A good time for preventive care
The new plan year for HealthSelect of Texas participants starts September 1st. This is a great time to take make sure you’re getting the most from your health care benefits. Don’t forget that most preventive care is covered at 100% with no cost to you!
With the start of a new school year comes back-to-school checkups, sports physicals and immunizations. If you haven’t made an appointment for yourself and your family to see your primary care provider (PCP) for a yearly checkup, now is a great time. Be sure to ask your doctor about any recommended screenings or immunizations.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is health care that has been proven to be safe and effective in the prevention of disease. It can also help find health problems early when they can be treated. Routine preventive care may also help you save money by avoiding costly health care services in the future.
Some forms of preventive care are age and gender-specific. These include routine checkups, screenings and even most vaccinations. Your health care provider can help you decide which screening might be right for you. Based on your age and gender, your doctor might suggest screenings for conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, prostate cancer (men), cervical and breast cancer (women). Vaccinations are recommended to prevent common and easily spread illnesses like the flu, chicken pox, shingles, measles and pneumonia.
How to know what is covered as preventive care
Your HealthSelect of Texas plan covers most routine preventive care at 100% when received from a network provider. This means you pay nothing out of pocket. You can find more details about covered preventive screenings and immunizations for adults and children at www.healthselectoftexas.com in the “Publications and Forms” tab.
Call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant today
You can always call a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) Personal Health Assistant (PHA) with any questions about your health plan and benefits. A PHA is trained to help you and your covered family members make the best use of your health plan benefits – and may even help you save money.
If you don’t already have a PCP, a PHA can help you locate one and even help set up your initial appointment. PHA’s can also give you information about benefits, wellness programs and other resources available under your health plan, including information about topics such as disease management, wellness and weight loss programs, and useful web and mobile tools.
Call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Health Resources & Services Administration