Ways to Use Your Benefits
Your benefits improve your health and happiness.
5 Ways to Use Your Benefits Wisely
We want you to care for yourself as well as you care for others. With the amazing, low-cost health, dental, and vision care provided through the Health Benefits Trust, getting the most from all of the benefits available to you is simple. Simply use your benefits wisely and you can save yourself money and keep costs affordable for the entire Home Care Aide community.
Complete a Health Risk Assessment
What you do affects your health. Take the Health Assessment to find resources that will help you become healthy! You will receive helpful information on ways to stay healthy, use the many available resources and support to improve your overall health – tracking your progress year after year.
You may see questions about your daily life such as:
- What are your daily eating habits?
- How often do you exercise?
- How often do you drink alcohol?
Complete your health risk assessment at:
- Kaiser Permanente members in Southeast Washington: healthy.kaisermanente.org or call 1-800-813-2000
- Kaiser Permanente members in the rest of Washington: wa.kaiserpermanente.org or call 1-888-901-4636
Complete a Preventive Care Appointment with Your Primary Care Provider
To take care of your clients and your families well, you have to feel healthy yourself. It’s important to find enough time to visit your Primary Care Provider when you first notice health issues.
What is a Primary Care Provider?
- A Primary Care Provider is a family practice, general practice, internal medicine or pediatrics provider who takes care of most of your health care needs
- A PCP helps coordinate your specialty care
- A PCP can help coordinate your mental health care
When you have a relationship with your PCP, they know you best and can help you get the care you need. Together you can be champions for your health.
Use Your Mental Health Benefits to Improve Overall Health
Your mental health is an important part of your overall health. If stress becomes too much to handle, using the mental health benefits included in your health coverage is a meaningful way to improve your mental health and your life. Your Primary Care Provider can match you with a mental health provider who can diagnose mental health issues that affect your well-being.
Need Immediate Support?
- If you are in crisis or immediate danger, please dial 911. Otherwise:
- To talk to someone on the phone: You can call the Washington Recovery Help Line 24 hours a day, at 1-866-789-1511.
- To talk to someone via text: You can text the NAMI Free Support number 24 hours a day, by texting “NAMI” to 741741.
Want to make an appointment?
To make an appointment to talk about your emotional well-being, call your health provider. If you have SEIU 775 Benefits Group insurance, your co-pay for one-on-one mental health visits is $0 in network.
- Kaiser Permanente members: Call Kaiser at 1-888-287-2680. For urgent or crisis care, call the Consulting Nurse Service at 1-800-297-6877. For members in Vancouver or Longview: call 1-855-632-8280 or contact your doctor.
- Aetna members: Call 1-800-624-0756 or search for mental health providers at www.aetna.com.
- Apple Health (Medicaid): You have access to mental health services through your Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). To find services in your area, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/BHOcontacts or call 1-360-725-3700.
There are things you can do on your own to help increase your emotional well-being. Some tips:
- Plan activities you like and make you feel good
- Increase your physical activity
- Limit your alcohol use
- Avoid blaming yourself
- Try and break problems down into smaller issues so they don’t seem overwhelming
- If you’re interested in mindfulness — the practice of being present and self-aware, so that you’re less likely to be overwhelmed and are more likely to be compassionate with yourself — you can sign up for more info about our free mindfulness classes.
Compare Urgent Care v. Emergency Room Care
A visit to the Emergency Room costs you more. Choosing the right option for your immediate medical needs helps keep health insurance costs down for you and all caregivers. It can be confusing knowing where to go when you or a loved one aren’t feeling well or have experienced an injury. Be prepared and make a plan by using our Emergency Plan Form – just print, complete, and keep in a convenient place (such as on your refrigerator).
When a sudden injury or illness happens, you’ll always know:
- Where your closest Urgent Care Center and Emergency Room are located
- The hours your closest Urgent Care Center is open
- How to identify which symptoms would be best treated at Urgent Care
It hurts! Where should I go? Click the image below to see some examples of when to use Urgent Care or the Emergency Room. (This is not intended to be a complete list.)
Complete a Dental Visit & Boost Overall Health
Healthy teeth and gums are a critical part of your overall health. That’s why the Health Benefits Trust has you covered for routine dental care, as well as emergencies you might face. To take the best care of your teeth and gums and contribute to your overall oral health, visit your dentist every six months for a complete exam and cleaning.
To keep your smile healthy, your dental benefits include, at no additional cost to you:
- Routine exams
- Regular cleanings
- Gum care
Depending on your plan, some of the cost of the following procedures may also be covered:
- Oral surgery
- Periodontics (treatment for gum disease)
- Endodontics (root canals)
During enrollment, you have the option of getting dental care from either Willamette or Delta Dental.
- Delta Dental offers two dental cleanings covered in full every calendar year
- Willamette Dental offers full coverage for cleanings twice a year after you’ve paid a $15 co-pay