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Do you or a loved one want to improve your health? You can do it! We’ve created health centers by topic to help you get started on your journey to wellness.

What is asthma? What can you do to control asthma symptoms? Do you need to see how to use a metered-dose inhaler? If you’re struggling to control your or your child’s asthma, this site can help.

Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools, asthma-related apps and helpful resources to answer your questions and help you take control. You’ll learn about things like making an asthma action plan, how to learn your asthma triggers and when to call the doctor. Find out what small steps you can take right now to help improve your quality of life.

Asthma Apps

Useful Apps - State of the Air

State of the Air

Check the air quality wherever you are.


Interactive Tools

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American Lung Association: What Is Asthma?

See what happens to the lungs during an asthma attack. Watch Video.



Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle change program proven to delay type 2 diabetes among people found with prediabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the National Diabetes Prevention Program, also known as the CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP).

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) providers

Providers use a CDC-approved lifestyle change program that:

  • Supports self-monitoring and problem solving
  • Gives coach input
  • Includes notes to support program goals
  • Calls for weigh-ins to track and meet program goals
Coaches

DPP sessions are led by coaches who promote real lifestyle changes, inspire weight loss through healthy eating and staying active, and carry out the DPP course of study. A coach may be a doctor, non-physician practitioner or an unlicensed person who is trained to give the needed content and who has the skills, knowledge and qualities stated in the most up-to-date CDC DPRP rules.

Program format

Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) cover at least 22 DPP sessions for the first twelve months of the DPP benefit. Months one through twelve most often have weekly sessions in the first six months (months one through six), followed by monthly sessions in the next six months (months seven through twelve). MCPs may then give twelve months of ongoing sessions (months 13 through 24) to qualified members to promote continued healthy activity. A member qualifies for the ongoing support sessions if the member reaches and/or keeps weight loss of at least 5 percent from the first session and meets the attendance requirement as outlined in the Medi-Cal Provider Manual. MCPs decide fair methods for required weigh-ins, including in-person, at a DPP session or DPP provider location, a remote weigh-in or self-reported weigh-ins.

Members must meet the most up to date CDC DPRP eligibility terms to get the DPP benefit. To learn more about the CDC DPRP program visit https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html.

DPP sessions

Medi-Cal MCPs can cover these types of sessions when clinically needed:

  • In-person: for in-person delivery, members are physically present in a classroom or classroom-like setting with a coach
  • Distance learning: distance learning is when a coach leads sessions from a distant classroom. The coach is in one place while members call in or take part by video-conference from some other place
  • Online: members can log into DPP sessions using a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone from any place, without a doctor or coach there. Members must also keep in touch with coaches as needed through online classes, emails, phone calls or texts
  • Combination: any combination of in-person, distance learning or online methods
Frequency

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) may be offered as often as needed if the member’s health care record shows their condition calls for more help. Examples needing more help:

  • Member switched enrollment from one MCP to another MCP
  • Member changed from Fee-for-Service Medi-Cal into a MCP
  • Member moved to another county
  • Member had a lapse in Medi-Cal enrollment
  • Member had health issues that kept them from DPP sessions

If you have any questions, please call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-407-4627 (TTY 1-888-757-6034) or 1-888-285-7801 (TTY 711) for members in Los Angeles, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time.
 
Source: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention

Diabetes Apps

Useful Apps - Glucose Buddy

Glucose Buddy

Log and keep track of your blood sugar.

Useful Apps - MediSafe

MediSafe

Know when it’s time to take your medicine.

Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.

 

Self-given hormonal birth control update

Anthem covers up to a 12-month continuous supply of FDA-approved, self-given hormonal birth control when handed out at one time by a provider or pharmacist. It must be supplied at a location approved to give out drugs or supplies. This means when a member asks a family planning provider, pharmacist or out-of-network provider for a 12-month continuous supply of hormonal birth control pills, patches or vaginal rings, Anthem will cover the entire cost. The Medi-Cal Provider Manual lists correct 12-month amounts of these self-given hormonal birth controls for family planning.

Family Planning Topics

Would you like to have more energy or lose some weight? Could you benefit from changing your diet or being more active? If you want to take steps towards a healthier you, this site can help.

Here you'll find useful tips, interactive tools, fitness-related apps and helpful resources to answer your questions and help you set personal health goals. You'll learn about things like healthy eating and how to make activity a part of your daily life. A fit body can be in your future. Find out what small steps you can take right now to help improve your quality of life.

Fit Body Apps

Useful Apps - Fast Food Calories

Fast Food Calories

Check more than 20,000 menu items from 108 restaurants.

Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.

Useful Apps - My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal

Track calories, exercise and weight each day.

 

Interactive Tools

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BMI Calculator

Learn your body mass index (BMI) and how it may affect your overall health.

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How Many Calories Did You Burn?

Let this tool do the math for you while you have fun being active.

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Interactive Food Label

Test your knowledge of reading food labels.

 

We all feel down, worried or overwhelmed at times. But when these feelings last a while, or they stop you from doing daily tasks, it may be time to seek help. Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools and helpful resources.

When should you call the doctor? You’ll learn about things like managing stress, overcoming depression, treating anxiety and attention deficit disorder. This site can help you deal with life’s pressures in healthy ways. Find out what small steps you can take right now to help improve your quality of life.

Fit Mind Apps

Useful Apps - Calm

Calm

Relax and relieve stress with calming music, sounds and visuals.

Useful Apps - Stop Breathe and Think

Stop Breathe and Think

Let this app guide you through mindfulness exercises.

Useful Apps - Unique Daily Affirmations

Unique Daily Affirmations

Manage negative self-talk.

Useful Apps - Virtual Hope Box

Virtual Hope Box

These tools can help you relax and cope with stress.


Interactive Tools

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What's Your Stress Level?

Find out what effect recent life changes may be having on your health.

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Are you Depressed?

See if how you’re feeling is a sign of depression.



What is heart disease? What can you do to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke? Are you looking for ways to lower your cholesterol or control your high blood pressure? If so, this site can help.

Here you'll find useful tips, interactive tools, heart health-related apps and helpful resources to answer your questions and help you take control. You'll learn about things like making changes in your lifestyle, important health care screenings and when to call the doctor. Find out about small steps you can take to help improve your health.

Useful Apps

Useful Apps - MediSafe

MediSafe

Know when it’s time to take your medicine.

Useful Apps - My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal

Track calories, exercise and weight each day.

Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.


Interactive Tools

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Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Answer a few simple questions to find out if you're ready to quit.



What health screenings do women need? How can you stay healthy if you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant? What are your options for birth control? This site can help you find the answers you need.

Visit our Pregnancy and Women’s Health page learn more about:

  • Women’s health information and resources
  • Incentives and rewards programs
  • Interactive tools
  • Pregnancy and childbirth-related apps

Whether you are thinking about having a baby, pregnant, a new mom, or aren’t planning to have a baby, we can help you stay healthy.

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Is your use of alcohol or drugs affecting your daily life? Is it causing problems at work, at home or in your relationships? If so, it may be time to seek help. Addiction is a disease, just like diabetes or heart disease.

Here you'll find useful tips, interactive tools, addiction-related apps and helpful resources. You'll learn about things like how to spot the signs of drug or alcohol addiction, treatment options and where to find support. This site can help you take steps to become alcohol and drug free.

Interactive Tools

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Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

Learn if your drinking habits are healthy or not.



Have you ever thought about quitting smoking, chewing or dipping? How much healthier would you be if you stopped using tobacco? How much money would you save? Making a change can be hard, but you can do it! This site can help.

Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools and helpful resources. You’ll learn about things like how to know if you’re ready to quit, steps you can take to help you break the habit and where to find support. You can be tobacco-free for good.

Interactive Tools

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Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Answer a few simple questions to find out if you're ready to quit.



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