AlaskaCare Wellness News | January 2019

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January 2019 | #76

AlaskaCare's New Pharmacy Benefits Manager, OptumRx, is Online!
Doctor with Prescription

The transition from Aetna/CVS Pharmacy Services to OptumRx is now complete! As of January 1, 2019, OptumRx will administer pharmacy benefits for all AlaskaCare health plans.

OptumRx’s retail pharmacy network includes most pharmacies in Alaska. For a list of participating pharmacies near you, use AlaskaCare’s Find a Provider tool, and the Pharmacy Locator Tool on both the OptumRx app, and You can also call an OptumRx health care advocate at (855) 409-6999, TTY 711. Representatives are available to help you 24/7.

OptumRx representatives can assist AlaskaCare employees and retirees with:
  • finding network pharmacies,
  • reviewing the formulary to see if your covered medications are changing,
  • ensuring your mail order medications are transitioned,
  • the prior authorization process,
  • setting refill reminders, and much more!, Your Digital Tool—Register Now! is a fast, easy and secure way to get the information you need to make the most of your pharmacy benefit.

Register now to:

  • locate network pharmacies near you,
  • compare medication prices at different pharmacies,
  • manage medication for covered dependents and spouses, and
  • view real-time benefits and claims history.

Learn how to register with (also known as HealthSafe ID™) with this helpful PDF: Registration Instructions [PDF 523K].

Mail Order
If you receive medication through the mail, make sure to enroll in the OptumRx home delivery program. You can get up to a 90-day supply of your medications. To start home delivery, log in to, use the OptumRx app or call (855) 409-6999, TTY 711. If you were enrolled in the Aetna mail order program, any remaining prescription fills were automatically transferred to OptumRx.

Specialty Pharmacy
If you were receiving medication from the Aetna Specialty Pharmacy program, any remaining prescription fills have been automatically transferred to BriovaRx Specialty Pharmacy. The only exceptions are individuals who are Medicare-eligible and enrolled in the AlaskaCare Retiree Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). They must contact OptumRx (855) 409-6999, TTY 711 directly to transfer specialty prescriptions to Briova.

If you have questions about specialty pharmacy prescriptions or need help with enrolling, call BriovaRx at (855)-4BRIOVA, (427-4682).

Get the information you need to make the most of your pharmacy benefits and don’t forget to tell your pharmacist and your provider that you now have OptumRx Prescription Coverage.

AlaskaCare Employees Have Easy Access to Teladoc Telehealth Services
Doctor on Phone

Have the flu, but haven’t met your deductible yet? Too busy to schedule an appointment? Need to speak to a provider now?

With Teladoc, you can talk to an experienced doctor by phone or video chat within minutes. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for only $5 per general medical consultation.

All Teladoc doctors are board-certified, state-licensed, and can treat many health issues—including cold and flu symptoms, allergies, sinus problems, sore throat, respiratory infections, and more. Teladoc is a convenient, affordable alternative to accessing medical care in non-emergency situations. Teladoc doctors can even send a prescription to your nearest pharmacy when medically necessary! For more information about Teladoc for AlaskaCare, click here.

To utilize your telehealth benefits, begin by registering for a Teladoc account.

There are three ways to register:

  1. Online:
  2. Mobile App:
  3. Phone: (855) TELADOC (835-2362).

During registration, you’ll complete your medical history so when you need Teladoc®, it will be fast and easy. Register today!

Teladoc, Inc. is a telehealth company that uses telephone and video conferencing technology to provide 24/7/365 on-demand remote medical care via mobile devices, the internet, video, and phone for your non-emergent symptoms.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Happy Women

Cervical cancer occurs when the cells of the cervix grow abnormally and invade other tissues and organs of the body. When it is invasive, this cancer affects the deeper tissues of the cervix and may spread to other parts of the body (metastasis), most notably the lungs, liver, bladder, vagina, and rectum. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is almost always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening, such as a pap smear and human papillomavirus(HPV) tests. In cases where cervical cancer isn't curable, it's often possible to slow its progression, prolong lifespan and relieve any associated symptoms. This is known as palliative care.

The good news is cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care. The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV.

To learn more, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

Start your new year with an annual well-woman visit.

To find out which screenings are covered as 100% preventive in-network services by the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan, contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 784-8646.


Check Out Aetna's New Health App!

Aetna Mobile

Staying healthy is important, so is keeping track of your benefits. Managing it all isn’t easy, but the Aetna Health app can help.

Download it now to:

  • Find a doctor near you.
  • Get cost estimates for visits and procedures.
  • Manage benefits, view and pay claims for your whole family.
  • Track spending and progress toward meeting your deductible.
  • Access your member ID card whenever you need it.

You can also view your personal health record anytime, so you’ll always know what shots you’ve had or what medicines you’re on.


Your Health Care At Your Fingertips
The app also makes it easy to stay on top of your health. You’ll get recommended health actions based on your profile, and to help you stay active and eat healthy, you can set fitness and nutrition goals and log when you’ve accomplished them—all in the app. Discover a smarter, simpler way to manage your health and benefits. Download the Aetna Health app today.


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Eye Graphic

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to damage of the optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. Because there are usually no symptoms or pain associated with the onset of glaucoma, it’s called the “Silent Thief of Sight.” Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58% increase. Glaucoma can only be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye health examination. For the sake of your sight, schedule an annual eye examination. To find out which vision screenings are covered as 100% preventive in-network services by the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan, contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 784-8646.


For more information, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation. For more information, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Smoking Cessation

“Escape the Vape”!

E-cigarettes, the latest smoking craze, is just another tobacco industry marketing campaign utilized to promote the use of nicotine in youth culture. Many e-cigarette users have no idea what is in the products they are using. Find out everything you need to know to help you or your loved ones kick the habit! Check out your AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan for tobacco cessation benefits and contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 784-8646 or Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line. Get started today!


Moroccan Soup

Recipe of the Month

Moroccan Vegetable Chorba


Leg Raise

Exercise of the Month

The Leg Raise


Garlic & Onions
Health Fact of the Month
Go For Garlic!

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy this winter. Both preparations possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and may boost immunity, improve heart and blood vessel health, and may even help lower blood pressure!



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