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H&W: Accessing Your Acupuncture & Chiropractic Benefit

 

Professional Musicians, Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund

To access the complementary health care benefits made available through Landmark Health Plan of California, Inc. just follow these simple steps:

1) To find a contracted Landmark Health Plan provider near you:

• Go to the Landmark Health Plan online provider search at www.LHP-CA.com OR

• Call Landmark Health Plan Member Services at 1-800-298-4875 (Monday – Friday, 5:30am to 5:00pm, Pacific Time) for a list of the closest providers near your home or work address. Continue reading

H&W: The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988 (WHCRA) & The Newborn And Mothers Health Protection Act of 1996 (NMHPA)

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Reconstructive Surgery Fully Covered After Mastectomy
WOMEN’S HEALTH AND CANCER RIGHTS ACT OF 1998

The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers Health and Welfare Fund (“the Fund”) purchases health insurance benefits through Health Net of California and provides you with this notice as required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988 (WHCRA).

In compliance with WHCRA, Health Net provides benefits for mastectomy-related services, including all stages of reconstruction and surgery to achieve symmetry between the breasts, prostheses, and for complications resulting from a mastectomy, including lymph edemas. Continue reading

H&W: Dental Hygiene Tips From Delta Dental

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QUICK AND EASY DENTAL HYGIENE

Parties with friends, family visits, holiday shopping – often, we get swept up in the festivities of the holiday season, and we may let the little things slide. But don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season keep you from practicing good dental hygiene. Continue reading

Handy Blue Shield Application for Your Phone

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In today’s on-the-go-wireless world, many of us rely on phone apps for almost every daily need. Well, it was only a matter of time before health insurers would get into app development and releases. For Blue Shield, that time has arrived and if you are a Fund participant who has enrolled for the Blue Shield coverage, you can download the Blue Shield Mobile App for your smart phone (assuming, of course, your phone is compatible with the app). As they say: “There’s an app for that!” Continue reading

H&W: Affordable Care Act and Your 2016 Income Tax Filing

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Proof of Enrollment in a Health Plan

H&WAs the end of the year approaches and you prepare to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, employers and participants should also be aware of the tax filings which are required. With these considerations in mind, the IRS has provided you with a gift, Notice 2016-70. Notice 2016-70, notified Participants that the IRS has extended the due date for health care providers, and employers, to provide covered persons the required tax forms. Continue reading

H&W: Enrollment Information

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OPEN ENROLLMENT

November 20th – December 20th

Enrollment information has been mailed to all eligible participants. November 20th through December 20th is the Fund’s Open-Enrollment period. This is the time of year to select one of the benefit options if you are newly eligible, and decide to enroll, or to make changes to your benefits if you are already enrolled and remain eligible for the same level of coverage. Continue reading

H&W: 2017 Health and Life Insurance Eligibility

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Eligibility & Enrollment Information

 Eligibility and Enrollment information will be mailed to eligible participants in approximately mid-November. Enrollment materials will be sent to the participant’s last address on file with the Fund’s Administrative Office, so please ensure that the Fund has your most up-to-date address information.

The enrollment materials will advise the eligible participant at which Level of coverage they have qualified (A, B or C), based on employer contributions the Fund received on the participant’s behalf for employment between Oct. 3, 2015, and Oct. 2, 2016. Benefit summaries and co-premium costs for the applicable Level will also be included in the enrollment material. Continue reading

H&W: Get Healthy, Stay Healthy

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Your health matters, to you and to your family

Getting healthy and staying that way doesn’t have to be complicated.

You can reduce your risk of many health problems by taking care of the basics, like preventive tests and exams and paying attention to your eye health, which might hint at bigger health issues.

Concentrate on these areas to get and keep yourself on track.

 

Get serious about prevention

Take steps to keep yourself healthy through small changes to your habits to reduce your risks.

Smoking, inactivity, poor diet, and too much alcohol account for nearly half or all deaths. Remember the numbers 5-2-1-0:

• 5 fruits and veggies each day

• 2 hours of screen time, or less

• 1 hour of physical activity a day (aim for at least for 30 minutes)

• 0 cigarettes or other tobacco products and sweetened drinks

Get the backstory. Knowledge is power. Ask about your family’s medical history, including illnesses, chronic conditions, and premature deaths, and read up on common conditions you might face.

Hit the gym, or the sidewalk. Play basketball instead of watching it on TV. No time for the gym? Take the dog for a brisk walk. Learn about the health benefits you get from boosting your fitness. Aim for half an hour to an hour of physical activity each day.

Do a gut check. If you’re overweight, a little weight loss can make a big difference. Visit our healthy weight center to explore options that really work. Don’t know your healthy weight? Use our body mass index (BMI) calculator.

 

Stay cool under pressure

Sometimes, the biggest threats to your health aren’t too much soda and too little exercise. It’s mental and emotional issues that you dodge.

Not dealing with stress from work, family, relationships, or finances can cause or worsen physical conditions. Get some healthy strategies for coping with life’s ups and downs.

Ready, set, relax. HealthMedia® Relax gives you personalized strategies for beating stress.

Get some Zs. Getting 7 or more hours of sleep every night can boost your energy and focus. Trouble sleeping? See link below for more information on Overcoming Insomnia.

Open up. If you’re depressed, angry, or anxious, talk to your doctor or someone you trust.

 

Build better habits

Breathe easier. Smoking doesn’t just increase your risk of lung cancer and heart disease. It can cause erectile dysfunction, too. Find out how to quit smoking.

Drink responsibly. Limit your drinking to two drinks a day. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or a one-and-a-half ounce shot of hard liquor. If drinking is causing problems for you or others, find mental health services near you.

 

Protect yourself – at all times

You know to practice safer sex to avoid HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, but protection isn’t just for the bedroom. Reduce other risks to your health by:

• wearing a helmet on a bike, motorcycle, or skateboard.

• buckling up every time you drive, and keeping your cool behind the wheel. Aggressive driving may be a factor in 50% of car crashes.

• focusing on the road. Turn off your cell phone and keep it out of reach when driving.

• protecting your skin. Wear a hat and sunscreen and stay away from tanning beds.

• protecting yourself from exercise injuries. If you are new to exercise, start with walking or another low-impact activity and try for 15 minutes a day for three days a week and then increase a bit each week.

• getting a flu shot and washing your hands during cold and flu season.

Information provided by Kaiser Permanente – bit.ly/kaisergethealthy

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