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Understanding My Insurance, part 5

In our most recent post of this series, we outlined some considerations in case you need to use your insurance for emergency care. Today’s post will help you understand how to choose a provider and make an appointment.

Earlier in the series, we mentioned that having health insurance allows you the benefit of having a provider that can help you make the best health care-related decisions. Providers are the physicians (M.D. – Medical Doctor or D.O. – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), health care professionals or health care facilities licensed, certified or accredited as required by state law. In other words, they are the doctors, nurses, physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals that provide you with medical care.

Because this person will be the one you’re primarily working with for your health, it’s important to find one that’s right for you. Consider the following: Continue reading → Understanding My Insurance, part 5

{Infographic} Can I enroll in new health insurance?

Enrolling in a health insurance plan is something you do every year. Some people enroll through their employer and others may shop for individual plans online. The period of time during which people are able to sign up for health insurance coverage or change their coverage status is called open enrollment. This period of time only happens once a year, unless an individual experiences a qualifying event, which is the subject of today’s post. Continue reading → {Infographic} Can I enroll in new health insurance?

how to use health insurance in emergency

Understanding My Insurance, part 4

Previously, we discussed some basics on understanding your coverage. Today we’ll outline some considerations in case you need to use your insurance for emergency care.

You already know the number to dial in an emergency (9-1-1), but there are a few other things you should familiarize yourself with in regards to your health insurance coverage. Consider the following if you are thinking about a trip to the emergency room: Continue reading → Understanding My Insurance, part 4

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Today is National Senior Health & Fitness Day! Our very own Michelle Shima of BCBSKS corporate health services explains why staying active as you age is important to your health.

“Exercise is important for any age, but especially for seniors. As people age, their lifestyles can sometimes become more sedentary. Exercise can not only boost heart health, but also strengthen muscles. Strong bones and muscles are associated with a reduction in falls. Other benefits from exercise include improved mental capacity, disease prevention and improved overall healing,” she said.

For some easy senior fitness exercises, check out the moves below. Continue reading → National Senior Health & Fitness Day