January 12, 2022

Have you ever lost your insurance cards? Or walked into the doctor’s office and had to fill out multiple documents before being seen? When we’re sick or in a time crunch, the last thing we want to deal with is an inconvenience.

The beginning of the year, which is the start of most insurance plan years, is a great time to get all of your benefits documents in order before you need to start using them. Here are some tips to help make your sick days and doctor visits less time-consuming and inconvenient.

  • Download carrier app – Most large carrier companies like UnitedHealthcare, Anthem or Aetna, have applications you can download straight to your cellular device. These apps make it easy to manage your benefits on the go. You can find doctors, compare costs, view claims and even access your insurance cards from the app on your phone. Becoming familiar with the app at the beginning of the year can help you stay on top of your benefits throughout the year.
  • Take a photo of insurance cards – Once you receive insurance cards, take a photo of them with your phone. If the cards are forgotten or lost, most offices will accept photos of the front and back of the insurance cards. Make sure your name, member identification number and plan number are visible in the photo.
  • Update insurance information at doctors’ offices – When you receive your new insurance cards or download the app, it’s a best practice to call your healthcare providers and update your insurance information with their offices. Setting up your insurance before appointments helps minimize check-in time — and if your cards get lost or forgotten, the healthcare providers already have your needed information.

We could all use a little extra time on our hands. Preparing for a year’s worth of doctor appointments and sick time will help you save time while relieving some of the stress associated with these activities.

Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

In this Better Health in 90 video, Apex DE&I Officer and Associate Counsel Brooke Salazar, JD discusses important practices to help you be prepared when you need to use your health benefits.

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