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Better Access to Care – the Importance of Network

Aug 11, 2022
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Many forms of insurance are policies you have and hope to never use, like in the case of a car crash or when lightning strikes. Health insurance is different. Yes, you have health insurance in case you - Heaven forbid - are faced with a serious health issue. However, you also have health insurance to get the care you need to maximize and maintain your best health.

At Health Options, we believe that our networking is key to providing you with great care. We partner with a comprehensive New England network that includes all Maine hospitals, most New Hampshire hospitals, and many facilities in Massachusetts. This vast network of 48,000 providers including clinicians, hospitals, and pharmacies means the care you need - whether it’s time for your yearly wellness check or you have a more urgent need - is never far away.

Plus, we’ve expanded our telehealth options to make healthcare more convenient and easier to access. Non-HSA Members can use Amwell urgent care telehealth at a $0 cost; and HSA Members pay a $64 fee, with $0 after reaching their deductible.

With Amwell digital services, you can use a smartphone, tablet, or computer and an internet connection to get the care you need without leaving the comfort of home. If you haven't signed up, no worries - Amwell includes an automatic enrollment when you sign up for healthcare coverage with Health Options!

Our Amwell partnership includes Urgent Care telehealth for 24/7 access to care for non-emergency medical needs from medical professionals trained in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. Telehealth is a convenient way for you and your family to see a provider for a range of common illnesses, such as the flu, colds, rashes, or even just starting a prescription.

Telehealth is also a great option for expanding access to behavioral healthcare, including psychiatrists, counseling, and therapy services for a full range of mental health and substance use disorders. Scheduling is easy, and care is available days, nights, and weekends. Additionally, your first 3 visits are at no cost to you.

So, there are hundreds of thousands of reasons not to wait until you need healthcare to use your healthcare plan. We encourage you to get started today!

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Do you consider yourself a glass half empty or a glass half full type of person? It turns out that even if you are not inclined to see the glass half full, there are good reasons to try to turn your thinking around for better emotional health. More and more research confirms that learning or deepening compassion, optimism and resilience are all tied to better mental, emotional, and behavioral health. Healthwise has some great information about the ways that positive thinking can decrease stress and increase coping skills.


The first way to think positive is as easy as giving yourself a break. You know that voice in your head that wonders if you said something stupid in a meeting or gives you a hard time for skipping the gym? What if that voice was more inclined to pep talks than a bad cop? Information gathered by Healthwise finds that compassion toward yourself can actually help you feel more compassion and kindness toward others. Healthwise suggests celebrating little wins, like remembering the passcode to pay your utility bill. Or take a walk instead of kicking yourself for that bad phone interaction you had. For more ideas about easing up on yourself, search “self-compassion” in the Healthwise search bar.

Optimism, or positive thinking, takes a very similar approach to day-to-day interactions and experiences. According to Healthwise, realistic optimism doesn’t mean you see everything through rose-colored glasses, it just means you look at the "big picture"; see the good and the bad and then decide on a realistic expectation; think about what you can do to make things go as well as possible, and choose to focus on the positives, and on your strengths, as you go forward. For more great tips, type “optimism” into the Healthwise toolbar and watch the wealth of information appear!

Finally, the term resilience has been gaining traction over the past few years, and it can be seen as the next step in the practice of compassion and optimism. Resilience recognizes that, as much as we’d like to, we can't prevent stressful, unpleasant, and less than ideal experiences from happening, but what we can do is build up your ability to bounce back after a hardship, like another COVID-19 outbreak, for example.

Healthwise has a video full of ways to bounce back, from giving yourself a break with a favorite movie or letting off steam with friends, which might mean a skating party or a bonfire in the snow. The good news is, resilience can make you tougher when it comes to navigating the tough times, but it does not have to be tough to do! Search "resilience" at Healthwise for more ideas.