As moms, taking care of everyone else seems to fall before taking care of ourselves. We often wait until it is that bad to do something about a health problem, simply because we didn't have the time to figure out where to start.
I can't even count the number of times I have paced in the kitchen late at night wondering if my son's cough, fever or weird rash was something that should wait until the doctor was in the next morning or if it was something that needed emergency attention. I can't even tell you how much I would have appreciated the ability to call a nurse in the middle of the night to diagnose the severity. Consoling an uncomfortable baby at home is much better than waiting for hours at the emergency room as long as you know its something that can wait!
The other day I had the chance to sit in on a conference call with Blue Cross Blue Shield (it operates under a number of WellPoint family companies, varying by state). It's one of the largest insurers in the country. I've never felt that our insurance company was truly a partner in health, but after hearing about how Blue Cross Blue Shield is working to help people maintain health, my opinion dramatically changed. Our insurance is Blue Cross and I honestly had no idea we had access to a 24/7 nurse, but the number is right there listed on my insurance card! Having the ability to pick up the phone and ask the advice of a nurse is priceless to me! It's not available for all health plans, but a huge number of plans include it.
Blue Cross is also partnering with FitOrbit, which provides personalized personal training to assist people with meal plans, fitness goals and everything in between.
There is also a Future Moms program that helps pregnant women at all stages including maternity care and postpartum care. There are ways to sign up through the Blue Cross website to add email reminders for health issues, patient record updates and countless other features.
The one thing I really came away with was being beyond impressed with how Blue Cross Blue Shield is shifting the focus to helping people maintain (or achieve) healthy lifestyles instead of waiting until an illness or other issue becomes so severe it can't be ignored. I encourage you to take a few minutes, check out your health insurance website and take advantage of the services being offered to you. If you have a 24/7 nurse line, make a mental note of it. If there are other plan specific programs being offered to you, use them. They are there for a reason, to keep you and your family healthy!
Note: This is part of a compensated campaign with TheMotherhood, and is completely coincidental that I am a Blue Cross Blue Shield Subscriber. My opinions are as always completely my own and I can say I am now SUPER proud to be insured by them!