I’m FREE! I am out on my own with no one to tell me what time to go to bed anymore. I got moved into my dorm without any crying (on my end anyway). I haven’t gotten lost on campus yet which is always a win. I am now officially a college student with nothing to hold me back.
I am having a great time getting to know my new roommate and classmates, and then it starts – the crud. First, it was just a little tickle at the back of my throat, and then I noticed a little pressure behind my eyes. I have found the germs that so many do when they start college. Now what? Where do I go now that I’m feeling under the weather and not at home? What do I need to make an appointment?
Aha! I just remembered, my folks left that folder in the top drawer of my desk back in my room. You know, that folder full of paperwork that I was sure was just another sign of my overprotective family, something I’d never have to use. As I open it up I realize that they gave me a care package before we were even separated:
• Standard Authorization Form – that I need to complete if I want someone to be able to discuss any insurance related matters with the insurance company. They even included more than one in case I need to complete another form for my doctors.• An ID Card – with instructions on how to order a new one• Immunization record – all of those cartoon bandages were apparently necessary
They even left information about how to find a doctor with something called a Provider Finder. And an app1! Having it all on my phone is going to make it so easy (and they said I was on my phone too much, imagine that!). And I have a new title now, “adult dependent”. Now I’m in charge of my own health and will need to start keeping track of it all on something called Blue Access for MembersSM. I logged in just to scope it out and found even more resources and information!
Hold the phone! Literally, hold the phone. I don’t even have to make an appointment if I don’t have time. I can meet with an independently contracted, board-certified doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via that mobile app, an online video or my phone with something called a “virtual visit"2-3. This is perfect with my busy class schedule.
This (health) care package is just what I needed. Good ‘ol folks knew just what I would need when the time came. Now, I wonder what they’ll put in my next care package?
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