You are cordially invited to join Health Options' 2021 Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, November 18, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. via Zoom's online meeting platform.
Use this Health Options' 2021 Annual Member Meeting link to register and get the login details at Eventbrite.
Our 2021 meeting will cover Health Options' year in review, including fiscal updates, grant activity, improvements to plans and procedures, and the 2022 Board of Directors’ election results. We will be joined by two speakers: Tym Rourke, senior director at Third Horizon Strategies and former director at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Leslie Clark, executive director of Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC).
Tym and Leslie will discuss “The Other Epidemic: Escalating Substance Use Disorders in Maine and Beyond.” As the pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to devote state, federal, and community-based resources to removing barriers to care and improving substance use treatment. Tym and Leslie will discuss their experiences working to provide greater access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
For questions about the meeting, contact Health Options Member Services, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at (855) 624-6463.
And remember to let your voice be heard! All Health Options Members 18 years and older are eligible to vote in our board of directors’ election. Candidate biographies and voting instructions have already reached you by email or traditional mail. Voting ends November 5, 2021.
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As of July 1, Amwell Urgent Care is at your service 24/7 at $0 cost to you
Using the phone or Internet to connect with healthcare providers for telehealth services is one of the best innovations to rise in popularity during the pandemic. And now, our expanded access to telehealth services for urgent care comes right at a time when you need it most. Starting July 1, 2021, Community Health Options will be offering urgent care through our partnership with Amwell® digital services. This Boston-based telehealth provider is one of the fastest-growing secure online systems for connecting patients to physical and mental health specialists in the country, and for the rest of the year, the urgent care service is at $0 cost to you.
Good to Know
According to FierceHealthcare.com, Amwell’s telehealth visits more than doubled in the first quarter of 2021 when the company facilitated more than 1.6 million virtual care visits. This huge jump in usage coincides with the COVID-19 crisis, and many trendwatchers are wondering if telehealth’s growth will outlast the pandemic. We hope it does because more (and easier) access to healthcare providers is good for everyone, especially when you live in a primarily rural state like Maine.
Need to Know
As of July 1, 2021, telehealth can be your go-to when you have urgent care needs like cold or flu symptoms, an ear infection, or other acute injuries. If you’re pretty sure your kid has conjunctivitis, for example, and you just want a professional to confirm, pick up your smartphone instead of your keys and wallet. For the remainder of 2021, telehealth urgent care visits are at $0 cost to Health Options members, even for those in HSA compatible plans.
Amwell can connect you with non-emergency medical care from clinicians trained in internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics. It’s available at any time of the day or night, and you don’t have to sit in a waiting room reading old magazines for hours to get the answers you need. With telehealth, you can get refills or new prescriptions for birth control, depression, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Log into your Member portal here; go to the Health and Wellness section, and create your account today.
More to Know:
As telehealth continues to grow in popularity, you can expect to see more specialty care services and digital platforms come into play. Text messages, apps, and remote health monitoring are just a few ways telehealth will grow and create better access to care, more health information, and greater transparency about treatment options. For more information, read about interoperability here. Unless you really like waiting rooms, this is great news.