Making Informed Decisions

Ready, Set, Goals: Three Simple Steps to Better Oral Health in 2019

This is where your oral health routine comes in!

It’s easy to forget how connected our oral health is to our bodies, but don’t be fooled. Poor oral habits can lead to diseases like endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. If you’re pregnant, it’s even more important to keep up with your dental care as conditions like periodontitis has been linked to unwanted birth defects like premature birth and low birth weight.

So, what is the easiest way to avoid these dental-induced health dilemmas? Set healthy oral health goals for 2019, and commit to sticking with them.

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Goal #1 – Commit To Going To The Dentist

Many people, even those with dental coverage, do not take advantage of this benefit. Think about going to the dentist the same way you would your yearly flu shot vaccine. Preventative care can only help if you decide to use it, so do your best to take advantage. Want to be reminded when it’s time for your yearly cleanings? Make sure to register your free MySmile account and we’ll handle the rest.

Goal #2 – Kick a Bad Habit

In general, habits require about 30 days of practice before they become second nature to you. In the spirit of breaking bad habits, the start of a new year is the perfect time to put a sunset date on that smoking habit that may be yellowing your teeth, or practice relaxation techniques to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night or when stressed.

Goal #3 – Challenge Yourself To Floss Daily

Add regular flossing to your hygiene routine and you can have a tremendous and positive impact on your oral health. Because our teeth develop with five unique surfaces, brushing alone isn’t enough to remove bacteria and plaque buildup. Even with an electric toothbrush, nothing is quite as effective as taking the time to floss. If you find that you’re having trouble keeping yourself accountable, try to make flossing fun by challenging a friend or a partner to a flossing challenge for 2019.

Do you have health goals for the new year?

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* Delta Dental of Washington, 2018

 

 

 

Choosing the right plan for you

You have choices when selecting a health plan during open enrollment. That’s a good thing, but it does mean you need to take action to find the right options for you and your family.

Try these 3 strategies to make sure you get the right coverage for you:

  • Call your favorite family doctors. Do they work with the plan you are considering? If not, are you willing to choose a new doctor?
  • Compare the different types of plans. One way to help you compare them is to look for a summary of benefits, which highlight plan differences.
  • Consider prescription coverage. Are your regular medications covered? Can you save on generic versions or by receiving prescriptions by mail?

 Tip: Sleep on it. If possible, allow yourself at least one night to mull over your choices. That way, you’ll be more confident you made the right call.

Premera Blue Cross

BHT Partners with Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) has entered into a partnership with Business Health Trust to offer comprehensive, affordable employee benefits to small and mid-sized businesses and non-profits in the state. The Business Health Trust (BHT) program is available to companies with two employees or more. This program can help organizations create a benefits program that attracts talent and keeps your employees healthy and productive – at a budget you can afford.

The BHT program is one of many pivotal partnerships and programs offered through EASC to help support companies of all sizes in Snohomish County to grow and flourish.

Health and Wellness Benefits through Business Health Trust

BHT’s comprehensive offerings give employers a choice of over 20 affordable medical plans from some of the largest and most respected carriers in the state, as well as a wide range of additional employee benefits. BHT members also receive free access to HR resources through an online Archbright membership with the ability to access other services.

Your choices include:

  • Medical (5-199 enrolled employees): Premera Blue Cross
  • Medical (up to 50 employees): Kaiser Permanente
  • Dental: Delta Dental of Washington
  • Vision: VSP Vision Care Inc.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Wellspring EAP
  • Life/AD&D/Voluntary Life/Disability: LifeMap
  • Voluntary Personal Accident: AIG

Business Health Trust makes it easy for companies of any size to offer robust benefits packages to employees, including comprehensive plan administration, consolidated billing, online payment and access to benefits from their phone, PC or tablet for easy enrollment throughout the year.

Business Health Trust is a valued resource for small employers in Washington State providing the information and tools they need to design and manage a competitive employee benefits program, help their employees make good use of medical and wellness benefits and keep up-to-date on policy issues that affect small businesses in the state.

In line with the advocacy efforts of EASC, Business Health Trust also advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. Business Health Trust was founded so small businesses and non-profits could offer their employees the health benefits they need to stay competitive, providing health insurance for groups whom might not otherwise be able to afford coverage.

For more information

To request a Business Health Trust quote, please contact your insurance producer or broker. If you do not have a broker, contact BHT at (206) 602-3558 or info@businesshealthtrust.com.

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is the countywide economic development organization and chamber of commerce in Snohomish County. EASC brings together private-public partners to create a unified voice for Snohomish County. EASC is committed to growing and nurturing a vital regional economy that is globally competitive. This is achieved by expanding partnerships, developing key resources and building the infrastructure systems creating local and regional employment centers. For more information about EASC, visit www.economicalliancesc.org.

5 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Suggests a Treatment

When your doctor suggests a treatment, it’s important for you to be an active participant in the final decision. After all, it’s your health. Here are some questions to ask to help you make the decision that is best for you.

1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
Ask your doctor to tell you if you really need the treatment, test or procedure and how it will make a difference.

2. What are the downsides?
Your doctor should clearly outline the risks of the treatment, test or procedure, so you can balance them with the potential benefits.

3. Are there simpler, safer options?
You should know all your choices to determine the right one for you.

4. What happens if I do nothing?
Sometimes, doing nothing can be an option to consider seriously.

5. How much does it cost?
Consider your out-of-pocket costs. A simpler treatment may cost less money and be just as effective.

Keep this handy guide in your wallet: Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

You can also use the Community Checkup website to see how medical groups and clinics rank in potentially avoidable care.

To learn more visit Own Your Health.

Becoming a Savvy Health Care Shopper

There is enormous variation when it comes to the quality of health care. Not all care is equally good. Check out this helpful infographic from Own Your Health to learn more about how to choose quality care.

Quality is one aspect of high quality care – along with patient experience and cost. See this video about how to make sure you are getting the quality, patient experience and cost you deserve when it comes to your healthcare.