Support in Sickness & in Health
By Scott Culver
The WEA Trust recognizes the importance of working with its health plan members no matter where you are on the health care spectrum.
As a member-based organization, we offer a broad range of programs, helping people stay healthy and providing support, care management, and assistance navigating the health care system to members with chronic or acute conditions.
A staggering 75% of the $1.9 trillion spent on health care in the United States is used for the treatment of chronic disease alone. Yet, chronic disease is largely preventable. So it's important to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and eliminate risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Risk management programs
Risk management for Trust members often starts with the health assessment, which helps identify risks before they become more serious - and costly - health conditions. Our assessment tool was developed by the University of Michigan's Health Management Research Center, which is an internationally recognized leader on the benefits of health risk management.
Based on the results of their health assessment, some members receive educational materials from the Trust or support from a health care specialist. Others are offered the opportunity to work with personal health advisers, who assess members' readiness for change, help them create plans to improve their health, and provide information, resources, and support to help them meet their wellness goals.
Trust risk management initiatives also include tobacco cessation, maternity education, flu vaccination programs, and self-care resources. In the school districts, members are supported by Trust health educators and benefits such as wellness presentations, an extensive wellness library, and the Trust grant program in which schools "earn" dollars to fund their own wellness programs. Weight management, physical activity, nutrition, seat belt usage, and stress management are popular areas of focus for district programs.
Care for chronic or acute conditions
For the individual, a chronic or acute health condition not only affects their physical and emotional health but also day-to-day activities, their work, and relationships.
We offer care management programs to support members with chronic health conditions and other special medical conditions. These programs are available to members for whom we are the primary health plan.
Our health care staff specialize in specific health conditions, and they use guidelines based on the latest clinical evidence to help you:
- Get credible information to make informed decisions about your medical conditions and lifestyles.
- Maximize the benefits of treatments and medications.
- . Recognize and respond to changes in your medical condition.
- . Manage symptoms, prevent complications, and achieve better medical outcomes and better quality of life.
- Cope with symptoms such as fatigue, stress, depression, and pain.
- Get appropriate, quality care and reduce medical costs over time.
We want to ensure that you receive the right care at the right time and the right place.
Posted March 24, 2006