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April 19, 2021

Get Preventive Services

No surprise here — Willis Towers Watson® is reporting that preventive check-up claims were an average of 21.3% lower during the second quarter of 2020 than in the same quarter of 2019. And cancer screenings were down 10% for the same time period. Yet preventive care and health screenings are as important now as ever — and may be conducted safely with providers who have adopted new protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect patients and staff from COVID-19 transmission.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. For example, cancer screenings are designed to catch potential issues early. Delaying preventive care can diminish the chance of addressing or mitigating serious health problems. And as we age, we may not know it’s time for a specific screening or where to get it.

To help you keep your health care on track, try this small step.

Small Step: Identify What Screenings and Vaccinations Are Right for You

Our text-based primary care partner 98point6® offers a list of thought-starters to consider before your next annual exam, as well as general guidelines to see if you’re overdue for any health screenings as you scroll down the page.

Recommended Screenings by Age

In addition to screenings, the CDC recommends certain immunizations, depending on your age group and medical conditions, to help you maintain your health.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule

These tips from Humana* may be useful when you’re ready to schedule your next appointment:

  • Avoid Mondays — they’re generally the busiest day for most doctors.
  • Ask for the first appointment of the day or the first appointment after lunch.
  • Ask to receive any forms ahead of time — complete them in advance to help shorten your time spent in the office.

We would love to hear your feedback on our Live Well Small Steps! We invite you to complete a brief survey to share your opinions. Your answers will be kept confidential. Take the survey now.

 

*Sources:

https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-US/Insights/2020/09/the-up-and-down-impact-of-the-pandemic-on-health-care-costs

Humana’s “Understand Your Plan 2021 Retiree Coverage” booklet

Motivated to do more?

If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits with Portico:

  • Visit myPortico for a list of in-network preventive services covered at 100% by the ELCA Health Plan. Call the Portico Care Coordinators by Quantum Health at 877.851.5656 or visit health.PorticoBenefits.org for help finding in-network providers and with questions about your benefits.
  • For non-urgent primary medical care not requiring an in-person appointment, text-based primary care can be used to connect with a board-certified physician to answer questions, diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, outline care, and order any necessary prescriptions or lab tests — no appointments necessary, and $0 copayment.

If you have ELCA Medicare-Primary health benefits with Portico:

  • Call Humana at 888.445.4788 with questions about preventive services and immunizations covered under your Medicare Advantage plan.

If you have ELCA dental benefits with Portico:

  • You have access to preventive dental care. Visit myPortico for a list of preventive dental services covered at 100% by the plan. Call Delta Dental at 800.448.3815 with questions about your benefits.

This information should not be considered or used as a substitute for professional health care advice. By providing this information, Portico Benefit Services is not providing any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Each individual is responsible for his or her own health and medical treatment decisions. You should talk with your doctor to determine the lifestyle changes and health care treatment options appropriate for you.