New Interactive Blog

Welcome to the new Georgia Families interactive blog! 

What do we mean by “interactive”?  Well, with this new and exciting way to blog, you may now leave us comments or ask us important questions and get our feedback!  It’s quick, it’s fun and it’s easy!

We want to hear from you! 

We look forward to answering your questions and receiving your opinions about our program and services.  And our new interactive blog is a perfect way to start our conversation!

Please remember not to put anything private in a blog post to us or to anyone else; don’t send your Social Security Number, your Medicaid ID number, or anything you don’t want the whole world to see.  Keep your personal health information private!

So, check our interactive blog for updates regarding Georgia Families events, program changes, and other information to make the most of your health plan selection.

Some upcoming blog topics to look for are:

  • Special Children’s Programs
  • Member Surveys
  • Creating an Online Profile

Let us know what topics you’re interested in learning more about!

Something on your mind?  Simply write a comment below or send an email to blog@georgia-families.com.  Remember that comments and email are not private.  Do not write comments or send emails with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

What to Do If You Are Pregnant

 

Woman looking at a calendar.Congratulations! Pregnancy can be a magical time for moms-to-be. It is also an important time for your baby’s health. At Georgia Families we want you and your baby to be happy and healthy, and we want to make sure you get pregnancy care right from the start.

If you are already on Medicaid and a member of Georgia Families when you find out you are pregnant, ask your doctor how to take care of yourself and your baby, and how often to come for pregnancy (prenatal) care.

If you are new to our program and you want to keep seeing the doctor you have now during pregnancy, ask your doctor which health plan you should join. Remember that when you join a health plan, you are choosing a group of doctors and clinics. Your doctor has to work with the health plan you join if you want to keeping seeing him or her.

The sooner you go to a doctor after you find out you’re pregnant, the better chance you have of staying healthy and having a healthy baby. Call our call center if you have questions or if you need help joining the right health plan for you.

Some health plans even offer extra benefits for expectant moms! Some of them are:

  • Special programs like community baby showers
  • Reward cards and incentive programs
  • Discounts for vitamins
  • Baby items like free strollers
  • Breast pumps for nursing

Make sure you are taking advantage of every health care benefit, so that you and your baby get the best possible start. Talk to your doctor or call our call center as soon as you find out you are expecting! You can also find some answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Do you have a topic you’d like us to write about in a blog? Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

Keeping the Doctor You Like

 

A medical exam.If you go to a doctor now who knows you and your family– we want you to be able to keep going to that doctor to get your Medicaid health services.

We understand how important that relationship is, and we want you to be able to keep going to the same doctor if you want to.

When you join a health plan, you can choose any doctor in the plan to be your primary care provider (PCP).  Ask your doctor if his office works with a Georgia Families plan. The office may work with one or more plans, and if that’s so– you can sign up for one of them.

If you need a doctor and you don’t have one now, check out our blog about choosing doctors.

If you need more information about joining a health plan or selecting a doctor, call our call center. You can find out more about your health choices at our Facebook page or Twitter feed, too.

Do you have a topic you’d like us to write about in a blog? Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

Finding Health Plans in Your Area

 

Group of people in a health plan.At Georgia Families, we want to help you join the health plan that’s right for you.  We understand that each of your family members may have different needs.

Each of the four health plans are available state wide, so every member of your family will have a choice of health plans.  In addition, we’ve created a chart that you can use to compare the extra services offered by each plan.

If you have problems joining a health plan, you can call us for help!  Our Enrollment Counselors are eagerly awaiting your call.

Your enrollment packet will provide you with great information about all four health plans so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family.

Be sure to check out the health plan comparison charts to understand the different health plan extras each plan offers!

If you have any questions, call our call center. You also can find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Did this help you to understand your choice of health plans? Let us know! Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

Reading the Health Plan Comparison Charts

 

People looking at charts.The health plan comparison charts are very, very important to use when you’re ready to join a health plan. We want to make sure you understand them completely.

The first thing you need to know is that every health plan has the same basic Medicaid services. But each plan may have different “extras.” Extras may be bonuses for your family, so be sure to look for them. Here are some other things to think about:

  • Do you want to be able to use the same hospital that you go to now? If so, check to see which health plans the hospital works with.
  • Are there specialists, counselors, or special services that you and your children use now? For example, you or someone in your family may be getting pregnancy care, mental health services, or physical therapy. If so, check to see if you can use the same providers and get the same services in the health plan you’re thinking about choosing.

If you have any more questions or need help understanding the comparison charts, call our call center.  You can also find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Do you have a topic you’d like us to write about in a blog? Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

PeachCare for Kids

 

Father and son at computer.PeachCare for Kids is a low-cost health insurance for children. This is the way that Georgia takes care of Georgia’s uninsured kids.

Georgia children through the age of 18, who do not qualify for Medicaid, may qualify for PeachCare. They must be U.S. citizens, certain qualified legal residents, refugees or asylees who reside in Georgia.

There are some income limits for joining, too. The child’s family income must be at, or below 247% of the federal poverty level. This means a family of three can earn $51,336 a year and a family of four can earn $62,004 a year.

 

What are the some of the benefits?

PeachCare for Kids health benefits include:

* Care from a doctor when your child is sick
* Preventive services such as immunizations and regular check-ups
* Specialist care
* Dental care
* Vision care, including vision screenings and eyeglasses
* Hospitalization
* Emergency room services
* Prescription medications
* Mental health care

If you have any questions, call PeachCare for Kids at 1-877-GA-PEACH (877-427-3224) or check out their website. You can also find information about the federal poverty level here.

At Georgia Families, we want to help keep kids healthy, and help you keep your children up-to-date with Health Check visits.

Do you have a topic you’d like us to write about in a blog? Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

After Joining a Health Plan

 

Person filling out a form.When you join Georgia Families, you will be signed up for a health plan. Remember, a health plan is a group of doctors, nurses, hospitals and others that work together to give health services to members.

So thereafter, the health plan will send you a welcome packet. Open it right away! It is full of important information about your health benefits.

Your membership card will be in the health plan welcome packet. Take it with you when you go to any doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. It’s a good idea to keep it in a special place where you can always find it easily, like in a wallet or purse.

You will also find a list of PCPs (primary care providers) in the welcome packet. Remember, a Primary Care Provider is the person you go to for regular checkups and other basic services. Over time, your PCP will get to know you and your health care needs. Your PCP will also send you to specialists and other providers if you need more specialized health care.

If you have any questions, call our call center.  You can also find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Did this help you to understand “coverage”? Let us know! Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

Health Plan Extras

 

Father and son at a computer.Did you know that some of our health plans offer extras? All health plans provide Medicaid benefits, but some of them also offer extra health care services or programs.

Some of those extras can be a great bonus for you and your family.

Do you need glasses? Some plans offer free eye exams and help to cover the cost of glasses.

Do you have diabetes or asthma? Some health plans have programs that will help you manage these conditions.

While Medicaid covers routine dental care for children to age 21, it doesn’t cover adults. Some health plans do offer dental care for adults.

How do you find out about these extras? Right here on the Georgia Families website! Check out the health plan comparison charts and see what some of the great benefits are.

Members always ask, “Which health plan is the BEST?”  The best health plan is the one that best meets the needs of you and your family. 

If you have any questions, call our call center. You can also find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Do you have a topic you’d like us to write about in a blog?  Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com.  Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

Contacting Health Plans

 

Woman on phone.One of the best things about being in a health plan is that you get answers when you need them. You can call your health plan’s Member Services number anytime, if you have a question. You can also get help finding doctors and specialists. Each health plan has its own special programs, so be sure to find out what they are, and make the most of your membership.

Here’s how you contact the health plans that Georgia Families works with:

 

Amerigroup Real Solutions
Phone: 1-800-600-4441
TDD/TTY: 1-800-855-2880
Web: http://www.amerigroup.com/

 

CareSource                                                                                                                                                            Phone:  1-855-202-0729                                                                                                                                           TDD/TTY:  1-800-255-0056                                                                                                                                     Web: http://www.caresource.com/

 

Peach State Health Plan
Phone: 1-800-704-1484
Fax: 1-800-716-2809
Georgia Relay Services Voice: 1-800-255-0135
Georgia Relay Services TDD/TTY: 1-800-255-0056
Web: http://www.pshpgeorgia.com

 

WellCare Health Plan
Phone: 1-866-231-1821
TDD/TTY: 1-877-247-6272
Web: http://georgia.wellcare.com

 

Still have questions?  Call our call center.  You can also find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Do you have anything that you’d like to see us write about in this blog? Let us know! Email us at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

The Georgia Families Website

 

Father and son at a computer.The Georgia Families website has lots of good information on it! You can learn all about the program there. You can even make some choices right online.

Go to the Home Page and choose the things you’re interested in. Click to see these blogs, or visit our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.  You’ll find links to lots of other things on the Home Page too.

Did you know you can print some of our handouts right from the website?  It’s easy! Click on “Brochures and Charts” on the left menu, then choose what you want and send it to your printer.

You’ll see another link on the left menu named “Just For Members.” You can also click on “For Members” at the top right-hand side of the page.  Once you sign in with your Medicaid ID and password, you can change your address, give us feedback and even change plans during your enrollment period or anniversary.

Still have questions?  Call our call center.  You can also find answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Do you have ideas about things to write about in this blog? Let us know! Email us at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member’s medical information.

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