Get Out, Get Covered Tour

GOGC UO CampusFinding the right health insurance plan doesn’t have to be a headache, which is exactly why the PacificSource “Get Out, Get Covered” tour is visiting communities across Montana and Oregon to give folks a convenient, stress-free forum where they can get individual answers to their health insurance questions.

The Get Out, Get Covered events’ drop-in format allows busy people to stop by at any point during a two- to three-hour window of time for one-on-one assistance. Our representatives and independent insurance agents will help people with an “easy as 1 – 2 – 3″ approach:

  1. See if they qualify for a tax credit.
  2. Shop for individual health insurance plans.
  3. Enroll, renew, or switch coverage through the Marketplace or directly with PacificSource.

Where and when will these events take place?

GOGC Butte croppedTour stops will take place during daytime and evening hours in a wide variety of settings. Venues such as community recreation centers and cafés will host daytime events, while restaurants and breweries will host evening events. These casual settings are intended to help people feel more comfortable getting the answers they need without the pressure to make a decision.

Specific meeting dates, times, and venues are located on the event website, GetOutGetCovered.com. The website also contains resources to answer basic enrollment question, assisting people with enrollment, and information on where to go for help.

Why are we doing this?

We want to help people get the healthcare they need.

“We’re making it simple to research and shop for health insurance by providing a format that is casual, informal, and gives people the opportunity to get answers to their questions over a beer or a cup of coffee,” said Todd Lovshin, “Get Out, Get Covered is an easy way for busy folks to tackle an important subject in a hassle- and worry-free setting.”

PacificSource Recognized on National Philanthropy Day

At PacificSource, healthcare goes far beyond providing insurance.  We also believe in providing programs that help people stay well so they can live well.  We believe in providing financial and volunteer support for local charities that improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

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November 15th is National Philanthropy Day and PacificSource Health Plans has been recognized by the Idaho Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) for all of the great work we are doing in Idaho and throughout the Oregon and Montana Enterprise.  On November 12, PacificSource received the award for Outstanding Corporation – Large at the annual breakfast put on by AFP Idaho.

Whether it is through the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement, companywide fundraising campaigns for the United Way and March of Dimes, or regional fundraising and volunteer opportunities for our charities of choice, PacificSource and all of our employees are honored to receive this award.  We pledge to continue our tradition of improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.

No Brainer Eating Habits

Our guest blogger, Laura is also our nutritionist. She has put some very helpful hints on what you can do to get your nutrition in check and reduce your chances of developing this devastating disease.

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November is Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60-80% of all cases. In my opinion, dementia doesn’t get enough attention. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and every 67 seconds someone in the US develops it. If you haven’t had a personal experience with it, you probably will — 1 in 3 seniors die from some form of dementia.
If you are middle-aged (yes 40 is middle-aged) you might want to read on. Researchers believe that the disease begins around age 40 and often progresses for 20-30 years before symptoms appear. As a nutritionist, I was curious what the research shows on how food affects Alzheimer’s. Based on the current science, here are some suggestions to potentially reduce risk of developing the disease:

Cut back or even eliminate sweets. Insulin resistance may be a big piece of the Alzheimer’s puzzle. The MEAL 4-week study compared a high-fat, high-sugar diet, with a low-fat, low-sugar diet. Those following the low-fat, low-sugar diet for just 4 weeks found a reduction in the blood levels of beta-amyloid, the main component of the deposits found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Participants also had a reduction in markers of insulin resistance. This is huge. Insulin resistance is thought to be the underlying pathology for almost all vascular diseases each of which seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s.

Eat healthy fats. When we eat something with glucose (starches, fruits, or added sugars), our bodies pump out insulin to get that glucose into cells. The insulin should quickly clear out of the bloodstream after it’s done its job. When you combine carbohydrate foods (breads, sugars, potatoes, rice) with saturated fat (butter, cheese, beef, bacon, whole milk, ice cream) the insulin remains high for an unusually long time. High levels of insulin in the blood cause inflammation. This doesn’t happen with healthy fats such as olive oil, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and avocado.

Mom was right, eat your veggies.
Antioxidants appear help to stop oxidative damage in the brain. Aim to eat at least 4 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. Focus mostly on non-starchy veggies. In animal models, an antioxidant rich diet improved learning and ability to remember. Follow the ChooseMyPlate method:
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Choose fish. Studies regarding omega-3 fatty acids have found mixed results in Alzheimer’s. But we know that DHA/EPA (in fatty fish) have protective effects on your heart and can improve mood and memory. Vascular disease contributes to dementia so it makes sense to get enough of these healthy fats. Eat two 3-ounce servings of a fatty fish each week. Good sources include salmon, mackerel, swordfish, or sardines. If you choose to take a supplement, check with your doctor, and aim for somewhere between 1-3 grams per day of DHA/EPA.
Most likely none of these suggestions are new to you. Most of us know what to do, but have a hard time doing it. Looking at these suggestions, what is just one thing you might try in the next week? Your brain (and heart) will thank you!

 

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