Ways to Use Your Health Benefits
Your benefits improve your health and happiness.
4 Ways to Use Your Health 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, getting the most from all of the benefits available to you is simple. Using use your benefits wisely saves you time and money, and keeps costs affordable for the entire Home Care Aide community.
Complete a Preventive Care Appointment with Your Doctor
Caring for others starts with your own health care. It’s important to make time to visit your doctor before, and as soon as, you start to notice health issues.
Your doctor is called a Primary Care Provider (PCP), and they can help coordinate your care and refer you to specialty doctors if needed. When you have a relationship with your PCP, they know you best and can help you get the care you need. It’s easy to find a PCP and schedule an appointment.
Use Your Emotional Health Benefits to Improve Overall Health
Your emotional health is an important part of your overall health. If you are feeling stressed, anxious or if life’s challenges are becoming difficult to manage, your emotional health benefits can help. There are many ways to get connected to emotional health support. Your doctor can refer you to an emotional health provider, or you can try a self-care benefit from the comfort of home.
Make an appointment:
For an in-person appointment to discuss your emotional health, call your health provider. If you have SEIU 775 Benefits Group insurance, your co-pay for one-on-one emotional 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 emotional health providers at www.aetna.com.
- Apple Health (Medicaid): You have access to emotional 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.
- SEIU 775 Benefits Group offers 3 free self-care programs designed to reduce feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. Find the one that best fits your needs.
- Plan activities you like and make you feel good, such as doing hobbies or spending time with people who care about you.
- Increase your physical activity. Just 20 minutes a day will make a difference! Try walking, stretching or visiting your local gym.
- When you feel overwhelmed, try and break problems down into smaller issues that you can work on one at a time.
- Limit your alcohol use, drink water and eat healthy foods including lots of fruits and vegetables.
Get immediate support:
- If you are in crisis or immediate danger, please dial 911. Otherwise:
- To talk to someone on the phone, call the Washington Recovery Help Line 24 hours a day, at 1-866-789-1511.
- To talk to someone via text, text the NAMI Free Support number 24 hours a day by texting “NAMI” to 741741.
Compare Urgent Care Versus 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. Use this chart to determine whether to go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.
Complete a Dental Visit to Boost Overall Health
Protecting your smile is important to your health. Proper dental care reduces your risk for serious dental conditions, and benefits your overall wellness. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends:
To keep your smile healthy, your dental benefits include, at no additional cost to you:
- Routine exams
- Regular cleanings
- Gum care