Tykar Williams

Why did Tykar Williams begin his health journey and join WeightWatchers®? Weight loss and pain-free knees have allowed Tykar to fully engage in life.

WHY are you taking your health journey?

Whether you are just starting out, or you have been at it for a while, ask yourself, WHY am I on this journey? What will make you happy and what will it take for you to unlock your life’s joys? Tykar Wiliams was motivated by his children. Being healthy allows him to fully engage in life and spend more time with them. Read more about his and some of your fellow 1199ers’ WHYs in this issue.

What’s your WHY? Share your story for a chance to win some swag!

You can share your WHY on our Healthy Living Resource Center

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Healthy Advantages

Introducing Virta—and a chance to reverse your type 2 diabetes!

We’re excited to introduce you to Virta Health, a new program for members with high A1Cs who want that extra one-on-one support that can lead to a life-changing chance for diabetes reversal—at no cost to you. Virta’s medical care team works closely with you to offer you an individualized plan with additional support from health coaches.

What’s covered:

  • Personalized provider care and health coaching
  • Meter, scale and testing supplies
  • Daily support via mobile/desktop app
  • A nutrition therapy plan backed by clinical research

If you have Type 2 diabetes and want more support, Virta may be the right choice for you.

Find out if you are eligible to join Virta.

Eligibility for diabetes management through Virta is only available for certain members and covered dependents who have major medical coverage through an 1199SEIU Benefit Fund. Among other criteria for participation, members and dependents must be over 18 with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are some medical conditions that would exclude patients from participation in Virta. Medicare-eligible retirees are not eligible for participation. Start the application process now to find out if you qualify.

Get the MyAccount Mobile App!

Accessing your benefits with MyAccount has gotten even easier. Just download our mobile app to your iOS or Android device, and you can sign on to MyAccount directly from your smartphone. Since the Benefit Fund first launched MyAccount, over 190,000 members have created accounts to access their benefits anytime, anywhere.

Use the MyAccount app to:

  • Change your address and update other personal information
  • Enroll your eligible dependents
  • Find out the status of a claim
  • Find a Provider
  • View Explanation of Benefits statements (EOBs)
  • Request a new Health Benefits ID card
  • Coordinate your spouse’s benefits
  • Register for benefits offered by the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds
  • Link to your training benefits
  • Request a pension estimate

Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for 1199SEIU Benefits.

New Benefit: Teladoc Primary360

Finding and building a relationship with a Primary Care Physician (PCP) is one of the most important ways you can protect your health and well-being. If you do not have a PCP and need the convenience of seeing one virtually, a Teladoc Primary360 provider can offer you annual exams and preventive care; diagnose and treat health concerns; help manage chronic conditions; fill prescription medications; and refer you to in-network specialists. Choose a provider based on specialty, language, gender and/or availability, and see this same provider throughout the course of your care. You’ll even get additional support from a Care Team, including registered nurses, medical assistants and care coordinators. Visit www.Teladoc.com or call (800) TELADOC (835-2362) to find your PCP today.

To learn more about building a relationship with your doctor, visit Healthy Relationships.

Visit the Healthy Living Resource Center

Living a healthy life allows us to fully engage and be there for our loved ones, friends, co-workers, patients and residents. The Healthy Living Resource Center can support you on the path to wellness. The Resource Center is divided into five sections: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts, Healthy Eating and Healthy Relationships with Your Healthcare Providers. Explore each topic for expert advice, helpful stats, resources, classes, event listings and much more.

FindHelp Connects You with Community Resources

FindHelp is an online resource of free or low-cost community-based programs and services near where you and your family live and work. With our Wellness Member Assistance Program, we now offer a customized search engine tailored to provide you with resources for emotional well-being, food security, housing assistance, transit, additional child care, goods and services, and legal assistance.

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