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  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

May 2012 Issue Brief:

Health Plan Approaches to Preconception Health

 

Health Plan Motivation for Promoting Preconception Health

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, concerned about the impact of low levels of health literacy on health outcomes and costs, supports the ChoiceOne Pregnancy and Sexual Health Resource Centers’ Optimal Health Training Program which educates women of childbearing age on self-care, prevention and early intervention.

Promoting Health Literacy to Encourage Adoption of Healthy Lifestyles

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has been working to improve preconception health literacy by funding the ChoiceOne Pregnancy and Sexual Health Resource Center to deliver the Optimal Health Training Program (OHTP) to women who depend on public medical services in northern New Jersey. This center serves women of all ages experiencing or at-risk for an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection. ChoiceOne staff determines each woman’s health literacy status upon initial screening, and women with lower levels of health literacy are targeted to receive the OHTP as a component of their services at ChoiceOne. The program includes education and skills training in health care terminology, medical forms, gaining access to early intervention and prevention programs, medical assessment, and mentorship in responsible self/family health care. Ultimately, the hope is that the improved knowledge will help participants navigate the health care system more effectively in the future to access needed preconception services and that they will be empowered to share their knowledge with others in their communities. In terms of program reach, the ChoiceOne program delivered services to 3,719 women during the year-long grant period – two and a half times its original goal.

May 2012 Issue Brief

 
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