UAW Local 249 Bulletin February 15, 2017
Primary Care Physician
While we were in Detroit it was brought to our attention that many members do not have a primary care physician when they need to visit a doctor. Many members are going to the Emergency Room for Non-Emergency situations, which is costing more than double than it would if you were to visit your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary doctor please see one of the UAW Benefit Representatives at the Union Hall so they can help you get one. If you need to be seen by a doctor for a non-emergency you can visit numerous Urgent Care centers around the plant and save yourself some money. The reason this is an issue is that it can affect our membership. By going to the Emergency Room for non-emergencies it can drive up the cost of our insurance premiums that are negotiated yearly in Kansas City. This in turn can cause our co-pays and prescription costs to go up for all membership.
Telemedicine for PPO BCBS of Michigan
Affective January 1, 2017 you can get quality health care anytime, anywhere in the US. You can sign up now using the app Amwell for your mobile device, or bcbs.amwell.com on your computer. You can also call 1-844-733-3627 use the service key BCBSM. It only takes about three minutes. Just choose an available doctor, click and go. It is available for the whole family, and is in network.
You can use Amwell for illness such as:
- sinus and respiratory infections
- colds, flu and seasonal allergies
- minor burns, cuts and scrapes
- Skin rashes
- Painful urination
- Eye irritation or redness
- Sore throat