Knowing what your health care plan can do for you is one important part of maintaining your best health, and your Member ID Card is an excellent place to start. First, at the bottom of your card is the name of your plan. If you have the word “Tiered” in your plan, this means you are part of our tiered provider network option and could save money on provider visits.
Tiered provider networks give consumers a better way to consider the cost of care when choosing care options and therefore save money on healthcare costs. Our tiered network plans reduce cost-sharing for specific benefits and services received from a preferred network provider. Types of providers and services include hospital outpatient services, primary care, urgent care centers, imaging centers, and labs.
Preferred providers and facilities for these plans are noted with a preferred star icon in the Health Options Provider Directory at https://lookup.healthoptions.org/. Please note that some services may not be covered at the preferred service rate when administered in non-preferred settings. Therefore, it is important to visit the specific location listed in the search results to take advantage of the preferred rate.
Preferred locations for hospital outpatient services are limited to outpatient surgery and other outpatient procedures (such as catheterization, joint arthroscopy, or colonoscopy), including anesthesia.
It’s important to note: Even if you have a tiered network plan, you always have the option to visit our standard network providers with a standard co-pay. If you have questions about tiered network plans, contact our Member Services team at (855) 624-6463.
The bottom line is, with our robust NE Network and our new tiered network, you are very well covered!
Even in the best of times, Maine winters are better for eating comfort food and hibernating than for starting a new routine of physical fitness and better eating. But the pandemic makes physical and mental wellbeing even more important than ever, and Health Options has some valuable tools for helping you put one foot in front of the other on the road to wellness.
We all know the benefits of eating well when it comes to mental strength, stamina, and weight loss, but there are also many links between diet and stress. According to Healthwise, you can make a few simple changes, like not overdoing caffeine and alcohol and avoiding eating on the run, so that your daily habits support stress defense. Read more diet tips here.
Or watch this video for more easy tips, like remembering to eat breakfast and planning meals in advance.
Likewise, even moderate amounts of physical activity can greatly improve your mental and physical health. Healthwise recommends brisk walking, for at least 2.5 hours each week, as a good goal. What’s better: You can split this time up in workable sessions to find the routine that best suits you.
Not much of a walker? For more ideas about getting physical, take a look at another valuable Health Options benefit called LifeBalance. This program offers all Members savings on thousands of recreational, wellness, travel, and cultural activities. Whether you are looking to join a gym, find some online fitness classes, or buy some new fitness gear, you can visit HealthOptions.LifeBalanceProgram.com to access great deals for enrolled Community Health Options Members and family members.