the app, text ‘BCIDAHO’ to MDLIVE (635483), visit MDLIVE.com/bcidaho or call 888-920-2975.
New this plan year, all ACA listed preventive services will be covered at 100% regardless of the plan in which you are enrolled. If you haven’t scheduled your annual visit with your Primary Care Physician (PCP), now is a great time to get that done. If you don’t have a PCP, you can find a searchable list of providers on the Blue Cross of Idaho Member Portal, members.bcidaho.com.
The plan also increased the annual dental maximum to $1,500. Don’t have a regular dentist to get your cleanings every six months? You can also find dentists in the searchable provider feature on the Blue Cross of Idaho Member Portal.
In today’s high-tech world, it’s critical to keep a vigilant watch on your personal and financial data. Blue Cross of Idaho, through its BlueCross BlueShield Association, is helping to assist members with that effort.
Blue Cross of Idaho has partnered with AllClear ID to offer enrolled members and their families identity protection services at NO COST to the member or the plan.
It’s important to protect what’s most valuable to you, especially your health, family and home. This is an added layer of protection for your medical history, bank account and credit cards.
*Please carefully read all communications from AllClear ID.
Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visit members.bcidaho.com. In addition to finding the link to enroll in the AllClear ID protection services, the member portal also allows you to view plan information, explanation of benefits (EOB) documents, search for network providers and so much more.
Getting your ongoing prescription medication is even easier with the CVS Caremark(R) Mail Order Pharmacy. Have your maintenance medications (medications you take regularly for a long-term or chronic condition) delivered directly to you, with no additional cost- and you’ll even save money as well as time.
You can get a 90-day supply of your medication
Temperature-sensitve items are shipped wtih ice packs in coolers and/or express delivery
Get started by logging into your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal – select Prescription Drugs – Benefits and Coverage – Access Your Pharmacy Benefits Now. You will be redirected to the CVS Caremark site where you can select Prescriptions and Start Mail Service.
When it comes to healthcare, it’s hard to know if you are paying a fair price.
That’s why Blue Cross of Idaho gives you access to CostAdvisor – a tool that lets you see and compare physician, hospital and other healthcare costs in your area and based on your specific plan and network before you make appointments.
CostAdvisor uses historic claims data to provide you an estimate of what your insurance covers and what you may pay out-of-pocket. The more specific you are in your search, the more helpful the results will be. If you search “laminectomy” instead of “back surgery,” you’ll see better search results.
If you find a facility that fits your budget but a doctor is not listed, your primary care physician can help you find a provider who performs the procedure at that facility.
Now you can know before you go!
Visit bcidaho.com/knowbeforeyougo and log into your member account.
Select Estimate Your Costs Now. A new tab will open in your web browser and you’ll see a snapshot of savings opportunities, or you can begin estimating costs for procedures and services that are important to you.
NEED TO REGISTER
Registering is easy if you don’t have an account. All you need is your Blue Cross of Idaho member ID card.
Visit members.bcidaho.com and select Register from the top navigation bar.
Once you complete the registration process, you will be redirected to the Blue Cross of Idaho members homepage. Simply choose CostAdvisor from the right hand menu to start estimating costs!