Members with Vantage Health Plan insurance can now schedule appointments and receive treatment at any location across the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
Effective May 1, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales have joined other health system facilities, physician groups and ancillary providers as in-network providers for Vantage Health Plan.
St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe and Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, also members of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, will continue to serve as in-network providers for Vantage Health Plan.
Vantage Health Plan provides commercial and Medicare Advantage coverage throughout Louisiana, including to the Office of Group Benefits and the individuals selecting coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplace or Exchange.
Notable hospitals and clinics added as in-network providers to Vantage Health Plan coverage include:
Baton Rouge Region
- Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
- Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
- Louisiana Cardiology Associates
- St. Elizabeth Hospital
- St. Elizabeth Physician Group
- Assumption Community Hospital
- Assumption Rural Health Clinic
- Outpatient Cath Lab
- Health Centers in Schools
- Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
- Our Lady of Lourdes Physician Group
- Heart Hospital of Lafayette
- Northside High School Based Clinic
- Pontchartrain Surgery Center
- Southern Surgical Hospital
For more information regarding in-network providers, you may go online http://www.vantagehealthplan.com or call 888-823-1910.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and HMO Louisiana members can use the code BCBSmember to get $5 off the registration fee for the 39th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race is held in New Orleans on the Saturday before Easter Sunday each year. The Classic is locally produced by the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, and is a great way to get in shape while having fun! Both runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the race.
The 10-kilometer course (6.2 miles) begins in Downtown New Orleans in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, runs participants through the French Quarter, and then all the way up beautiful Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 8:00 am
BCBS Member discount: BCBSmember for $5 off
To register and for more information, visit http://www.ccc10k.com/crescent-city-classic-10k.
Many people don’t understand just how important our oral health is to our overall health. Preventative dental care is about more than clean white teeth, fresh breath and cavity prevention. Dentists’ area of expertise goes beyond just teeth and gums. Dentists are trained to recognize any abnormalities or warning signs in your:
- Head, neck and jaw muscles
- Salivary glands
- Nervous system of the head and neck
Additionally, dentists can detect symptoms of diseases that manifest in the mouth but affect your whole body.
How oral health is linked to overall health
Research has shown correlations between poor oral health and numerous diseases, including:
- Heart disease: Medical studies have shown that oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause your arteries to harden and thicken, obstructing blood flow and setting the stage for a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, the bacteria can cause inflammation or infection of the heart.
- Respiratory infections: Bacteria from gum disease can enter your lungs, which may lead to infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Diabetic complications: Some studies have established a connection between gum disease and insulin resistance indicating that poor oral health can create challenges in managing blood sugar levels.
As a result of these and other mouth-body correlations, the American Dental Association reports that the “World Health Organization has integrated oral health into its chronic disease prevention efforts.”
Practicing good oral health
Having good oral hygiene is vital to your overall quality of life. Your oral health impacts your employ ability, social life, self-esteem and, as pointed out above, your health.Now, let’s talk about what having good oral health means.
- See a dentist regularly for cleanings and exams: Your dentist can perform a much deeper and more thorough cleaning than you can.
- Brush twice a day for two minutes each time: Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth and tongue.
- Floss daily: Plaque and food debris like to hideout between teeth, so be sure to floss between every tooth. If you can’t or won’t floss, clean between your teeth carefully. Ask your dental hygienist for tips.
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco products: Kick these known cancer-causing products to the curb.
- Eat a well-balanced diet: Limit intake of sugars and acidy drinks/foods as they can contribute to tooth decay. Rinse your mouth with water when you choose to indulge in any of these items.
Importance of dental coverage
If you don’t have dental insurance, get it. You’ll be more likely to go to the dentist if you have dental coverage.
Importance of oral health
It’s time we start viewing oral health differently and realizing the impact it has on our general wellbeing. If you haven’t seen your dentist in the last six months, schedule a dental checkup. Also, make sure you put the dental care tips we talked about above into practice now. A little preventative care can go a long way.
Call or email us for a dental quote today!
Many people stop taking drugs because they cost too much, didn’t seem to work or had ugly side effects. If you stop taking a drug, your health problem may get worse and wind up costing you more later. You can save yourself from going down this path by asking your doctor a few easy questions:
About your coverage
- Is the drug covered?
- Why do I need this drug?
- Will a generic work for me?
- Do I need to try a generic or other drug first?
- Is there an over-the-counter option?
About the drug
- Are there any side effects?
- How often should I take the drug?
- For how long will I be taking the drug?
- Must I avoid certain foods, drinks or other things while I’m taking the drug?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
- How will the drug interact with other drugs I’m already taking?
- Do I need to wait for approval?
Talking to your doctor about the drugs he or she orders is important. You’ll feel more comfortable taking a drug that best treats your health problem and have fewer surprises at the pharmacy.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has joined all Blue plans around the country in offering free identity protection services to their customers.
The services, which are available through a partnership with AllClear ID, a national vendor specializing in identity protection, include:
- Credit monitoring (this is not the same thing as credit score reporting)
- Fraud protection
- Identity repair, you are the victim of identity theft
While these services are available to Blue Cross customers, the protection extends beyond health information and claims data. If your credit or identity is at risk because of a store’s data breach or because your credit card is stolen, these services will protect you.
Do you want to get identity protection services in 2017 with AllClear ID? Here’s how:
- If you enrolled with AllClear ID during 2016, you don’t need to re-enroll, you just need to renew. AllClear ID will check in with you to make sure you still want the services. If you do, you will be renewed.
- If you have never signed up for these services but want them in 2017, you need to opt in. You will not get these services automatically. There are two ways you can do this:
- Going to the website enroll.allclearid.com and entering the code “BCBSLA17;” or
- Calling 1-855-229-0079 and asking to enroll for identity protection services, using the code “BCBSLA17“
You only need to enroll one time and renew each year to be covered for free as long as you remain an eligible Blue Cross customer.
If you want more information about these services, visit bcbsla.com/allclear