Human Resources

Q:

Why doesn't the State provide more preventive coverage such as physicals or Pap smears?



A:

The State Health Plan provides coverage for a number of preventive procedures, including Pap smears. Members can receive a comprehensive blood analysis – including blood pressure and cholesterol checks – for just $15 through our Prevention Partners Workplace Screening program. Additionally, routine four-view mammograms are covered for women 35 and older, as are routine immunizations and checkups for children through age 18. Routine colonoscopies are covered once every 10 years, starting at age 50, even when no symptoms are apparent.  

Generally speaking, the plan covers procedures recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews what treatments are effective. It does not recommend that individuals have an annual physical. However, BlueChoice HealthPlan HMO covers physicals and other preventive procedures that are not included in the State Health Plan.

For questions, contact the Human Resources Service Center at Ask-HR or 864-656-2000 for benefits assistance.

 




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