IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Office of Group Benefits
now operates from the Claiborne Building in downtown Baton Rouge.
Live Better Louisiana is an OGB program that will give Blue Cross plan members resources to help you better monitor your health, understand your risk factors and make educated choices that keep you healthier. It's sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana at no extra charge to you.
Live Better Louisiana is a game plan for better health. It's a proactive approach—a way to prevent illness when you can and to manage any conditions that do appear.
Fill out your Personal Health Assessment (PHA)
This confidential online questionnaire provides you with a picture of your overall health and measures health risks and behaviors. It also gives you a personalized risk report and action plan for health improvement, with recommendations and access to the appropriate resources.
Take your Preventive Onsite Health Checkup
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has partnered with an industry leader, Catapult Health, to bring preventive checkups to sites near you all over the state. Soon you'll see a calendar of events right here where you can schedule a checkup with a licensed nurse practitioner and technician. You'll get lab-accurate diagnostic tests and receive a full, printed Personal Health Report with checkup results and recommendations.
Take Charge of your Own Health with a Wealth of Healthful Resources
Live Better Louisiana gives you access to a wide range of healthful activities—some of which may even be suggested in your personal action plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also brings OGB plan members a number of wellness-related Discounts and Deals.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Explore the links below and the rest of this web page, as well as reading your Personal Health Report. If your wellness checkup or PHA shows you are eligible for one of the programs below, a Blue Cross nurse will contact you:
Disease Management: A program at no additional cost to eligible members that offers health coaching, prescription incentives, educational materials and caring support. Conditions addressed are asthma, COPD, coronary artery disease, diabetes and heart failure. Learn more on our special Disease Management information page.
Case Management: With our voluntary Case Management program, we want to give you the power to effectively manage your own healthcare. At the same time, we want to support all your values and preferences. For eligible members, Case Management helps you become a true partner in your healthcare and not just a receiver of services. Learn more on our Case Management page.
Diabetes Prevention Program: OGB members who are diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes may be eligible for Prevent, a 16-week diabetes prevention program from Blue Cross and Omada Health. The Prevent program is designed to help individuals, including those with prediabetes, lose weight and make healthier choices. Combining a professional health coach with an understanding and supportive small group, a flexible online format and a growing pool of healthy resources, Prevent is a profound, lifestyle-changing experience.
Primary Care Referral: Studies show that building a long-term relationship with a single doctor can improve your health. Your primary care physician (PCP) is your healthcare team quarterback, coordinating your care and helping ensure you don't get unnecessary tests or treatments. OGB members who don't already have a PCP will get help choosing one from the appropriate Blue Cross network.
Louisiana 2 Step: Are you ready to do the 2? The Louisiana 2 Step is Blue Cross' fun, free, motivational program that inspires people to take two simple steps to better health: eat right and move more. Through an interactive website and Facebook page, you can get:
- Information on eating right and moving more
- Health tracking tools
- Goal-setting tools
- Guidance for healthy families
- Healthy recipes
- Links to support organizations
Heads Up: Obesity is a serious problem across the nation, and our OGB membership is no exception. Statistics show that 14.4% of Louisianians are considered moderately obese, and 5.5% are considered severely obese.
Are you ready to make a change? OGB is offering a weight-loss program with two options for members who are obese and are covered by the PPO health plan or the HMO health plan: intensive medical intervention or bariatric surgery.
To learn more and begin the first step in the screening process, visit the Heads Up website. You will be asked to enter some preliminary information regarding your OGB membership. The next step will be watching two short informational videos. After that, if you are eligible to continue and are still interested, you will complete a more extensive online questionnaire.
Health Condition Guides: You can take control of your health through knowledge. Learn everything you can about your general health or chronic conditions to help you make smart choices when it comes to your care. Find information on asthma, chronic lung disease, mental health, diabetes, pain management, high blood pressure and much more.
Text4Baby: Expecting a bundle of joy? Get FREE tips on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Text BABY to 511411 to get started. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)
Smoking Cessation Trust: Are you a long-time smoker who's ready to kick the habit? We can help. Blue Cross has joined the Smoking Cessation Trust to help Louisianians stop smoking. The trust pays for stop-smoking programs for Louisianians who need help to quit.
You qualify if you:
- Have been smoking cigarettes since before Sept. 1, 1988, and
- Live in Louisiana.
You can get:
- Phone support and coaching to help you stop smoking
- Doctor visits to get an exam and to get medicines for quitting
- Group support programs
- Some medicines that could help you quit
If you think you're eligible, get more information today!
1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free, confidential, 24-hour toll-free tobacco cessation helpline that links people who want to quit using tobacco with trained, dedicated Quit Coaches® who help the callers create an individualized plan to quit. This individualized quit plan includes telephone coaching sessions, Web coach assistance and self-help materials.
Blue365: Who doesn't love a good deal? Blue365 offers exclusive health and wellness deals that can help keep you healthy and happy—every day of the year! With categories like fitness, apparel, healthy eating, alternative medicine, healthy living, weight management, experiences, personal care, financial care and wellness, you're sure to find something to enhance your life.
Blue365 is free to join for any OGB member with a Blue Cross plan. And you have two ways to participate: sign up for weekly emails letting you know the latest deal, or just browse the Blue365 Deals website whenever you like.
Healthways Fitness Your Way: Get fit for only $25 a month. With more than 180 participating gyms in Louisiana and nearly 8,000 nationwide—including locations of Curves, Snap Fitness, Spectrum, Anytime Fitness and Foxy's—you are sure to find one fit for you. Work out anytime and anywhere as often as you like for just $25 per month.
If you sign up by Sept. 30, Healthways Fitness Your Way will waive the $25 enrollment fee for OGB members with Blue Cross plans.
- Log in to www.Blue365deals.com/bcbsla (or register for access by following the instructions).
- Under "Browse Deals" select "Fitness."
- Select Healthways Fitness Your Way "Redeem Now."
- Enter the code STATELA when prompted.
- Print your temporary membership card.
- Watch for your permanent card in the mail.
- Present your card at the facility you choose.
You can also call 1-888-242-2060 to enroll.
For more information, download this flier or visit www.bcbsla.com/gyms.
Non-covered Drug Discounts: Members can save up to 75% on drugs not covered under their health plan, such as drugs for weight loss, sexual health and cosmetic prescriptions. Download the coupon »