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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Ohio members who have questions about coronavirus or who want to access the most current information about the outbreak, please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov.
We’re here for you Ohio.
No-cost or low-cost health coverage from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.
Helping people is at the heart of all we do
All Ohioans deserve affordable health care, including you. We offer Medicaid plans to help Ohioans get healthy — and stay healthy. We cover adults, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and children with our Ohio Medicaid plans.
Get a plan that gives you more. UnitedHealthcare has a large provider network in Ohio. That gives you more options to choose the right doctors and specialists to fit your health care needs. We also offer more services and extras, which can make a real difference in your life.
- If you have not, schedule your 2021 annual well visit. Checkups aren’t just for kids. Get off to a good start this year by scheduling an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP). All the members of your family should see their PCP once a year for a well visit. You will get any tests or shots that are needed. Your PCP can look for problems that often don’t have symptoms. Tell them about any health concerns you have. Ask questions. Together, you can make a plan and take charge of your health.
Need a new PCP? We can help you find a provider who is a good fit for you. Visit myuhc.com/CommunityPlan or call Member Services toll-free at 1-800-895-2017, TTY 711.
Be smoke-free. We can help.
As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking.
Trying to stop smoking is hard. But all the benefits of quitting are worth it. Did you know that 20 minutes after you quit, your heart rate drops to a normal level? And 12-24 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. We support our members who are trying to quit.
- Visit your doctor to get advice and medicines that can help you quit. We can help you schedule an appointment.
- Medicines come in different forms like patches, gum, lozenges and pills. Most of these are covered by your benefits. We can also help you understand your other benefits too.
- Reach out to the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line for coaching and counseling. They offer additional support for pregnant members and teens who use tobacco. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
- Get access to educational materials and other resources. We offer a wide variety of resources and links to valuable material.
Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral health is as important as physical health. That’s why we have coverage for both.
Required care is 100% covered with no co-pay, including testing and diagnosis, behavioral therapy and medication.
Behavioral health services can help you with personal problems that may affect you and/or your family. These problems may be stress, depression, anxiety or using drugs or alcohol. We can help.
Healthy First Steps®
When you’re pregnant, you receive help and advice from your mom, aunts, sisters and girlfriends. Yet every pregnancy is different. This program will support you through your pregnancy.
Get pregnancy and parenting support.
We can help you:
- Find a doctor for both mother and baby.
- Learn about nutrition, fitness and safety.
- Get supplies, including breast pumps for nursing moms.
Health4Me™ Mobile App
This free mobile app allows you to access key information on the go. You can search for nearby doctors, view your member handbook or view your member ID card.
The Health4Me mobile app can be downloaded to an Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet.
The mobile app lets you:
- Pull up your member ID card anytime.
- See your health plan benefits.
- Find nearby providers, hospitals and urgent care clinics.
- Check transportation services that are available to you.
- View your Member Handbook.
- Connect with helpful professionals 24/7.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Go to the app store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android.
- Download the app to your phone.
- Use your myuhc.com credentials to log in or enter member ID card information to register.
Healthy weight. Getting exercise.
Losing weight does not have to be hard. Getting more exercise is one of the best ways. Try to get 60 minutes or more of exercise every day. It doesn’t have to mean doing hard exercises or going to the gym every day. Just move your body. Here are some ideas:
Move! Dancing to your favorite tunes can help you burn more than 300 calories an hour.
If you do play video games, play interactive ones where you have to move. You don’t even have to leave the house to move – try exercises like jumping jacks, marching in place, going up and down stairs, push-ups or sit-ups at home.
Walk! Take a walk with a friend outside. Walk your dog or your neighbor’s dog, or walk your cat! Instead of driving, walk or bike to school or a friend’s house.
Clean! Vacuum your room. Wash the car. Mow the lawn. Your parents will be happy, and it’s another chance for you to get more exercise, and maybe even have some fun.
Unplug! Limit your time watching TV or using your smartphone, computer or other device. Keep screen time to less than two hours a day. When you do watch TV or use your phone – try marching in place or exercising while you watch/play.
Healthy weight. Healthy eating.
Healthy Weight. Healthy You.
When you eat more calories than you use, your body stores the extra calories as fat. A few extra pounds are not bad for most people, but too many extra pounds and too much body fat can be bad for your health.* Doctors call this being “overweight” or “obese.”
Doctors use a measurement called body mass index (BMI), using your height and your weight to determine how much body fat you have. The best way to stay at a healthy weight or to lose weight is to make good food choices. Here are some easy ways to do that every day:
- Try to eat more vegetables and fruit than any other type of food whenever possible.
- Choose low-calorie foods or smaller portions when eating out.
- Pick healthy side dishes like apple slices or apple sauce instead of Ffrench fries. If you are really craving fries, try eating something healthy like a salad, apple slices or apple sauce first, then split a small portion of fries with a few other people.
- Drink water or milk instead of soda.
- Check the label – can you recognize all of the ingredients? If not, it might have a lot of extra stuff you don’t need, so look for other options. Try nuts or whole grain crackers instead of chips.
- Try replacing sugary snacks with things like yogurt or dried fruit (without added sugar). If you have a sweet tooth, try a small portion of your favorite sweet only once a day.
Depression is a real illness. It can be treated.
You can feel like yourself again. Depression is an illness like diabetes or heart disease. The first step is to accept that you need help. The second step is to talk to your doctor.
Common signs of depression can include:
• Feeling unhappy, down or sad every day or feeling worthless, guilty, helpless or hopeless.
• Loss of interest in hobbies, activities and people you once enjoyed.
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual, or feeling tired, weak or low in energy.
• Loss of appetite or eating too much.
• Having trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
• Thinking or talking about suicide.
Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com.
How stress affects you
When you're stressed, your body knows it. Your heart starts pounding and your muscles tense. Everyone has stress in their life now and then. But chronic stress can have negative effects on both your physical and your mental health.
It can affect:
Digestion. Stress slows the release of stomach acid and causes the colon to work faster. This can result in stomachaches or diarrhea.
Heart rate and blood vessels. Your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol may increase. This raises your risk for
heart attacks and strokes.
Immune system. Stress makes wounds heal slower. You’re also more likely to get colds and infections.
Weight. Stress makes you crave fats and carbohydrates. If you gain weight in your abdominal area, you’re at greater
risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Mental health. Stress makes you tense and anxious. This can lead to depression, headaches or other problems such as trouble sleeping.
Regain your balance. If stress has taken over your life, here are some ideas to regain control:
Make time for regular exercise. Check with your doctor to see what types of exercise are right for you.
- Do things you enjoy.
- Learn how to relax.
- Treat yourself well.
If your stress is still an issue, talk with your doctor. He or she can recommend someone who can help you find other ways to manage your stress.
Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com
Questions, answers and helpful advice.
Be sure to see your doctor regularly. Especially when you first start taking a depression medicine. Or when the dose is changed.
How do I know my medicine is working?
Be patient. Give it time to work. Most people start to feel better after several weeks. You should feel less tired or worried, little by little. It may take a while to get the full benefits of your medicine.
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