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With First Health®, You’re Free to Roam

Aug 11, 2022
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As great as New England is, we all must leave it occasionally. When we do, it’s reassuring to take great healthcare coverage along for the ride, which is why Health Options offers great plans with a national network option.

Kid in college in Santa Cruz? Cool. Regular business trips to Baltimore? No problem. Family cabin on Lake Champlain? Go you! Congratulations on making a wise choice on your healthcare options. Having a plan that travels with you across the country means you’re free to roam - and take your accident-prone teenager with you – no worries.

Community Health Options provides national in-network coverage through First Health®, a nationwide preferred provider organization (PPO) of hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers. This network includes approximately 6,100 hospitals, 130,000 ancillary facilities and 845,000 doctors and other health care providers. By choosing from this list of in-network providers when you travel, you can lower your total cost of care.

Having a national network is one thing, but it’s another to know how to access it. Instead of waiting until you break your ankle on a sidewalk 600 miles from home, learn a few basics now. Use the Health First online provider search tool. It’s simple and available 24/7 and includes detailed information. 

Using your desktop or mobile device, go to https://providerlocator.firsthealth.com/mcho. Next, select a provider type from the options of Physician, Hospital, Urgent Care Center, Lab and Radiology, or All Providers and enter the ZIP code or State where you’re traveling. If you’re a nervous traveler, you may want to test this search function before you reach your destination. For example, a quick search of Urgent Care Centers within 10 miles of Beverly Hills results in 75 options.

Keep your Member card with you when you travel, remember these steps, or call First Health at 1-800-226-5116, and you’re good to go.

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Once upon a time, anyone who needed immediate medical attention would head to the emergency room (ER). Today it’s important to know all the options available so that when a time of need comes, you're better prepared to get the care you need at a cost that won’t break the bank.

First, it’s important to say that, in cases of a medical emergency, dialing 9-1-1 or/and heading to your nearest emergency room is still the way to go. But, for less urgent needs, like a bad sprain or high fever, we recommend using an Urgent Care Center, which is available without an appointment and is typically less expensive than the emergency room. Review this list of Urgent Care Centers in New England or have it handy to familiarize you with the Urgent Care Centers nearest to you.

For even less urgent needs – like a chest cold that won't go away, or those times when a child needs a sign-off for a minor injury to play sports – you also have a telehealth option. Health Options offers Amwell® Urgent Care telehealth at $0 cost-share on all non-HSA plans and $64 and $0 after the deductible for HSA plans.

The Amwell telehealth platform makes it easy to talk to healthcare professionals trained in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics about non-emergency needs whenever you need. For even more ease, if your telehealth provider recommends a prescription, you can get refills or be prescribed new medication. Note: Some prescriptions, including controlled substances, cannot be prescribed online. 

To get started with telehealth services, log into your Member portal, and click on the Health & Wellness tab. Once you've registered, your information will be stored for future visits. Telehealth makes access to care easy and affordable – no waiting room required.