Davis Vision Special Handling – Flood Affected Members

In response to the natural disaster that occurred in Louisiana, Davis Vision is capable and prepared to support members in the affected parishes that need eyeglasses or contacts regardless of past orders or frequency restrictions.  Davis has experience in these emergencies and has a process in place to support these situations.

Process for Members When Requesting Replacement Eyewear

As is the standard process for members today obtaining Davis benefits, when a member goes to an in network provider (which most BCBS LA members do today), the provider will submit a real-time authorization request to Davis for the requested service.

If the member has already received eyewear within the timeframe per their benefits, the system will return a denial.

However, the provider will contact Davis and obtain an authorization to submit the claim under warranty with no cost to the member.

Note: For members that have not already received eyewear and this is their first time obtaining equipment, their claims would follow the standard process and be subject to the copays according to their benefits.

 

Visit: davisvision.com

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The Great Flood of 2016

Due to the historic flooding in Ascension Parish and all over the state of Louisiana, the office at Trish Freeman Insurance Services is closed until further notice. Despite our best efforts, we are without power and the phone lines are down. We have suffered several inches of flooding inside the office but all employees are currently safe and dry. We will send out another email once the office is available to open again. We thank you for your business and hope everyone stays safe and dry during this state of emergency.

We promise to reopen as soon as possible. For now, the best way to reach us is via email:

 

-Trish Freeman Insurance Services

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The need for help from the public is growing. Below are ways which you can provide help to flood victims.

  • If you would like to donate items, Healing Place Church has provided a list of things needed here or you can give towards the disaster relief fund that will go towards those affected by the flooding by visiting healingplacechurch.org/give and selecting “Disaster Relief” or text the “amount” and “HPC DR” to 45888.
  • Fellowship Church will continue to take donations from 8 AM to 6 PM on Wednesday, August 17. Priority needs are pillows (to be taken to the Lamar Dixon shelter), canned goods, dried goods, laundry detergents, blankets, toothbrush, cleaning supplies.
  • Those wanting to volunteer can register with the RED CROSS by clicking here or calling 855-489-2528 or sign up online at volunteerlouisiana.gov
  • Baton Rouge Area Relief has a relief fund  that assists nonprofits responding to flooding across the state. You can make donations online here
  • You can drop off supplies to the Friendship Chapel Activity Center at 2111 North St. in Baton Rouge.

For more information on how you can get involved visit wafb.com

Stay Strong & Live Long

Admittedly, not all of us are as fit as the Olympic athletes that we’ve been amazed by this past week. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how the human body can even achieve the impossible feats we have seen. Unfortunately things only get harder as we age. As you age, you gradually lose muscle mass your muscles begin to weaken. However, it’s never too late to start strengthening your body and reaping the benefits.You can slow this natural part of aging by keeping your muscles strong.

According to BCBSLA, studies show that strength training may help you stay active longer. It can prevent bone loss, or osteoporosis. That may protect you from a fall or a serious injury if you do fall. What’s more, stronger muscles may help people with a chronic condition, such as heart disease or arthritis, live better.

Here are a few tips from BCBSLA that can help you get started:

  • Choose one or two exercises for each of the 6 major muscle groups. Your routine should focus on your chest, shoulders, arms, back, abdomen, and legs.
  • Try using your own body weight. Heavy weights aren’t needed for strength training. Resistance exercises, such as pushups or lunges, work, too. But you may want to add weights later for more of a challenge.
  • Schedule some days off. Your muscles need time to recover. So it’s best to fit in a day or two of rest between each strength-training session.
  • Aim for 8 to 10 repetitions, or reps, for each exercise you do. For example, to strengthen your chest, you can do one set of 8 to 10 pushups. You may want to add more sets as you grow stronger.
  • Focus on your form. When lifting weights, in particular, keep your movements slow and steady. And remember to breathe.
  • Mix in some aerobic activity. The more physically active you are the better. Along with 2 sessions of strength training a week, experts also recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking.

Expecting Moms

Healthy Blue Beginnings Can Help You

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, or have a baby who is younger than 1 year old, the Blue Cross Healthy Blue Beginnings program may be for you. Through the program you can get confidential help from nurses to help keep you and your baby healthy. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you extra if you have maternity coverage or dependent coverage for your baby.

Call Blue Cross nurses and speak to someone who is dedicated to Healthy Blue Beginnings

  • Call 1-800-317-2299
  • To speak with a nurse, press 1

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An Aspirin a day?

According to Blue Cross, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that studies show aspirin lowers the risk of heart attacks and other health problems in some patients. But taking aspirin doesn’t fix everything, and it isn’t for everyone.

What to ask your doctor about taking Aspirin:
  1. Is taking aspirin a good idea for me?
  2. What are the risks?
  3. How much should I take?
  4. Will it cause problems with the other drugs and vitamins I take?

 

How to stop getting paper EOBs

Blue Cross Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms can be accessed online instead of through the mail. Besides clearing the clutter, going paperless is good for the environment and lowers your plan’s administrative costs.

Steps to stopping paper EOBs:

  1. Log in to your online account at bcbsla.com
  2. Under Account Management, click My Preferences
  3. Under My Services, click Paperless

After you’ve changed your settings, Blue Cross will stop mailing paper copies of your EOBs. Instead they will post each one to your account and send you an email when one is ready for you to view. You can print out an EOB anytime.

Save on Gym Memberships

Blue Cross members can save on gym memberships through Healthways Fitness Your Way, part of the Blue365 discount program. Healthways lets you choose from a list of many fitness gyms, in town or across the country, for just $25 a month.

On budget

  • Only $25 per month and a low $25 sign-up fee, with a three-month commitment
  • Get up to 30% off certain other health and well-being services
  • Save on some products that are part of the program

Participating Gyms

  • Anytime Fitness
  • Curves
  • Snap Fitness
  • Use the zip code finder to find gyms near you

Easy to reach your goals

  • Find fitness classes that fit you and your needs
  • Easy online tools to track your goals
  • Stay inspired with social networking, rewards and the Daily Challenge

Find out more about the Healthways gym discount by logging in to your account at bcbsla.com. Click My Health, then Discounts.