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Start 2021 with Health & Wellness

Jan 25, 2021
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Safeguarding your health in 2021 is more important than ever, and Health Options is here to help you get the most value from your health insurance plan. We have benefits and resources designed to help you achieve and maintain your best health at little or no additional cost to you.

To start the year off right, we recommend scheduling a free annual wellness visit(s) for you and any dependent children on your plan. Wellness visits are a time for you and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to:
• discuss your personal and family health history;
• identify necessary preventive tests and screenings;
• provide routine vaccines that are due; and
• discuss recommended vaccinations

Your PCP is also the person to talk to about emotional or mental health concerns. Use your annual visit as a time time for you to raise concerns, get instructions clarified, and ask questions about your overall health.

We created this checklist of questions to help make the most of your visit:
• Am I due for any screenings or testing?
• What can I do to stay healthy in the future?
• Do you recommend changes in my diet or taking any vitamins?
• What amount of exercise do you recommend?
• How will I know when and where to get vaccinated for COVID-19?
• What’s the best way to reach you if I have questions after I leave your office today?

We value your Membership! Please contact our local Members Services team with any questions at (855) 624-6463, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wishing you a safe and healthy 2021,
Community Health Options

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Community Health Options (Health Options) gathered for its 2020 Annual Member Meeting via webinar on November 19. Typically an in-person gathering, this year’s virtual meeting was made notable with Health Options’ having the honor of hosting Maine Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Nirav Shah, as guest speaker.

Health Options’ CEO and President Kevin Lewis provided a review of newly elected board members, 2020 achievements and financial results, and welcomed Dr. Shah, who shared his perspective on leading Maine’s statewide response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, from early public health actions to small town outbreaks and the current resurgence.

Dr. Shah has gained local and national notoriety for his no-nonsense approach to educating Maine people about the risks and necessary precautions of living with COVID-19. In an interview with Scientific American, he said sharing hard facts and asking for simple calls to action, such as mask-wearing, helped keep infection rates low.

“In public health, our first and most important job is to get the people behind us,” said Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah gave advice for planning safe holiday gatherings:

  • It’s best to postpone big holiday gatherings this year, or gather for socially-distanced outdoor activities, if you are able.
  • If you have college children or family members traveling from other parts of the country, a recommended timeline for testing is 72 hours before travel, followed by 14 days of quarantine.
  • Don’t overthink face masks: the best face mask has multiple layers, is washable, fits snugly and is designed to cover the nose and mouth.
  • With effective vaccines on the near horizon, we can look forward to more holiday gatherings in 2021, but must bear in mind that national vaccine distribution will be a massive effort and will take many months to reach the general population.

“It’s a critical time to be part of the healthcare community. From local pharmacies, to state and national healthcare policy makers, we are all in this together,” said Lewis. “Dr. Shah reminded us that each of our actions count when it comes to keeping our communities as safe and healthy as possible through the holidays and beyond. As a community-oriented non-profit healthcare insurance provider, working together is something we take seriously every day, especially now.”