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6 Ways Your Benefits Help You Stay Connected

Early in the pandemic, Carol Huff started taking Your Blue StoreSM Studio fitness classes live on Facebook and described them as a “lifesaver to me and many others.” 

A BCBSRI Medicare Advantage member, Carol said, “The instructor, Suann, offered support during a very scary time of isolation. I looked forward to her friendly and encouraging words every day. Thanks to her help, I lost 25 pounds and am physically in the best shape I’ve been in a long time.” Those online classes were an important way to help our members during the pandemic—and they were so successful that we’re continuing them even as we start to offer in-person options again.

Here’s a look at how your benefits can help you stay connected (at no cost)

1. Take an outdoor fitness class.

Try a free yoga class or get your groove on with Latin Moves! Your Blue Bus has stops planned in parks across the state in June and September. (We are skipping the hottest months of July and August!) Grab your mask, mat, water bottle, and sunscreen and join the fun.

BCBSRI Medicare Advantage member Elliott Clement attended an outdoor class at Roger Williams Park and said, "For older people, it can be harder to get out of chairs or up the stairs. Being active helps a lot, and I’d tell my family and friends to come to the Blue Cross classes.”

Find a class near you at bcbsri.com/events.

2. Come to in-person fitness and healthy living classes at our stores.

Members often say how much they enjoy the sense of community in our stores—from meeting friends for classes to interacting with our employees. Starting in June, fitness classes will be available in all four store locations, and healthy living classes will be held starting in July in our East Providence and Cranston stores. The classes will be livestreamed on the Your Blue Store Studio Facebook group and available for viewing anytime.

Sign up at bcbsri.com/events.

3. Get a $0 ride to a place that supports your well-being.

You probably know that you can get $0 rides to your doctor, but did you realize you can also use that benefit to go to libraries, senior centers, and Your Blue Store? You get up to 24 one-way trips.1 Each trip has a 20-mile limit (but, hey, it’s Rhode Island). 

Schedule a ride by visiting bcbsri.kaizenhealth.org or calling 1-833-972-2774. 

4. Expand your social circle with Amava.

Through our community partner Amava2, you can join Circles, which are guided, live, and interactive online discussions. Amava Circles focus on specific topics or activities, such as memoir writing, trivia, travel, and caregiving.

“I had a wonderful time attending the Amava Circle, ‘The Best Place I Ever Went,’" said Nancy G. O'Brien, a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage member. "It was almost like taking a virtual trip. I’m eager to get back out on the road, and this gave me glimpses of some new places to go.” 

Through Amava’s online platform, you can also sign up for in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities with leading local and national organizations.

To get started, visit bcbsri.com/amava.

5. Visit any fitness center in the Silver&Fit network for $0.

Want to join a gym close to your house? And also meet a friend for a class at a different gym? It’s easy with Silver&Fit. You can go to any fitness center in their network, which includes 14,000+ fitness centers nationwide as well as 45+ local fitness centers.

Find a location at silverandfit.com.

6. Use your $200 wellness reimbursement for fun activities.

Whether you want to try something new or resume a favorite pastime, take advantage of the wellness reimbursement available with certain plans.3 It can be used for sports lessons (maybe golf or tennis), road races, walking challenges, and in-person or online fitness classes.

Download the Wellness Reimbursement Form at bcbsri.com/medicare/member.

 

1Available within our service area for HMO & HMO-POS plans only/PPO plan has out-of-service-area benefit of 50% coinsurance/trip. Any trip over 20 miles will count as additional trips and will be subtracted from your 24-trip total. Rides are provided to your PCP, specialists, and select community locations. 2BCBSRI does not share member information with Amava and information shared with Amava will not be shared with BCBSRI. 3Available with BlueCHiP for Medicare Value (HMO-POS), BlueCHiP for Medicare Extra (HMOPOS), and HealthMate for Medicare (PPO).


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