For many people, December 15 is the deadline to choose a health plan that starts January 1. When you’re considering your options, the first thing to look at is how much coverage each plan offers and how much it will cost.
But when you’re comparing two or more health plans that seem similar in terms of benefits and costs, another factor to consider is what kind of support they offer.
As an Independence Blue Cross (Independence) member, you have access to many valuable support services that make your life a little easier, at no additional cost to you. Here are some examples.
Personalized Health Support
Registered Nurse Health Coaches are available 24/7 to answer your health questions. Among other things, they can provide an extra layer of support to people who have serious chronic health conditions, or during and after pregnancy.
Mental Health Resources
Sometimes we may need support to improve our emotional or behavioral health. Talking to the right therapist can make a huge difference. But finding that person when you need them isn’t always easy or fast.
Quartet* helps Independence members locate an in-network mental health care provider who fits their needs. You can also talk to your primary care doctor for help finding mental health providers and resources.
Losing weight isn’t always as simple as just deciding to follow a diet. But as an Independence member, you have access to Wondr Health† — a digital behavioral counseling program that can help you manage your weight, reduce your diabetes risk, and reverse metabolic syndrome.
Independence members can use the Ovia Health‡ suite of apps to get daily personalized support with women’s health issues, family building, pregnancy, parental well-being, and children’s health. Because parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual.
24/7 Benefits Information and Member Tools
At home or on the go, Independence members always have access to their benefits information and member tools at ibx.com or by using the free IBX mobile app. These resources make it easy to:
- View, print, or send member ID cards
- Access plan information like claims, spending, and benefits
- Find a nearby in-network doctor or hospital
- Estimate costs for care
- Price a prescription medication
In-Person Benefits Assistance
Independence Customer Service representatives are ready to help you with any questions about your health plan, such as your benefits or your claims. Just call the number on the back of your member ID card or ask to see a representative at Independence LIVE, 1919 Market St., 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
The Local Advantage
Independence has served the Philadelphia five-county area for more than 80 years. We’re working to understand the challenges that many people in this area experience in accessing health care. And we’re providing tools and resources that we hope will make it easier.
We care for our members like they’re our friends and neighbors…because they are. That’s why supporting them is so important to us.
Remember, December 15 is your last chance to sign up for 2023 health insurance coverage. Visit ibx.com today to enroll!
This article is part of a series jointly published by Al Día News and Independence Blue Cross. Look for these other articles:
*Quartet is an independent company.
†Wondr Health is an independent company.
‡Ovia Health is an independent company.