Call to Health encourages members to take control of their well-being, including getting recommended preventive care.
Spring 2020 has been a challenging and unsettling time. Yet despite social distancing and stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our members have continued to embrace the Call to Health.* Participation in all areas, from registration to completion, is ahead of this time last year, and more than 400 new members have signed up to answer the call in 2020.
This is good news during the best of times but it’s especially important now. With its focus on practicing self-care in all areas — spiritual, health, financial, and vocational — Call to Health can help participants build the resilience needed to cope with the fear, stress, and loneliness they may be feeling during these challenging times.
As we look forward to resuming more of our normal activities, self-care remains central to our well-being. A key component of self-care is getting regular preventive care, and having a preventive exam is a required Call to Health challenge. Over the past 12 weeks, however, many people have had to postpone their preventive exams due to local restrictions on nonessential services, while others simply weren’t comfortable going to their doctor’s office.
With states reopening and preventive services becoming more readily available, remind employees to schedule their preventive checkups. Those who aren’t yet comfortable with having an in-person visit can contact their primary care doctor’s office to see if virtual visits are available. More providers than ever before are offering this option to reduce the potential for spread of infection. The Medical Plan covers virtual doctor’s office visits the same as in-person visits.
Also, remind employees that they can qualify for reduced medical deductibles in 2021 by completing Call to Health Level 1, giving them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their medical benefits will kick in sooner when they need them.
And when completing certain levels, employees and their covered spouses will receive Tango e-gift cards that can be redeemed for gift cards from vendors that focus on healthy living, such as HelloFresh, Whole Foods, and more.
*Call to Health is available to employees and their spouses with medical coverage through the Board of Pensions; it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.