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Welcome to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Washington
Learn about plan types
Dual Special Needs Plans (DSNP)
Dual special needs plans (also called "dual" plans) are for people who get both Apple Health (Medicaid) and Medicare. Dual plans cover doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs. They offer more benefits and extras than Original Medicare. You'll keep all your Apple Health (Medicaid) benefits too.
Apple Health (Medicaid) plans
You may qualify for free or low-cost Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage if you're pregnant, have children or live with a disability and meet income and eligibility requirements. In some cases, other adults also may qualify. It's important to know that Medicaid rules and coverage differ from state to state.
- If you received information from Washington Healthplanfinder reminding you to take action to renew your benefits, make sure to take the necessary steps. Don’t let your coverage end. It’s too important.
- Choosing UnitedHealthcare Community Plan recently got easier. Visit wahealthplanfinder.org to apply for free or low-cost coverage and choose UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.
- Check out our KidsHealth® website. A free online resource with articles and videos on hundreds of topics, including asthma, diabetes, nutrition, and exercise.
UnitedHealthcare Healthy First Steps®
Build a healthy future for you and your baby, and earn great rewards. Our UnitedHealthcare Healthy First Steps® program helps keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy and your baby’s first 15 months of life.
We will help you:
- Choose a pregnancy provider and a pediatrician (child’s doctor).
- Schedule visits and exams and arrange rides to your visits.
- Earn rewards for going to visits throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first 15 months of life.
- Get supplies, including breast pumps for nursing moms.
- Connect with community resources such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.
Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral health is as important as physical health. That’s why we have coverage for both.
Required care is 100% covered with no co-pay, including testing and diagnosis, behavioral therapy and medication.
UHC Mobile App
This free mobile app allows you to access key information on the go. You can search for nearby doctors, view your member handbook or view your member ID card.
The UHC mobile app can be downloaded to an Apple® or Android® smartphones or tablet.
Boys & Girls Club membership
If your child is a member (ages 6-17), they are eligible for a free annual Boys & Girls Club membership at participating clubs.
The Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington give kids a safe and comfortable place to spend their free time. They are open when schools are not, and provide a positive environment for building relationships, developing character and having fun. The membership includes after-school programs, mentoring and homework assistance.
Quit For Life® program
Tobacco is bad for you. Quitting is good for you. We can help.
Get coaching and online support to help you quit tobacco. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health.
Get assistance deciding which type of nicotine substitute or medication is right for you. All at no cost to you.
HealthTalk Member Newsletter
Community Health Workers
As a qualifying member with chronic and complex health conditions, you can get face to face support.
Healthy weight. Getting exercise.
Losing weight does not have to be hard. Getting more exercise is one of the best ways. Try to get 60 minutes or more of exercise every day. It doesn’t have to mean doing hard exercises or going to the gym every day. Just move your body. Here are some ideas:
Move! Dancing to your favorite tunes can help you burn more than 300 calories an hour.
If you do play video games, play interactive ones where you have to move. You don’t even have to leave the house to move – try exercises like jumping jacks, marching in place, going up and down stairs, push-ups or sit-ups at home.
Walk! Take a walk with a friend outside. Walk your dog or your neighbor’s dog, or walk your cat! Instead of driving, walk or bike to school or a friend’s house.
Clean! Vacuum your room. Wash the car. Mow the lawn. Your parents will be happy, and it’s another chance for you to get more exercise, and maybe even have some fun.
Unplug! Limit your time watching TV or using your smartphone, computer or other device. Keep screen time to less than two hours a day. When you do watch TV or use your phone – try marching in place or exercising while you watch/play.
Healthy weight. Healthy eating.
Healthy Weight. Healthy You.
When you eat more calories than you use, your body stores the extra calories as fat. A few extra pounds are not bad for most people, but too many extra pounds and too much body fat can be bad for your health.* Doctors call this being “overweight” or “obese.”
Doctors use a measurement called body mass index (BMI), using your height and your weight to determine how much body fat you have. The best way to stay at a healthy weight or to lose weight is to make good food choices. Here are some easy ways to do that every day:
- Try to eat more vegetables and fruit than any other type of food whenever possible.
- Choose low-calorie foods or smaller portions when eating out.
- Pick healthy side dishes like apple slices or apple sauce instead of french fries. If you are really craving fries, try eating something healthy like a salad, apple slices or apple sauce first, then split a small portion of fries with a few other people.
- Drink water or milk instead of soda.
- Check the label – can you recognize all of the ingredients? If not, it might have a lot of extra stuff you don’t need, so look for other options. Try nuts or whole grain crackers instead of chips.
- Try replacing sugary snacks with things like yogurt or dried fruit (without added sugar). If you have a sweet tooth, try a small portion of your favorite sweet only once a day.
Depression is a real illness. It can be treated.
You can feel like yourself again. Depression is an illness like diabetes or heart disease. The first step is to accept that you need help. The second step is to talk to your doctor.
Common signs of depression can include:
• Feeling unhappy, down or sad every day or feeling worthless, guilty, helpless or hopeless.
• Loss of interest in hobbies, activities and people you once enjoyed.
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual, or feeling tired, weak or low in energy.
• Loss of appetite or eating too much.
• Having trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
• Thinking or talking about suicide.
Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com.
How stress affects you
When you're stressed, your body knows it. Your heart starts pounding and your muscles tense. Everyone has stress in their life now and then. But chronic stress can have negative effects on both your physical and your mental health.
It can affect:
Digestion. Stress slows the release of stomach acid and causes the colon to work faster. This can result in stomachaches or diarrhea.
Heart rate and blood vessels. Your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol may increase. This raises your risk for
heart attacks and strokes.
Immune system. Stress makes wounds heal slower. You’re also more likely to get colds and infections.
Weight. Stress makes you crave fats and carbohydrates. If you gain weight in your abdominal area, you’re at greater
risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Mental health. Stress makes you tense and anxious. This can lead to depression, headaches or other problems such as trouble sleeping.
Regain your balance. If stress has taken over your life, here are some ideas to regain control:
Make time for regular exercise. Check with your doctor to see what types of exercise are right for you.
- Do things you enjoy.
- Learn how to relax.
- Treat yourself well.
If your stress is still an issue, talk with your doctor. He or she can recommend someone who can help you find other ways to manage your stress.
Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com
Questions, answers and helpful advice.
Be sure to see your doctor regularly. Especially when you first start taking a depression medicine. Or when the dose is changed.
How do I know my medicine is working?
Be patient. Give it time to work. Most people start to feel better after several weeks. You should feel less tired or worried, little by little. It may take a while to get the full benefits of your medicine.
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