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The Be Well Bulletin

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Summer 2019


When it comes to good health, information is the best tool: you can’t treat what you don’t know. Scheduling regular checkups and routine testing helps detect early stages of diseases.

Here’s a quick checklist of some of the most important screenings to schedule regularly: 

  • Blood Pressure: At least annually or every 2 - 3 years depending on your doctor’s recommendation. Blood pressure rises as we age, and can be a leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

 

  • Breast Cancer: Every 1 - 2 years until age 75. Your chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age, making mammograms more important than ever.
  • Colorectal Screening: Every 1 - 10 years; depending on screening and your doctor's recommendations. Please talk to your doctor about which screenings are best for you at your annual wellness visit. Colonoscopies help reduce deaths from colorectal cancer – the third most common type of cancer for men and women. 
  • Diabetes (Type 2): Every 3 years (or more often if at risk). Diabetes puts you at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and other chronic conditions, so it’s important to get screened as recommended.
  • Osteoporosis: Every 2 - 3 years. This screening tests your bone density and determines bone strength.


Your Allwell Medicare Advantage plan is designed to save time and money, helping to improve your overall health. There are a variety of resources and extra benefits that are available to you so you can to live your healthiest life possible. 

Here are five ways to make sure you are getting the most from your Allwell plan:

Use free preventive care options. Health screenings and wellness care visits help you learn more about your health, and healthy living in general. And most of these services are FREE. A full list of available preventive care services can be found within Chapter 4 of your Evidence of Coverage. Visit our documents page to download this document.

Earn Rewards. You can earn reward dollars for completing healthy activities through the My Health Pays® rewards program. The money you’ve earned can be for transportation services like the bus, train, taxi, or rideshare and paying for telecommunications services like internet and mobile or home phones. Check out the rewards page for more information about this program.

Visit Our Website. Creating or logging into your online member account is the quickest way to order a replacement ID card or to keep track of your benefits and claims. You can communicate with Member Services without the wait using our secure messaging feature, which allows you to ask questions and receive messages or information about your plan without picking up the phone.

Stay in-network. One of the most effective ways to keep health costs down is to use in-network doctors, specialists, services and facilities. Out-of-Network (OON) costs can drive medical expenses up, and may be especially challenging to those on a fixed or retirement income. Go to Find a Provider to choose in-network providers for services you may need.

24/7 Nurse Advice Line. As an Allwell member, you can speak to a medical expert any time of the day or night to get answers to your health questions and advice for your best care options. Just call any time. 1-855-696-2612 (TTY: 711)