Limited Time Offer: Gym Membership Enrollment Fee Waived with Blue365 Healthways Fitness Your Way

Through Feb. 28, 2017, Blue365 members can save money while getting fit!  Healthways Fitness Your Way has waived the $25 enrollment fee to 9,500+ gyms nationwide for the month of February only.  With the enrollment fee waived, gym membership is only $25 per month (plus local tax), with a 3-month commitment.

Healthways Fitness Your Way through Blue365 is one of the most flexible, affordable and accessible ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle and remain committed to it.  It’s easy to enroll:

  1. Go to Blue365Deals.com/BCBSLA and click Log In or Register.
  2. Under Fitness select Healthways Fitness Your Way and click on Redeem Now.
  3. You’ll be directed to the Healthways Fitness Your Way landing page where you can:
  • Find fitness locations by zip code
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions before enrolling
  • Enter the code FebFit17 at checkout to waive your enrollment fee

For more information on the program click here.

Online doctor visits available 24/7

BlueCare is now available 24/7 to let customers have online doctor visits using a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or other internet-accessible device with a camera.

Telemedicine services are a benefit for all fully insured group and individual customers. The services are offered at the same cost share as a primary care physician-level office visit.

BlueCare and telemedicine offer customers expanded access to care outside of their doctors’ usual office hours, with greater convenience and at a lower cost than the emergency room. Since Blue Cross recently raised co-pays on ER visits up to $350 (previously from $150-$200, depending on plan type) across all non-grandfathered fully insured plans in 2017, BlueCare can be a good way for customers to get treatment for minor health issues and keep their out-of-pocket costs in line.

Some common conditions treated by telemedicine include cough or cold, bladder infections, mild stomach viruses, pink eye, rashes, allergies or sinusitis. Telemedicine can also be used for follow-up care and, in some cases, medication refills.

How do customers use BlueCare?
BlueCare is online at www.BlueCareLA.com. To have an online visit, customers need to use a laptop, desktop computer or other internet-accessible device with audiovisual capability so they can see and speak with the doctor. They can find out if a device is going to work for BlueCare before a visit by using the “Test Computer” link in the top-right corner of www.BlueCareLA.com.

  • To use BlueCare from a smartphone or tablet, customers can download the BlueCare app for Android and Apple devices by searching for “BlueCare” (one word) in the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Statistically, most users prefer accessing telemedicine services via mobile app.
  • On the first visit, customers will create a member account with a log-in ID and password that they will use each time they use BlueCare.  They can create the account using the web-based site (www.BlueCareLA.com) or the BlueCare mobile app, and use the same log-in information for both.
  • Once logged into the BlueCare site, customers will see a list of doctors available to treat them and can choose the one they want to see. Each BlueCare doctor has a short biography describing his/her experience, languages spoken, etc., which is posted on the site. All physicians are U.S. trained and board certified.

How much does BlueCare cost? 
All Blue Cross customers can use BlueCare by paying a flat fee, typically $39, at the time of the visit. Depending on the telemedicine benefits that are included on their plans (typically the same cost share as a PCP office visit), customers may receive a refund from Blue Cross once the claim has processed.

Who do I call if I am having trouble with BlueCare?
If you are having a technical problem with the www.BlueCareLA.com website or the BlueCare app for Android and Apple devices, call 1-855-269-3554 or email BlueCareSupport@americanwell.com.
 
How can I learn more about BlueCare?

Louisiana Marathon Discount

Blue Cross and HMO Louisiana members can use the code BCBSLA to get 20% off the registration fee for the 2017 Louisiana Marathon and its shorter distance races.

The Louisiana Marathon is a nationally recognized, three-day running festival that has a race for everyone. There will be a kids’ marathon, 5K, half marathon and full marathon. It will be held January 13-15, 2017.

To sign up or learn more visit thelouisianamarathon.com or follow the Louisiana Marathon on Facebook or Twitter @thelamarathon

 

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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.