Traveling this holiday season? Don’t forget your health and prescription ID card

Traveling this holiday season? Don’t forget your health and prescription ID card

November 7, 2018

Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or traveling to your favorite place to decompress, part of your vacation planning should include preparing for health emergencies.

Before you go, be sure to review your options for care.

Then, use the following checklist to make sure these essential items travel with you:

  • health, dental and prescription ID cards (If you need replacement cards, you can always go online to print one or call your insurance plan.),
  • phone numbers of primary care doctors and specialists,
  • durable medical equipment,
  • enough prescription maintenance medication to last for your whole trip—and a few days beyond and
  • any necessary over-the-counter medications.
Additional emergency coverage for those who like to roam far from home
If you are an active employee enrolled in a health plan through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP), you are automatically enrolled in a $5,000 Basic Term Life Insurance policy through Securian. As part of that plan, you can take advantage of travel assistance service, through Redpoint WTP LLC.

The services are available every day, all day or night, for emergency assistance and transport when traveling 100 or more miles away from home.

Check out this benefit before you book that Icelandic glacier hiking tour! You can also call (855) 516-5433 in the U.S. and Canada. From other locations, you can call collect to +1 (415) 484-4677.
For more tips and things to consider before your trip, visit the  Education Information section of and click on Medication Planning for Travel.  

And don’t forget virtual visits!
It seems like it’s easier to catch a nasty cold or the flu when you are on the road. If you are enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM, you can see a doctor online, from wherever your travels may take you.

With medical virtual visits, you can consult a board-certified doctor anytime online or by phone for non-emergency medical conditions. If the doctor prescribes medicine, you can have him or her send it to a pharmacy in your vacation location (be sure to use the Optum Rx pharmacy locator to find one that’s in network).

Virtual visits are offered at no cost to those enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas; those enrolled in Consumer Directed HealthSelect must meet their deductible before visits are covered, but the cost of a virtual visit is still likely to be less than a trip to the doctor or urgent care center.

For more information, go to the virtual visits webpage in your online medical benefits guide or call a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039.

Info for HMO Members