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Join Our 2021 Annual Member Meeting

Nov 02, 2021
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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.

    • If using the Zoom login page, enter webinar ID number 928 6857 5459 and passcode 743788
    • Attendees may also join by phone at (646) 876-9923. Enter webinar ID 928 6857 5459 and passcode 743788.

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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Phoning it in

How telephone and video conferencing are revolutionizing healthcare

Last year was a tough one – for everyone. Between physical distancing restrictions, the increase in demand for behavioral health professionals, and decreasing staff sizes among providers – the healthcare industry was particularly hard hit. On the bright side, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted just how important telehealth is in bridging the gap between patients and providers, as well as expanding capacity and access to healthcare.

 

Good to Know

While telehealth became more prominent and important during the pandemic, it’s been around almost as long as the telephone. In fact, NASA has been using satellite connections for decades as a way to monitor astronauts’ health in space.

Other forms of telehealth are already making life easier for millions, whether through electronic diabetes monitoring or the text reminders we get when it’s time to renew a prescription. That’s called telepharmacology, if you want to be technical.

 

Need to Know

Telehealth (also called telemedicine) allows people to meet with healthcare providers by telephone or through a secure Internet connection using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is.

Pandemic or not, telehealth can save you time and sometimes even money, as well.  As of July 1, our plans include quick, convenient access to telehealth urgent care with $0 cost to Members through 2021. Click here for more information. On those occasions when you’re sick or injured and don’t want to get in the car, you have a new option. You can also use the Health Options telehealth platform to find hard-to-book providers in our area, like mental and behavioral health specialists.

 

More to Know:

To learn more about our telehealth platform, log on to your Health Options Member portal; click on the Health & Wellness tab, and choose "Get Started" to access the sign-up page. Here, you can register for your personal account, and your information will be saved for future visits.  

Once upon a time, country doctors made house calls to keep sick people from traveling and getting even sicker. Telehealth is essentially a modern-day house call. You get the care you need without leaving the comfort of home.