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.

Get Help During the Holidays and Beyond with ALLtech

Convenient access to health care has always been a priority for the ALLtech Benefits Trust. During a holiday season that already has stress levels at an all-time high, ALLtech is making access even easier by further expanding its virtual care resources.

The above video from ALLtech medical provider Regence* BlueShield highlights the many virtual offerings available through the health plan, with a focus on mental health resources during this time of potentially prolonged stress.

Read more about how ALLtech’s is enhancing and improving its diverse offerings in the GeekWire article Get Help During the Holidays and Beyond with ALLtech.

Video: Explore Behavioral Health Resources Available Though ALLtech

Virtual access to health care has always been a valued benefit for ALLtech members, perhaps now more than ever. After months of living in the shadow of a pandemic, ALLtech’s partners continue to add virtual health resources to help members access the care they need from the comfort of their home.

That includes virtual access to behavioral health care, including psychiatry and counseling therapy through MDLIVE, as well as the myStrength self-service and web-based app that offers tools and skills to cope with stress and anxiety.

Starting on January 1, 2021, access to MDLIVE will be even easier with the co-pay decreasing to $0 for most ALLtech members.

Please view the above video to learn more about the resources available to ALLtech members, and please also see our accompanying article in GeekWire: Mental health counseling available via ALLtech as scientists predict tough winter due to COVID surge

Video: 3 Trails to Get Away in Nature from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer

Looking for an outdoor escape this fall? Ken Myer, the Trustee for ALLtech, teamed up with partners Regence BlueShield at the GeekWire Summit last month to share some tips in the above video to help attendees “get out, get away in nature.”

Especially with the new statewide COVID-19 restrictions that are giving some Washingtonians cabin fever, hitting the trails is a great way to get you out of the house safely.

“I just wanted to encourage all of you to consider getting out on our trails,” Myer says in the video. “It’s great for your mind and your body and fall is just a wonderful time to get out hiking.”

A few trails he recommends:

“Whatever trail you choose, I encourage you to get out, get away in nature,” Myer adds. “This is a wonderful time to explore our fantastic trail system.”

Looking for something closer to you? Myer recommends the Washington Trails Association to search for a hike and for important hiking safety tips.

Regence at the GeekWire Summit: How the Pandemic is Changing Health Care

After three weeks of industry leaders exploring the shape of the future of tech, business, science, health, policy and innovation, the GeekWire Summit has come to an end. If you missed the virtual series, ALLtech’s exclusive partners at GeekWire have covered every it from every angle with GeekWire Summit 2020 special coverage.

ALLtech medical providers Regence BlueShield, which for the third year sponsored the event’s Health Tech Stage, also summarizes some of its highlights in the article Regence at the GeekWire Summit: How the Pandemic is Changing Health Care.

“Innovative, effective health care is even more critical for all of us living in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Regence Vice President Brady Cass to the GeekWire Summit attendees. “At Regence, we’ve made it our priority to support our members, employers, business partners and local communities through the public health crisis. And we were honored to help lead the discussion this month on the Health Tech Stage.”

Video: 3 Parks for Getting Out in Nature from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer

As a sponsor of the GeekWire Summit from October 13-29, 2020, ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer took advantage of his time in front of the camera to share resources that truly embody the value ALLtech places on wellness.

“Getting out in nature, and hiking and walking, is just so good for the soul and for our physical condition,” he says in the video from ALLtech medical providers Regence BlueShield, also a sponsor of the GeekWire Summit. “We’ve got a beautiful place to do that, especially in the fall.”

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors while avoiding some of the more crowded parks, Myer recommends three parks in the Puget Sound area:

“I encourage you all to take advantage of our wonderful trails,” Myer adds, “and if you need more information, check out the Washington Trails Association.”

Video: Why an Eye Exam is About More Than Just Vision

From ALLtech vision care providers VSP Vision Care Inc. 

Perhaps you don’t wear glasses or contacts and haven’t had any issues with your eyes. So, you think, “Why would I need to go to the eye doctor every year?” You might be surprised to know that there is more to an eye exam than just checking your visual clarity. Here are three reasons why you should visit your eye doctor every year.

1. Detecting Early Signs of Chronic Diseases like Diabetes

Your eyes reveal a lot about your overall wellness. An eye exam can detect early signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Regular eye exams are critical because what may seem like a vision-related problem might be an indication of a broader health issue.

2. Some Eye Diseases Are Symptom-Free

What do glaucomacataracts and macular degeneration all have in common? All these conditions share a common characteristic—no early warning signs. Getting an annual eye exam can help detect health conditions before they progress and may help preserve your vision.

3. Your Vision Might Not Be as Clear as You Think

You may think your vision is clear, but many people are often surprised to discover they aren’t seeing as well as they thought they were. You may not notice that your vision changed, but an eye exam can reveal if you need glasses or contacts – or an update to your current prescription to ensure you’re seeing as clearly as possible.

Need an eye exam but not sure where to go? Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a VSP network eye doctor near you. If you need to make an appointment to see an eye doctor, but don’t have vision benefits, visit VSPDirect.com to learn how VSP Individual Vision Plans can help you save money on your next eye exam and glasses.

Information received through VSP Vision Care channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

Video: It’s Easy to Access Virtual Care Through ALLtech

Virtual care is a quick and convenient way to visit with a doctor and get a diagnosis, treatment plan and even a prescription sent to your pharmacy.

Through ALLtech, members enrolled in medical through Regence BlueShield/Asuris Northwest Health have access to care over the phone, video or secure instant messaging – all from the comfort of home.

Watch the above video to learn how easy it is to register and sign up for an appointment to virtual care through MDLIVE.