I mentioned before that I was going to be part of a chat with a health insurance company.
Well, that happened and the company was WellPoint which operates health benefit plans under the names of Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Anthem BlueCross in California, Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia.
Whew. I need a break after listing all those Blue names.
Break over. Back to the purpose of this post…
WellPoint has been working hard to figure out ways to evolve the role of health insurers and to help families with their overall health and well-being.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought of my health insurance company as the ones who pay the bills and then tell me what’s left to pay. I’ve never, ever, ever thought of them as wanting to help my family and me stay healthy.
It makes sense though. Healthier families spend less time in the doctor’s office which means less money health insurance companies have to pay.
So why not take steps in the beginning to encourage healthy living rather than playing catch up after people get sick?
In my chat with WellPoint I learned that they have 4 new programs that they are using in their mission to evolve the role of health insurance companies and to help you and your family stay out of the doctor’s office.
First is the 24/7 NurseLine. All of us parents know that kids never get sick Monday-Friday from 8-5 when the doctor is working. No, these kids always wait until the middle of the night to wake up screaming with some sort of issue. Instead of having to race to the emergency room, you can pick up the phone and call the 24/7 NurseLine to speak with a real, live nurse.
This nurse can help you figure out what’s wrong and tell if you need to go to the ER or to Urgent Care. I know I would prefer a phone call at home over a trip to the ER any day of the week.
Second is the Future Moms Program. Let me just start this off by saying I’m not having anymore babies. Ever. But if I was going to have another kid, I would take full advantage of this program if offered by my health insurance company.
Oh wait, I should probably tell you about the program. Alright, it includes personalized support for expectant moms with the goal of healthier pregnancies and healthier deliveries which lead to healthier babies. It also provides risk screening, educational support, and follow-up after the baby is born. This program also helps you with taking care of your baby up until they turn one.
Personalizing Your Health
The third program is Personalizing Your Health which is a health and wellness portal (website) designed to help you develop a personal health plan for you and your family. You can get email reminders so you don’t forget to make necessary appointments, workout, and other related stuff. If your memory is terrible like mine, this will be awesome for you.
You can even live chat with a health coach if you need a recipe for dinner or support for other health related activities. I like live chats. It’s way easier than talking on the phone because the person on the other end can’t hear your kids screaming for snack, juice, or about imaginary spiders.
Fitness To Fit Your Lifestyle
The last but not least program is Fitness To Fit Your Lifestyle. WellPoint has partnered up with FitOrbit to offer affordable and convient ways to help parents stay fit which as many of us know can be very hard to do. FitOrbit can create personalized fitness plans that can be done anywhere, anytime such as at the park or while doing laundry. Who doesn’t want to do squats while folding clothes?
You can also work with a personal trainer online that is available whenever you are. I’ve honestly never worked with a personal trainer before but I like the idea of them operating on my schedule and not the other way around.
If you are interested in checking out FitOrbit you can use this link for a discount on services: http://www.fitorbit.com/ib/MOMSAVES25
I don’t have Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield insurance right now and the health insurance plan I do have does not offer any of these programs which makes me sad. I really like the direction that WellPoint is taking in being proactive about the health of families and I hope that other companies will follow their lead.
If you have insurance through any of the WellPoint insurance plans I listed above you should check with them to see if you are eligible for any of these programs. I would love to hear from anyone who has used them.
So my friends, I ask you…how do these new programs from WellPoint sound to you and if your health insurance company offered them would you take part?
Note…I took part in the chat with WellPoint through The Motherhood and I will receive compensation. All opinions are my own and as well as my feelings that I really, really, really like the idea of health insurance companies becoming proactive and working with families.