Save Big Through Business Health Trust’s New Passport Corporate Program

Are you ready to save big as a member of Business Health Trust? To help employers offer even more valuable benefits to their employees, Business Health Trust has launched a new partnership with Passport Corporate.

Companies enrolled in any Business Health Trust product now can offer their employees complimentary access to savings at more than 2,500 vendors including pet insurance, travel, entertainment, shopping, local restaurants and more. Each membership offers you the opportunity to register up to four devices, so you can share the savings with your partners and dependents.

For employees enrolled in Business Health Trust, follow these two easy steps to start saving today:

  1. Visit https://passportcorporate.com and register your qualifying at-work email
  2. Download the “PASSPORT MOBILE” app on your smartphone

Watch this short video for tips on how to take advantage of the program, or download a flyer for more information on Passport Corporate through Business Health Trust.

Is Your Diet Damaging Your Smile?

Dieting is more convenient and popular than it’s ever been, with around 45 million Americans dieting each year.

But not every diet is a win-win situation for your body. In fact, some of the most mainstream diets — like the keto diet and intermittent fasting — can help slim your waste line, but they may also do harm to your oral health. For example, the keto diet is known to cause bad breath. The best way to know whether your diet is hurting your smile is to go see a dentist.

Ready to find a dentist near you? For Business Health Trust members enrolled in dental benefits through Delta Dental of Washington, you can use your MySmile Account!

In addition to helping you find a dentist, your MySmile account can also help you:

  • Track your benefits
  • Calculate treatment costs
  • Locate a dental specialist
  • Review treatment history

For more tips like this, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.

Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI

Is artificial intelligence coming for your job – or does this technology open up more creative pursuits for humans? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to hear from a panel of experts for a nuanced discussion on how AI is changing the way we live and work, potential applications for your industry, and how to address the risks inherent in this technology. Panelists will also share their insights on how the Seattle metropolitan region can stay at the forefront of this growing sector.

  • Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI
  • Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 8/15) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 8/15) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Panelists include:

  • Sridhar Chandrashekar, Co-Founder and CEO, Optio3
  • Ben Wilson, Director, IV Lab Intelligent, Devices Group, Intellectual Ventures

About the Executive Speaker Series: Our monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector. The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Disaster Preparedness: Critical Documents

An overwhelming amount of disaster preparedness information followed the earthquakes in our region. Most of the resources centered around how much food, water, and supplies to set aside, what to do before, during and after the disaster, and all the safety precautions necessary to survive.

One aspect of preparedness that can easily be overlooked, is the need to secure important documents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a simplified, yet comprehensive guide to help ensure that important documents are kept safe through a disaster, and is linked below.

Critical Documents Checklist.pdf

Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Premera Blue Cross have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Need care? Know where to go — and what it will cost

If you need care but your doctor isn’t available, you have options as a member of Business Health Trust. For those members enrolled in medical with Premera Blue Cross, keep in mind that some options are more expensive than others. The exact cost of your visit depends on your plan and the care you get.

24-Hour NurseLine (Free)

Call the 24-Hour NurseLine at 800-841-8343 — for free. The nurse can discuss your symptoms and help you find a doctor, urgent care clinic or hospital near you.

Virtual care with Teladoc® ($)

For conditions that are not life threatening, like cold and flu symptoms, allergies and ear infections, you can talk to a doctor by phone or video. Teladoc dermatologists are also available to address concerns with skin infections and rash.* Go to teladoc.com/premera or call 855-332-4059. You can get virtual care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays).

Urgent care ($$)

Urgent care clinics provide care for illnesses like ear infections, fever or flu symptoms, or sprains.** Clinics are often open outside of normal business hours and are less expensive than the emergency room.

Emergency room ($$$)

Emergency room visits cost the most and should be used for emergencies, such as severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, sudden numbness, loss of consciousness, or broken bones. *Most facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays).

Tip: Add these contacts in your mobile phone so care is always at your fingertips:

* Teladoc operates subject to state regulation and may not be available in certain states. Video consultations through Teladoc are available 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week. Teladoc is an independent company that arranges virtual medical care services on behalf of Premera Blue Cross.

**Source: 24-Hour NurseLine. These examples are not meant to be used as medical advice. Please call the 24-Hour NurseLine about your specific issue to get advice on where to go for care.

 

Tips to Snack Smart and More from our Healthy Living E-newsletter

How are you living well this summer? Check out our July e-newsletter, Healthy Living with Business Health Trust, for wellness tips to help you enjoy the outdoors, from smart snacks on the go to virtual care options and tips to protect your skin.

It’s easy to subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter chock full of tips to help you live life to the fullest!

Subscribe to Healthy Living with Business Health Trust

Young boy at dentist's office.

Understanding Oral Health Disparities

Although we live in one of the more health conscious states in the United States, at least 144,300 children are affected by tooth decay each year.

In Washington state, Hispanic and Alaskan native children have a 50 percent higher rate of tooth decay compared to white children. While the state is working hard to develop programs and policies to advance children’s health, the best way to eliminate oral health disparities is to ensure all children get their regular preventive care treatment.

Use MySmile to manage your child’s benefits

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in dental benefits through Delta Dental of Washington, your MySmile account can help you can find a dentist and more for your kids.

  • Monitor your Benefits
  • Endorse a Dentist
  • View Your Treatment History
  • Get Treatment Estimates

For more tips like this, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.

Woman standing on the beach.

4 Tips to Protect Your Skin

The sun can damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these 4 tips from Premera Blue Cross to protect your skin:

  1. Make sure you’re covered. Wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UV light.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Apply a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  3. Seek shade. Limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  4. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Their UV rays can be stronger than those from the sun.

Online resources

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical benefits through Premera Blue Cross, sign in at premera.com for additional health information, support and educational resources.

Tip: Call Premera’s free 24-Hour NurseLine to find out how to perform a monthly skin cancer self-exam. The phone number is on your Premera ID card.

Event: Seattle Chamber’s Business After Hours Board Summer Social

Wild about networking? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours Board Summer Social hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo! You can mix and mingle with other local business professionals as well as members of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, and maybe even meet an animal or two.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 6/20) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 6/20) for non-members
  • Additional Information: Check out the Chamber’s Summer Networking Pass and save! This is a 21 and over event.
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

For more information, including the list of attending board members, please see the event listing on the Seattle Chamber’s website. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust; learn more about Business Health Trust’s partner associations on the Who We Are page.

Safeguard Your Smile

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, your dental benefits are like a personal safety net for your mouth.

But unless you are taking advantage of things like preventive care cleanings, you might be putting your smile at risk.

The good news? For Business Health Trust members enrolled in dental coverage, everything you need to start using your dental benefits can be found online in your MySmile account. With your MySmile account, you’ll also be able to:

  • Monitor your benefits
  • Find a dentist near you
  • Get treatment estimates
  • Review your treatment history

For more tips like this, visit the oral health blog from Delta Dental of Washington.