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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.

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.

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.

Resources to Help Small Businesses Comply with Seattle’s New Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Another ordinance is on the horizon that could affect small businesses based in Seattle. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, businesses with more than 20 employees will be required under the city’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses.

For Seattle employers not already providing a commuter benefit that meets this new criteria, Business Health Trust has resources available to help its members.

Through its partnership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, companies enrolled in Business Health Trust have access to discounts through Chamber partners including Commute Seattle, which can work with you to develop a cost-effective commute program that satisfies regulatory requirements.

More than just a benefits solution, Business Health Trust advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. We are vigilant about staying on top of changes in the small business health insurance market and advocating for changes that benefit small businesses — nationally, and at the state and local level.

For more information on the Commuter Benefits Ordinance, click the following links:

For more information about the discounts available through Seattle Chamber membership, check out the Member Savings Toolkit or email membership@seattlechamber.com.

For more information or to be connected with Business Health Trust’s resources at Archbright or Commute Seattle, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Event: Diversity & Inclusivity Lunch & Learn

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber at its May Lunch & Learn on Inclusivity and Diversity in the Workplace. With an attendance size of 25-45 people, this lunch offers a great personal and social experience. Cost includes lunch.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: West of the Waterway
  • Address: 1901 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Members: $25
  • Non-Member: $30
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan, Events Planner, at 253.683.4881

This month’s speaker is Nic Townsend-Falck, who joined the Doty Group in 2016 after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Business Administration. He founded a non-profit that mentors up-and-coming artists and currently serves as the Director of Community Leadership Workshops for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. Nic is an active member with the Ambassador Club of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. During this workshop, Nic will focus on:

  • Developing a working vocabulary of preferable language surrounding marginalized identities
  • Identify resources to better understand state and federal policies and laws designed to protect people with marginalized identities
  • Encourage an appreciation for diversity among coworkers and learn about efforts to create more inclusive workplaces
  • Recognize personal implicit/unintentional biases and the impact they could have in the workplace

Nic will reinforce all of these learnings with an activity titled, “Trusted Ten,” an exercise that will get us to think about our workplace and the diverse groups of people one works with.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

Business Health Trust Introduces Access to Behavioral Telehealth Provider Talkspace

Business Health Trust is taking its virtual care offerings one step further with the addition of Talkspace, a new in-network behavioral telehealth provider for members enrolled in Premera Blue Cross.

This valuable new service, which provides access to professional therapy without the travel or waiting room, launches today with the start of Mental Health Month.

To gain access, Business Health Trust members should register via Premera’s Talkspace page, choose a therapist, then text to set up their first video session.

With more than a million users, Talkspace offers:

  • A comprehensive behavioral health solution including outpatient therapy and psychiatry
  • National network of approximately 4,000 behavioral health providers across all 50 states
  • Live video appointments with in-app scheduling
  • Personalized provider match with a dedicated therapist relationship
  • Text messaging with providers – anytime, anywhere
  • Offered as a core provider in the Premera Blue Cross network with standard network rates
  • Stands out for customer experience
  • Clinically proven outcomes

For more information, go to the Talkspace FAQ page.