CMS wants you to Live Your BEST Life!
CMS cares about you and your health. That's why it's important that you Live Your Best Life today and everyday.
CMS and its partners offer many wellness programs, apps and opportunities for you and your dependents to take advantage of free of charge. Many are highlighted in our latest news section below.
Additionally, the State offers many valuable wellness programs to help keep our members healthy and help our members get healthier. The goal is for all State members to lead better, more satisfying lives. This
Wellness Chart lists many of the wellness benefits currently available to members through their health plans, most free of charge.
Stepping Up Our Wellness Program
The State is upgrading its current wellness program to provide even more assistance to you. The focus will be on improving lifestyle choices, including eating healthier, being more physically active, ending tobacco use, managing stress more effectively, and getting more sleep. The goal is to help you avoid chronic health problems (or help stabilize/improve them, if applicable), such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
What You Can Do Now
Even before Wellness Program improvements start, you can take steps to be healthier and live better:
Get a checkup. It is vitally important to have a preventive health exam each year, including (as applicable based on your age and gender) a Pap smear, prostate exam, mammogram, colonoscopy, cancer screening and immunizations. Your health plan covers many preventive services at no cost to you, as required under Federal Health Care Reform laws.
Take advantage of your medical plan's resources. Many State-offered medical plans have valuable wellness resources such as health information libraries, online health coaching, dedicated nurse phone lines and wellness publications. Visit your plan's website to find out what's available to you.
Know your numbers, know your risks. A smart step to getting healthier and staying that way, is to;
- Know your numbers: Get biometric screenings from your doctor. These are simple and quick tests that measure your blood pressure, pulse rate, blood glucose (sugar), total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), height and weight. You can get them when you go for an annual physical.
- Take a Health Risk Assessment (HRA): Complete a private, confidential HRA on your medical plan's website. It asks basic health-related questions like, "Did you get a flu shot?" and "Do you wear a seat belt?" There are no right or wrong answers. The information you provide, and HRA results, is not shared with the State. You'll get instant results after you complete an HRA, including a personal action plan. (Using your biometric screening information will give you the most accurate results.) Share your results and action plan with your doctor. Discuss with him/her ways you can maintain good health or improve your health.
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July is Men's Health Month:
From Health Alliance:
The State of Illinois celebrates wellness year-round. This month the State is focusing on men's health, so the Health Alliance™ podcast Allied and Well addresses that in-depth as well. Our guest is Dr. Charles C. Liang, who currently works in the transitional care clinic at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Please find attached the audio file titled "Allied and Well, July podcast." This episode will be made available July 1 on https://www.healthalliance.org/state-of-illinois/podcast.
Allied and Well, July podcast.mp3
JULY BLOG Please find attached the PDF file titled "July blog article'- https://blog.healthalliance.org/JULY RECIPES: To go along with the State's monthly theme, Health Alliance™ films a live cooking demonstration to show our members how to prepare simple, healthy and tasty meals. This will post on Facebook.com/HealthAlliance when we record it live in July.
Below are the "July recipes" of the dishes that we'll be cooking for this month's theme.
Furthermore, as a direct response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting stay-at-home orders, Health Alliance has increased our virtual wellness offerings to reach our members in the comfort and safety of their homes. We have produced an on-going series of new wellness videos, including fitness and meal-planning films and additional healthy cooking demonstrations. These can all be found on Facebook.com/HealthAlliance.
As always, Health Alliance invites our members in general to visit HealthAlliance.org/Wellness for more wellness tools, tips and resources.
MEN's HEALTH: Studies show men are less likely to seek medical care. Some avoid care because they feel fine. Others are nervous about an exam or what it might reveal. Some men even see medical care as a sign of weakness. But staying healthy is a sign of strength. It's important to keep your whole health in check. Men's health matters. Learn more about Strength in health in the attached (below) member flyers available in both English and Spanish.
Men's health member flyer.pdf
Men’s health member flyer (Spanish).pdf
SKIN CANCER: There's nothing better than enjoying time outdoors. But fun in the sun can come with some health risks — and that means more than a bad burn. Take a few moments to learn how you can spot issues like skin cancer and how you can protect your skin from the sun. Let the Sun shine. Learn more about understanding skin cancer and sun safety in the attached (below) member flyers available in both English and Spanish.
Skin cancer member flyer.pdf
Skin cancer member flyer (Spanish).pdf
Quick Men's Health Guide (article): https://www.healthlink.com/soi/wellness
5 Moves to Prevent Back Pain (video): https://www.healthlink.com/member/hltv?v=16
July eHouseCall: https://www.healthlink.com/documents/ehousecall_soi.pdf?hdnav=false
Rev Up Your Engines (fact sheet): https://www.healthlink.com/documents/mens_health.pdf
Employee Assistance and Support Programs:
To support the emotional health and well-being of our employees during this stressful time, both the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Personal Support Program (PSP) have expanded their operations. All services are free and confidential.
The State of Illinois offers the EAP through Magellan Health for all non-AFSCME31 employees. Learn more about the services and resources available at https://magellanascend.com/. The State of Illinois and Magellan are also extending telephonic EAP support to employees that are not benefit eligible, such as part-time and contract employees. Employees can contact Magellan Healthcare 24/7 at (866) 659-3848 for a free, confidential consultation with a Magellan EAP clinician.
- Personal Support Program (PSP) for AFSCME31 Employees
The PSP is a unique, union-based employee assistance program designed specifically for AFSCME31 employees and their families. The PSP offers services statewide through a network of licensed professionals who are specially trained to provide confidential assistance on a wide variety of concerns and problems. To receive help, AFSCME31 employees can visit www.afscme31.org or call (800) 647-8776 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
Recently recorded WEBINAR:
Topic: Create a Positive Outlook (ECPO)
Presenter: Art Maines
participant handouts for the actual trainingJune232020ECPO_w_handout.pdfJune232020StateOfIL-EAP-OF.pdf
Here is the link for the previously recorded webinar, Create a Positive Outlook which aired 06/23/2020.
The State of Illinois celebrates wellness year-round. This month the State is focusing on women's health, so the Health Alliance™ podcast Allied and Well addresses that in-depth as well. Our guest is Dr. Carla Rafferty, an expert in women's health and family medicine for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
The Health Alliance™ blog is a trusted source of wellness information for our members – and for people throughout the state of Illinois. Among our regular articles, we feature a monthly piece dedicated to the State's current wellness focus.
To go along with the State's monthly theme, Health Alliance™ films a live cooking demonstration to show our members how to prepare simple, healthy and tasty meals.
Please find below the "June recipe." This is the dish that we'll be cooking for this month's theme.
Women’s Health – Wellness Tips at Every Age
Taking care of your health should be at the top of your to-do list as a woman of any age. Whether you’re a young college student, a busy mother or a long-time retiree, there is nothing more important than keeping yourself healthy.
Wellness looks different in every stage of your life. The actions you take, tests you get and resources you use change during your lifetime. Read on to discover health tips for women of every age.*
Women in their 20s
• Get screened for cervical cancer. All women age 21 to 65 should get a Pap smear every three years. This test catches cervical cancer early, when it’s highly treatable.
• If you are sexually active, get a chlamydia screening once a year. Chlamydia can cause cancer, infertility and complications during future pregnancies.
• Pregnant? Or thinking about having children? Make use of our Care Coordination program. Our experts and specialists will help keep you and your baby healthy before, during and after birth. Call (800) 851-3379 ext 28947 or email Care.Coordination@healthalliance.org to find out more.
• Get your flu vaccine. If you’re a woman in your 30s, your life might revolve around your children. Parties, school visits, sporting events – you are often near young kids. Protect yourself and them by getting your flu vaccine every year.
• Protect yourself from the sun. You spend a lot of time outdoors in your 30s – family vacations at the beach, hikes with friends and watching your child’s ballgames. Remember that skin cancer is a risk for all women, not just those who tan.
• Get tested for diabetes. Once you turn 45, your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes increase substantially. The American Diabetes Association recommends everyone 45 and older get screened for diabetes every three years.
• Keep active. Many women in their 40s stop exercising as frequently. No matter how busy work and family make you, try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
• Get regular mammograms. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years starting at age 50.
• Talk to your doctor about menopause. Don’t be scared about this new stage in your life. Talk to your doctor about menopause and how it affects different aspects of your health.
• Get screened for osteoporosis. Your bone health is important. Once you’re 65, get a bone density test every other year.
• Consider a shingles vaccine. For unknown reasons, women develop this painful infection more often than men. Ask your doctor if getting vaccinated is right for you.
70s and beyond
• Exercise is as important as ever. However, it might become more difficult as you age. Talk to your doctor or one of our health coaches for tips on less-strenuous physical activity.
• Also exercise your brain. According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Keep your mind active. Learn a new skill or hobby.
Additional Resources and Information
Read this blog article for more health tips for women of all ages.
Click here for pregnancy resources, tools and tips.
View this one-minute video about women and heart disease, from our friends at Confluence Health.
Read five tips for lifelong breast health from our partners at Virginia Mason Health System.
To learn more about women’s health services available through our partner Riverside Healthcare, check out this episode of their podcast.
* Have questions about which tests and services your insurance plan covers? View your coverage details at YourHealthAlliance.org or with our Hally™ app. If you have any questions, call the number on the back of your ID card.
Updated June 9, 2020
(04/22/2020) The Loss of Normalcy: Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives in extraordinary ways, including the loss of routines, the stress of social distance, health and job concerns, and mandatory quarantines throughout the United States. To support your staff and their household members during this challenging time, we invite you to attend a live webinar on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on The Loss of Normalcy: Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19.
Attend this webinar, brought to you by Magellan Healthcare, to hear Dr. Varun Choudhary, Magellan Healthcare's Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Caroline Carney, Magellan Rx's Chief Medical Officer, share insights on why people are experiencing fear and grief, how to cope with different types of grief, and how to help yourself and others through this difficult time.
- Identify the different types of grief and loss
- Learn strategies for managing grief and supporting others
- Recognize when professional help may be needed
Space is limited to 3,000 spots – Register today!
Webinar participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can't make it to the live webinar, the recording will be posted on the Magellan COVID-19 resources page: www.magellanhealthcare.com/covid-19-2/covid-19/webinars/
Webinar Flyer - The Loss of Normalcy Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19
(04/09/2020) Documents and recording from April 03 "Budgeting, Relationships and Life Events" webinar are available.
Title: Budgeting, Relationships and Life Events
- Discuss how to create financial wellness
- Learn financial wellness growth opportunities
- List four crucial financial issues to discuss in relationships
- Describe life events that change financial plans and how to handle them
Format: URL for Viewing: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pcx9vxc6hq23/
View up to date information on how Illinois is handling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the Illinois Department of Public Health