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Spring Forward: Your Health To-Do List

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Ready for warmer and brighter days? Start the season off right with this checklist. It’ll help you stay healthy—for $0—with the benefits of your BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan.

1. See your PCP for an annual well visit.
$0 when you see an in-network provider

During this appointment, your primary care provider (PCP) will give you a physical exam, ask about your health since your last visit, and review your medications. If you’ve been experiencing any health issues—including depression or anxiety—write down your symptoms before your visit, as well as any questions you have. Be sure to tell your PCP if you’ve fallen since your last visit and also ask how to reduce your risk of falls.

2. Ask your PCP about preventive screenings.
Often $0 when you see an in-network provider

Many types of cancer are "silent," meaning you'll have no symptoms until the disease has advanced and is harder to treat. These screenings can find diseases in earlier, more treatable stages and, in some cases, even help prevent them.

• Breast cancer (ages 50-74)
• Colon cancer (ages 45+)

3. Get help with ongoing health conditions.
$0 for help from a BCBSRI Care Coordinator

If diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems are not under control, they can lead to complications and even hospital stays. Talk to your PCP about how to best manage your health. You can also contact a BCBSRI Care Coordinator at 1-844-563-0892 or care@bcbsri.org for help achieving your health goals.

If you have diabetes, pay a low $35 monthly insulin copay that remains consistent through the coverage gap for all insulins in our formulary.1 To see if your insulin qualifies, check the 2022 Comprehensive Formulary.

4. Find help for mental health issues.
$0 for phone/video visits with in-network psychologists and for therapy/psychiatry visits through Doctors Online4

Treatment can make a tremendous difference for issues such as depression, anxiety, or substance use disorder. For help finding a provider and other non-emergency issues, call the BCBSRI Behavioral Health Line at 1-800-274-2958. You can also download the BCBSRI Drs. Online app on the App Store or Google Play5 or visit drs-online.com.

5. Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week.
$0
 for Silver&Fit®2 national gym membership and a home fitness kit

Regular exercise lowers your risk for depression, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, and much more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends spending two days each week on strength training, which can help with balance. To learn about Silver&Fit and to get your home fitness kit, visit silverandfit.com or call 1-888-797-8059 (TTY/TDD: 711).

You can also take live online exercise and mindfulness classes by joining the Your Blue StoreSM Studio Facebook Group. Work up a sweat and find your inner Zen every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you can’t make the live classes, you can view the videos anytime. We offer 10 different classes each week, and all fitness levels are welcome. You can also take in-person classes at Your Blue Store by signing up for a class.3

6. Visit your dentist for a cleaning.
$0 if you have coverage through your BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan or a Blue Cross Dental plan

If your teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, plaque and tartar can build up and lead to cavities, gum disease, or tooth loss. Gum disease may also make other problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, worse. To find a dentist, please log in to myBCBSRI.com. If you don’t have a dental plan, call 1-800-505-2583 (TTY:711). 

7. Have routine office visits for hearing and vision.
$0 copay at in-network providers

If you need lenses or frames, be sure to use your allowance. Considering hearing aids? You’ll get up to two hearing aids for a $200–$1,675 copay per ear ($0 for BlueRI for Duals (HMO D-SNP)), which includes a hearing aid fitting and evaluation as well as a 3-year supply of batteries. Learn more by calling NationsHearing at 1-866-708-1234 (TTY: 711) or visiting nationshearing.com/BCBSRI.

1Available for all insulins within our formulary. The Insulin Savings Program is not available to members who qualify for a low income subsidy (LIS) or members with the BlueCHiP for Medicare Core (HMO) plan.
2The Silver&Fit program is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH). Silver&Fit is a trademark of ASH and used with permission herein. Participating facilities and fitness chains may vary by location and are subject to change.
3Not all exercises are suitable for everyone, and any exercise program could result in injury. Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have any chronic or recurring condition, and/or if you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly.
4In the case of an emergency, you should always call 911. Doctors Online is not intended to replace these services and should not be used in those circumstances. Doctors Online is a telemedicine service provided by American Well®, an independent company that administers Doctors Online on behalf of BCBSRI.
5Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.