Be a Quitter: Join the Great American Smokeout

SmokeoutIconic wit Mark Twain put it best: “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”


Anyone who has ever smoked knows how difficult it is to stop. Perhaps that’s why one in five American adults – 43.6-million people – still smoke cigarettes. And nearly 15-million people smoke tobacco in cigars or pipes. Continue reading

Give the Greatest Gift: Be an Organ Donor

UnknownIf you could save a life, would you? Or better yet, several lives?

That’s something you can easily do by signing up to become an organ donor. Your generosity, in fact, could save as many as eight lives. It might also help many others who need donated tissue to recover from burns and other injuries or to regain lost vision or hearing. Continue reading

Can You Cure Your Cold?

Taking care of sick co-workerChew on vitamin C. Brew echinacea tea.

These might seem like natural reactions when you feel a cold coming on. But they may not actually help wipe out your sneezes, sniffles, scratchy throat and cough.

Despite what you may read on the Internet, there’s often little science to back up the healing claims of alternative cold treatments. Here’s a quick run-down of what researchers do know. Continue reading

Snacking at Work: Stay on the Healthy Side

apples_pearsIf you spend most of your day in a typical office, you’re used to snacks being there to tempt you. And at this time of year, there’s usually even more unhealthy temptation from leftover Halloween candy, and heading into the holidays and all the delicious food that comes with it. There seem to be sugary, fatty foods everywhere. Here are some tips to help you stay the course and maintain a healthy weight. Continue reading

It’s American Diabetes Month

AFAM 3 generations menThe chances are good that you – or someone you know – has diabetes. That’s because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of diabetes has more than tripled since 1980.


If that disturbing trend didn’t catch your attention, consider these sobering statistics that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is sharing as part of November’s American Diabetes Month. Continue reading

Changing How You Think May Change How You Feel

AfAm woman on phone in officeMaybe this question has been on your mind: Can my mental state affect my physical health?

Doctors have suspected for centuries that there is a powerful tie between mind and body, and modern medical studies prove them right. Researchers now know that unhealthy levels of stress, depression and anxiety can wreak havoc with your hormones, immune system, heart health and blood pressure. Continue reading

Revised Prior Authorization Requirements

For Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc. Commercial Members

At Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc. (Health Net), we regularly review the Prior Authorization List (PAL) to ensure our members receive safe and appropriate medical care. As a valued employer group with Health Net, we want you to be aware of PAL changes that may affect your client’s health care coverage.

Effective January 1, 2015, we have revised our commercial [EPO, Point of Service (POS), CommunityCare, and PPO] PAL requirements. Significant changes to the list are indicated below. For a complete copy of the PAL requirements, please log in to our website at, click on Preauthorizations under My Coverage > Prior Authorization List, or call

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