Walk A Mile

Walk A Mile





Make history with WEAVE at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!

On Sunday, May 3rd, Capitol Mall will be taken over by more than 600 men– business leaders, elected officials, husbands, neighbors – who will walk, run, and limp the one-mile course while wearing high heels to support WEAVE.

This year’s event is hoping to make a statement not just locally but to the world when 1,000 brave men come together for the 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. WEAVE hopes to not only raise a quarter of million dollars to support victims, but to set a Guinness Book of World Records in the process.

Join our team and we’ll pay your $40 registration fee. Contact community@westernhealth.com to be a part of WHA’s team!

To find more event information, please visit http://weaveinc.donorpages.com/WalkaMile2015/page4/

What: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

When: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time: 11:00 am – Elite men who are crazy enough to run take the course.

11:10 am – Less crazy men who only want to walk the course begin.

12:15 pm – Walk is completed. Prizes for top fundraising awards are announced.

1:00 pm – Program ends. Stay for the festival including games, music, cocktails and fun.


Where: Capitol Mall between 5th & 7th


Western Health Advantage supports WEAVE because we believe in their mission to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in the Sacramento community.  With 1 in 4 women affected by domestic violence, it is no doubt impacting the life of someone you care about it, whether you know it or not. WHA understands that violence of all kinds is preventable, which is why we are committed to helping WEAVE keep families safe from violence and abuse.

Go Red For Women


Heart disease is the No.1 cause of death in women and it’s time to take a stand……in RED! Go Red For Women is a nationwide event that is devoted in helping women fight back against heart disease.

Join millions of women in the fight against heart disease Feb. 6th for National Wear Red Day.  Whether on the job or walking the street, illuminate your wardrobe and support women fighting heart disease.

Take charge of your heart care! Urge your mothers, sisters, and friends to get their heart checkups. Get your cholesterol screening. Here’s a checklist you can take to your doctor’s visit.

Get healthier! Resolve, today, to make one healthy change in your life. Eat breakfast, even if it’s an apple or a high-fiber bagel you grab on your way out the door. Switch one soda a day for a glass of water. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Support the cause! Wear red today. Make a tax-deductible donation; even if it’s only $5, every little bit helps. Shop Go Red merchandise. Sign up for your free account, and receive a free Red Dress pin. Shop Macy’s until the 8th, receive a 20% discount in-store or 15% discount online, and support Macy’s $100,000 donation. Attend an event in your area.

Learn more about heart disease prevention and heart healthy tips at: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/live-healthy/

Every minute there are 24 people who become victims of some form of domestic violence. No one should live in fear. Domestic Violence is never okay, yet is an epidemic that impacts individuals in every community regardless of age race, gender, religion, economic status or educational background.

Dmestic Violence

Behavioral health resources and assistance for Western Health Advantage members are available through Human Affairs International of California (HAI-CA), a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services. Confidential services are provided by trained clinicians and are available at any time.

How to use your WHA behavioral health benefits:

  • No referral from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) is required.
  • A WHA member can call Magellan or Optum directly.

Magellan Health Services: 800.424.1778

Optum (UC Employees): 888.440.8225

To find a mental health provider, search Magellan Health Services’ provider directory http://www.magellanassist.com. Use the new or unregistered user option and enter WHA’s toll-free number: 800.424.1778. You do not have to register to begin your search.

Things to remember when making an appointment:

  1. Ask about copayments. A copay is a charge that you are required to pay out of pocket for a specific service. For instance, you may have a $20 copay for each office visit. In the past, copays for mental health visits may have been greater than those for most medical visits. That should no longer be the case for insurance plans subject to the *parity law.
  2. Ask about your deductible. A deductible is the amount that you must pay out-of-pocket before WHA makes any payments. Depending on your deductible, for instance, you may have to pay $500 or even $5,000 out-of-pocket before WHA will begin making payments on claims. As a result of the *parity law, your deductible should apply to both mental and physical health coverage.
  3. Talk to your provider. When you call to schedule an appointment with a mental health provider, ask if he or she accepts your WHA insurance.
  4. Coordinating medical and mental health services. Given the complex relationship between the physical health and mental health, communication and coordination between medical and mental health providers is crucial to safe and quality care. Ask your mental health provider about the importance of coordinating your mental health care with your medical treatment plan.

*The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) requires group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure that financial requirements (such as co-pays, deductibles) and treatment limitations (such as visit limits) applicable to mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits are no more restrictive than the predominant requirements or limitations applied to substantially all medical/surgical benefits.

Need help? We love to help! Don’t hesitate to call our Member Services department at 916.563.2250 or at 888.563.2250.

Source: MagellanHealth.com, mywha.org/BH

Measles is in the news once again with the recent outbreak in Los Angeles that appears to have originated at Disneyland theme parks. Eight of the nine people who have come down with measles had not received the recommended vaccinations against it.

Once eliminated as a common disease, it has once again become a recent health concern. Measles is a highly contagious disease and can have serious health consequences for young children that can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.

Know the symptoms: Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

How Measles Spreads: Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected through immunization.

People in the United States still get measles, but it’s not very common. That’s because most people in this country are protected against measles through vaccination. However, since measles is still common in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, measles is brought into the United States by people who get infected while they are abroad.

How can you protect your child and family? Make sure you are up to date on your immunizations. Preventive care services, such as immunizations are a part of your medical plan, at no cost to you. Talk to your doctor to find out if you and your family members are up to date on your immunizations.

Your child’s doctor may offer the MMRV vaccine, a combination vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

Pregnant women also need to be immunized as measles can cause a miscarriagestillbirth or pre-term (early) delivery. Protect yourself and your child by making sure you are all up to date on vaccinations, including before traveling abroad.

To learn more about Measles, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) site that has additional links about signs and symptoms, vaccination, and more.

Measles Vaccine Info

Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month! Take charge of your health and help raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

How you can help support Cervical Health Awareness Month:

  • Talk to your friends and family. Encourage the women in your life to schedule their annual well visit. If they don’t know how long it has been since their last Pap test, encourage them to call their doctor to find out if they are due for an exam.
  •  Know the benefits. Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.
  •  It’s FREE*.  Well visits are covered under the health care reform and are part of no cost preventive care.
  •  Be informed.  Do you know the connection between the HPV virus and cervical cancer? Are you a parent of a teenager? Talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if the HPV vaccine is right for your child.
  •  Register for your MyWHA account. Western Health Advantage members can log on to their MyWHA account and get more information about Women’s Wellness under Health & Wellness.

* Disclaimer: Coverage for WHA services depends on eligibility at the time of service.

New Member blogThe excitement at WHA in January is in full force as we welcome new members. Every department is excited to help you learn how your coverage, benefits, and services work.

Enjoy 24/7 online access! Simply visit mywha.org with your Member ID number to create an account. After you create your account, take advantage of the online tools and resources available, such as:

Copayment summary – Review your plan document so you are familiar with the amounts you will be required to pay your provider at the time of service.

Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) – Don’t put off going to the doctor. Preventive services, such an annual wellness exams and preventive immunizations, like the flu shot, are covered in full, at no-cost to you.

Medical service cost estimator – Use this tool to get an estimated cost of a medical service.

Accumulator – The WHA accumulator will show you the claims that have been applied towards your deductible and out of pocket expenses.

We are dedicated to providing you with solutions and tools to improve your health. This year, make sure you take advantage of all the resources available to you.

Wishing you and yours great health, prosperity and happiness in 2015.

Start Training logo

Western Health Advantage is excited to present you with an opportunity to get fit, save lives, and Start Training! As long time supporters of the American Heart Association, we would like to encourage you to improve your cardiovascular health while making a difference in your community.

Join the Start Training team to meet new people, fight against heart disease and stroke, and train to complete the American River Parkway Half Marathon on May 2, 2015.

Start Training is geared towards walkers and runners of ALL abilities.
• No experience necessary
• Practices led by coaches from Dignity Health
• Weekly group trainings
• Modest fundraising minimum
• Fundraising support from American Heart Association Staff
• Earn prizes including training gear, race jersey, and more!

Training begins Saturday, January 31st!

For more details register for a January Information Session at Start Training or call  916.446-6505.


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