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

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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How to Recognize Depression

Business associates sitting attentively at seminarDid you know that October 6–10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 9 is National Depression Screening Day? With those important dates in mind, your clients (and their employees) may find the following tips on recognizing depression timely.

Information is provided by MHN – Health Net Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary.

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Update: Probationary Period – CA SB1034

California’s Limit on Waiting Periods (Probationary Periods)

As you may know, Governor Brown signed CA SB1034 into law on Friday, August 15, 2014. CA SB1034 repeals California’s stricter 60-day limit on waiting periods (in accordance with AB1083) and allows employers to follow the federal ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation. CA SB1034 also prohibits insurers and health plans from imposing waiting periods, although the insurer or health plan may administer waiting period on behalf of the employer (as long as the employer’s waiting period does not exceed the ACA’s 90-day limit).

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Simple Tips for Healthy Aging

Make healthy aging possible

Tips for healthy agingHave you noticed that the numbers in the phone book seem to be getting smaller? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again?

There’s no question that age brings changes to our lives. And yes, some of them we’d prefer to avoid. Continue reading

Eat Well & Be Well on Vacation

young couple with cameraTaking it easy is one of the best parts about a vacation. But while the rest and scenery may do you some good, the same can’t always be said of the food—especially when you’re driving to your destination. Think empty-calorie, gas station munchies.

And that could spell trouble when you’re watching your waistline or trying to eat a healthy diet. Share these tips with your employees and encourage healthy travels. Continue reading

Changing How You Think May Change How You Feel

Maybe 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