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Managed Care Update Becoming Your Own Health Care Advocate

Tips for becoming your own health care advocate:
By Zandra Myers

Managed Care Update
Becoming Your Own Health Care Advocate

  • Know your rights as a member of a managed care health plan.
  • Take charge of your medical records. Don’t rely on them being sent from one health care plan, or one physician, to the next. Get copies and keep them where you can find them. You have a legal right to your own medical records.
  • Take notes when you speak to health care plan employees. Ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and briefly write down the date and what was discussed.
  • Special events like pregnancy and surgery may require you to get pre-authorization, special prescriptions and possibly special equipment. Keep records of any treatments or medications you need to receive.
  • If you have a serious or chronic condition, join a support group and seek out additional help if you need it. There are organizations that exist solely to help people with specific conditions, such as mental retardation or diabetes.

In the upcoming weeks I will be taking time out to focus on managed care for veterans. As always you may call me with your questions and concerns. I can be reached at the JCCRP, 10-11 Nameoke street, or by e-mail at zkmyers@hotmail.com.

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