OR Notice: 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). As a valued employer group with Health Net, we want you to be aware of PAL changes that may affect your employees’ health care coverage.

 

Effective July 1, 2016, we have revised our commercial (EPO, POS, CommunityCare, and PPO) PAL requirements. Significant changes to the list are indicated below. A complete copy of the new July 1, 2016, PAL requirements can be viewed here.  Continue reading

Health Care Coverage Coming to Undocumented Children in CA

All children – regardless of immigration status – will now be eligible for Medi-Cal health benefits.

For the first time, health care coverage is on its way to approximately 170,000 low-income children in California whose immigration status is undocumented.

As of May 1, 2016, children under 19 years old will be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal health benefits regardless of their immigration status. Continue reading

You Can Quit for Life

quit-for-life-265x300Are you ready to set a clear path to quitting? About 20 minutes after you quit tobacco, your body begins an amazing healing transformation that reduces your risk for cancer and many other health problems associated with tobacco. The Quit For Life® Program is here to help you every step of the way—beginning with a one-on-one phone conversation with a highly trained Quit Coach® staff member. Together, you’ll map out a personalized plan to help you overcome the triggers and barriers that make it hard to quit. Plus, your coach will give you tried-and-true strategies to manage cravings, handle social situations, and avoid triggers that can derail you. Continue reading

myStrength – The health club for your mind™

AfAm couple smilingMental health is an integral and essential component of health. Health Net understands this and is partnering with myStrength to offer Health Net members complimentary access to myStrength.com.

 

myStrength is a dynamic and personalized website that offers clinically-proven mental health applications to help with mental health challenges utilizing tailored wellness resources. Continue reading

Every Kid Healthy Week

Katie LongoWhat started as a school project ended up changing the outlook of this SoCal runner.

 

The morning of February 14, 16-year-old Katie Longo laced up her running shoes and grabbed hold of her confidence. In just a few hours, she’d be joining the other 25,000 participants running from stadium to sea in the 26.2-mile 2016 Sketchers Performance L.A. Marathon.

 

Katie, running in the youngest division, had trained for 15 weeks prior to the big day. Never mind that experts agree starting in smaller races, like 5Ks and 10ks, is a good way to go or that training for a marathon – especially your first one – could take up to a year. Katie knew what she wanted to do and nothing was going to break her focus. Continue reading

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

15865-a-teen-girl-texting-while-driving-pvDying to get that text from someone? You just might.

 

Take a look at the eyes in the cars around you the next time you’re at a stoplight. Where are they looking? One would hope the windshield, but the reality is that more and more people are distracted while driving.

 

The on-demand world we live in today has us wired to be in the know with what’s happening around us at all times. Many of us experience the fear of missing out (#FOMO) on everything from national breaking news to knowing the second a child arrives safely at a friend’s house. Continue reading

The Most Compassionate Gift You’ll Ever Give: Organ Donation

2016_BlueGreen_Instagram_WebIt was 25 years ago when my grandmother got the good news from University of California Irvine. “We have a cornea for you!” the young man on the other end of the phone announced. My grandmother was 80 years old and blind in her left eye. The hospital was about three hours away, and she needed to get down there as soon as possible. Continue reading

Help Your Children Steer Clear of Underage Drinking

Ask someone without kids what kind of parent he or she would be and you’ll hear everything from “dependable” to “understanding” to “the kind my parent wasn’t!”

 

When kids enter the picture, however, those parenting proclamations don’t always hold up. Because, really, just how understanding will you be when you discover your 14 year old drinking with her friends behind the stadium bleachers? Continue reading

April 20 Webinar: Sensible Eating with Plant-Based Foods

Fall vegetablesEvidence suggests that a plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse some of the top killer diseases in the Western world, and can be even more effective than medication and surgery. Many people switch to eating a plant-based diet because they want to lose weight, improve their heart health, stay healthy as they age, improve blood pressure or manage diabetes. A plant-based diet has been shown to help with all of these health related issues if also avoiding the processed foods. Continue reading