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Food for your mood: Eat your way to happy

Nov 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Nutrition, Food and mood, Amino Acids


Do not let the title of this article fool you.  I do not mean eating your way through the menu at McDonald’s or polishing off an entire pumpkin pie at an upcoming holiday dinner (but if wishing made it so). I’m talking about foods that help boost your mood.

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How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Oct 10, 2018 1:16:45 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Insurance Terms, Member Resources, Plan Information, EOB, vaccinations, Member Benefits

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Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.

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Myths about mental health issues

Oct 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Brain Health, Healthy Living, Mental Health


According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.”  In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.

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The addiction of likes

Oct 9, 2018 8:29:19 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Mental Health, Social Media, Addiction


No one can argue that social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—has changed the way we interact.  And now enter the iGen (short for iGeneration), the post-millennials who will be born never knowing a world without an iPhone or Facebook.  (Note: I still remember my first phone, affectionately called ‘The Brick’ which I carried to and from my car like a purse.)

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Diabetes Care & UPREHS Benefits

Sep 24, 2018 2:59:11 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Diabetes, Member Benefits


Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease and is a growing health crisis in the U.S.  But in most cases, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable—or reversible.  By taking simple, common sense steps, you can manage your disease and prevent more serious complications.

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Your Member ID Card Explained

Sep 6, 2018 12:41:43 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Health Insurance ID Cards


Ever wonder what all the information means on your health insurance card?  What phone number do you call? Why is there a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) logo? Who is OptumRx?  We’ve got a complete explanation of what it all means.

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A new way to order prescriptions

Aug 24, 2018 9:02:13 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Prescription Refills, Depot Drug, Presciptions


As of Monday, August 27, 2018, UPREHS members should start ordering prescriptions and refills directly on the Depot Drug website, www.depotdrug.com.  Here is some important information about this pharmacy ordering change.

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Health benefits of owning a pet

Aug 23, 2018 8:47:19 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Healthy Living, Pets


Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun.  In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.

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What is a prior authorization and why it's important

Aug 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Curtis Newman posted in Member Resources


Prior Authorization- Is it really necessary?

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Is dependent supplemental coverage right for you?

Aug 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Plan Information, Dependent Supplemental Coverage


Let’s be honest.  Healthcare is expensive.  Even if you have health insurance, most plans have annual deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses like copayments.  If you don’t relish having to pay unexpected medical expenses, the UPREHS Dependent Supplemental Plan (DSP) might be for you.

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