Arthritis Awareness Month Topic: Growing Pains or Something Else?

You might think you know what the word arthritis encompasses: pain in the joints of an older person. But the reality is that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and they don’t discriminate by race, sex or age.

 

Unfortunately, about 300,000 children and teens live with the swelling, joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion that comes with childhood arthritis, otherwise known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). In fact, there are nine different types of JIA, and only about 10 percent of children have the kind of arthritis that mirrors rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

 

What was often brushed off as mere “growing pains” is now taken more seriously as we know so much more about the onset of this disease. Continue reading

On the Trail to Safety: Hiking Tips

couple hikingNow that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. A reinvigorating hike in the great outdoors is a great way to get in touch with Mother Nature.  Hiking encompasses everything from taking a quick walk in the woods to climbing major mountains with a 40-pound pack.

 

Regardless of distance, the best strategy to have fun and stay safe in the woods is to plan and prepare in advance of any amble. Read on for tips on getting started and making any adventure go smoothly.

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You Can Quit For Life: Tobacco Cessation Program

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

sad business personGetting On When You’re Laid Off

 

Companies conduct layoffs in different ways. Some decide it’s best for morale and productivity if layoffs happen swiftly; others give a couple weeks to several months’ notice so employees have ample time to transition their workload.

 

Either way, layoffs can be tremendously difficult for those leaving and, oftentimes, hard for the associates staying aboard. If you find yourself blind-sided and enjoy your job, then feelings of frustration, bitterness and betrayal will likely surface.

 

In honor of Mental Health Month, Health Net talks layoffs — what to do if you’re affected by a transition and how to keep your mental health in good order. Continue reading

It’s North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH)

building workerWorkplace safety ranks high with workers when it comes to labor standards. In fact, a study by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago states that 85 percent of employees ranked workplace safety above family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, the right to join a union and overtime.

 

That’s saying a lot. Employers who put workplace safety at the top of their lists end up thankful in the long run.

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Revised Prior Authorization Requirements

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. Please click here to view a complete copy of the new July 1, 2016, PAL requirements.

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May 18 Webinar: Farm to Fork, Food Prep Made Easy

fruits-and-veggies-263x300Do you know where your food comes from or what’s in it? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals that can potentially pose threats to our health. When you eat whole foods, you’re getting the food in its natural state because you’re getting it intact along with all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in the food. Basically, it’s the healthy whole food, rather than the bits that remain after refinement and processing.

 

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar based class to individuals that will increase awareness on farm to fork – sometimes called farm to table or farm to market – to encourage people to swap over-processed, modified foods for local, natural and unaltered produce, dairy, and meats. Continue reading

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