Health Programs

The Alliance has many programs to help our members stay healthy. We also have handouts and brochures about many health topics. Handout topics include heart health, family planning, parenting, healthy teeth, stress, aging, healthy eating, being active, sexually transmitted diseases, sadness or depression, injury prevention, cancer, safe medicine use, preventive health screenings, and others. We can also send you handouts on all of the topics and programs listed below.


Do you have questions about the programs below? Would you like for us to mail you handouts on health topics?


Do you need help choosing or changing doctors? Click here.


You can talk to a Health Programs staff member from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling the Health Education Line at (800) 700-3874 ext. 5580.



Asthma

Healthy Breathing for Life program

The Alliance covers certain asthma education visits and classes. You and your child can learn how to manage asthma. You will also learn how to avoid asthma attacks and how to use medicine the best way.


To find out more about which asthma visits and classes are covered, call the Health Programs Department at (800) 700-3874, ext. 5580.


*Member Reward ~ Members ages 5 to 64 with asthma: Work with your doctor to make an Asthma Action Plan.

Asthma Action Plan (AAP) helps people learn how to manage their asthma. It also tells them what to do in case of an asthma emergency. If you or your child has asthma, talk to your doctor about getting an AAP. If your doctor sends the AAP to the Alliance, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card.


Breastfeeding

Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies program

Breast milk is the best way to feed babies. Did you know that breastfed babies are healthier than babies who get formula? Tell your doctor that you want to breastfeed. Prepare to breastfeed your baby unless your doctor tells you not to.


The Alliance can help you learn how to breastfeed your baby. We can send you easy to read pamphlets. We can tell you about classes in your area. If you have problems or questions about breastfeeding after your baby is born, you can see one of our approved Lactation Consultants.


The Alliance will pay for a breast pump if you are unable to breastfeed. You can also get a breast pump if you go back to work or school after you have your baby. Call the Health Education Line at (800)700-3874 ext. 5580 to learn how you can get a pump.


(See "Pregnancy" section below to learn more about the Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies program.)


Diabetes

Live Better with Diabetes program

The Alliance covers certain diabetes education visits and classes for adult members 18 years and older. You can learn how to keep diabetes under control. You will learn how to eat the right foods, be more active, and lower stress. You will also learn how to test your blood sugar and use medicine, if needed. (Contact California Children's Services in your county for visits and classes if your child has diabetes.)


To find out more about which diabetes visits and classes are covered for adults, call the Health Programs Department at (800) 700-3874, ext. 5580.


*Member Reward ~ Members ages 18 and older with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes: Make sure to get all of your tests.

Has your doctor told you that you have diabetes? Have you gotten all 3 of these tests: A1c, eye exam, and a test or doctor visit to check your kidneys? If you answered yes to these questions, you can get a $50 gift card. Talk to your doctor about what tests you need to have. These tests must be done before the end of this year. We will send you a gift card 2-4 months after your doctor tells us you have had all of your tests.


Pregnancy

Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies program

Make sure your new baby is healthy! It is very important to see your doctor within the first 12 weeks of being pregnant. At these visits, your doctor will see how you and your baby are doing. He or she will also make sure you get any tests you need. Be sure to see your doctor soon after your baby is born, too. (See "Breastfeeding" section above for help with breastfeeding and breast pumps.)


*Member Reward ~ Pregnant members
Prenatal Care: See your doctor during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.
If you do this, you can get a $25 gift card from the Alliance. This is part of our Member Rewards program. The gift card is only for visits that you have with your doctor on or after January 1, 2011.


You can also get a gift card if you are already pregnant when you become an Alliance member. Just be sure to see your doctor for a prenatal checkup within 42 days of when you became an Alliance member.


*Member Reward ~ New mothers
Postpartum Care: See your doctor 21 to 56 days after you give birth.
Make sure you are healthy after the birth of your baby. Members who see their doctor 21 to 56 days after having a baby will get a $25 gift card. We will send you a form to take to your doctor's visit. During the visit, the doctor will sign and date the form. After your visit, send us the signed form. We will send you a gift card after we receive your form and confirm your visit.


Weight Loss

Learn great ways to eat healthy and be more active. We can send you handouts with helpful tips and ideas. You can speak with a staff member about ways to improve your eating habits. We can also tell you about free and low-cost ways to get active in your area. Small changes can make a big difference!


Weight Watchers Program Members who are very overweight or obese may be able to join Weight Watchers through the Alliance. Members must have Alliance as their primary insurance. This is not an Alliance benefit; there is a limited number of spots for Alliance members each year. This program is for adults, but some children 15 years and older may be able to join. Talk to your doctor about your weight. Ask him or her if you should be referred to this program.


Free "What To Do When Your Child Is Heavy" Book
Being heavy can cause health problems for children. It can also make kids feel bad about themselves. These problems can affect them as they get older, too. This free book will help you learn what you can do to help your child have a healthy weight.


This book is only a guide. Be sure to talk to your doctor about big changes to your child's eating habits. And talk to your doctor before your child starts a new exercise program or sport.


*Member Reward ~ Children and teens ages 2 to 18: Lose extra weight and be healthy.
Healthy Weight for Life program

Having a lot of extra weight can cause children to have health problems. One measure of weight is called the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a number based on height and weight. BMI can show the doctor if your child's weight is healthy or not, based on your child's age and gender. If your child's BMI is not healthy, your child's doctor can tell us.


If your child loses a certain amount of weight in six months, he or she can get a $25 gift card. He or she will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a new mountain bike! Talk to your doctor about your child's weight. Ask him or her if your child should be referred to this program.


Parenting

Free "What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick" Book
Do you know what to do when your child has a fever? What if your child gets something stuck in his or her eye? We can send you a free book called, "What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick." This book can help answer questions you may have about how to help a sick or injured child. You can read about when to call your doctor for help and when to call 911.


This book is only a guide. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what to do when your child is sick.


Immunizations (Shots)

Make sure you and your children get all of your shots to stay healthy. Talk to your doctor about which shots you need and when you need to get them.


Shots for Babies
Click here to see the current schedule for babies on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.


Shots for Children and Teens
Click here to see the current schedule for children and teens on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.


Shots for Adults
Click here to see the current schedule for adults on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.


Smoking Cessation

Get help to stop smoking by calling the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS or 1-800-662-8887. The Helpline offers free counseling over the phone in English, Spanish, and other languages.


We can also help you find a quit smoking class in your area. If you have Alliance as your primary insurance, we will pay for you to attend the class. We also cover stop smoking aids such as Zyban or nicotine gum or patches.  Click here for more information about help to quit smoking.



Other Member Rewards Programs

Click here to learn about all of the Member Rewards programs that the Alliance offers.


 

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