October 12, 2017
Earlier today, President Trump signed an executive order in an attempt to improve access, increase choices and lower costs for healthcare.
What Is in the EO?
The EO directs the Secretary of Labor to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to expand Association Health Plans. The intent of this directive is to allow employers in the same line of business anywhere in the country to join together to offer healthcare coverage to their employees. It could potentially allow employers to form AHPs through existing organizations, or create new ones for the express purpose of offering group insurance. This could lead to the sale of insurance across state lines through AHPs; however, more action will need to be taken by the Department of Labor before this option can be available, and NAHU has urged the Administration to work closely with state insurance commissioners across the country to ensure that the rules that are enacted to allow such plans are able to address concerns by state policymakers regarding AHPs crossing into the markets within their borders. (more…)
August 3, 2017
Nominated for – Best Place to Work
June 27, 2017
2018 HSA contribution limits:
- $3,450 for self-only coverage (versus $3,400 in 2017)
- $6,900 for family coverage (versus $6,750 in 2017)
- The annual “catch-up” contribution amount for individuals age 55 or older will remain $1,000.
June 7, 2017
Taking charge of your health and making informed decisions are important steps toward successful and long-term well-being. In June, Health Net will offer a live call/webinar geared to help increase your awareness of all the wellness resources, tools and support you have available as a Health Net member. The Health Net’s Wellness Tools for Members and Prospective Members webinar can help you begin an active health-oriented routine and send you on your way to living a healthier life.
Even when you’re feeling fine, it’s important to take preventive measures to help manage your health and identify potential health risks. This class demonstrates how each of our Health Net member resources – including our nurse advice line, healthy discounts program, wellness programs, mobile app, telephonic and online resources – are uniquely designed to provide the information you need to generate a healthier lifestyle.
The Health Net’s Wellness Tools for Members and Prospective Members webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pacific time. You can register by clicking on the link below.
Remember, the monthly webinars are offered to all Health Net members and to the general public. Feel free to share this information with your friends and co-workers!
April 25, 2017
It’s to your advantage if your doctor or dentist gets a little mouthy during your next checkup. A thorough mouth exam can protect you from oral cancer.More than 30,000 cases of the cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).Scientists continue to study the disease to learn its cause and how to prevent it. Two known causes are tobacco and alcohol use.
What is oral cancer?
Like cells anywhere in the body, cells in the mouth can start dividing uncontrollably and form tumors. The cells in cancerous tumors can break away, travel to other parts of the body, and start new tumors in other tissues or organs.
Oral cancer may affect the tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks or very top of the throat, where it meets with the back of the mouth.
Symptoms of oral cancer
Oral cancer usually occurs in people older than 60, but it can strike at any age. If any of the following symptoms last more than two weeks, the NCI recommends seeing a dentist or doctor:
- A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek.
- White or red patches on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth.
- Soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
- Trouble chewing or swallowing.
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
- Numbness of the tongue or mouth.
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly.
Diagnosing oral cancer
An abnormal area in the mouth may require a biopsy. This involves removing some of the tissue and checking it under a microscope for cancer cells.
If the biopsy reveals cancer, x-rays and other tests will be done to see if it has spread beyond the mouth. The test results will help your doctor form recommendations for treatment.
Content from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona