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Member Newsletter, Spring 2016

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Your Benefit Information When You Need It

At PacificSource, it's important to us that you know about all the resources and information available to you through InTouch, our secure online benefits portal for members. Things like a summary of your benefits, your ID card, and recent explanation of benefits are all available at your fingertips when you need it.

Maybe you're wondering: Why does this matter?

Right this minute, you might not need to know how much you've paid toward your deductibles this year, or even what your deductible amounts are.

It might not matter right now that your ID card is still tucked away in its envelope, buried in a stack of junk mail on your dining room table or kitchen counter.

And you might not be thinking about your unused preventive services (such as an annual exam, or dental cleanings, if you have a dental plan), which are covered by your plan.

So, why should you know about InTouch resources?

At some point, you'll need your health plan benefits information, which you can find using InTouch. And with InTouch, getting the information you need - when you need it - is easier than you might think.

When it's time to go to the doctor, you'll probably wonder how much you'll have to pay and how much your plan will pay. Using InTouch, you can find your deductibles listed under Deductible in the Benefits section. This will also tell you how much you've already paid toward your deductibles.

And remember that ID card buried in a stack of mail at home? Not very helpful when you're standing at the reception counter at your doctor's office. But if you're signed up for InTouch and you have our free myPacificSource app, you have immediate access to your ID card.

Then again, maybe right about now you realize you haven't been to the doctor in a while. Or maybe you have a PacificSource dental plan, and you haven't had your teeth cleaned this year. The Service Limits listed in the Benefits section will tell you which covered services you've used, and what you have left.

Ready to get started?

Register for, or log into, InTouch today.

Get InTouch at Your Fingertips with the myPacificSource App

The myPacificSource app gives you access to your ID card, benefit information, our provider directory, and more. Download our free app from the Amazon, Android™, or Apple® app stores. For more information, visit PacificSource.com/mobile.

 


 

Five Tips for Everyday Safety

0416_Everyday SafetySometimes we get so busy we forget to be safe during some of the easiest tasks. Completing day-to-day activities safely and being aware of our surroundings sounds like a simple way to increase safety in our daily routines, but it can be challenging. Here are five steps to get you started in creating a safer and healthier environment.

Use proper form. Try your best to remember proper physical form in your everyday routines. Keep things close to you on your desk or in the kitchen to avoid over-reaching, and always use your legs when picking up large or heavy items. (Bend at the knees - avoid bending at the waist.)

Take regular breaks. Taking a quick break from looking at your computer screen or doing mundane tasks will help to re-energize you and keep you alert

Check your smoke alarms. Once a month, check the smoke alarms in your home to make sure they're working, and replace batteries as needed. Also, keep a fire extinguisher in a central, easy to access location, and learn how to use it.

Maintain your vehicle. Make time for regular vehicle maintenance, such as checking your exterior lights, getting your oil changed, and checking your tire pressure. This is especially important before taking a road trip.

Be prepared. Thoughtfully determine what you may need to keep yourself healthy and safe during an outing or long day. Do you have sufficient water, clothing, or sun protection? Is your cell phone charged? Does a friend or loved one know where you will be?

 


 

Dental Care: An Important Part of Your Overall Health

0416_DentalGood oral hygiene and regular preventive care, along with early diagnosis and treatment, can all help you avoid the cost and discomfort of major dental work.

Taking good care of your teeth can also decrease your risk of other serious health problems - including heart disease, stroke, and more.

Concerned about cost? Most PacificSource dental plans include free dental cleanings - two or three per year, depending on your plan.

Think you don't have time? The average dental cleaning only takes about 45 minutes.

Anxiety? Tell your dentist. If your dentist knows about your fear, he or she can help make you more comfortable during the visit.

Don't have a dentist? Visit PacificSource.com/find-a-dentist, or call toll-free (866) 373-7053.

Make an appointment today!

 


 

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This Member Newsletter is provided for general information only, and is not to be used to determine benefits. Your benefits are determined only by your policy. Please refer to your plan materials or our Customer Service Department for specific benefit information.