Keep your heart strong with a little help from your health plan

heart healthy Thursday, January 23, 2020

You know how to keep your heart healthy. It's no secret that diet and exercise, along with the right health checkups, can do the trick. But do you know all the ways your health plan can help keep your heart strong?

Let's start first with the obvious: healthcare.

Preventive healthcare to keep your heart healthy

Routine checkups are key to finding problems before they turn into major health issues. They're also important if you already have a condition your doctor needs to monitor. 

If your doctor finds that you need preventive screenings based on your age or other risk factors, that's covered at no extra cost on most Premera health plans. Here are a few preventive tests your doctor may recommend, but keep in mind tests to diagnose or monitor conditions are not preventive and would be subject to copay and deductible:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Diabetes (type 2) screening
  • Obesity screening and weight loss counseling
  • Cholesterol testing at certain ages or for those at higher risk

If you've had a heart attack, My Cardiac Coach can help you with your recovery.

Managing life-changing health conditions

Customers managing certain life-changing conditions can access Premera programs to help them manage their healthcare. These include diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. Eligible customers receive personal health coaching.

We also provide Personal Health Support to help customers with complex health conditions. This includes help coordinating care from multiple providers, transitioning to new doctors, and navigating the healthcare system. Talk to your doctor to see how to join one of these programs.

Healthy eating

Beyond traditional medical care, Premera covers nutritional and lifestyle counseling services for eligible customers. If you need inspiration, check out Pacific Northwest options for healthy eating.

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