We know how important your health benefits are to you, and that is why we are committed to protecting them against fraud and abuse. In this issue of For Your Benefit, we update you about a scheme that has targeted some members, and ask for your help in reporting any suspicious phone calls, emails or letters you may receive. Working together, we can protect the health coverage you have earned and rely on.
In addition, we share with you information you need to stay healthy and informed. In his column, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Van H. Dunn discusses the connection between mental and physical health, and how your Benefit Fund supports both with multiple resources, including our Wellness Member Assistance Program and Teladoc, our telehealth phone and video service. We also remind you of the importance of regular colon cancer screenings–covered by your Benefit Fund–which can save your life. And much more »
Physicians and other healthcare professionals have long seen a correlation between physical and mental health.
The 1199SEIU Benefit Funds’ Fraud and Abuse Department has identified a telemarketing fraud scheme that has the potential to cost your Benefit Fund thousands of dollars–and could even leave you responsible for out-of-pocket costs.
Only 42 percent of 1199SEIU members age 50 and older have been screened for colorectal cancer, a rate far too low and one that our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Van H. Dunn, has committed to raising.
Many people in the U.S. don’t see a mental health professional when they need one. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as many as 43.8 million people experience a behavioral health crisis each year, but 60 percent don’t receive any treatment.
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