Get More From Your Vision Insurance in Tough Economic Times

From our vision provider VSP Vision Care Inc.

Don’t let vision take a back seat in these difficult economic times. For ALLtech members enrolled in vision, VSP Vision Care Inc. has you and your family covered with access to a nationwide network of eye doctors and low out-of-pocket costs for the savings you deserve. To find out what your vision plan includes, simply create an account at vsp.com and log in for detailed benefit information.

Make your plan work for you:

    1. Find a conveniently located VSP network doctor 
      As a VSP member, you’ll get the most out of your benefits when you visit a Premier Program location. Don’t have an eye doctor? No problem! Visit vsp.com to find a Premier Program location near you. At your appointment, just let them know you have VSP. Here are more tips to finding a Premier Program location.
    2. Eyecare is healthcare — Get your annual eye exam!
      An eye exam can help detect serious eye diseases and health conditions. Even if you don’t need glasses, everyone in your family can benefit from an annual eye exam — including young children and teens — and summer is a great time to squeeze in appointments and get a jump on the next school year.
    3. Choose from a wide selection of stylish frames and lenses 
      Using your VSP benefits makes finding the right eyewear for your look and your pocketbook easy when you see a VSP network doctor. Get the most out of your benefits with an extra $40 to spend on select frame brands.* Plus, you’ll get an extra $20 to spend when you choose a featured frame brand.*
    4. Take advantage of your second-pair eyewear discount 
      You’ll save up to 20% on a second pair of glasses including lens enhancements — like anti-glare coating, progressives, and light-reactive lenses — when you purchase from your VSP network doctor within 12 months of your last exam. With these savings, why not get a second pair?
    5. Shop Eyeconic — The only online eyewear store to partner with the VSP Doctor Network.
      Most VSP members can use their benefit to buy eyewear online at Eyeconic® — including stylish frames, lens enhancements, and contacts. It’s the only online store where qualifying VSP members can apply their vision benefit to their order and enjoy in-network savings. You can also save up to 40% on lens enhancements.** Like to plan ahead? Take advantage of the Virtual Try-On Tool at Eyeconic® and come face-to-face with the perfect frames for you. Visit Eyeconic® and see how seamlessly you can connect your eyewear insurance coverage with your doctor’s expertise.

    Want to learn more about the vision insurance benefits available to ALLtech members? Take a look at VSP Vision Coverage through ALLtech.

    *Available only to VSP members with applicable plan benefits, which includes ALLtech members enrolled in vision. Frame brands subject to change.
    **Savings based on doctor’s retail price and vary by plan and purchase selection; average savings determined after benefits are applied. Available only through VSP network doctors to VSP members with applicable plan benefits. Ask your VSP network doctor for details.

Telehealth for Behavioral Health Care is Used More Than Ever Before

From ALLtech medical provider Regence

The U.S. health care system has experienced a rapid increase in the use of telehealth over the past two years for both mental and physical health. While telehealth existed before the COVID-19 public health emergency, it only represented a less than 1% of outpatient visits. At the peak of the pandemic, telehealth use jumped to 40% for mental health and substance use outpatient visits, and 11% for physical health visits. At Regence, we saw telehealth visits increase eight times for behavioral health care from 2019 to 2021. Today telehealth visits for mental health and substance use continue to rise, meanwhile telehealth visits for physical health have declined after in-person options resumed.

Many experts believe telehealth’s popularity will continue. Telehealth has been especially helpful in meeting patient needs for behavioral health care, including improved access to care. In fact, studies have shown telehealth therapy to be as effective as in-person care for treating various mental health conditions like moderate depression and anxiety. Given the popularity and benefits of telehealth, it’s important to understand what it is and how best to use this care option.

Understanding telehealth for behavioral health care needs

Behavioral health telehealth care services can be provided by a licensed therapist or counselor by phone, video calls and text messages. Since there is no need to travel to a specific location for a telehealth visit, treatment can occur wherever is most convenient, like the comfort of home. This is helpful for people who have mobility issues and leaving home is difficult, creating a barrier to receiving care.

Also, when you can do a virtual appointment from wherever you are, it’s often easier to schedule times. Telehealth has been exceptionally helpful in rural areas where there are few mental health practices in the area and driving long distances for care is a big burden. In 2021, 55% of rural mental health and substance use outpatient visits were delivered by telehealth compared to 35% in urban areas. Telehealth may also be a little more approachable for some who are new to seeking care because it is only a few clicks away rather than traveling to an appointment.

Although telehealth brings many advantages, it might not be for every person and need. Sometimes in-person therapy visits are more advantageous than telehealth. Telehealth isn’t the right choice for people experiencing severe or complex symptoms of mental health or substance use conditions that require close and direct care. Providers and patients may find it harder to pick up on body signals, facial expressions and other real-life signals. Using technology also isn’t for everyone and can create frustration or make the care experience less comfortable. Ultimately, some people and situations may benefit more from in-person therapy.

ALLtech members can access a spectrum of behavioral health resources

Whether you need occasional emotional support or ongoing mental health care, ALLtech offers a variety of programs to prevent, identify and treat mental health and substance use disorders. Members enrolled in medical through Regence can visit virtually with a counselor or psychiatrist 24/7 through MDLIVE. Download MDLIVE Behavioral Health flyer.

ALLtech members also have access to counseling through Wellspring EAP, which includes the option to access virtual behavioral health counseling through BetterHelp.

To learn more about options available to ALLtech members, visit the ALLtech Wellness Resources page or sign in to your Regence account at regence.com.

Get Access to Fast, Convenient and Accurate Virtual Care Through ALLtech

Start the New Year strong by making sure you’re signed up for virtual care so it’s available for you when you need it most. At just $0 co-pay on most medical plans through ALLtech, it’s a choice that can save you money and time, offering access to doctors, counselors, psychiatrists or dermatologists at your convenience by phone, video or mobile app.

Watch the above video to learn how MDLIVE provides fast, convenient and accurate care using its 5-part formula, then download the MDLIVE app to register and get access to the broad range of services that include:

Primary Care

Consult with a board-certified doctor who will diagnose and treat non-emergency medical conditions, prescribe medications and send prescriptions to your pharmacy. Some common ailments that can be treated include cold/flu, allergies and headaches. For a detailed list, view our Welcome to MDLIVE flyer.

Behavioral Health Care

Through ALLtech, members can talk to a licensed counselor or psychiatrist from their home, office or on the go, to treat issues such as stress, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and more. The confidential, convenient online therapy is available 24/7 via the MDLIVE app. To learn more, download the MDLIVE Behavioral Health flyer.

Dermatology

ALLtech members have 24/7 access to a network of leading, board-certified dermatologists who can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail conditions online. A visit takes less than 10 minutes to complete, compared to waiting days, weeks or even months to visit with a dermatologist in-person. See our post Virtual Dermatology Visits Now Available Through ALLtech to learn more, or visit the MDLIVE Dermatology page.

Substance Use Disorder

MDLIVE partners with Boulder Care to offer a unique virtual care model that provides access 24/7 to substance use disorder treatment. Learn more in our article ALLtech Addresses Substance Use Disorder with Unique Virtual Care Model or visit Boulder.Care/Regence.

Learn More

To login or learn more, go to MDLIVE.com/Regence-WA or MDLIVE.com/Asuris

A Safe, Secure Start to the New Year with Identity Protection

Allstate Identity Protection Overview from Allstate Identity Protection on Vimeo.

The start of a new year is a great time to review your benefits and make sure your coverage is keeping up with the changing times. One opportunity that is becoming increasingly important is identity protection, which is now available through ALLtech.

With access to our plan’s Allstate Identity Protection, employers can offer their employees a unique layer of protection that helps them see where their data lives online, take back control of who has it, and help protect against identity theft.

Some of the features you have access to with the Allstate Identity Protection Pro Plus plan include:

  • Allstate Digital Footprint
  • Comprehensive monitoring and alerts
  • Dark web monitoring
  • High-risk transaction monitoring
  • Account activity alerts
  • Financial activity monitoring
  • Social media monitoring
  • IP address monitoring

Detailed information about the plan and its robust benefits are available in the Allstate Identity Protection brochure, or you can email ALLtech@advprofessionals.com to sign up or learn more.

Protection Pro Plus is a non-taxable, non-reportable benefit, meaning employers can deduct any cost of offering this service to their employees, when enrolled as employer paid.

Employers do not have to be enrolled in the ALLtech plan to access our exclusive rates for the Allstate Identity Protection Pro Plus plan.

On the Go This Summer? Virtual Care is There 24/7 for ALLtech Members

When you’re enrolled in ALLtech, accessing health care is easy whether you’re in the office, at home or on the go with virtual care at $0 co-pay on most plans.

Through MDLIVE, members enrolled in medical through Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health have 24/7 access to a broad range of services that include:

Primary Care

Consult with a board-certified doctor who will diagnose and treat non-emergency medical conditions, prescribe medications and send prescriptions to your pharmacy. Some common ailments that can be treated include cold/flu, allergies and headaches. For a detailed list, view our Welcome to MDLIVE flyer.

Behavioral Health Care

Through ALLtech, members can talk to a licensed counselor or psychiatrist from their home, office or on the go, to treat issues such as stress, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and more. The confidential, convenient online therapy is available 24/7 via the MDLIVE app. To learn more, download the MDLIVE Behavioral Health flyer.

Dermatology

ALLtech members have 24/7 access to a network of leading, board-certified dermatologists who can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail conditions online. A visit takes less than 10 minutes to complete, compared to waiting days, weeks or even months to visit with a dermatologist in-person. See our post Virtual Dermatology Visits Now Available Through ALLtech to learn more, or visit the MDLIVE Dermatology page.

Substance Use Disorder

MDLIVE partners with Boulder Care to offer a unique virtual care model that provides access 24/7 to substance use disorder treatment. Learn more in our article ALLtech Addresses Substance Use Disorder with Unique Virtual Care Model or visit Boulder.Care/Regence.

Learn More

To login or learn more, go to MDLIVE.com/Regence-WA or MDLIVE.com/Asuris

ALLtech Addresses Substance Use Disorder with Unique Virtual Care Model

From Regence.com

Addiction, or medically known as a substance use disorder, is a condition that affects far more people than many realize. In fact, more than 21 million people in the U.S. struggle with a substance use disorder, and opioid and alcohol use has risen sharply the past year. In the last 12 months alone, more than 81,000 people have died from a drug overdose – the highest number of fatal overdoses in one year ever recorded in the U.S.

Despite the growing need for treatment, access continues to be a concern. Many people find it difficult to locate nearby treatment centers or providers trained in medication-assisted therapy. Others may not have the time to seek out care, and there’s the stigma that may be associated with visiting a physical clinic in person.

ALLtech medical provider has Regence BlueShield has been working hard to reverse the trend by reducing opioid prescriptions among its membership by 51 percent. This March, it also announced a partnership with Boulder Care that provides ALLtech members with access to virtual substance use disorder treatment.

24/7 Access to Virtual Treatment

Boulder Care offers a unique model that provides access 24/7 nationwide, addressing traditional barriers to treatment caused by geography and time.

In addition to focusing on clinical outcomes, Boulder Care provides support for long-term health and wellness, as well as social determinants of health, like stable housing, employment and financial security. The organization’s model offers comprehensive treatment tailored to each participant’s unique needs, and is based around support provided by a specialized care team:

  • A doctor or nurse practitioner who specializes in addiction medicine and can address co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions with wrap-around support
  • A care advocate who can assist with insurance or pharmacy questions, as well as help patients find primary care, mental health and other providers
  • A nationally certified peer coach who has experience with recovery and can help with accessing local resources

Participants can access their dedicated care team through secure messaging, video visits, and 24/7 phone support.

Learn More

To learn more about the state of the opioid epidemic and the benefit of options like Boulder Care, please watch the above video from Regence Behavioral Health Medical Director Dr. Hossam Mahmoud and Boulder Care’s Dr. Alyson Smith.

To learn more about mental health resources and more support available to ALLtech members, see our post on Mental Health Awareness Month.

Virtual Dermatology Visits Now Available Through ALLtech

The past year has seen a lot of changes to the way we live, work and seek health care. Through it all, ALLtech has been there for members with virtual care services through MDLIVE that continue to adapt to our changing world, from offering primary and urgent care, to behavioral health therapy and now TeleDermatology.

As of May 15, 2021, ALLtech members enrolled in medical through Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health now have 24/7 access to a network of leading, board-certified dermatologists who can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail conditions online. A visit takes less than 10 minutes to complete, compared to waiting days, weeks or even months to visit with a dermatologist in-person.

Some examples of conditions that can be treated by MDLIVE dermatologists include:

  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Suspicious spots and moles
  • Eczema
  • Warts and other abnormal bumps
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflamed or enlarged hair follicles
  • Insect bites
  • Alopecia
  • Cold sores

When you need a dermatologist right away, MDLIVE Dermatology is a convenient, effective alternative. Most patients get a diagnoses within 24 hours, and your dermatologist can send prescriptions to your nearest pharmacy.

For more information, check out the MDLIVE Dermatology FAQ or call 1 (800) 400-MDLIVE.

Live Restorative Sessions Among Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals who took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health.

This May, as ALLtech continues to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to highlight our robust employee assistance program through Wellspring EAP, which includes one-on-one meetings with a counselor and an extensive online platform, featuring stress-reduction webinars and videos, legal and financial resources and more.

Specifically for Mental Health Awareness Month, Wellspring is offering a series of guided restorative sessions focused on self-care and more, including the following webinar:

Understanding and Caring for Anxiety
May 26, 2021 – 12:00 PM (PST)

There has been so much going on in our collective system that has caused our bodies and brains to be on alert. Though our anxiety can often not feel great, it can also serve as a useful guide. In this hour-long webinar, you will learn how to listen to your anxiety from a somatic lens and how to make choices that honor your nervous system when you feel anxious. You’ll leave with more understanding around how the systems we live in impact our nervous systems, why anxiety can be useful, and somatic tools to help settle and listen to anxiety.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 10- to 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions:

Recharge and Refresh with Access to Web-Based Tools from ALLtech

Emotional health and well-being support is just a click away for members of ALLtech enrolled in medical from Regence BlueShield/Asuris Northwest Health.

Through the myStrength by Livongo self-service and web-based app, members have access at no additional cost to easily recharge, refresh and improve their mood with resources such as:

  • Strategies to manage heightened stress
  • Tips for parenting during challenging times
  • Ideas to manage social isolation
  • Other tools and information for emotional support

The safe and secure app offers personalized web and mobile tools to help members overcome the challenges they face and stay mentally strong.

To learn more or sign up, download the myStrength Flyer for ALLtech members enrolled in Regence (or the myStrength Flyer for ALLtech members enrolled in Asuris).

ALLtech Now Offering $0 Virtual Care Access on Most Plans

ALLtech celebrates the New Year with a great new update for members enrolled in medical coverage: As of January 1, 2021, access to virtual care through MDLIVE is available at $0 copay on most plans (not subject to deductible).

Available by phone, secure video or mobile app, MDLIVE offers 24/7 access to virtual primary care and more, including psychiatry and counseling therapy.

Through ALLtech, members can talk to a licensed counselor or psychiatrist from their home, office or on the go, to treat issues such as stress, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and more.

MDLIVE also can treat a range of non-emergency conditions including cold/flu, allergies and headaches. For a list of common ailments, view our MDLIVE pdf.

To learn more about the robust benefits now available to ALLtech members, view our 2021 ALLtech Brochure*. Interested in becoming a member? Fill out our Request a Quote form or call (206) 602-3558.

*For members of Asuris Northwest Health, a subsidiary of Regence BlueShield that services the Asotin, Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties, please see the Asuris version of the 2021 ALLtech Brochure.