Photo Gallery #3: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Mobile Tour in Milwaukee
On Monday, July 21, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit hosted a stop of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour, which seeks to log one million minutes of active exercise with kids around the country this summer. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the mobile tour is part of the national program Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program.To learn more visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

Photos in this gallery courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company

Boys & Girls Clubs Triple Play Tour in Milwaukee: 22,500 Minutes in Motion

Yesterday, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit took part in the Triple Play Mobile Tour. By day’s end, 150 kids at the Club each logged 150 minutes of physical activity, resulting in an overall contribution of 22,500 minutes toward Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s goal of helping kids achieve one million minutes in motion this summer.

Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s wellness program. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Triple Play teaches kids how to live healthy lifestyles by stressing the mind, body and soul elements of good health.  To learn more and track the tour’s progress across the country, please visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s corporate foundation are working together to help kids record one million minutes of physical activity. You can track the progress of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour by visiting www.bgca.org/tripleplay and by following the hashtags #KidsInMotion and #TriplePlayTour.

This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s corporate foundation are working together to help kids record one million minutes of physical activity. You can track the progress of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour by visiting www.bgca.org/tripleplay and by following the hashtags #KidsInMotion and #TriplePlayTour.

Boys & Girls Clubs Triple Play Mobile Tour Rolls Into Milwaukee

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Pieper-Hillside Contributes Toward One Million Minutes in Motion Goal

On Monday, July 21, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit hosted a stop of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour, which seeks to log one million minutes of active exercise with kids around the country this summer.
        
Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the mobile tour is part of the national program Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program. With more than three out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is even more critical for a healthier tomorrow.

Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 9.2 million connections with kids and continues to grow with more programming for kids and Clubs each year.

Earlier this year, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s corporate foundation announced a five year, $10 million grant commitment to continue the outstanding work of the Triple Play program across the country.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes that all kids deserve a great future. Through the organization’s Great Futures Campaign, Clubs and supporters are working to mobilize our country around the critical issues facing America’s youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to leading the way, assuring that every young person who enters a Club is on track to graduate from high school on time, prepared to succeed in college or a career, demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.

The Triple Play program motivates kids to be healthy by providing nutrition and health education and more access to healthy foods, and encouraging avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness. Through Triple Play, Clubs will build the next generation of leaders.

To learn more about Triple Play, please visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

Video: Triple Play Warm Up
Kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit stretch and warm up prior to heading outside to take part in the Triple Play Mobile Tour on July 21, 2014.

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, The Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour seeks to log one million minutes of active exercise with kids around the country this summer. To learn more visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

Photo Gallery #2: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Mobile Tour in Milwaukee
On Monday, July 21, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit hosted a stop of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour, which seeks to log one million minutes of active exercise with kids around the country this summer. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the mobile tour is part of the national program Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program.To learn more visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

Photo Gallery #1: Boys & Girls Clubs Triple Play Mobile Tour in Milwaukee
On Monday, July 21, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Pieper-Hillside Unit hosted a stop of the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ Tour, which seeks to log one million minutes of active exercise with kids around the country this summer. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the mobile tour is part of the national program Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program.To learn more visit www.bgca.org/tripleplay.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and CommunityConnect HealthPlan have always been a part of the same company. Having all of our products under a common name will make it easier for individuals and families to transition from one health plan to another based upon their needs and to make more informed decisions about their health benefits.
Larry Schreiber, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

CommunityConnect HealthPlan Is Now Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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MILWAUKEE – July 8, 2014 – Effective July 1, CommunityConnect HealthPlan, a managed care organization serving BadgerCare Plus members, was officially renamed Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The change is designed to help avoid potential confusion for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members, health care providers and regulators, and to better describe the company’s product offerings across a variety of health insurance programs.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and CommunityConnect HealthPlan have always been a part of the same company,” said Larry Schreiber, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “Having all of our products under a common name will make it easier for individuals and families to transition from one health plan to another based upon their needs and to make more informed decisions about their health benefits.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is working to improve health and strengthen communities throughout Wisconsin. The company offers a comprehensive Health insurance product portfolio, including Individual and Group insurance products, as well as Medicare, Medicaid and Specialty insurance solutions, such as Dental, Vision, Disability and Life insurance. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is available at www.anthem.com.

Fast Facts:

  • Only the trade name is changing. CommunityConnect HealthPlan® (CommunityConnect) was the trade name used by Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation for its insurance policies offered through the BadgerCare Plus program.  As of July 1, 2014 those products are now using the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield trade name.  It is only the DBA/trade name that is changing. The underlying company insuring the benefits is – and will remain – Compcare.  
  • There’s no change in benefits. The name change to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will not impact CommunityConnect members’ ability to receive care before, during or after the transition, or to see their established primary care provider or clinic.
  • Help is available. A comprehensive communications plan – including member letters and an advertising campaign – communicated the name change in advance of its July 1 effective date, and resources are available to help address any remaining questions. Individuals with questions about their benefits should contact the member services number on the back of their member identification card or by visiting www.anthem.com/wimedicaid. Health care provider offices will continue to receive support through their assigned Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Provider Relations representative who can assist with the administrative processes and billing changes associated with the renaming. Health care offices may also direct questions about billing procedures through the Provider page on www.anthem.com/wimedicaiddoc.


About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin (BCBSWi), which underwrites or administers the PPO and indemnity policies; Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation (Compcare), which underwrites or administers the HMO policies; and Compcare and BCBSWi collectively, which underwrite or administer the POS policies. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Offers Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

June Marks Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

MILWAUKEE – June 27, 2014 – Dealing with dementia can create confusion and frustration not only for the person with the disease, but also for his or her family members, including caregivers. Approximately 43.5 million adults care for someone 50 years old or older (i).  More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women (ii).  Although it can be challenging for everyone involved, there are tips to make it just a little bit easier, according to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin.

Dementia is loss of memory and a variety of other symptoms that interfere with daily life. It is a disease caused by physical changes in the brain that result in cell death. Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease, is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases (iii).  It is estimated that one of every three seniors dies with some form of dementia (iv).  Much of the care for someone with dementia falls upon their families, including the person’s spouse and children. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia in 2013 valued at more than $220 billion (v).

In connection with the inaugural Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, which is being recognized throughout June, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers the following tips for those caring for a loved one with dementia.

  1. Learn about dementia. By learning about dementia, a caregiver can better understand how the disease is currently impacting a loved one and anticipate changes to come as the disease progresses. The person with dementia may be unable to find words, construct complete sentences, remember names and details, and complete once simple tasks. The Alzheimer’s Association offers educational materials and workshops on the 10 Warnings Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, planning for the future and more. To find a local Alzheimer’s Association chapter, visit alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.

  2. Understand the benefits available in a loved one’s insurance. People over age 65 likely have Medicare. Nearly one of every five Medicare dollars is spent helping people with dementia (vi).  Medicare generally covers much of the cost of diagnosis, evaluation and some treatment of dementia, including inpatient hospital care and some doctor’s fees. It also may cover home health care, mental health services and hospice, while Part D may cover drugs for treating dementia. Medicare does not cover adult day care, long-term care in a nursing home or assisted living. Some of these services may be covered by Medicaid for those who qualify. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may include special programs for people with dementia, and may help connect them to available community resources. Additional premiums copays and coinsurance may apply.

  3. Coordinate health care decisions as soon as possible. It’s critical to talk to a loved one about their health care wishes in the early-stage of the disease while they are still able to contribute to the planning process. Discussing preferences and establishing plans can alleviate stress for both the person living with dementia and the caregiver. Caregivers should encourage their loved one to consider creating a power of attorney for health care, also known as an “advance directive.” This document allows the person with dementia to appoint someone to make health care decisions on their behalf when he or she can no longer do so and indicates the type of medical treatment they want and don’t want. The person with dementia can appoint a family member or a trusted friend to act as their power of attorney. It’s important to select a back-up person, too. Because of privacy laws, insurers may not even be able to talk to a caregiver about a loved one’s health without proper documentation.

  4. Ensure a safe environment. Most people want to be able stay in their home as long as possible, but the environment must be safe for them. Some MA plans have specialized teams that are trained to go to a member’s home and conduct home safety evaluations, including assessing the risk of falls and recommending equipment, such as a cane, that may help reduce the risk for fall. Take advantage of this service if it’s available. Also, research how to make a loved one safe and comfortable while retaining as much independence as possible. The Alzheimer’s Association offers safety guidance and resources on topics such as driving, wandering and natural disasters at alz.org/safetycenter.

  5. Make sure your loved one keeps all doctor appointments. While there are not currently treatments that stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, research is advancing quickly, including possible new medications and treatments.

  6. The last, and perhaps most important tip for caregivers, is to make sure to take care of their own health, too. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures, caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and more than one-third report symptoms of depression (vii).  Seek support from family, friends and other caregivers going through similar experiences. The Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups where caregivers can share tips for caring for a loved one with dementia. These groups offer a safe, confidential, supportive environment and educate and inform participants about dementia and how to develop methods and skills to solve problems.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult your health care provider for advice about treatments that may affect your health.

Anthem is a PPO plan, an HMO plan and a PDP plan with Medicare contracts. Enrollment in Anthem depends on contract renewal.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin (BCBSWi), which underwrites or administers the PPO and indemnity policies; Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation (Compcare), which underwrites or administers the HMO policies; and Compcare and BCBSWi collectively, which underwrite or administer the POS policies. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

Sources:
(i) http://caregiver.org/selected-caregiver-statistics
(ii) https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp#quickFacts
(iii) http://www.alz.org/dementia/types-of-dementia.asp
(iv) http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp
(v) https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp
(vi) https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp
(vii) https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

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Worksites take steps to decrease health care expenses, increase productivity

MILWAUKEE – June 26, 2014 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

“At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we strive to create an environment where it’s easier to make healthy choices, provide results oriented wellness programs, promote overall wellbeing and reward healthy outcomes. In fact, our wellness programs are a key component of our employee benefits package,” said Larry Schreiber, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “Our programs target key health improvement opportunities – move more, stress less, eat better, practice prevention and stop smoking. We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible and being recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite reinforces the work we’ve done so far.”  

Platinum-level employers:

  • Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.
  • Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield provides on-site fitness centers or health club reimbursements, subsidized healthy food options at its on-site cafeterias, friendly fitness competitions among its associates, weight management programs and incentives toward the cost of health care coverage for demonstrating healthy behaviors – promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.  

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

According to the American Heart Association, American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of health care expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program’s national website and qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line,” said Schreiber. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.”

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, call 1-800-AHA-USA-1 (1-800-242-8721) or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.

Becker's Hospital Review: Bellin Health Joins Blue Shield Priority Network

Becker’s Hospital Review:

Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin Health has announced it will join Blue Priority — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s ACO in Wisconsin.

…Through the new collaboration, Bellin will focus on using care coordination to improve patient outcomes. Bellin physicians will be rewarded for meeting quality benchmarks and improving patient care, according to the release.

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