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The Be Well Bulletin

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Fall 2019


Your Primary Care Doctor is important to your overall health and wellness - think of them as gatekeepers who make sure you get the treatment you need and connect you to others who can help you be healthy. You want to find the right fit — someone you can trust to give you the care you deserve.

Here are some tips for choosing your Primary Care Doctor: 

  1. Check Your Network: Choosing an in-network doctor will help you avoid any surprise out-of-network charges or having to pay more because the doctor you've selected isn't part of your Allwell plan.
  2. Search by Your Preference: If you prefer that your physician is a certain gender, age, or speaks your native language, you can search for doctors using these options. This information is available on our website when you use the doctor lookup tool. You can also call the doctor's office to confirm.
  3. Ask Around: Recommendations are a great way to learn about a doctor from someone you trust. Ask friends and family members about their primary care doctors; just remember that your healthcare needs may be different than theirs.
  4. Look at a Map: Picking a doctor nearby can make visits easier. Check to see which doctors’ offices are close to you, to make sure you always have access to the care you need.
  5. Call Your Health Plan: We’re here to help! Member Services will work with you to make sure you find a primary doctor that will fit you and your health needs. Give us a call and you’ll find the right primary care doctor in no time at all. 1-855-565-9518 (TTY: 711)

 

 


Sneezing, coughing, body aches, and fevers. These are all symptoms of the cold—and the flu. Because the two illnesses share similar symptoms, it can be difficult to know which one you may have.

 

Call Your 24-hour Nurse Line

Talk to a health professional who can answer your questions, assess your symptoms and help you decide if you need to visit your doctor, urgent care or the emergency room. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so call anytime!

1-855-565-9518 (TTY: 711)

Cold symptoms are usually milder and tend to appear gradually; the flu usually takes you by surprise, with fast-acting symptoms that are more severe.

The Importance of Flu Shots

Flu vaccinations prevent tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. Older adults have a greater risk of serious complications, like pneumonia, making it even more crucial to get a flu shot at the beginning of the season. A high-dose vaccine called Fluzone, which has four times the active ingredient as a regular flu shot, is recommended for people 65 and older.


A well-lit house is a safe house. Good lighting will not only brighten up your home, but also help prevent falls that may cause serious injury.

Here are some simple ways to improve lighting in your home:

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting, or general lighting, is the main source of illumination for a room. Common types of ambient lighting include chandeliers, track lights, recessed lights, and wall or ceiling-mounted lighting fixtures.

Motion Sensor Lights

Motion-sensing lights make it easy and quick to automatically light up dim areas like stairs, long hallways, or deep closets without having to turn them off or on manually. Exterior motion lights can keep you safe as you enter and exit your home, and protects against burglary and other crimes.

Better Bulbs

Did you know that as you age your eyes detect cool lighting less? That’s because aging eyes tend to have yellowing lenses, making it more difficult for eyes to recognize blue hues. Replacing warm, incandescent bulbs with cooler, halogen and fluorescent options help eyes distinguish colors better.

Task Lighting

Many hobbies, such as reading, crafts, sewing, woodwork, etc. can put a strain on your eyes. Work in a well-lit room, and add portable table lamps with a 75-watt halogen bulb to give you the extra light you need.

In addition to proper lighting, regular eye exams help ensure your prescription glasses stay up to date to further reduce eye strain. Information about vision benefits can be found in your Evidence of Coverage.