Unity Members
BadgerCare Plus Health Insurance Program

Welcome!

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.

+ HealthCheck

Get in and Win

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.

Your Child's HealthCheck Schedule
Visit to a Doctor

Ages at Which Child Should
Visit Doctor During First Year
Ages at Which Child Should
Visit Doctor After First Year
 Within One Week of Delivery  15 Months
1 Month  18 Months
2 Months  24 Months
4 Months  30 Months
6 Months 3 Years
9 Months  Every Year After Age 3
 12 Months

HealthCheck is for your child / children under age 21 and it is –

  • A physical exam that is necessary
  • Done by your child's doctor
  • A way of making sure your child is growing properly
  • A way of making sure that all shots / immunizations are up-to-date
  • An exam that includes vision and hearing testing
  • Important – A blood lead test is needed at age 1 and by the time your child is​ 2 years old. You can request the test be done at your doctor’s office or at the Wisconsin Infant and Children (WIC) office in the following counties: Jefferson, Sauk, Columbia, Green, Juneau, Rock, Fond-du-Lac and Dodge.
    This service is not available at the WIC office in Dane County.​
+ Lead Testing

Why Does My Child Need Lead Testing?

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's Blood Lead Tests – Two by 2 Years of Age

  • First Test: At age 1
  • Second Test: At age 2

*Your child will be entered in both the GET IN drawing and the Lead Test drawing.

+ Immunizations

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?

  • Vaccines protect us from dangerous diseases
  • They help keep others from getting diseases
  • Children need them to get into school or day care
  • Adults may need them for jobs or for travel to another country

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.

You can find your own immunization record online.

What vaccines should adults get?

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 –

  • Flu
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles (Zoster)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis​

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 preventivehealth@unityhealth.com.​

+ High Blood Pressure

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.

High Blood PressureA healthy lifestyle includes –

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol use
+ Using the Emergency Room

When to go to an Urgent Care Clinic or Emergency Room

Urgent Care

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 –

  • Sprains and strains
  • Rashes
  • Pink eye or other minor eye problems
  • Bladder infections
  • Minor cuts or burns
  • Ear infections
  • Small animal or bug bites
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats

Emergency Care

Emergency Care is for serious or life-threatening problems like –

  • Broken bones
  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe burns
  • Severe bleeding or head injury
  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden and severe head pain
  • Drug overdose
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Extreme pain, especially if the cause is unknown​
+ Diabetes

Live Healthy with Diabetes

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 –

  • If your insulin or other diabetes medications are working
  • How the foods you eat and exercise affect your blood sugars

You should aim for –

 Time Blood Sugar Goals
 Before meals  80 to 130 mg / dL
 One to two hours after a meal
 Less than 180 mg / dL
 A1C  Less than 7%

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted from the American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes-2017. Diabetes Care. 2017;40 (suppl1)

Your doctor, nurse or diabetes educator can help. They will help you set your blood sugar goals and blood sugar testing schedule.

 

Get your gift from Unity!

Unity offers a $25 incentive to members with diabetes who have all of the following in the same calendar year –

  • Two-A1C blood tests
  • One-urine protein test (microalbumin)
  • One-dilated eye exam

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 –

  • Blood Pressure – Goal is less than 140 / 90
  • Feet – Your doctor or nurse will check for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters and nerve damage.
    It is important for you to check your feet daily.​
+ Tobacco

Tobacco and You

You might already know –

  • Tobacco use is a major cause of disease and early death.
  • Tobacco harms nearly every organ of your body.
  • Using tobacco hurts your general health.
  • Tobacco products are expensive.
  • Smoking is bad for the health of people around you.
  • Quitting smoking or other tobacco products is tough.

The benefits of quitting tobacco start right away.

How about taking steps to be healthier?

  • Talk to your doctor about quitting tobacco
  • Your Unity Outreach Specialist can help you with resources
  • Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line 800-QUIT-NOW 800.784.8669

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.

+ Pregnancy and Childbirth

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.  

What is 9 Months & MoreSM?

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.

How the Program Works

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 MyChartMyChart link 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.

How to earn a 9 Months & More Gift

  • Enroll before the end of your 20th week of pregnancy
  • Go to all of your clinic visits before and after the birth. Track them on the 9 Months & More “Recommended Schedule of Appointments” CardMyChart link
  • Talk with a BadgerCare Plus Outreach Specialist each trimester 
  • Go to your postpartum checkup 21-56 days after your baby is born
  • Notify us if you change where you receive your prenatal care
  • Have active Unity insurance throughout the program and at the time of your postpartum checkup. If your insurance coverage changes, your gift options may change
+ Depression, Mental Health Hospitalization, Substance Dependence / Addiction

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 –

  • Depression: If your provider recommends medicine, it might take several weeks to get full benefit. Work with your provider to find the right medicine and dose for you, and continue to take your medicine for at least six months 
  • Follow up after mental health hospitalization: If you are hospitalized for mental illness, see a mental health provider for follow up care as recommended within 30 days of discharge from the hospital 
  • Alcohol and other drug dependence/addiction:  Follow your provider's recommendations or seek help when you have questions or concerns

Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Drug and Alcohol) Services

Mental health and substance abuse (Methadone, other drugs and alcohol) services are available to all members.

Where you get these services depends on –

  • the location of your doctor
  • if you have dependent children living with you
Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) About You Clinic to Call 
Your PCP is located inside Dane County but NOT in Cambridge or Mazomanie You HAVE dependent children living with you OR you are younger than 19 years old  Journey Mental Health
608.280.2720
Your PCP is located inside Dane County but NOT in Cambridge or Mazomanie You DO NOT HAVE dependent children living with you AND you are 19 years old or older  UW Health-Behavioral Health Care Management
800.683.2300

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 –

  • 608.280.2600 (24-hour Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Phone Line) Journey Mental Health
  • 800.273.TALK
  • 800.SUICIDE
  • 911

 

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.