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headliner Watch this new video on heart health by Dr. George Adesina, a board-certified cardiologist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston. If you haven’t already scheduled or completed your annual preventive checkups, contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP). If you need help finding a PCP, call Jeanne’ Johnson, your Aetna onsite representative, at 281-627-7489.

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Preventive medicine is one of our top goals this year at HISD. Have you had your annual physical? Scheduled your biannual dental checkup or had any cancer screenings? It’s important to get these checkups on a regular basis, as they reduce the risk of getting sick and can detect life-threatening health conditions early, when they are easily treatable. Family history plays an important role in your checkup schedule, so talk with your doctor, discuss your family history, and ask questions. Early detection is most critical if you are at risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease. You may also visit Preventive Health Care in the Benefits Wellness Corner for additional screenings to consider as part of your prevention plan.

Covered preventive services – If you are enrolled in an HISD medical, dental, or vision plan, these preventive services are covered at no cost through your plan when you see physicians or providers in your plan’s network. Coverage includes routine screenings and checkups, as well as some counseling to prevent illness, disease, and other health problems. You won’t have to pay out of pocket for these preventive visits when they are provided in-network. They include regular checkups for adults, routine gynecological exams for women, and wellness exams for children. Screenings, services and other covered preventive services can vary by age, gender and other factors, so talk with your doctor about which services are right for you. Note that services are generally not preventive if you get them as part of a visit to diagnose, monitor, or treat an illness or injury. In these cases, copays, coinsurance, and deductibles may apply.

Protect your skin – Summertime is coming, and it’s time to think about protecting your skin when you are outdoors. Use sunscreen that is at least 15 SPF or higher. Wear protective clothing when you are on a boat or at the beach to protect your skin from harmful rays. Remember, your skin protects your body, so take care of it. Drink plenty of fluids and make sunscreen part of your daily routine. See these four videos on how to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer by Dr. Christine Wan of the HISD Health and Medical Centers.

Telehealth – Telehealth is a great benefit of your medical plan. Instead of a long wait in an emergency room, urgent care center, or doctor’s office, use telehealth to take care of minor needs. Memorial Hermann members and Texas Medical Neighborhood members can access CareAccess Live for their telehealth needs. Visit the CareAccess Live page on the Benefits website and download the app before you need it. This benefit uses a chat feature that is user-friendly and convenient – you can talk with a doctor and get immediate answers.
Kelsey-Seybold members have telehealth benefits through the MyChart app on a smartphone or online via Get connected quickly to take care of your needs over the phone by using the video option. Appointments are generally available with your designated physician or other physicians on staff who can help you.

Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and now is the perfect time to talk to a counselor from your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). It is a simple process and can be set up by calling 1-833-812-5181. Talking about it may help you and others – your story could change a life. Mental health counseling can help individuals struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns. See Mental Health in the Benefits Wellness Corner for tools and tips. Your EAP also has a Mental Health Awareness Guide you may access. For more information, visit the EAP page or call 1-833-812-5181 to speak with someone confidentially. In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, ComPsych, your EAP provider will offer a free, live Mental Health Awareness webinar on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Life Events: Marriage
When you get married, you have 31 days to add your spouse to your HISD coverage. Even if you are not currently covered, this life event allows you to add yourself, your new spouse, and any children to HISD benefits. However, you must make the change within 31 days of getting married. If you miss this deadline, you will not have coverage until the next calendar year. See the Life Events section of the Benefits website.

Stroke Awareness Month
May is Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s vital to know the symptoms. Think F.A.S.T.--Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty? Time to call 9-1-1. Go to the American Heart Association’s website for additional information on heart health and strokes. See also “Five Steps to a Healthy Heart,” an informative video by Dr. Christine Wan of the HISD Health and Wellness Centers.

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Don’t forget to attend the HISD healthcare vendor mini-sessions daily from May 17 to May 27. Vendors will share detailed information about the benefits they provide to HISD employees. Whether you are enrolled or not, attend one of these interactive sessions. Details and links are on the HISD Webinars.

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To learn more about how your EAP benefits can help you and your family with many of life’s challenges, call ComPsych Guidance Resources EAP at 1-833-812-5181. You may also access Guidance Resources Online (GRO) and link to vital information, tools, and support, including articles, podcasts, videos, slideshows, on-demand trainings, and “Ask the Expert” personal responses to questions. Log on to and use the Web ID HISD. This is provided at no cost to all HISD employees.

HISD Benefits Department
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4400 West 18th St. - Route 1
Houston, Texas 77092-8501
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