Thank you for being a Unity Health Insurance BadgerCare Plus member. Unity is a BadgerCare Plus HMO. We have a contract with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
As a member of Unity, you have the Unity BadgerCare Plus Network. You should only use the doctors and hospitals in this network. To find a doctor or clinic, go to Find A Doctor. Or, you can call Customer Service at 800.362.3310.
Unity wants you and your family to have a healthy future! Your child(ren) have a chance to WIN a $25 Walmart gift
card. Each time they GET IN for a HealthCheck exam and blood lead test, their name will be entered in a monthly drawing to win a $25 Walmart gift card. We draw eight names each month. Winners will receive their Walmart gift card in the mail!
Please call your doctor’s office today and make an appointment. If you don’t know who your doctor is, please call Customer Service at 800.362.3310. Look at the schedule for when your child needs a physical / HealthCheck and blood lead test.
Being exposed to lead is harmful to a child’s health. It can cause lead poisoning which is very serious. Lead can be found in drinking water, chips of old paint and soil. It is also found in a lot of imported objects like candy, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, pottery and ceramics. Home repairs, like sanding or scraping paint or remodeling can make dangerous lead dust and activities like using an indoor range can also expose children and adults to lead. Since lead is invisible and doesn’t smell, it is hard to know if your child has been exposed.
Lead poisoning is preventable. Side effects can be lowered by stopping children from coming into contact with lead. If they have been exposed, it can be treated. Your child’s doctor should perform a lead test during your child’s 1- and 2-year HealthCheck exam appointments. After your child receives a lead test he / she will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $10 Walmart gift card*.
*Your child will be entered in both the GET IN drawing and the Lead Test drawing.
Immunizations save lives. They are the best way to help protect you and your child from certain diseases. Most are given as shots. They are sometimes called vaccines or vaccinations.
Why should we get vaccinated?
Getting vaccinated costs less than getting treated for the disease. The risk of getting a disease is much greater than the risk of having a bad reaction to the vaccine.
Vaccines need to be started soon after birth. They are given at certain ages. Some vaccines need extra doses, called booster shots, given later. Children, teens and adults need vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider about when to get recommended vaccines.
It is important to keep up-to-date vaccine records. Your healthcare provider keeps official immunization records. Keeping personal records also is important. This should include a list of any reactions to the vaccines. You may need to show proof of vaccinations to enroll your child in school or daycare. Your child may also need the record later in life for college, a job or travel.
You can use an immunization tracker like this – http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/records-requirements.html.
The vaccines you need as an adult depend on many things. For example – your age, lifestyle, overall health, pregnancy and travel plans.
They also depend on who you are in close contact with. Also, what vaccines you had as a child can make a difference. Talk to your doctor or nurse about which vaccines you need.
Common adult vaccines include –
To find more information about certain vaccines, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines and select Vaccines & Preventable Diseases. If you have more questions, contact Unity Health Insurance. Call the Immunization Program Coordinator at 608.821.4894, toll-free at 866.884.4601, Ext. 54894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. But you can take steps to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Blood pressure is written as two numbers. The first (systolic) number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The second (diastolic) number represents the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats.
The good news is that you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure. If you already have high blood pressure, you can control it. You can take blood pressure medicine and live a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle includes –
Urgent Care is medical care that you need quickly for a problem that is not life-threatening. First, call your Primary Care clinic. They can help decide how serious your problem is and how soon you need medical care. You might need to use an urgent care clinic at certain times. For example, when your doctor or nurse isn’t available, such as after hours or holidays. Also, if you have the following symptoms –
Emergency Care is for serious or life-threatening problems like –
If you have diabetes, you can still live a healthy life if you take care of yourself. When you keep your blood sugars near normal, you will not only feel better but you will also lower your risk of having more health problems. Testing blood sugars every day is one way to do this. Checking every day will tell you –
Adapted from the American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes-2017. Diabetes Care. 2017;40 (suppl1)
Unity offers a $25 incentive to members with diabetes who have all of the following in the same calendar year –
Schedule your labs and screenings now!
See your doctor or nurse at least one time a year. At every visit, be sure your doctor or nurse checks your –
You might already know –
The benefits of quitting tobacco start right away.
How about taking steps to be healthier?
And there’s more …You could win a $10 Walmart gift card!
Each month, two Unity members who participate in tobacco cessation counseling win a $10 Walmart gift card.
Prenatal care is the care you get while you are pregnant. Early and frequent care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Every checkup helps give your baby a head start on a healthy life.
A checkup between 21 and 56 days after your baby is born is important, too. That checkup gives you care and information you need after your baby arrives.
If you know you are pregnant, or think you might be, call your provider to schedule an appointment.
Unity’s 9 Months & More program helps mothers-to-be and new moms. The program helps new moms until the baby is two months old. This program is for all Unity members who are currently pregnant.
After your doctor or nurse confirms your pregnancy, ask for an application to be enrolled in the 9 Months & More program. Or, you can login to MyChart to download an Application Form. You need to fill out and send in your application form before you finish the 20th week of pregnancy. Then you can get all of the gifts from the program.
A Unity BadgerCarePlus Outreach Specialist will contact you within two weeks after you send in the Form. The Outreach Specialist will help you finish the enrollment process. Your Outreach Specialist will continue to help you during the whole program.
To receive a gift, you must fulfill all of the 9 Months & More requirements.
Mental health affects how we think, feel and act. If you experience mental health or behavioral health problems, finding the right type of treatment is important. For example, follow up with your provider about treatment recommendations for –
Mental health and substance abuse (Methadone, other drugs and alcohol) services are available to all members.
Where you get these services depends on –
If your PCP is located outside of Dane County or in Cambridge or Mazomanie, call UW Health-Behavioral Health Care Management 800.683.2300.
If you need immediate help, you can call –
This Member Kit is for members who have insurance through BadgerCare Plus.
If you have insurance through an employer group, the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program or have purchased an Individual and Family Plan, please select the correct member kit for information about your plan.
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