State of Texas employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare soon will have a new health plan option: Consumer Directed HealthSelect. UnitedHealthcare will administer the high-deductible health plan. Optum Bank, a subsidiary of United HealthCare Services, Inc., will administer the health savings account (HSA) program. More information will be coming as we get closer to Summer Enrollment.Learn more about Consumer Directed HealthSelect
Your eyes are your windows to the world. Learn how to protect them:
Remember, an annual routine eye exam is included in your HealthSelect benefit plan.Learn more about your HealthSelect vision benefits and opportunities for discounts on frames and lenses
The no-cost Wellness Coaching Program gives you the support you need to create your own action plan for better health. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, start exercising or reduce stress, your personal wellness coach will help motivate you to set realistic goals and stay on track. Some of the many benefits include:
HealthSelectSM of Texas members and covered dependents can now get the care they need for some urgent conditions without having to leave the home or the office.
“Virtual visits” offer convenient, high-quality care when a patient’s primary care physician is not available, when a patient becomes ill while traveling, or as an alternative to the emergency room or urgent care clinic for non-emergency health problems.
Patients can consult real-time with a licensed physician from a computer, tablet, or smart phone using secure online audio and video technology. Virtual visit providers diagnose and treat a wide range of non-emergency medical conditions, such as sinus problems, sore throat, pink eye and bronchitis. Virtual visits are not recommended for conditions that need an exam or test, complex or chronic conditions, or sprains, broken bones and other injuries that need bandaging.
Virtual Visit Member Health Cost
30% coinsurance after $200 deductible
Most visits take about 10-15 minutes and the service is available 24-hours a day, including weekends. A referral is not required, but the patient must use a network virtual visit provider.
After locating and registering with a network provider and requesting a visit, patients pay their portion of the cost with a credit or debit card (including a health savings account debit card).
A doctor is generally available within 30 minutes or less of the request. The patient may also schedule an appointment. During the visit, the patient talks to a doctor about specific health concerns, symptoms and treatment options. If a prescription is needed, the doctor can write an electronic prescription for pick-up at the patient’s local pharmacy. (Please note: Prescription services are currently available in Texas, but not in all states.)
To locate a network virtual visit provider or for more information, log in to your HealthSelect of Texas account at www.myuhc.com/hs and click on the Virtual Visits link in the column on the right.Learn more at www.myuhc.com/hs
February is National Heart Health Month. Most people know that exercise is important for heart health. However, not everyone knows just how much exercise is enough. Is it 15 minutes a day? 30 minutes? 1 hour?
The recommendation is that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. At a minimum, aim for at least 10 minutes at a time. After that, it’s your choice. You could do 30 minutes a day, five days a week – or two 15-minute sessions a day, five days a week; or three 10-minute sessions a day for five days.
You can get a moderate-intensity aerobic workout from many activities, such as biking, brisk walking, or dancing. What's most important is that you simply get moving! Always check with your doctor first before you start a new exercise program.Learn more about heart health
The Health4Me™ app is your go-to health care resource. It lets you easily access your health care information from your mobile device and gives you tools to help with the following:
If you had medical coverage through ERS in 2015, you’ll get Form 1095-B in the mail by January 31, 2016. Learn about this important form you’ll report on your 2015 tax filing.