Premera Adds Seattle Children’s to its Individual and Small Group Metallic Networks

Premera and Seattle Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce an agreement that provides expanded access to care at Children’s for Premera members on individual and small group metallic health plans both inside and outside the Exchange. The agreement brings Children’s Hospital and the Children’s University Medical Group into our Heritage Signature network beginning September 1. The change will also apply to Heritage Prime, the network that serves employers with 51 or more employees.

We’re very happy to be able to expand access to care at Children’s for our members on these plans without raising rates for our customers. Premera will not change currently-filed rates for individual and small group customers in 2014 and 2015.

This news further enhances our individual and small group metallic network, providing our members even more choice and flexibility in choosing a healthcare provider.

Members can find information about which doctors and hospitals are covered by their plan using our online “Find a Doctor” tool. Children’s physicians and associated providers will soon be added to this tool.

Help Us #IGNITEchange in Real People for a Chance to Win Awesome Prizes

#IGNITEchange-membersVolkswagen’s Fun Theory —the idea that something fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better—has inspired Premera. It got us thinking— how can we help our members make simple, sustainable improvements to their health? Can our community come together and help solve common problems that real people face every day? Sometimes all it takes is a simple idea to ignite meaningful change.

That’s the purpose of #IGNITEchange, our way to spur conversation about practical ideas that can help real people.  We invite you to meet four Premera members who would like your ideas to help them #IGNITEchange. They are in different places in life, but they each struggle with common challenges:

  • Amy is a working Mom who struggles to find the time to cook healthy meals for her family. Meet Amy
  • Tom is an middle-aged empty nester who struggles to regain motivation because he can’t exercise the way he used to. Meet Tom
  • Robert recently graduated collage and is working to balance life, his first job and a new puppy. Meet Robert
  • Ron is an entrepreneur who works 60+ hours a week and finds it increasingly hard to stick to a gym routine. Meet Ron

Can you relate to Amy, Tom, Robert or Ron? Do you have an idea that can help them #IGNITEchange in their lives? Share your ideas and we’ll enter you into weekly prize drawings!

Simply post your idea to Premera’s Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #IGNITEchange,  or as a comment to their stories. You are then automatically entered into a drawing to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Best of all, you have the chance to impact a real person’s life. There will be four chances to win, once every week from now until September 8, 2014. Read the full terms and conditions.

Have a really grand idea— a true gamechanger that will spark families to make lasting, realistic improvements to their health? We’re rewarding that type of innovation as well through Premera’s Innovate to Motivate challenge, which offers a grand prize of $5,000!

Meet Amy: The Working Mom

Help-Amy-CookA working Mom who is short on time and lacks creativity in the kitchen these days. She used to love to cook and try new recipes, but now she would prefer to spend time with her family rather than time with pots and pans at the end of the workday. Her diet has gone south and her local takeout restaurants now know her (and her family) by name. She wants to get back to finding time to make a balanced and appetizing dinner while still enjoying time with her family. She also wants to find ways to actually enjoy dinner as family, rather than quickly eating takeout standing up while feeding her toddler. Know the feeling? Can you relate?

If you have an idea to help Amy bring healthy creativity to her weeknight meals she would love to hear it. Share your idea using hashtag #IGNITEchange and you will have the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Simply post your idea to Premera’s Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #IGNITEchange,  or as a comment to their stories. You are then automatically entered into a drawing to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Best of all, you have the chance to impact a real person’s life. There will be four chances to win, once every week from now until September 8, 2014. Read the full terms and conditions.

Have a really grand idea— a true gamechanger that will spark families to make lasting, realistic improvements to their health? We’re rewarding that type of innovation as well through Premera’s Innovate to Motivate challenge, which offers a grand prize of $5,000!

 

Meet Tom: The Empty Nester

Help-Tom-WorkoutA middle-aged guy who’s struggling with the inevitable progression of age. What used to be easy isn’t anymore! A former marathoner, he has counted on running as the magical elixir to keep weight down and stay active. But his motivation to run has waned, and as he cruises into middle age he realizes he is a one-trick pony who’s never developed other ways to get regular exercise. And then there’s the persistent plantar fasciitis that makes anything longer than a one mile walk moderately painful.

How do you re-energize what formerly were healthy eating and workout routines to accommodate the realities of middle age? Any ideas for new forms of exercise, for establishing new routines that are realistic for an 8 to 6 office worker? Tom would love your ideas on a middle age makeover. Share your idea using hashtag #IGNITEchange and you will have the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Simply post your idea to Premera’s Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #IGNITEchange,  or as a comment to their stories. You are then automatically entered into a drawing to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Best of all, you have the chance to impact a real person’s life. There will be four chances to win, once every week from now until September 8, 2014. Read the full terms and conditions.

Have a really grand idea— a true gamechanger that will spark families to make lasting, realistic improvements to their health? We’re rewarding that type of innovation as well through Premera’s Innovate to Motivate challenge, which offers a grand prize of $5,000!

Meet Robert: The Recent Grad

Help-RobertA twenty-something working professional cutting his teeth in his first full-time position. In his not-so-distant college years, life was easy. Keeping in good shape and eating (relatively) well were top priorities and manageable. Now… not so much. Making sure he builds a strong foundation for his career is pivotal. Add in new responsibilities like car payments, rent, student loan debt on top of the questionable decision of adopting a puppy, and you could say a focus on a healthy lifestyle has definitely slipped a bit. Not to mention the social pressures and family obligations!

So what’s a guy to do? Time is lean, stress is high and energy is running low after work. Sometimes (usually?) grabbing a burger or pizza is a lot more attractive than making a kale salad and the call from the couch and Netflix is more enticing than the gym.

Struggling with a similar issue or is this sounding like the problems of a younger you? Robert would love your advice to help him sort out his health while juggling life’s new responsibilities. Share your idea using hashtag #IGNITEchange and you will have the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Simply post your idea to Premera’s Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #IGNITEchange,  or as a comment to their stories. You are then automatically entered into a drawing to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Best of all, you have the chance to impact a real person’s life. There will be four chances to win, once every week from now until September 8, 2014. Read the full terms and conditions.

Have a really grand idea— a true gamechanger that will spark families to make lasting, realistic improvements to their health? We’re rewarding that type of innovation as well through Premera’s Innovate to Motivate challenge, which offers a grand prize of $5,000!

 

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